Happy Birthday Tata Mandela

2011-07-17 22:11

Johannesburg - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on people around the world to carry out volunteer work to mark the 93rd birthday on Monday of South Africa's iconic elder statesman Nelson Mandela.

In schools across the country, South Africa's 12.4 million children will on Monday sing a special version of Happy Birthday, written by a local composer, for the former president and anti-apartheid hero.

But UN officials and the Nelson Mandela Foundation also want people to sign up for 67 minutes of voluntary work - a minute for every year he devoted himself to the political struggle.

"Together, the best way we can thank Nelson Mandela for his work is by taking action for others and inspiring change," said Ban in a statement.

His birthday, July 18, will for the third year running be observed as Mandela Day, which the UN has a recognised as a day when people are called to give something back to their community.

Companies, charities and celebrities have all announced plans for the day.

A group of bikers left Johannesburg at the beginning of the week to cross the country doing voluntary work in poor communities. Their 2 200km trip ends on Monday in Pretoria.

Schools and orphanages are opening their doors to volunteers to clean and paint, while blood banks are operating extra hours for an anticipated rush of donors.

Nelson Mandela Boulevard

And Mandela, who has already been showered with international awards, not the least of which is the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, received further honours in the run-up to his birthday.

Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille named a main road through the city centre Nelson Mandela Boulevard on Friday and announced plans for a permanent exhibition in his honour at the city's old town hall.

That was where Mandela gave his first, historic speech in 1990, after his release following 27 years in South African jails during the apartheid era of white minority rule.

In a separate video message, Ban set out the different ways people could honour Mandela's work.

"Tutor a child. Feed someone less fortunate. Care for your environment. Volunteer at a hospital or community centre. Be a part of a global movement to make the world a better place," he said.

"Together, we can help people achieve the dignity and liberty that are their birthright. That is the best way we can honour Nelson Mandela."

Mandela will be spending his birthday with his family at his home Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

He has rarely left their side since a health scare in January when he was hospitalised for an acute respiratory infection.

Medical aircraft

The ailing former president arrived at Qunu in a military medical aircraft on Thursday. But it was a private trip and the press and public were kept away.

Mandela was last seen in public just before his last birthday, when he and his wife Graca Machel made an appearance at the Soccer World Cup final.

As South Africa's first black president, Mandela is revered for having ushered in democracy and for his personal sacrifices in fighting the apartheid regime.

On his release in 1990, he led negotiations that paved the way to elections in 1994.

He used his warmth, dignity and self-deprecating humour to help heal racial divisions and opened a process of reconciliation.

  • karsten.kaminski - 2011-07-18 00:38

    Happy Birthday Madiba....

  • markwmilligan - 2011-07-18 03:58

    Happy Birthday Madiba

  • saffagirl - 2011-07-18 05:03

    Happy birthday Mr.Mandela!!!!!

  • BrassCopper - 2011-07-18 06:41

    Happy B-Day... It’s a shame you are too old to realise what has happened to South Africa over the last 10 or so years. Racism is back at full blast, as Malema sings of killing others. Racism even stronger than we saw during Apartheid. Billions have been stolen by the same young lads who marched with you too freedom... ye those same men who later became the heads of Industry. Such as Eskom for example. Today the poor pay 300% more for heating then they did 18 years ago – bad management and stealing has hurt the poor the most. Today the Metal Strike by NUMSA has ended Madiba, And the only winners: Our competitors in India and China and even our neighbouring states, who know that they will in future manufacture the products which, through high costs, we won’t be able to manufacture anymore. They know that the loss of each and every job here, will mean the creation of a job there. But the biggest sad failure of this country is our education system. Keep the people uneducated - and they will continue to vote for you is the Motto. After so many years of bad management, corruption and nepotism... we still have the same government in power. Happy Birthday dear Madiba - i am glad you are not sane enough to see what has occurred while you got old and retired. May God bless you - and may God save South Africa from the impeding catastrophe.

