This year marks an historical highlight for South Africa and people around the globe who come together to celebrate the father of the nation, the late Mr Nelson Mandela.
The celebration focuses on Mandela’s legacy, who would have turned 100 years old this July.
Tata Madiba, as he was known, became respected as a symbol of the struggle against Apartheid and all forms of racism; the icon and the hero of African liberation.
After spending 27 year in Robben Island prison, he become the first black President of South Africa.
Every year, the world celebrates his birthday by spending 67 minutes to help others who are in need. The idea shows that each person has the power to change the world.
former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death. Madiba – as he is more fondly known – died in his Houghton home on December 5 2013 at the age of 95.
Even though South Africa was invited to make out part of BRICS only in 2010 (long after Madiba’s reign as President), it is evident that the country’s individual relationships with fellow BRICS countries has been long in existence.
We take a look at some of Madiba’s visits to Brazil, Russia, India and China:
1. In 2001 Madiba met with the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at an awards ceremony that took place at the Presidential palace in New Delhi. At the ceremony, he was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation from Indian President K. R. Narayanan. Image: AFP Photo (via DNA India)
2. Nelson Mandela with Vital Nolasco during the plenary meeting of the Palácio 9 de Julho, in São Paulo, Brazil on August 2, 1991 where he delivered a speech to representatives of dozens of black, popular and union entities from all regions of Brazil. Image: Black Women of Brazil
3. Mandela greets Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, former President of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia on April 29, 1999. Image: The Age
4. Mandela’s visit to China as South African president in May 1999. He was the first national leader of an African country to visit China.