Young Indian schoolchildren hold candles and portraits of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him on hearing of his death, at a school in Ahmadabad, India.
François Hollande, French president, introduces his delegation to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during a summit between the two leaders in Pretoria. France has agreed to lend €100m to South African state power utility Eskom to help it finance solar power projects in Africa’s largest economy, according to a communiqué. The deal will be signed as a part of the summit. Read more
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Co-workers and relatives of 34 miners shot dead by South African police during a violent wage strike gather on Friday in Marikana to mark the first anniversary of the deaths. Police opened fire on thousands of strikers at platinum producer Lonmin’s mine, northwest of Johannesburg. Read more
A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in the city have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas that have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town’s disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected
Kindergarten children sing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. Read more
South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Adams said he felt driven to create the portrait as a way of thanking the ailing former president for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist. He plans to auction the painting and donate the proceeds to children’s charities. Read more
A woman holds a child as laundry dries on Tuesday in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana, South Africa. On August 16, 2012, police at the mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase. Read more
Children play in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana. On August 16, 2012, police at the mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase.
People pray in Pretoria’s Petra church during a gospel mass on Sunday. Nelson Mandela, former South African president, remains in a critical condition in Pretoria’s Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds continue to gather, as relatives and clan elders make preparations for the revered former leader’s final journey
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Children release balloons after a prayer for former South Africa President Nelson Mandela on Friday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital, Mr Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has not been in pain, his wife Graca Machel said on Thursday. Doctors said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine, according to court documents dated June 26 obtained by AFP. Read more