Nelson Mandela’s grief at losing his great granddaughter will stand in stark contrast to his pride as the father of a nation that today becomes the focus of the world’s attention.
Despite his 91 years and frail health, Mandela had hoped to be at the opening match of the football World Cup today in Johannesburg, but it was his family tragedy that eventually ensured his absence.
The fact that South Africa is hosting the World Cup owes much to Mandela. He helped the country in its bid to bring this huge global event to the African continent for the very first time.
His successor Jacob Zuma got the ball rolling last night at a concert in Orlando Stadium, Soweto, which brought together international star attractions like the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira. It was broadcast around the world and the proceeds will help build education, healthcare and football training centres for disadvantaged communities across Africa.