Nelson Mandela, the freedom fighter who emerged from 27 years in prison to become South Africa’s first elected black president and a global symbol of reconciliation, has died. He was 95.
The three blue-gum trees under which Nelson Mandela learned to be a leader still stand at the Mqhekezweni Great Place near Qunu, formerly the seat of kings of the abaThembu tribe in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
Group Five Ltd., a South African construction company, won the contract to build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, a goal of the country’s first black president who died in December.
South Africans flocked to the Johannesburg home of Nelson Mandela to mourn his death and pay tribute to a leader who led the nation out of racial discord by encouraging reconciliation.
"Let us work together for reconciliation and nation building."
- Nelson Mandela on Dec 08, 2013
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