The world knows Nelson Mandela as a man who forever changed the course of modern history and who will surely continue to leave his mark long after his death Thursday at the age of 95.
Nelson Mandela, a global symbol of resistance against injustice who brought an end to the much-despised apartheid regime in South Africa and served as the country's first black president, died on Thursday. Here are the key dates in his life.
Doing its bit to honour Nelson Mandela, Cricket South Africa on Friday named the ongoing ODI series against India as 'dedication to late Nelson Mandela' after the anti-apartheid icon passed away.
I was at school in Canada when the news came through, Madiba, that you were to be released at last from prison. And I am in India now, a pupil of a different kind, as you are released again, from all of our need for you, writes Nic Dawes.
South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced a 10-day period of mourning following the death of Nelson Mandela, culminating in a state funeral and burial on December 15.
Nelson Mandela, who was re-admitted to hospital today for the second time in as many months, spent 27 years as a prisoner of apartheid before embarking on a "long walk to freedom" which saw him crowned South Africa's first black president and a Nobel peace laureate.
So revered is Nelson Mandela that it is easy to forget that for decades he was considered a terrorist by many foreign governments, and some of his now supporters.
Breathlessly, the 10-year-olds at Rosebank Primary School in Johannesburg clamour to explain all about Nelson Mandela's life.
Nelson Mandela, 94, has been hospitalized for the last two weeks. After some improvement in his condition, his health became critical again on Sunday and has since remained the same. A quick look at the numerous health problems he has suffered over the years.
Fifty-one years ago on Thursday a spry Nelson Mandela landed in Emperor Haile Selassie's Ethiopia with one goal: To become a trained guerrilla commander. It was 1962 and peaceful protests against the racist rule of South Africa's apartheid government had achieved little beyond hardening attitudes on both sides.
South Africans prepared on Thursday to say farewell to ailing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela after his condition deteriorated further in hospital, forcing President Jacob Zuma to cancel a trip to neighbouring Mozambique.
Australia's resources minister Gary Gray apologised today after mistakenly telling a business dinner that ailing South African democracy icon Nelson Mandela had died.
Nelson Mandela was in a "very critical" condition on life support Thursday, family members said, warning South Africa and the world that "anything is imminent" for the revered anti-apartheid hero.
South African President Jacob Zuma said today that the condition of ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela had improved overnight and was now critical but stable.
Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter lambasted foreign media "vultures" for violating her father's privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital, and said the former South African president was still clinging to life on Thursday.