      Four Five - 2011-07-18 07:31

      "But the biggest sad failure of this country is our education system. Keep the people uneducated - and they will continue to vote for you is the Motto. " Bet you think "bantu" education was what black kids deserved. Give them enough education so that they understand the baases orders and remain manual labourers?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 07:40

      ..."Racism is back at full blast".....too true, just look at the comments..

      York Hunt - 2011-07-18 07:40

      @BrassCopper. Excellent message! That would have looked good on a hallmark card, with Happy Birthday on the front with your message in the middle.

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-18 07:59

      Where exactly did I say that Bantu education was deserved?? All I am saying is this: apartheid was bad... but the People are not that much better off today. Yes we can all vote and are free! But life in South Africa has become a luxury most can not afford; as Government finds new ways to steel more money from the middle class (both Black & White) - and only the poor suffer the most. For every R10.00 you earn, the government is already taking approx R6.00 and still they want more. Are you happy with the R4.00 you are getting? a. 35% on your salary b.14% on everything you buy (fresh produce) and services rendered. c. Carbon tax if you buy a new car (besides the 14% VAT you have to pay) d. Tax on the fuel you put in your car to run it. e. The NEW Toll on our roads – and for some it is going to come to a whopper of 10% of your salary Where is all the money going to? It is definitely not being spent on what it should be – our hospitals are in a state of disrepair, our schools in shambles, our roads full of potholes, our water contaminated, sewers not working, left in the dark because Eskom failed to do their upgrades, the poor are poorer still, municipalities on the brink of collapse, and so the list goes on. And the ANC win an Election after Election – keep the people uneducated and they will vote you in again! FACT

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-18 08:05

      Some of the ways to keep the ANC leaders’ (and their friends) BMW monthly repayment up-to-date: Cigarette Tax Corporation Tax Income Tax VAT Fishing Licence Tax Food Licence Tax Fuel LicenceTax Petrol/Diesel Tax Hunting Licence Tax Luxury Tax Property Tax Service charge taxes Capital gains Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Local Tax Vehicle Licence Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Workers Compensation Tax What would Madiba say?

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-18 08:12

      Things Madiba would not appreciate 1)Life expectancy has declined from 65 years to 53 years since the ANC came to power; - a leader who did not believe that HIV causes AIDS (Mbeki) and another who believes having a shower after unprotected sex is the answer and has 5 wives and recently a child out of wedlock (Zuma). Great leaders for the masses to emulate!!- not!! 2)In 2007, SA became a net food importer for the first time in its history; Yet they want to carry on with their struggle song ‘kill the boer(farmer)’ and stopping farm killings does not seem to be a priority. They do not seem to realise where food actually comes from. 3)The elimination of agricultural subsidies by the government led to the loss of 600000 farm workers’ jobs and the eviction from the commercial farming sector of about 2,4-million people between 1997 and 2007; and – yet they want to create jobs and cause even more job losses – very short-sighted thinking. 4)The ANC stopped controlling the borders, leading to a flood of poor people into SA, which has led to conflicts between SA’s poor and foreign African migrants. Not much thought was given to this – their attitude was to help fellow Africans by allowing them ‘refuge’ in SA. Not thinking that illegals cannot legally get jobs but they need to eat to live. I believe that most of our crime is by non-South Africans from north of the borders. They need to do something to survive! Remove the illegal problem and you solve most of the crime problem.

      Liberty - 2011-07-18 08:24

      @brasscopper SA is a fantastic place to live in, probably the best in the world, as long as you have enough MONEY

      MosesMabhida - 2011-07-18 09:12

      Dear BrassCopper All u say is 100% true. I realise you love this place like I do, and I can feel your frustration – cause I sometimes feel hopeless as well. This is not a perfect situation - and the future.. Well sadly unpredictable! However, life goes on and we must continue to struggle to make a living and give our children the best education possible, so that they could make a better South Africa some day. I agree with you on the State controlled education system - just look at the minister for education - listen to her speak and you realise why the pass rate is has to be lowered. The only way forwards seems to be the private education sector – I do hope our future leaders come from the private schools. Happy Birthday Madiba. It turns out that that long walk you started on… We are still very far from our destination… but hopefully on the right track.

