SABC News - Flame lit in Qunu signals start of Mandela Month activities:Thursday 10 July 2014

Flame lit in Qunu signals start of Mandela Month activities

Thursday 10 July 2014 18:51

Fundiswa Mhlekude

Mandela Month activities are taking place all over the world in a run-up to the former president’s birthday on July 18.(SABC)

Acting CEO of the Nelson Mandela Museum, Noel Solani has lit the flame at Qunu, outside Mthatha, signifying the beginning of Mandela Month activities.

Solani says the various programmes which are aimed at benefitting needy communities include handing over of material to a Women's Sewing group in the village.

The management of the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre says the museum will focus more on the three special women in Madiba's life- Evelyn Mase-Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Graca Machel.  

Solani says they felt it necessary to honour these women for their contribution in Madiba's life. He has urged people to follow in Mandela's footsteps and work to uplift communities in South Africa.

Solani says that South Africans took things for granted while Mandela was still alive and now calls on people to do some introspection and see how they best move forward his objectives in a serious manner.

Mandela's grandson Ndaba Mandela says the family will also be helping those in need.

“As you know the Mandela family is quite big, so we have quite a number of different activities being done by different people. My cousin Zoleka is going to be at a children's home in Johannesburg. The foundation and I will be collecting books in Houghton where we will ask people to bring children's books in Xhosa, English and Zulu which we'll then collect in Johannesburg and bring them here to Qunu for the youth of our community.”

On Friday, the museum will pay tribute at the home of the late former president's wife Evelyn Mase-Mandela at Qutubeni village in Ngcobo.

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