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NELSON Mandela yesterday attended a colourful ceremony in the village of his birth where the royal chieftainship due to him by blood and custom was restored to his family, after being stripped from them nine decades ago by South Africa's British colonial rulers.
"PROUDLY South African" has long been stamped on products and echoed in radio commercials; the phrase is written into the country's DNA.
A WARM tribute paid by Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned throughout the time P W Botha served in successive apartheid governments, yesterday underlined the enigmatic reputation of the splenetic former white president of South Africa who died, aged 90, on Tuesday night.
THE African National Congress, outlawed under the apartheid regime of South African president PW Botha, was one of the first groups to offer condolences on his death last night.
PW BOTHA, who was the face of white South Africa as president at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle, died last night aged 90.
SOUTH Africa yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with hundreds of political and community leaders retracing the footsteps of the black student protesters whose deaths at the hands of the police and army was a turning point in the fight against apartheid.
RACE and rugby are twin bedfellows in South Africa; a marriage of inconvenience with both parties desperate for a divorce, a weekend apart, different bedrooms even though none of these outcomes are realistic in the foreseeable future.
WORLD leaders have their faults, the former South African president Nelson Mandela told the cast of an Oscar-winning gangster film, recalling his own teenage years as a pig thief.
SOPHIATOWN, a legendary black cultural hub wiped off the map under apartheid, officially returned to its original name yesterday.
IN SOUTH Africa, we are raised on a strict diet of justice as retribution. With violent crimes on a shocking upsurge, with child rape and abuse on the increase, there are frequent calls - backed by public support - to restore capital punishment.
FORMER South African security policeman Gideon Nieuwoudt, who commanded the torture of anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko, has died at the age of 54 from cancer.
SOUTH Africa needs to revise its approach to land reform to end racial inequalities, government officials say.
ONE of South Africa’s most respected clergymen was speaking today at an international conference on deepening democracy.
AN activist who was sentenced with Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment in 1964 for trying to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government has died at the age of 85.
ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu yesterday fired the latest salvo in a bitter row with South African president Thabo Mbeki that is threatening to divide the country’s black leadership.
PLACE name changes stir deep emotions in South Africa where, a decade after the end of apartheid, the map remains studded with towns and cities named after white colonisers, European monarchs and racist jokes.
SOWETO grew from a 1923 law - the Natives (Urban Areas) Act - that withdrew the right of black people to live in the young city of Johannesburg, a rough frontier settlement which was growing fast after the discovery of gold less than 30 years earlier.
A CULTURAL event to celebrate 10 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa opened in Edinburgh yesterday.