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67 Blankets for Mandela claims a world record

South Africa's 67 Blankets for Mandela charity has claimed the record for the world's largest blanket this month‚ creating a collaborative blanket large enough to cover two-and-a-half rugby fields – with the help of people around the globe and prisoners across the country.

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Africans on Time magazine's 2016 100 Most Influential list

The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, including academics, politicians, cultural personalities and philanthropists. A number of Africans and Africa-related events feature this year.

SA artists erect Mandela statue in Palestine

To mark 22 years of freedom, three South African artists have created a six-metre statue of Nelson Mandela in Ramallah, Palestine. The project was funded by the City of Johannesburg as a symbol of commitment to lasting peace in the Middle East, said Joburg mayor Parks Tau.

South Africans to be honoured with 2016 National Orders

South Africa will award the 2016 National Orders today to citizens, living and deceased, for their political, cultural and social contributions to democracy. The awards are given as part of the country's annual Freedom Day commemorations.

South Africa marks World Malaria Day

South Africa, along with the rest of the world, observed World Malaria Day yesterday. While significant progress has been made in combating and treating the disease, work is ongoing to reach the goal of zero infections of malaria in Africa and around the globe.

Obituary: Papa Wemba – Africa's rhumba king

The king of rumba rock, Congolese music star Papa Wemba, died after he collapsed during a performance in Ivory Coast. As one of Africa's best known musical ambassadors, Wemba popularised the distinctive sounds of soukous-rumba dance music across the globe.

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