Photo Credit: ABC News

Photo Credit: ABC News

It has been a year since South African Politician and Philanthropist Nelson Mandela sadly passed away.

South Africa’s first Black President, died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

Mandela had been in intensive medical care at his home in Johannesburg and died in the company of his family.

The announcement was made on television by the current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

Mr Zuma said: “We’ve lost our greatest son. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.

“Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”

The South African government will lead an international moment of noise and silence to commemorate the first anniversary of Mandela’s death,.

It will begin with three minutes and seven seconds of noise using bells, sirens, instruments, vuvuzelas and loudhailer, followed by three minutes of silence.

This is one of several events, which have been planned in South Africa to mark the occasion.

There will also be a friendly cricket match between South Africa’s national cricket and rugby teams.