Graça Machel ends period of mourning

2014-06-27 08:27
Graca Machel. (AFP)

Graca Machel. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's widow Graça Machel has returned to public life after six months of mourning, her trust said on Friday.

"After six months of retreat, mourning the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Mrs Graça Machel will now return to her active role as a global advocate for women's and children's rights," the Graça Machel Trust said in a statement.

Mandela died at his Houghton home in December at the age of 95.

Machel said although the mourning period was over, she would not stop grieving.

"I lost my best friend, beloved husband, and guide. I have been deeply touched and comforted by the affection shown towards my family and I... was fortunate that in Madiba I found a soul mate and a fellow advocate for children and women's rights," she said.

"I am inspired by his rich legacy that promotes justice, compassion, and solidarity. Children were very dear to Madiba and his last wish was to build the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital. This is my dream too and I wish it can be realised in my life time."

Children's Hospital

On Monday, the hospital's trust announced that Group Five had won the contract to construct the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Parktown.

Construction also began on Monday and the hospital was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

The hospital was expected to employ around 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing professionals.

Machel said her other priority was to continue advocating for women in Africa to access better opportunities in economic, political and social spheres.

"I will work with others to protect the rights of children, fight for an end to child marriage, ensure we continue to make progress on child survival and development, as well as promote the attainment of quality education for all children," she said.

"As part of my democracy and good governance work across the African continent and internationally, I look forward to helping shape the new global development agenda."

Mandela estate

In February, Mandela's will was made public and Machel waived her right to half of his estate.

Machel took ownership of four properties that the couple jointly owned in Mozambique.

She also kept their vehicles, jewellery she received during the marriage and all money in their bank accounts or invested with other financial institutions.

Machel and Mandela were married in community of property. She was his third wife.

When a couple is married in community of property, the surviving partner is entitled to 50% of the estate if one of them dies.

An assessment at the time put Mandela’s estate at R46m.


- SAPA

Read more on:    nelson mandela  |  graca machel
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
42 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Sea Point - 08:34 AM
    Road name: Queens Road
    ROAD CLOSED between Regent Road and Beach Road due to a building fire - use alternative routes
  • Friday Milnerton - 08:29 AM
    Road name: Marine Drive Southbound
    DELAYS between Blaauwberg Road and Boundary Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Quantity Surveyor – Heideveld CT North

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
West Coast Personnel
R20 000 - R30 000 Per Month

Warehouse Supervisor

Cape Town CBD
Purple Door Recruitment (Pty) Ltd
R8 000 - R11 000 Per Month

Head Chef

Vredehoek
Madame Zingara
R8 000 - R14 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia C3

The Nokia C3 Features a 2+ Megapixel Camera, A2DP, Bluetooth,...

From R1175.60

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be putting too much effort into someone or something. You are doing it out of love and compassion but there is a chance...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.