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How Nelson Mandela shaped northern B.C.

Nelson Mandela (Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)

"If it's not this time in hospital, it's sometime in the not-to-distant future. I think many South Africans are just getting ready to let him go graciously and peacefully." So says Dr. Charles Helm of the news that former South African president Nelson Mandela is once again in hospital. Helm lives in the northeastern B.C. community of Tumbler Ridge now, but he is from South Africa originally. He left after deciding he didn't want to contribute to take part in the apartheid system of the 1980s. Today, Helm is grateful to Mandela for the positive influence he's had on the country and the world. He spoke with CBC's Betsy Trumpener.

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