Thousands of South Africans braved driving rain at the nation’s biggest stadium to mark the life of Nelson Mandela in the first of three major public events this week that may rival the funeral of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by a crowd attending a memorial service for the nation’s first black leader Nelson Mandela, as a series of scandals weigh on his popularity before elections next year.
South Africa will expand Nelson Mandela’s memorial service to cater for at least 200,000 people, more than first planned, as ordinary citizens to international heads of state clamor to pay tribute to the former president.
Brian Joffe, chief executive officer and founder of Bidvest Group Ltd., said planning for his succession is progressing “very well” with a senior team already in place at South Africa’s biggest diversified industrial company by revenue.
President Jacob Zuma won overwhelming support for a second term as leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, while tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa is the frontrunner to become his deputy, party nomination results show.
Prudence Moime looks up from stirring a pot of corn meal in front of her two-room shanty in northeastern South Africa and gazes across the surrounding rocky hillside. Just beyond her view lie some of the world’s best platinum deposits.
Gilbert Mosala shuffles across the deserted parking lot of Buffelsfontein Gold Mine in central South Africa, home to the world’s largest gold reserves. In the past year, almost 95 percent of his 2,500 colleagues were fired.