South African media salute Nelson Mandela at 90

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- It is no ordinary birthday, as news that Nelson Mandela turned 90 on Friday made headlines throughout South Africa all week.
Millions of people around the world have paid tributes to Africa's greatest stat esman and the local media made the most of the milestone event.
Most newspapers used the banner headline 'Happy Birthday Mandela' and their page s were filled with glowing reports of the celebrant's extra-ordinary achievement s as well as glowing tributes to him.
The Times summed up the mood of the day with the comment: "On the slopes of the Magaliesburg, a farm worker will stop to think of greatness.
At the stock exchan g e in Sandton, a trader will take a rest and remember this moment.
"In a classroom in Nelspruit, a pupil will halt his writing and mark the occassi on.
Behind a desk in an office in Polokwane, a secretary will cease typing and r e call him.
Across the length and breadth of this great country today, we stand un i ted and say with one voice: Happy birthday, Nelson Mandela.
" On a more sombre note, the Mail

19 july 2008 08:24:00

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