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Nelson Mandela Foundation unveils a two year centenary programme

Monday 13 February 2017 16:03

SABC

Former President Nelson Mandela died on 5 December 2013.

Former President Nelson Mandela died on 5 December 2013.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has on Monday unveiled what will be a two year centenary programme to honour its founder Nelson Mandela.  The year 2018 will mark what would have been Madiba’s 100th year.

At a public launch held at Donaldson Orlando Community Centre, the Foundation launched a logo which will, going forward be the symbol of all Nelson Mandela’s Centenary activities.

The Foundation’s trustee Tokyo Sexwale paid tribute to Oliver Reginald Tambo whose Centenary is this year.

“There is no Nelson Mandela without Oliver Tambo” exclaimed Sexwale to a thunderous applause.

“Tambo and Mandela were best of friends since they were 12 and 13-year-old boys, it is fitting that we mark their Centenary years in this way” added Sexwale.

Chief Executive of the Foundation Sello Hatang said the Centenary programme must inspire a values based society

The launch of the Centenary programme takes place during the Nelson Mandela release week which started on Saturday, 11 February 2017. 

The day 13 February is the day Mandela addressed for the first time, the masses of Soweto, at Orlando Stadium in 1990.


The programme will see the roll-out of a number of activities during 2017 both in South Africa and abroad ranging from education and the arts to exhibitions and sports.


Chief Executive of the Foundation Sello Hatang said the Centenary programme must inspire a values based society. Integrity, passion, respect, service, transformation and transparency are the values the Foundation wants to be the guiding pillars.


“These are the values we as the Foundation live by and we should transfer them to our daily lives if we are to make a meaningful contribution to society” said Hatang.


During the event, a Letters to Madiba book project was announced where primary school children are invited to submit their letters to Nelson Mandela throughout the year. The book will be published in 2018.  
 

The Soweto Gospel Choir performed their collection of songs from their upcoming project that will tell the historic story of Soweto, through song.

 

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