Johannesburg | Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95.
Mandela, who was elected South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state.
His condition deteriorated and he died following complications from the lung infection, with his family by his side.
The news was announced by a clearly emotional South African president Jacob Zuma live on television, who said Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Zuma.
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Adelaide | Like most Australians who met Nelson Mandela, Gareth Evans was captivated by the man.
The then Foreign Minister was one of the first international officials to greet Mandela in Lusaka days after his release from prison in 1990.
Evans later described as “pure joy” his sitting across a table from a man who’d long been a personal hero.
“Madiba is simply the most impressive and humanly decent statesman I have ever met,” he said.
Evans was captivated “by that huge luminescent smile, by his unending charm and grace, the lucid intelligence with which he discussed his country’s transition problems, but above all by that extraordinary, almost unbelievable, lack of bitterness toward his Afrikaaner jailers of 27 years.”
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WEEKEND PICKS | There’s certainly plenty of action centred on Adelaide Oval and the Riverbank Precinct this weekend – but the Ashes aren’t the only gig in town. There’s also live music, art, theatre, cinema and even a French Christmas Market. Just remember that if you’re heading to the Festival Centre, parking will be at a premium.
Ashes / Experience Riverbank
Cricket fan or not, you’d have to be living in a bubble not to have noticed a) that the Ashes have come to Adelaide, b) the new Oval is being put to the Test for the first time and c) there’s a whole lot of stuff happening down on the riverbank. Even if you don’t have Ashes tickets, you can still head down to soak up some of the atmosphere at the Riverbank Precinct, with events throughout the weekend including kids Full Story »
Comment | From the sublime to the catastrophic, Jay Weatherill spent much of yesterday basking in the political glow of Adelaide Oval’s successful Ashes showcase, yet ended the evening firing off a desperate missive to the PM as the Holden saga reportedly moved towards a bitter denouement.
If the second test is highlighting four Adelaide seasons in as many days, it’s also serving as a backdrop to a swiftly shifting political climate, one that encapsulates this Labor Government’s trials and tribulations. Just when it seems the tide is turning in its favour, another squall sends it again spinning hopelessly off course.
Holden’s reported exit is a massive blow, of course, but perhaps the political shrapnel will ricochet in the Liberals’ direction too. And, indeed, the exact state of Full Story »