It was an honour to have been born in the same country as Nelson Mandela, to have the opportunity once to shake his hand – and to write about him as objectively as anyone could

Growing up in Mandela’s looming absence

This commentary was published on page 3 of The Independent the day after Nelson Mandela’s death was announced

Robben Island: Mandela’s Purgatory

Mandela spent all but a few of his 27 years in prison on an island within sight of Cape Town. Now it is a world heritage site

Mandela at 85

This appreciation was published in several countries, including Britain and South Africa, when Mandela turned 85 in 2003