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This just in: Matt Damon will play Francois Pienaar in a film about the 1995 World Cup. It’s an interesting bit of casting, don’t you think? Not only is Damon half the size of Pienaar, but, crucially, he doesn’t look like a duck. I think LA Law’s Corbin Bernsen would be much better. I’ll explain later.

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela makes a lot more sense, and will come as a huge relief for Freeman, who has diligently maintained the Madiba haircut for 25 years in order to stay the number one choice. But if the role of Madiba is sewn up, that of Kobus Wiese is far from it. Hollywood might consider overfeeding Russell Crowe then repeatedly hammering him over his head with a spade until it looked like a tree stump. It’s that or shaving a panda...

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has delivered more than his share of wisdom. We’ve selected some of his most memorable quotes, all of which are as relevant today as the day he uttered them.


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We bring you some important, and some less important (but no less engaging) Madiba-related Youtube clips, including the one in which that wise old owl George ‘Dubya’ Bush pronounces our former president dead. It won’t shock you to hear that Bush hadn’t quite done his homework on that occasion.
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Living Free in Mozambique

Mozambique is the home of Madiba’s wife Graca Machel – former wife of Mozambican revolutionary Samora Machel. Mandela spends every second weekend at Graca’s house near Maputo. On a recent visit, Arthur Christopher saw the appeal.

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Coldplay – Viva la Vida
Following the fairly insipid X&Y, the pressure was on Coldplay to remind us why we cared so much with Vida la Vida, their fourth studio album.

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
All great singer songwriters tend to have a good story. And Justin Vernon has one of the best. When his band broke up and his girlfriend left him...

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Dawn of The Ordinary Hero

Before Madiba became the father of the nation, he was an ordinary kid growing up in the Transkei, an every-day undergraduate, a first-time activist. Every (super)hero has to start somewhere, with the smallest act of justice.
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Food for thought
A report by the World Economic Forum's Global Risk Network on Africa's future cites security, geopolitical instability, economic shocks and climate change as the continent's main challenges.

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Food for thought
A report by the World Economic Forum's Global Risk Network on Africa's future cites security, geopolitical instability, economic shocks and climate change as the continent's main challenges.
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