South Africans mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday with 67 minutes
1. South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday with giant cakes, mass renditions of “Happy Birthday” and 67 minutes of good deeds – one for each year of the anti-apartheid leader’s struggle against white-minority rule. Above: Lutho Makhalima reads a book to Nobantu Mbhokodi, in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
2. The Mandela Day campaign message is: “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.” Above: South African schoolchildren receive new shoes from volunteers to mark Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, at Batsogile Primary School in Soweto.
3. Former US president Bill Clinton met Mandela at his village home on Tuesday. A photograph released after the meeting showed Mandela seated in an armchair, his lap covered by a blanket, as he held Clinton’s hand.Images of the Nobel Peace Prize winner have become rare in recent years since he retired to Qunu. He was last seen in public at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg.
4. Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel celebrate his birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape
5. Local school children are given coaching lessons by South African players to mark Nelson Mandela day at the Kia Oval, London
6. Children put on new clothes that were given to them to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday in Mvezo, Eastern Cape
7. A school boy walks past prisoners who are cleaning and painting his school in Qunu, Eastern Cape
8. Mandla Mandela, the grandson of the former South African President, hands out books to children in Mvezo, Eastern Cape
9. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, dedicates her 67 minutes to handing out food and blankets to people living on the streets in and around Pretoria
10. Miss South Africa 2011 Melinda Bam visits children at Batsogile Primary School in Soweto