Author Adam Hochschild was 19 and writing for an anti-apartheid newspaper in Capetown, South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was arrested and put in prison. He couldn't imagine that Mandela had a chance against a government with the most military might in Africa.
Many parts of downtown Cape Town remain racially divided, and some are deserted at night and unsafe. It's part of the legacy of apartheid that hasn't changed. But Nelson Mandela's death has brought new life and integration to the center of the city — at least for now.
COSAT is a science and technology high school teaching some of South Africa's poorest kids. Yet it has one of the highest graduation rates of any public high in the country. Its principal, Phadiela Cooper, is one reason why.