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“Hatred, revenge, bitterness -these are negative emotions. The person harboring those emotions suffers more." 

Ahmed Kathrada


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A constitutional referendum was successfully held in The Republic of Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 
As a result 51.3 % said “Yes” and 48.1 % said "No" in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.


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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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Nelson Mandela Books

How many biographies can one man inspire? The jury's still out on this one. Books by or about Nelson Mandela are a growth industry. Here are snap reviews of some of the classics.

A Long Walk to Freedom


Madiba's autobiography was begun in prison, worked on for several months after his release in 1990 and has been issued in a range of volumes - including a shortened, simplified version,referred to in the trade as "A Short Walk to Freedom" but actually entitled "The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom" (Little, Brown). The full-strength version is available in one (fat) volume or two, from Abacus.


Mandela: The Authorised Biography


Anthony Sampson, former editor of Drum magazine, is the author of a biography simply called "Mandela" (Harpercollins), which brings the story up to date - or at least up to 1999, and includes Madiba's time as President of South Africa.


The World That Made Mandela


Bringing history and geography together, Luli Callinicos' coffee-table-sized book is filled with archival and contemporary images telling Mandela's story through the many places associated with his life. From his birthplace in Qunu to the Old Fort in Johannesburg, where he was held prisoner (and which is now the site of the Constitutional Court), from Soweto to Mpumalanga, the images provide a wonderful historical context for South Africa today, combining to form a unique "heritage trail".


Nelson Mandela: a Life in Cartoons


"Nelson Mandela: a Life in Cartoons" by Stephen Francis and cartoonist Rico (New Africa Books) documents an extraordinary life in over 150 extraordinary cartoons.


In the Words of Nelson Mandela


"Mandela from another angle: In the Words of Nelson Mandela" by Jennifer Crwys-Williams is a compilation of aphorisms drawn from Madiba's speeches, interviews, books and court reports. Also reissued as "The Thoughts of Nelson Mandela".