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Google’s top trending search for 2013 is Nelson Mandela

Google Top Trending Searches 2013


Google has released its list of top trending searches for 2013. Two year-end deaths resonated most in the ranking charts given a year that was full of major news events, new products releases and buzzwords.

This year, Google surveyed 72 countries and their search results is the largest sample the company has ever undertaken. The two top trending searches globally were : Nelson Mandela” and “Paul Walker”.

Even though searches for “Nelson Mandela” were extremely strong before the passing away of the South African icon, after his death at 95 on 5 December Google experienced a flood of searches for information about the a man who fought and brought about the end of Apartheid after spending 27 years in jail.

Following Mandela was the search for the late “Fast and the Furious” actor, Paul Walker who ironically died in a motor vehicle accident. Apple’s iPhone5s took the number 3 spot followed by the Glee celebrity Cory Monteith who died of an accidental drug overdose.

5th place went to Harlem Shake followed by Boston marathon, Royal Baby, Samsung S4, Playstation 4, and North Korea rounded out the top 10 list for global trending searches on Google.

Google analyzed roughly 1 trillion searches to complete its annual Zeitgeist list and also offered information about how individuals made use of its services in different part of the world.

Google’s top trending searches, South Africa:

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Oscar Pistorius
3. Paul Walker
4. Defencex
5. Vuyo Mbuli
6. OLX
7. Standard Bank Internet
8. BBM for Nadroid
9. Reeva Steenkamp
10. Royal Baby

Google’s top trending How to.., South Africa:

1. Twerk
2. Fight
3. Survive
5. Drawing
6. Massage
7. Dance
8. Skip
9. Kickflip
10. Code

To view Google’s top trending search results for South Africa 2013 CLICK HERE


Rest in Peace Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba

Nelson Mandela Quote


It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba.

We want to express our sadness at this time and condolences to the Mandela Family. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.

We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom.

“During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Our nation has lost his greatest son, Our people have lost their father. Your teachings, your lessons, your legacy will live with us and in our hearts forever. You have taught us the art of forgiveness and created a better place for all of us. You have established and provided the world with a blueprint of true leadership.

Rest in Peace…..Forever in our hearts.


Nelson Mandela Education Quote



Mandela book of quotations published

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has published a brand new, authorised book of quotations from the well-respected former president – one many people sincerely hope will assist his countless admirers to quote him accurately in the foreseeable future.

Nelson Mandela by Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations was released at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 27 June 2011, and sales were brisk at the launch function.

“We wanted this to be a publication of substance,” said the centre’s memory programme head Verne Harris, “and one that wasn’t necessarily in accordance with the well-established narrative of Mandela’s life.”


Beneath the editorship of Mandela Foundation communications manager Sello Hatang and senior researcher Sahm Venter, the new publication at the same time endeavors to make the task of the foundation a lot easier as it receives an abundance of phone calls every month from people looking to confirm Mandela’s words of wisdom.

Despite the fact that the book is small in size, it is made up of over 2 000 quotes by the elder statesman, collected over six decades. They’re categorised according to keywords such as responsibility, humanity, reconciliation, prison, integrity and South Africa – 317 sections in all.

The prison category is divided into 26 sub-sections, including comrades, loneliness, and reflections. The South Africa section has 13 sub-categories.

The book comes with a timeline of important Mandela events, in addition to a collection of books and documentaries that had been utilized as references.



Unpublished material

The editors, who claims that Mandela is among the most frequently quoted people on the planet, assure that each and every saying is 100% accurate. Hatang and Venter delved into Mandela’s notebooks, letters, speeches and audio material in order to put the collection together. Many quotations have been unpublished in the past.

“We pass through this world but once,” says the quotation inside the covers, “and opportunities you miss will never be available to you again.”


“Granddad doesn’t often talk openly about his feelings,” said Ndileka Mandela, daughter of Mandela’s older son Thembekile, at the event, “so this book is a invaluable resource along with an insight into his thoughts”.

