Countries pay tribute in unique ways

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The French authorities bathed the Eiffel Tower in Paris in green, red, yellow and blue lights to symbolise the South African flag following the death of Nelson Mandela. Photo: SAPA


Johannesburg - Countries paid tribute to former president Nelson Mandela by lighting up buildings in the colours of the South African flag.

Pictures of the lit up Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State building in New York, and the Omni Hotel in Dallas circulated on Twitter and the internet in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Empire State building's Twitter page reads: “In memory of Nelson Mandela, we will light in the colours of the South African flag tonight & tmrw. #RIPNelsonMandela.”

The front of the Omni Hotel was lit up in the South African flag.

The French capital city illuminated its landmark in the same colours.

In Washington the South African embassy used light installations to cast a shadow of Mandela across its building. The Times of London tweeted a picture of it. - Sapa

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