• Nelson Mandela laughs with journalists near the small Southern Cape province town of George.Reuters
  • Graca Machel, widow of Nelson Mandela, arrives with her family members before laying wreaths during the first anniversary of his death in Pretoria.Reuters
  • Children lay wreaths during the official commemoration ceremony marking the first death anniversary of former South African President Nelson Mandela, at the world's largest Mandela statue at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 5 December 2014.Reuters
  • Graca Machel gives a speech before laying wreaths during the first death anniversary of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria on 5 December 2014.Reuters
  • A local holds a lit candle in front of a mural of Nelson Mandela ahead of his first death anniversary, in Soweto on 4 December 2014.Reuters
  • The first official passport of Nelson Mandela.Reuters
  • The face of Nelson Mandela is portrayed on the new five-rand (61 cents) coin made by the South African Mint in 2000.Reuters
  • A plaque dedicated to Nelson Mandela is seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York.Reuters
  • A statue of Nelson Mandela stands outside the gates of Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison), near Paarl in Western Cape province.Reuters
  • Candles are lit under a portrait of Nelson Mandela in Qunu.Reuters
  • Posters of various newspapers paying tribute to Nelson Mandela are seen ahead of his first death anniversary, in Soweto on 4 December 2014.Reuters

On Friday, the world commemorates the first death anniversary of Nelson Mandela, the icon of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, who died at 95, of lung infection, on 5 December 2013 in Johannesburg.

Official ceremonies, including an interfaith prayer service, wreath-laying by veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle, and a cricket match took place in Pretoria as a tribute to the world leader.

Over the weekend, various programmes will be organised at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to honour the life and work of the Father of Africa and one of the popular political figures of the 20th century.

"As we remember Madiba this week, let us do so through recommitting ourselves to advancing his vision of unity, reconciliation, global peace, development, prosperity and a better life for all South Africans," South African president Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, was born in Mvezo, South Africa on 18 July 1918. Born as Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla's son, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1944 and on 10 May 1994, he became South Africa's first democratically elected President. The global peacemaker, who served 27 years in prison, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and more than 250 awards over four decades.

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