  • reyrey - 2011-07-18 06:57

    Madiba your efforts alongside FW De Klerk, to have a peaceful transition was something the rest of the world cant get right, I thank you for that! I appreciate that you fought for what was wrong, and you tried to make it right! You changed my train of thought for how you could manage to not be hateful after your time in jail... You will forever be remembered! Thank you for uniting SA during the hardest times... Please can you do it again, just one more time?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 07:45

      on the is only human to resist change, but with an open mind, one sees the optimism in the change for the better...

      Liberty - 2011-07-18 08:27

      No he shouldn't do it, even if he could. You can only bring the horse to the water.... It's up to us to make the best of our new democracy, his job is done.

  • Wedfew - 2011-07-18 07:00

    Have a Wonderful day ... Not sure what to wish you as you have the world in the palm of you hands ... Happy Birthday....

  • ShakaN - 2011-07-18 07:09

    Thanks for corruption,crime,incompetance,farm murders,poor education, poor leadership, illegal immegrants etc etc etc....happy birthday

      daaivark - 2011-07-18 07:27

      You are one sick puppy.

      York Hunt - 2011-07-18 07:44

      He's not a puppy, he's 93 years old!

      Four Five - 2011-07-18 07:45

      You guys just loved apartheid neh? Bet you wish it was still around and you don't have to deal with black people. The NP government could just keep them in their places in the townships, the Caspirs patrol the dusty street making sure we behave, young white soldiers pointing their rifles at kids playing in the streets, at mothers walking home from work. You want to talk about murders, incompetence, poor education, poor leadership, etc, etc, i give a white NP government that failed the majority of South Africans, that murdered children who merely requested an education they could use. I bet it was nice to live in the suburbs away from black people, the only time you had to deal with one were the tea ladies (you call them tea girls) at your office, your grounds men (you call them garden boys), now your little brain can't comprehend an educated black person who knows their worth and demand the respect the deserve. Eish, white "South Africans" you have a long way to go.... better get going!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 07:46

      ain't Freedom of speech a wonderful thing...

      Bloody Agent - 2011-07-18 08:36

      @Four Five May I remind you of some slogans “liberation before education”…… do you remember that? That same liberated comrades now sit in position of authority without the knowledge how to get the job done, If somebody is qualified for a position he fully deserve it, but it seems the sole purpose is to fill positions with liberated uneducated people that steal money through corruption and then you command respect? If I see a black Mercedes driving down the road I know there goes some corrupt, uneducated, demanding black man.

      Four Five - 2011-07-18 09:43

      @Bloody Agent... that statement was used in 1976 rejecting the education system of the time, the bantu education. You can not succesfully educate a imprisoned mind. How can one learn in a language they do not undertand. Everything in context bud, don't just quote things you don't know where they come from or why they were said when they were said. "If I see a black Mercedes driving down the road I know there goes some corrupt, uneducated, demanding black man. " Funny enough I used to get the same looks from white people in the Range Rovers when driving to work in my old Honda Prelude. So it matters not where a black person is in society, to a white person we all should be on our knees weeding your gardens our wiping your floors.

      Bloody Agent - 2011-07-18 12:31

      @Four Five So your solution where to burn the schools? Then the ANC government took over and changed the education system by lowering te standard. Nobody expects anybody to work in the garden or to sweep the floor, Who’s task is it to sweep the floor or to manicure the gardens in France The USA or Britain? It is simple, if you want something done – be it garden or house work or even working at the sewer plant, somebody needs to do it, doesn’t matter if you are black or white. Your problem is that you expect to be respected but you did not earn respect not from anybody including your own race. Because of your attitude and your corrupt tendency’s.

      tumelo - 2011-07-18 12:32

      you are pathetic.............

