South Africans have been celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The icon of decades of struggle to overturn the country’s apartheid regime is 93.
The man himself, who spent 27 years in captivity for his beliefs, remained quietly at home but millions of schoolchildren played a central role in the festivities.
Members of his family helped with 67 minutes of voluntary work – one minute for each of the 67 years of Mandela’s political struggle.
Bridget Masango from the Nelson Mandela Foundation said: ‘This day to me signifies the birth of a man who has not only changed the lives of South Africans, who has changed the lives of the entire world by saying to them “if you have a vision nothing will stop you achieving that vision just for as long as you don’t give up”.’
And throughout the country children sang Happy Birthday to the man they affectionately know as Madiba.