Nelson Mandela http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20789/all en Mandela health scare sparked by mistaken tweet http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/nelson-mandela-2011-health-scare-false-story-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Man watching 2011 "year in review" TV show mistakes old footage of Nelson Mandela for breaking news, and tweets that the former South African president has been hospitalized. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; The news spread like wildfire on Twitter this morning: Nelson Mandela is in hospital.</p> <p> It was retweeted by journalists and by a major South African newspaper, keen to be first with news about the beloved 93-year-old former president, known to be in frail health.</p> <p> &quot;Former president Nelson Mandela is in hospital, according to reports. Watch this space for more information,&quot; tweeted The Times, a Johannesburg newspaper (<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/timeslive">@TimesLIVE</a>).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/nelson-mandela-2011-health-scare-false-story-twitter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela Twitter South Africa Weird Wide Web Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:24:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5685492 at http://www.globalpost.com Nelson Mandela TV miniseries, "Madiba," in the works http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120109/nelson-mandela-tv-series-madiba-miniseries <p> The $20-million series is titled &quot;Madiba,&quot; which is Mandela&#39;s family clan name and a term of respect for him commonly used by South Africans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120109/nelson-mandela-tv-series-madiba-miniseries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apartheid Nelson Mandela Entertainment South Africa Mon, 09 Jan 2012 14:14:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5686449 at http://www.globalpost.com Mandela bank notes to be issued by South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120211/mandela-bank-notes-south-africa-currency President Jacob Zuma said the bank notes were a "humble gesture" to express South Africa's "deep gratitude" to Mandela.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120211/mandela-bank-notes-south-africa-currency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela South Africa Sat, 11 Feb 2012 17:48:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5691344 at http://www.globalpost.com Nelson Mandela hospitalized, 'in good spirits' (UPDATES) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120225/nelson-mandela-hospitalized-abdominal-complaint-madiba-health-news <p> JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized over an abdominal complaint.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120225/nelson-mandela-hospitalized-abdominal-complaint-madiba-health-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Health Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:07:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693431 at http://www.globalpost.com Mandela News: South African icon 'not in any danger,' to be released from hospital soon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120225/mandela-health-news-hospital-condition-satisfactory JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela is "not in any danger" and will be released from hospital tomorrow or Monday, the South African presidency said today.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120225/mandela-health-news-hospital-condition-satisfactory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Health Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:09:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693456 at http://www.globalpost.com Mandela 'fine' after diagnostic laparoscopy for abdominal complaint (UPDATES) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120226/mandela-hospitalized-overnight-stay-madiba-health-news JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela is "fine" after undergoing a diagnostic laparoscopy for an abdominal complaint, South African officials have said. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120226/mandela-hospitalized-overnight-stay-madiba-health-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Health Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:33:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693490 at http://www.globalpost.com Mandela home from hospital; 'nothing seriously wrong' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120226/mandela-news-home-from-hospital-good-health JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela is home after spending a night in hospital for a diagnostic procedure to determine the cause of a long-standing abdominal problem.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120226/mandela-news-home-from-hospital-good-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Health Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:59:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693530 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa relaxes as Mandela 'back to daily routine' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120227/nelson-mandela-news-south-african-psyche JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela has resumed his daily routine since returning home Sunday from hospital, the South African Presidency said today.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120227/nelson-mandela-news-south-african-psyche" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Health Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:04:26 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693716 at http://www.globalpost.com Idris Elba to play Nelson Mandela in biopic because South African actors 'too short' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/idris-elba-mandela-biopic-south-african-actors-too-short <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> South Africans angry that yet another foreign actor has been cast as Mandela, their national icon, in a major film. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG &mdash; British actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0252961/">Idris Elba</a> has been cast as Nelson Mandela in a new biopic, a film version of Mandela&#39;s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom &mdash;&nbsp;and South Africans are wondering why, yet again, a foreigner is playing their national icon.</p> <p> Elba (Stringer Bell in legendary HBO series <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire">The Wire</a>) is the latest big-name actor from abroad to play Mandela, following in the footsteps of Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover and Terrence Howard.</p> <p> In response to criticism from South Africans angry that homegrown actors are passed up in favor of Hollywood stars, the casting director claimed the reason for choosing Elba was not because of a lack of local talent.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was free to cast a South African and I auditioned some extraordinary local actors,&rdquo; Moonyeenn Lee <a href="http://www.citypress.co.za/Entertainment/News/Long-walk-to-the-box-office-20120317">told South Africa&#39;s City Press newspaper</a>. &ldquo;But the main problem is the height. Mandela is a particularly tall man. On average, South African actors are not 1.9m.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p> (Elba, at 6-foot-2, is still shorter than 6-foot-4 Mandela.)</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120109/nelson-mandela-tv-series-madiba-miniseries">Nelson Mandela TV miniseries, &quot;Madiba,&quot; in the works</a></strong></p> <p> Mabutho Kid Sithole, president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa &mdash; which in 2009 protested the casting of Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the film Winnie &mdash;&nbsp;isn&#39;t buying Lee&#39;s explanation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/idris-elba-mandela-biopic-south-african-actors-too-short" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Weird Wide Web Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:26:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5697236 at http://www.globalpost.com Nelson Mandela archive, backed by Google, goes online http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120327/mandela-digital-archive-launched-google JOHANNESBURG — Thousands of documents, photos and videos about Nelson Mandela are being made available for free online in a new digital archive of the South African anti-apartheid hero's life. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120327/mandela-digital-archive-launched-google" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apartheid Google Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:59:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5697895 at http://www.globalpost.com Nelson Mandela's Shakespeare edition, dubbed the 'Robben Island Bible,' to be shown at British Museum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120619/nelson-mandela-shakespeare-copy-display-british-museum The Shakespeare edition was smuggled into the Robben Island prison by being disguised as a Hindu religious book.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120619/nelson-mandela-shakespeare-copy-display-british-museum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela Shakespeare South Africa United Kingdom Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:55:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5708400 at http://www.globalpost.com Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says ANC is disrespectful toward Mandela family http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120710/winnie-madikizela-mandela-says-anc-disrespecting-mandela-family "The family is still grappling with the most shabby treatment throughout the years," Madikizela-Mandela wrote in an email to the ANC.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120710/winnie-madikizela-mandela-says-anc-disrespecting-mandela-family" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Jacob Zuma Nelson Mandela South Africa Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:57:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5711261 at http://www.globalpost.com Morris Mandela, 'younger brother' to Nelson Mandela, dead in South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120711/morris-mandela-dead-nelson-mandela-brother-dies-qun In a 2011 interview with GlobalPost, Morris Mandela recalled living with cousin Nelson in Soweto.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120711/morris-mandela-dead-nelson-mandela-brother-dies-qun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela South Africa Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5711347 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa serenades Nelson Mandela on his 94th birthday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120718/nelson-mandela-94th-birthday-south-africa Some 12 million South African schoolchildren sung a specially composed song for Mandela's birthday as part of official celebrations.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120718/nelson-mandela-94th-birthday-south-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela World Leaders South Africa Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:34:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5712344 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa: Mike du Toit, mastermind of 'Boeremag' white supremacist plot to kill Mandela, convicted of treason http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120726/mike-du-toit-mastermind-boeremag-white-supremacist-group-convicted-treason The Boeremag, which means "Afrikaner Power" in Afrikaans, wanted to chase black people out of South Africa.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120726/mike-du-toit-mastermind-boeremag-white-supremacist-group-convicted-treason" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nelson Mandela South Africa Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:52:00 +0000 News Desk 5713618 at http://www.globalpost.com