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Nelson Mandela 'happier' in Qunu

2012-09-07 22:20

Johannesburg - -Former president Nelson Mandela is "happier" since he returned to a quiet life in his rural childhood village, the CEO of his children's hospital project said on Friday.

"He's happier where he is now in Qunu. It's quiet. No one's bothering him every five minutes to sign something," said Bongi Mkhabela, the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Fund.

The ageing icon, who turned 94 in July, has grown frail and has not appeared in public since South Africa's Football World Cup final in 2010.

His wife Gra├ža Machel increasingly represents him at public events, and chairs the project to build Africa's fifth children's hospital in Johannesburg.

"She is very busy, besides caring for Mandela, who really doesn't like her being absent," Mkhabela laughed.

Mandela's wish of a specialist children's health facility will come one step close to realisation in November when construction is due to start.

"Children of South Africa have the right to be cared for and receive treatment when they're ill," the revered statesman says in a recorded fund-raising video.

"His true essence comes out in his love for children," said Mkhabela.

"He wants to have the confidence that children will be okay."

Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his fight against white minority rule under apartheid, becoming the country's first black president in 1994 which ended white minority rule.

Comments
  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-07 22:40

    Longevity 2 Icon Tata Mandela, unlike your neighbour Mooguby.

  • martinette.nuvunga.1 - 2012-09-08 00:18

    Were people 'bothering' when they wanted the illuminati/antichrist signature, wow why am I not suprised, just another one making money from his own African people for his own gain while if could!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-08 06:26

    Screw all of you haters! Nelson Mandela rocks! Go to hell in Orania you racist retards.

      jaco.botes.16 - 2012-09-08 14:25

      I believe if you forgiven like Mandela that you would not use such bad language. Remember that what the heart is full of, will be coming out of your mouth. Mandela was a very big terrorist, planning bombings exct, so If you know your history, then you can have an opinion. But I am very glad for him to turn around his life and use it to promote the wellfare of the children in south africa.

      jaco.botes.16 - 2012-09-08 14:27

      I believe if you forgiven like Mandela that you would not use such bad language. Remember that what the heart is full of, will be coming out of your mouth. Mandela was a very person who did a lot of bad things in his life , prior to becoming the president, i.e. planning disgracefull attrocities, so If you know your history, then you can have an opinion. But I am very glad for him to turn around his life and use it to promote the wellfare of the children in south africa.

      carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-08 21:42

      Johnie boy, keep your panty on......

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-08 10:10

    Good for you Madiba. God bless you.

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-09-08 15:31

    It's always nice to hear about your health Baba Madiba,and your dreams about the youngsters of South Africa...Long Live the icon of our Nation long Live

  • john.cryink - 2012-09-08 16:12

    Think of the results today of this man's legacy and promisesT

  • Phiwe Mazula'yithole Ximba - 2012-09-08 19:29

    luck for Mandela but he could not achieve this alone i think we must also give credit to others

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-08 21:45

    tvpillay - weak or not so intelligent people always need someone else to look up to due to their poor self worth

      louise.cook.127 - 2012-09-09 03:04

      WRONG! If you don't look up to SOMEONE as a role model, and if you feel you can't learn from anyone, I feel really sorry for you.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-08 22:14

    jah mandela jah the living exhibit from the earliest mountains of zion we will always put our trust on youre wisdom.YOU V prove them that they cant kill us all ONE GOD ONE DESTINY. THE BLACK SKIN IS NOT THE BADGE OF SHAME /BUT RATHER A GLORIOUS SYMBOL OF NATIONAL GREATNESS

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-09-09 00:57

    ....nothing but a terrorist....

      dinah.samsonfessale - 2012-09-09 14:42

      ....So what were verwoerd et al saint or killers

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-09 10:23

    Lacock!!! You're lol!! an idiot of note, generally I wouldnt even think of conversating with someone of your caliber, you just not worth it.

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