SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

Traveling from the United States to South Africa this week is the Minnesota Orchestra, with its members completing a five-city performance tour – the first such visit by a professional U.S. orchestra. The American guests, led by music director Osmo Vänskä, are performing alongside their South African counterparts in a…

Obama speaks on Mandela, as much the message as the messenger

Obama speaks on Mandela, as much the message as the messenger

The sense of gravity in the moment was hard to miss, even with a friendly joke about former United States President Barack Obama’s dancing ability, as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced the speaker to thousands gathered for the Mandela Lecture at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The international community was…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

South Africans mourned on Monday the loss of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the apartheid-era leader of the country’s struggle for justice and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela, 81, died at a Johannesburg hospital where she had been treated over the last year for chronic illness, the family said in…

South African ANC, anti-apartheid leader Kathrada dies

South African human rights activist, author and anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada has died. The 87-year-old Kathrada, a longtime leader of the African National Congress (ANC), died Tuesday morning at Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg, according to a statement released by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He died after a short illness…

Nelson Mandala’s grandson accused of rape

One of Nelson Mandal’s grandsons has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. Family members of the late former president Nelson Mandela were occupying the court gallery on Friday in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court. Ndaba and Makaziwe Mandela were among those sitting in the front row of the court. The…