A number sites paying tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela have gone live following the death of the global statesman in his Johannesburg home, aged 95.
Many of the sites were built by news organisations, and feature their reporters memories of Mandela, coverage around him over the years and tributes to the global icon. A number of public bodies and organisations associated with the man many referred to by his clan name “Madiba” have also put up their own tribute spaces.
Memeburn has put together a list of some of the most comprehensive tributes on the web as the world comes to terms with losing one of its greatest leaders.
South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian has one of the most comprehensive Mandela tribute sites, with sections including news around him, a detailed history of his life and its coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate over the years.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory was set up in 2011 to preserve and give unprecedented digital access to thousands of archival documents, photographs, and audio-visual materials about the life and times of Nelson Mandela.
Its tribute page allows members of the public to pass on their messages of condolence on the former president’s passing.
The New York Times’ obituary page includes a slide show, timeline and its journalists’ memories of their encounters with Mandela.
The official Nelson Mandela memorial site, set up by the South African government, is perhaps the most comprehensive in the information it provides. It also allows people to post tributes to Mandela via Facebook.
South African media conglomerate Primedia has put together an Ourmadiba page, which includes a multimedia showcase of some of Mandela’s finest moments, a timeline of his life and a space for posting tributes to the world-renowned leader.
The African National Congress, which Nelson Mandela served as an active member of throughout his political life, posted a statement as well as providing a gallery, links to the great man’s speeches and writings and an opportunity to send through messages of condolence.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation is also providing a space for people to submit their tributes to Mandela as well as links to sites which had already been set up to honour his legacy.
While news organisation eNCA has transformed its website in tribute to Mandiba, perhaps the most striking thing it has done is set up a page that allows you to light a virtual candle for Mandela.
Satire news site The Onion didn’t have any specialised tributes, but it got things pretty much spot on with the above image.
The BBC’s tribute page includes features on Mandela, a collection of tributes from world leaders and background information including a Mandela family tree.
The South African presidency went for simplicity in its tribute.