For those unable to attend today's massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, we bring you the official programme, which includes a moving obituary to the great man.
In the few days since Nelson Mandela died, emotional video tributes to the man – from world leaders such as Barack Obama to activists like Aung San Suu Kyi, major media organisations such as the Guardian and New York Times, and very ordinary people – have flooded the internet. We bring you a selection.
Less than two days after the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa was dealt another body blow. Early on Saturday 7 December, news filtered out that another great boxer, former world flyweight champion Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, had passed away at the age of 51.
Over 70 global leaders – including four US presidents – as well as royalty and international celebrities are heading to South Africa for a massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela, set to be one of the largest gatherings of heads of state and government in recent history.
Hundreds of South Africans gathered outside Nelson Mandela's home on the night of Thursday 5 December and the following days to mourn his passing and celebrate his life with flowers, candles, tears, embraces and dancing.
Nelson Mandela united the world in freedom and forgiveness. Once again, today he unites the world - in grief. From politicians to entertainers, from sports men and women to religious leaders, and from ordinary people the world over, tributes are pouring in for a man loved by all.
In 1961 Nelson Mandela was a younger man of 42, on the run from the police for his increasingly militant solutions to the problem of apartheid. Yet, way back then, he remained outspokenly committed to racial tolerance and peace. Watch him explain his views in his first televised interview.
"During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
Expressions of grief and condolence have poured in from across the world after former president, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and statesman, Nelson Mandela, the world’s icon of reconciliation, compassion and goodwill, died at home in Houghton, Johannesburg, at 20h50 on the night of 5 December 2013. He was 95.
As the world embarks on a week of mourning for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – activist, political prisoner, president of South Africa, statesman and world icon of peace and justice – we bring you a timeline celebrating his remarkable life.
Mandela was married three times, and had four daughters, one of whom died in infancy. All his wives have radiated a special warmth and power, from the young Evelyn Mase to the fiery Winnie Madikizela to the wise Graça Machel.
Nelson Mandela called Qunu in the Eastern Cape home, and it is where is to be buried on 15 December 2013. It is no accident that he went from herd boy to freedom fighter to global statesman – he was chosen for greatness.
After almost two decades of democracy the world is asking: “What has Nelson Mandela’s South Africa done with its freedom?” Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman Sachs International, discusses a new, data-rich, empirical report revealing that the country has, in fact, done a great deal.