Author Herman Wasserman, originally posted on December 17 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014: I do not have a background in the struggle. Unlike the many people who over the past week shared their stories of their personal interactions with Nelson Mandela during the struggle, my only brief meeting with Mandela was as a journalist for the Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger, which he visited despite the editor, Ebbe Dommisse's ongoing demonization of the ANC [African National Congress] and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Author Raphael Obonyo, originally published December 13 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014:
Nelson Mandela who passed away at age 95 years was a true legend if one considers what he was able to achieve in his lifetime. African leaders have a tough act to follow.
As we mourn his passing, there are many lessons we can pick from the man who impacted the lives of millions.
When Mandela toured African nations, particularly Kenya in 1990 after he was released from prison, I was only nine years old.
Author Jimm C. Fomunjong, January 29 2014: What lessons can Cameroonians draw from the life of a unique son of African soil?
My dear compatriots, at the dawn of December 2013, the global media sphere experienced one of the world’s largest traffic jams caused by words. This was provoked by the passing away of a great man - Nelson Mandela, on the 5th day of this month.
Author Vikas Nath, originally posted on December 10 2013, cross-posted January 29 2014: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the last of the giants who led South Africa’s struggle against colonialism, is no more. "White supremacy implies black inferiority." His words were truth to the powers. It made him the most recognisable icon of struggle against oppression, injustice and discrimination all over the world.
Author: Parambrahma Tripathy, January 24 2014 The BBC Media Action team in India are used to tight deadlines. But last October, we faced a deadline with a difference: after cyclone Phailin hit the eastern state of Odisha, we had 72 hours to script, produce and broadcast three radio public service announcements [PSAs] to provide life-saving information to those affected.
Author Olga Gladkikh, January 28 2014: The world’s attention was focused on South Africa as Nelson Mandela was laid to rest. People inside and outside South Africa are remembering the years of struggle to end apartheid and the birth of a new inclusive democracy.
Perhaps less known is the long history that the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has had in building the Canadian-South African connection.
Authors: Analia Lavin and Valeria Betancourt, originally posted on December 21 2013, cross posted on January 21 2014 The appearance of the "Free Internet” coalition was crucial in raising the alarm on one of the most controversial articles of the new criminal code, that would allow the monitoring of Internet. But is the possible end of Article 474 sufficient enough for the government to respect fundamental rights in communications?
Author: Mukeya Liwena, January 21 2014 [This blog follows an earlier blog: Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - The Heartbeat & Voice of Southern Africa] On 18th October 2013, The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Zambia issued Mungu Fm Radio a full time broadcasting License, after the Licensing committee were satisfied our application. The full License brought to an end our test transmission period which began on July 17th 2013.
Author: Michael Boampong, originally posted January 7, cross-posted January 17 2014:
From the 3-year-old who salutes Nelson Mandela (Madiba) in Soweto to the school children who grip portraits of the icon during a ceremony in India, it is evident that people across the globe feel the loss of Madiba’s passing.
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