South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria to undergo tests, officials say. The office of President Jacob Zuma said 94-year-old Mr Mandela was doing well and there was “no cause for alarm”. Mr Mandela spent more than two decades in jail under the white minority apartheid regime. He served as South Africa’s first black president between 1994 and 1999, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Mr Mandela has rarely appeared in public since 2004, when he retired from public life.
Amy Winehouse sings “Free Nelson Mandela” at the 46664 Concert in London in 2008. Her album “Back to Black” made Winehouse the first British singer to win five Grammys. The 46664 concerts are a series of AIDS charity events played in honour of Nelson Mandela by South African musicians. Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1964, and was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year. “Free Nelson Mandela” is a song written by Jerry Dammers and performed by his Coventry-based band The Special AKA released on the single Nelson Mandela / Break Down The Door in 1984 as a protest against the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. Unlike most protest songs, the track is upbeat and celebratory, drawing on musical influences from South Africa. The song reached No.9 in the UK charts and was immensely popular in Africa. Dr. Patrick Treacy was part of the “Free Nelson Mandela” campaign and worked in South Africa as a doctor after Nelson Mandela was freed. The video shows the badge he wore.
Nelson Mandela célèbre mercredi ses 94 ans et sa fondation appelle les Sud-Africains et tous les citoyens du monde à multiplier les bonnes actions lors de ce “Mandela Day”. Mais aujourd’hui, les apparitions de ce symbole de la lutte contre l’apartheid se font plus rare, à mesure que sa santé décline. Durée: 02:17
Memoirs, mostly from the 27 years he spent in prison, reveal the innermost thoughts of the international civil rights giant, whose movement brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. Bob Simon reports.
The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” In this video individuals from Johannesburg share how they wish to spend their 67 minutes for someone less fortunate.