14 December 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Remembering Madiba

People around the world have demonstrated their love and affection for Nelson Mandela in public spaces.

Lighting candles at the memorial at Johannesburg's Westdene Dam at sunset. The memorial was held on Sunday 8 December 2013. Photo courtesy of Derek Smith, aka Mr Baggins

Mourners around South Africa have been writing messages in condolence books that have been left out in public spaces, like here at the Cape Town City Hall.

A mourner signs a book of condolence at the Cape Town City Hall. Photo taken on Saturday 7 December 2013. Photo courtesy of jose romeu de abreu, aka Jose Romeu

The flags outside the City Hall, where he made his first speech as a free man in 1990, have also been at half mast in honour of the icon.

The Grand Parade next to the City Hall has been used as a public space for mourners to gather and place flowers.

Flowers laid at the Grand Parade in Cape Town on Friday 6 December 2013. Photo courtesy of Charles Mercer aka charleshenrybeauchamp

Nobel Square, at the V&A Waterfront, is where you'll find statues of South Africa's four Nobel Peace Laureates. Flowers have been placed at the feet of Mandela's statue.

Local graffiti artist Mak1One created a large mural to honour Madiba's life.

Graffiti artist Mak1One creates a mural on Canterbury Street opposite Charly's Bakery in Cape Town. Photo courtesy of jose romeu de abreu, aka Jose Romeu

At the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December 2013, American president Brack Obama thanked South Africa for sharing Madiba with the rest of the world.

Internationally, people have also been paying their respects in public spaces associated with Mandela, like here at the Nelson Mandela Place in Glasgow.

In England, the Nelson Mandela statue at Parliament Square in London has been a popular site, with many photos circulating on various social media platforms.

The bust of Nelson Mandela, sculpted by Ian Walters, who also sculpted the statues at Parliament Square, is also a site of mourning in England.

Madiba's love for children is well known and we love these photographs of children showing their love for Madiba.

Both children and adults flock to Madiba's Houghton home to pay their respects to this great man. Photo taken Friday 6 December 2013. Photo courtesy of LensScribe
A little girl holding a candle at a memorial service in Vancouver. Photo taken Sunday 8 December 2013. Photo courtesy of Asher Isbrucker
There is an ongoing memorial outside the South African Embassy in Berlin where many can lay flowers, light candles, and pay their respects. Photo taken Saturday 7 December 2013. Photo courtesy of Thorsten Strasas - Reportage, aka tsreportage
The South African Embassy held a memorial at the African Union Conference Centre in Addis Ababa on Sunday 8 December 2013. It was attended by African Union representatives and ambassadors. Photo courtesy of Albert González Farran, UNAMID

Football teams and leagues have also been paying their respects. This photo is of Greek side Olympiakos and Belgian side Anderlecht ahead of their recent Uefa Champions League match.

Ivorian footballers Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue, of Galatasaray, took off their team shirts at the end of a recent match to reveal vests with tribute messages to Mandela. Many other football players have done the same.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will be remembered in the hearts of people all over the world. Through his words and thoughts, and various foundations and trusts, his work will continue.

If you have photographs of Nelson Mandela or photos of your time in South Africa, feel free to share them with our Love South Africa Flickr group – we'd love to see them.

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