JOHANNESBURG — Nearly 12 million school children across South Africa have kicked off celebrations marking the 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the country’s deeply loved anti-apartheid icon, with resounding choruses of “Happy Birthday.”
School assemblies began Wednesday with birthday wishes for Mr. Mandela, who was expected to spend the day privately at his homestead in the southeastern province with his family.
South African churchmen and politicians urged people across the country “to make every day a Mandela Day.”
African Union elects first female leader
Mr. Dlamini-Zuma, who is also the former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, secured the votes of 37 of the 54 African Union member nations to narrowly win the two-thirds majority required at a summit of leaders in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
Her election was seen as a major coup for South Africa as it tries to emerge as a political and economic powerhouse on the continent.
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