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Nelson “Madiba” Rolihlahla Mandela was born on the 18 July 1918, to the Thembu Royal Family in Umtatu, in South Africa’s Cape Province, his forename, Rolihlahla, meaning troublemaker in Xhosa. His father was a local chief, and his early life was very much filled with old customs and rituals in his mother’s village, where, as a young boy, he herded cattle. Although both his parents were illiterate, his mother was a devoted Methodist and sent him to school under the guardianship of a fellow chief.  He followed his religion with great vigour and studied African History, Geography, English and Xhosa. He

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South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa’s president says. Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison. He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for