One man who knew Nelson Mandela better that most was the Neath MP and former Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain.
He and his family were forced to flee South Africa in the 1960s because of their support for the then-jailed anti-apartheid leader.
Our Political Editor Adrian Masters has been to meet him.
Six-year-old Emma Williams was invited to sit on Nelson Mandela's lap when he visited Wales in June 1998. Now 22, she speaks to ITV News.
Nelson Mandela's first ever television interview was given to ITN reporter Brian Widlake in May 1961.
Former ITV News presenter Sir Trevor McDonald was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990.