What does Mandela mean to you?

To many, Nelson Mandela was a "hero", an "icon" and the "father of the Rainbow Nation".

The "new" South Africa, which he helped build, is today a mosaic of cultures and people.

Through our partner, Jana, Al Jazeera asked ordinary South Africans what Madiba meant to them.

Hover over the blocks on the right to read their responses and to reveal an image of the youthful freedom fighter who became a legend.

Hover over the blocks to reveal a youthful Mandela.