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Nostalgia and euphoria are always likely to go hand in hand when the world remembers the day that one of the world’s most famous statesmen clenched and raised his right fist and took his first steps to freedom after 27 years in jail.

As a long distance runner who has taken part in 21- kilometre races, South Africa’s new National Commissioner of Police, General Kehla Sitole, knows the importance of endurance.

Not many people are able to set foot in the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, which houses the archives of the late former president and icon of South Africa’s struggle for liberation, Nelson Mandela.

For the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), 2017 was a demanding year.

South Africa’s newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa has an illustrious career which has seen him working in the private sector, the labour movement and he was among the writers of South Africa's new democratic constitution.

South Africa's newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament tonight, amid high expectations and enthusiasm.

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to present his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening, a day which officially signifies the beginning of a new era for the country.

The festive season is usually filled with joy and celebration - but for some it can also be a sad time given the number of road accidents and other tragic things that can unfortunately happen at this time of year.

Sandra Khumalo was only 23-years-old when, together with a group of colleagues, she was involved in a car accident. Little did she know that this would change her life forever.

It was on World Aids Day in 2011, two years into the current administration, when President Jacob Zuma announced a bold plan to scale-up South Africa’s fight against HIV/Aids. Plans to integrate Tuberculosis into the health system’s efforts against the epidemic were announced for the first time on 1 December of that year.

Despite his demanding political programme, late African National Congress (ANC) leader Oliver Tambo made time for his family and when he was home, he made it count.

When current Transport Minister Joe Masangwanyi leaves government, he wants to pursue his other passion – teaching students at universities. With two Master’s Degrees and currently completing his PHD, Minister Masangwanyi can easily walk into any lecture hall or research department.

Nomahomba Nzima, 78, was only 17 years old when Oliver Tambo got married to his wife Adelaide. Although she was a young girl, Nzima cannot forget the “handsome and charismatic” Tambo and his bright smile during the wedding day to his wife in 1956.

A safe and reliable road transport infrastructure is a key basis for South Africa’s efforts to accelerate economic growth and social development. More but more critical to the effective transport infrastructure is an efficient road network.

Government has declared this year as “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo”. SAnews reporter Bathandwa Mbola reminds us of some of the values that this icon stood for.

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