Sharing their special day with Madiba

2019-07-24 06:02

TODAY, the whole country, and probably the entire world, pays homage to out late, former president — Nelson Mandela.

Known as Mandela Day, the day Mandela was born, millions of people take 67 minutes of their time to perform good deeds for those less fortunate — a campaign Mandela initiated while he was still alive.

In the true spirit ‘ubuntu’Echo spoke to some of its readers who share a birthday with Mandela.

Mzikayise Dube from Imbali said he feels honoured to share a birthday with Mandela. He said while growing up his friends used to call him Mandela and they even changed Mandela Day to ‘Mzi and Mandela Day’.

“It’s special because I share a birthday with a legend like Mandela and it makes me feel like a legend too.

“Being born on this day has also motivated and inspired me to do good because I want to follow in Madiba’s footsteps,” he said.

Thabani Majola from Mpophomeni said even though he does not usually celebrate his birthday due to work, the one good thing about him being born on this day is that most people cannot forget that it his birthday.

“Once people start seeing and watching the stories about Mandela’s birthday prior to July 18, they remember that it is my birthday as well. If I was not born on this day then most people would forget my birthday,” he said, giggling.

“So it’s all thanks to the legendary Madiba that I am not forgotten.”

However, not everyone is happy to share their birthday with such an accomplished leader.

Ntokozo Hadebe from Edendale feels the total opposite and says that his special day is ‘hijacked’ by Mandela Day. He said his loved ones only focus on Mandela Day and they forget about him.

“I feel left out on my own birthday. Sometimes people will even forget that it is my birthday because they are focusing more on Mandela Day.

“They will remember late that it was also my birthday,” he said.

Londi Sibiya from Edendale said she considers her birthday and Mandela Day as a very special day.

“I consider myself very lucky that I was born with our hero. It also works in my favour because no one forgets my birthday, even my old friends call me on Mandela Day. Others even call me Mandela’s daughter and that makes me so happy.

“When I was growing up there was a Boxer store that gave away birthday cakes to everyone who shared a birthday with Mandela. Each year I would made sure that I went there so that I can get the cake for free,” she said.

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