SA celebrates Father of the Nation

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cabinet has joined the celebratory and reflective spirit of the centenary year of Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 years on 18 July. 

The first President of democratic South Africa, Mandela, passed away in 2013 at the age of 95. 

This year South Africans from all walks of life are paying tribute to the former Statesman, who was at the forefront of fighting for and building a new South Africa. 

In a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the entire country should observe the life and works of Mandela. 

“Cabinet calls upon all South Africans to join in the centenary celebrations in their workplaces, schools, churches and civic organisations. Madiba is a global icon, who is revered worldwide as a champion of human rights, non-racism and non-sexism. 

“He played a critical role in unifying South Africans and inspiring democratic unity across Africa and the globe,” Minister Mokonyane said. 

The first celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary took place during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2018. 

A number of events will be held throughout the country this year to reflect on the life of Tata Madiba. 

South Africa is also celebrating the centenary of one of the foremost daughters of the African soil, Mama Albertina Sisulu, who dedicated her life to fighting for the emancipation of women and the liberation of South Africa.  

“Cabinet will in the next meeting also outline a programme for the celebration of the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu,” Minister Mokonyane said. 

Meanwhile, Cabinet has approved the designs of the 2018 commemorative collector’s coin series, which will be produced by the South African Mint Company. The 2018 collection will celebrate the Nelson Mandela centenary. – SAnews.gov.za