April 3, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The health of former South African President Nelson Mandela has improved, according to South African officials who said he is in much better shape than he was a week ago when he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. “President Nelson Mandela continues to make steady improvement in hospital,” said a statement by Mac Maharaj, spokesman for President Jacob Zuma. “His doctors say he continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment and is much better now than he was when he was admitted to hospital.
March 28, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela was readmitted to a hospital after a worrying recurrence of the lung infection he suffered in December, the South African presidency announced Thursday. It was the third time Mandela, known affectionately to South Africans by his clan name, Madiba, has been hospitalized since December. The unexpected late-night admission rang alarm bells for many. South Africa's first black president went into a hospital in Pretoria just before midnight.
December 25, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-- South Africa's Nelson Mandela, who was spending Christmas in the hospital recovering from serious illness, was in good spirits and looking much better, President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday. He said Mandela immediately greeted him, shouting out Zuma's clan name, Nxamalala. Zuma visited Mandela, along with Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and other members of the Mandela family. “We found him in good spirits. He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward!
December 24, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's elder statesman, Nelson Mandela, will spend Christmas in the hospital, with authorities announcing that doctors have no plans to discharge the former president. Mandela, 94, South Africa's first black president, has been hospitalized since Dec. 8, his longest stay since he was released from prison in 1993. He originally was hospitalized for a lung infection but also has had surgery for gallstones. Authorities have offered scant day-to-day information about Mandela's illness.
December 18, 2012 |
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - President Jacob Zuma, who has come under criticism as an ineffective leader of South Africa, was reelected Tuesday for a second term as head of the ruling African National Congress. After the party conference vote, Zuma, a controversial figure who has faced numerous scandals, including the use of public money for renovations to his house and corruption charges that were inexplicably dropped in 2009, called for unity and belted out a song. Delegates clad in made-in-China ANC outfits sang, danced, stomped and videorecorded one another with their cellphones.
December 6, 2012
Re "In South Africa, paralysis at the top," Dec. 3 Several years ago, I read Nelson Mandela's inspiring autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," and Dominique Lapierre's beautiful ode to the birth of a post-apartheid South Africa, "A Rainbow in the Night. " Recently, I finished Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer's "No Time Like the Present," a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa concerning a mixed-race couple, former companions in "the struggle. " I am currently reading Douglas Foster's "After Mandela.