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South Africa Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: ZAgov}

South Africa

Mvezo – Scores of people have gathered at Mvezo village, the birth place of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela, as the country marks his birthday with a host of activities.

Not even the chilly weather conditions stopped the locals from celebrating their icon’s birthday and many were seen making their way to a local school where the main government event will be held.

Today is also the International Nelson Mandela Day observed globally every year on 18 July. This year marks the second year since Mandela died in December 2013. This year the Mandela Day is being celebrated for the 7th year running in celebration of his extraordinary life.

Having spent 67 years of his life acting in benefit of others before himself, Madiba – as he was affectionately known – has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of every South African and has brought under-publicised issues to the world stage.

This week, the Presidency appealed to all South Africans to use Mandela Day to dedicate themselves to building a united and more caring society.

“Madiba, the founding father of our democracy, dedicated 67 years of his life to the struggle to create a better South Africa. He fought against discrimination and became a symbol of the struggle to end racism, sexism and all forms of human degradation,” a statement said.

At Mandela’s home village on Saturday, hundreds of people have gathered at Makgatho Lewanika Mandela Primary School where Basic Education Minister Angie Motsghekga is to represent government in a programme that will begin with the securing of the new fence at the school. The school is named after the late former President’s son, Magkatho who died in 2005.

President Jacob Zuma was scheduled to officially open the state-of-the-art school today, but that event has now been postponed to later this month.

In Mvezo on Saturday, Minister Motshekga will also join other political heads, the Mandela family and members of the community for the distribution of food hampers to school kids.

The program will then move to the planting of trees at MLM primary school. The Minister will then be taken to the new computer laboratory that has been built at the school. SAnews.gov.za

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