Madiba: SA to unite in song for birthday

2012-06-19 00:00

FORMER president Nelson Mandela will get a unique 94th birthday present next month — thousands of people will be singing a special “Happy Birthday” song to him.

The idea was launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg yesterday, exactly a month until International Mandela Day.

“We are appealing to people not only to do 67 minutes of community service, but also to show Tata their love by singing to him,” said Panyaza Lesufi of the Basic Education Department. Schoolchildren would be encouraged to join in, she added.

Wherever you are at 8 am on July 18, take a minute to join in. At this weekend’s rugby Test in Port Elizabeth, SA Rugby, the Springboks and the crowd will sing along.

To download the song, SMS the word “Madiba” to 044009 (standard rates apply) or go to www.singformadiba.

co.za, or look for the video on YouTube (Sing for Madiba).

— Own Correspondent.

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