Madiba's birthday brings joy, happiness

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Badirwang was presented with the gift of a four-bedroom house today by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, accompanied by North West Acting Premier Louisa Mabe, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and Health Minister Aaron Motswaledi.

The presentation of the house formed part of activities planned to celebrate Madiba's 94th birthday.

Badirwang, who depends on a government grant to make ends meet every month, told the South African Government News Agency that she was elated with the house and that she was now going to be able to sleep peacefully.

"Life was not good at all without a proper house," said Badirwang.

She said she planned to move into the house immediately with her grandchildren, four of whom are orphans.

Her daughter Ponatshego, 45, was present when the house was handed over. She was happy now that her mother had a proper house of her own.

Mandela's birthday - on the 18th of July - has been declared International Nelson Mandela Day, by the United Nations.

As part of Madiba's birthday celebrations, all government departments and municipalities, the private sector and local communities have been urged to initiate activities aimed at helping others.

According to Mashatile, the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations are an opportunity to promote social cohesion, national healing and nation building.