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Ten years after Volkswagen's legendary Beetle drove off into the sunset, the German carmaker's other main icon, the camper van, takes its leave from the world's automobile stage this month. In the vast firmament of the automobile industry, the camper van's star shines almost as brightly as that of the Beetle. The worldwide popularity of both vehicles helped VW become a global carmaker. It was the Beetle -- the Type 1 -- that gave birth to the company that is currently the world's third-biggest automaker.
By Tiisetso Motsoeneng PRETORIA (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued on Wednesday to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela, whose body was lying in state in Pretoria in the building where the anti-apartheid hero was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa's first black president. Foreign dignitaries and celebrities joined thousands of South Africans at the imposing Union Buildings, perched on a hill overlooking Pretoria, for a last chance to see the body of the man regarded as the father of democratic South Africa. Mandela's flag-draped casket was met by officers representing branches of the military on arrival from the capital's main military hospital, in a formal ceremony that contrasted with Tuesday's memorial. Traffic in Pretoria was gridlocked from early morning and shops along the procession route were closed.