“This book is long overdue,” said politician and businesswoman Cheryl Carolus. “For many years we’ve looked up to Madiba along with his generation as the leaders, however today we are the frontline generation and the future is in our hands. As a result, we can all reap the benefits of his wisdom.”



Ahead of his time

Mandela’s sayings are brought to you in chronological order within each section, in order that the reader can easily track the continuing development of his thoughts and opinions on any matter. Numerous topics are a great deal more significant today as they were a decade or two ago.

In 1992 Mandela said: “Many of us find it difficult to talk about sex to our children, but nature’s truth is that unless we guide the youth towards safer sex, the alternative is playing into the hands of a killer disease.”

HIV/Aids has swept through South Africa’s population in recent times, killing millions. As reported by the national Department of Health, until 1998 the South African Aids epidemic was in fact the fastest expanding on earth, however it has since retarded. Prevalence of mother-to-child transmission, in particular, has fallen from 8% in 2008 to 2% in 2011.


“In this regard Granddad was far ahead of his time,” said Ndileka Mandela. “During a Robben Island visit, I was shocked when he asked me very personal questions about my relationships, and warned me about safe sex. You didn’t talk about those things back then.”

A poignant entry from 2005 reads simply, “My son has died of Aids.”

“Yes, Aids has touched our family,” Ndileka Mandela said, making reference to the death of her uncle Makgatho, who passed away at the age of 54.

Mandela was adamant that the reason behind his son’s death ought not to be hidden, simply because treating Aids as something mysterious only enhances the stigma and misinformation which enables the disease to proliferate.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com, nelsonmandela.org


New book brings Nelson Mandela’s quotes to life

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is going to be releasing the very first completely accurate, totally referenced and authorised record of former president Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring and historically significant quotations.

Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations will be launched ahead of Mandela Day – Mandela’s Birthday – on 18 July.

“This collection – obtained from privileged sanctioned permission to access Mandela’s vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence and audio recordings – includes in excess of 2 000 quotations spanning more than 60 years,” says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Over 300 categories

The motivational quotations are arranged into over 300 categories for simple reference, including such aspects as what defines greatness in “Character”, “Courage” and “Optimism”.

One can possibly at the same time learn from him the essence of democracy, freedom and struggle in the categories such as “Democracy”, “History”, “Racism”, “Reconciliation” and “Unity”.

Selected quotations from the book:

# “I accepted that if you have a problem, you must face it and not gloss over it.” – Nelson Mandela, 29 December 1992

# “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela, 1975

# “You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with.” – Nelson Mandela, 13 August 2005

# “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.” – Nelson Mandela, Closing Address 13th International Aids Conference, Durban, South Africa, 14 July 2000.

Source: southafrica.info


Google to assist digitise Nelson Mandela archives

Google has recently presented a R8.6 million grant towards the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory that will assist to preserve and provide unparalleled digital accessibility to an endless number of archival documents, photographs as well as audio-visual materials concerning the life and times of Nelson Mandela.

Google’s grant will be of assistance with regard to expanding the web based Mandela archive and also make it accessible to global audiences, scholars and researchers in the foreseeable future. The web based multimedia archive will comprise of Nelson Mandela’s letters and correspondence with family, comrades and friends, prison diaries along with notes he composed at the time he was leading the discussions that resulted in the termination of apartheid in South Africa.

“All of us are thrilled that Google has come on board to assist and make certain that our Mandela Portal develops into a world class reference point and supply of genuine and reliable information and facts about Madiba,” said Verne Harris, head of the Centre of Memory.

A grant of the identical size has additionally been made to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, intended for the documentation and digitisation of Desmond Tutu’s archives as well as an interactive digital learning centre.

Commenting on the initiatives, Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa said, “Google would like to help bring the world’s historical heritage online, while the internet provides innovative solutions to preserve, protect and share this information.

“Our grants to the Nelson Mandela Centre and Desmond Tutu Peace Centre is going to assist the progress of new digital archives for South Africa’s history, providing the global public an unparalleled possibility to engage with the historical past of some of the most extraordinary and remarkable leaders of our time.”

Source: BuaNews, segue.atlas.uiuc.edu, nelsonmandela.org, tutu.org