Chinos lined with a blue African print and floor length dresses in vivid greens and golds were some of the clothing on display when 46664 Fashion, a label inspired by Nelson Mandela, presented their latest collection ahead of an international launch in July.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying “we’ve lost our greatest son.”
The world contains many thousands of political prisoners but in the last 50 years only one of them, Nelson Mandela, has turned his imprisonment into a tool to create political change and national liberty.
He accomplished this by intelligence, guile, patience, tolerance for his enemies — and a display of such majestic dignity he commanded the sympathy of the world, even the grudging sympathy of the white South Africans from whom he won power.
Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance on Sunday after nearly three months in a hospital that became the focus of a global outpouring of concern, but authorities said the health of the former South African president remained critical and sometimes unstable.
The return of the 95-year-old leader of the anti-apartheid movement to his home in an affluent neighbourhood of Johannesburg allows his family to share time with him in a more intimate setting.
On the day after his death, Nelson Mandela’s compatriots did their utmost to show that his life’s mission had been fulfilled. The peoples of the country he christened the “rainbow nation” joined hands in his memory, united under the green, red and blue colours that represented them.
“Only one person in South Africa was a true unifier of our nation — and that was our Tata [father] Nelson Mandela,” Patricia de Lille, the mayor of Cape Town, told a crowd outside the ornate colonnades and clock tower of City Hall.
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela’s death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A South African court ruled Wednesday that Nelson Mandela’s grandson must return the bodies of the former president’s three deceased children to their original burial site.
The court ruled against grandson Mandla Mandela, who moved the bodies of three Mandela children in 2011 from Mandela’s hometown in Qunu to his birthplace of Mvezo, about 25 kilometres away.
The family members claimed Mandla Mandela moved the graves without the knowledge or consent of his relatives.
Nelson Mandela drew his last breath unaided as his friends and family gathered around his bedside to say their goodbyes, it has emerged.
Those closest to the revered former South African president were called to see him for a last visit by his wife, Graca Machel, who told one visitor: “The doctors have said, ’anytime’.”
One friend said the 95-year-old, who spent much of last year in and out of hospital suffering from a lung infection, had no life support in his final days and appeared to be “sleeping, but in pain”.
The highs and the lows of Milan Mens Fashion Week autumn/winter 2012. Milan menswear fashion week finished last night, following 50 shows and scores of presentations. More comprehensive coverage is available at fashion.telegraph.co.uk, but here we bring you the best (and worst) of it.