17 January 2012

Lengau (sing.), Mangau (pl.)

Last Sunday the central South African city of Mangaung, known as Bloemfontein in Afrikaans, came to life as current and future heads of states, distinguished guests and thousands of ordinary people converged in its conference halls and streets to celebrate the hundredth birthday of the oldest political party in the continent, the African National Congress (ANC).

The city, whose name means "a place of cheetahs" in Sesotho, reverberated with dance, feasting and speeches as presidents and other dignitaries praised the party of Nelson Mandela. Apart from the numerous milestones that mark the ANC's journey of a hundred years, the gathering also provided an opportunity to take a hard look at the party.

From: The Party Is Not Over for Africa's Grand Party But...

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