Every year, South Africans celebrate Reconciliation Day on the 16th December. Originally the date marked a fierce battle between the Zulu and Boer peoples known as the Battle of Blood River (1838) - now an historic site and tourist attraction some three hours and 45 minutes from Durban - but it was also the date on which the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) , uMkhonto weSizwe (The Spear of the Nation) was founded (1961). A contentious date, but under Nelson Mandela's presidency, the 16th December was set aside as a special day on which all South Africans could come together and reconcile our differences. In death, as in life, Madiba proved the most extraordinary unifying force and today - the day after Madiba was laid to rest in his hometown of Qunu in the rural Eastern Cape - that spirit of reconciliation has never been more keenly felt. Lala kahle, Madiba - thank you for the magic!

Madiba was renowned for giving moving speeches. Take a moment and enjoy these magic - and immortal - words from the Father of Our Nation...

The Musical Life and Spirited Words of Nelson Mandela
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