      Four Five - 2011-07-18 13:16

      @Bloody Agent... Hehhehe... so much respect the apartheid gov showed to blacks treating them lower like they treated their dogs. Whites demanded our respect without earning it, so the resorted to violence and oppression to enforce new age slavery. You miss my point on the gardens and floors; and not sure what Europe has to do with anything here (typical white mentality of always comparing Africa to his motherland, maybe you should go back home). What I'm saying is most whites in SA still perceive blacks as unworthy of a professional career and merely suited to manual labour under their command. What are you afraid of? Schools were burnt as they were deemed useless institutions of propagating white supremacy - everything in context bud. "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart." Unfortunately the gov back then only spoke violence when it came to dealing with black people. So violence seemed to be their language. I'm not sure where you get that I have corrupt tendencies, but if you are using "your" as a generalisation for black people you still have a long way to go bud, a long way.

      Other Justin - 2011-07-18 13:45

      You are blaming the wrong person. It's like me blaming you for me cutting my finger while cooking last night. This man has given tons more positive than negative. Thank the incompetents that came after Madiba for the ills.

      Other Justin - 2011-07-18 13:47

      @Four Five, I hope you are not generalising about ALL white people.......that would be a wrong.

      Four Five - 2011-07-18 14:32

      @Other Justin, howzit? Not at all, I refrain from using words like "you" or "your" when hence I will refer to the "old gov", "some/most whites". I am also not the spoke person for black people and these are MY views and feelings. I know not every white person (or black person) is like this or like that and people are individuals and should be treated and respected based on who they are and not what they are or where they come from.

  • Bazzpete - 2011-07-18 07:12

    Happy Birthday Madiba! Best wishes to a great and humble man. One of the great humans who can genuinely look back on their lives and say "I truly made a difference". Peace be with you.

  • SB - 2011-07-18 07:20

    Happy Birthday Tata, may you have many many more and God Bless!

  • Bazzpete - 2011-07-18 07:22

    To the white rascist minority making comments about "terrorist" etc, have you ever thought about why Madiba and others resorted to "terrorism against a legitimate government"? (Before attacking me... I'm 45, white and seen our country pre-Madiba, Madiba in power and post-Madiba) In whose eyes was the government legitimate and what consistutes a legitimate democracy? Yes, people losing their lives is tragic but it occured on both sides of the coin. I don't support what the current ANC stands for (corruption, nepotism and so on) but the current situation is not what Madiba and the elder statesmen of the "old" ANC stood for. Malema and his like are the "new" breed who are only in it to line their own pockets.

      Bloody Agent - 2011-07-18 07:31

      Racist minority ???? Wake up and remember racism comes from both black and white.

      JJ - 2011-07-18 07:32

      Hear hear. (White SA-can here too)

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 07:48

      don't worry about an ignorant minority...BTW, they are found in all races....Forward SA, forward !

      York Hunt - 2011-07-18 07:48

      @Bazzpete. With your logic, we are going to see some farmers planting bombs soon the way farm murders are increasing. Hey, maybe later they will be called "heroes" too?

      raven.dts - 2011-07-18 07:54

      @ Bazzpete - Look up the "old" ANC manifesto and the freedom charter. It is EXACTLY what the "old" ANC stood for. Guess you don't have time to read huh?

      Mr_Red - 2011-07-18 08:09

      45 years old and ignorrant to the past, even after supposedly living through it. Why don't you go read up and see how many black cadres were kileld because they refused to be kill innocent civilians, did not agree with the ANC, or did not want to fight for them. Only then will you realise that this is not a black on black or black on white issue - it's the ANC versus everybody else who does not agree with them issue. Before you go defending Madiba, read some of his speeches and udnerstand what he was preaching then is still happeniong today - burning schools, violence during protests, etc.

      Liberty - 2011-07-18 08:38

      @bazzpete well said

  • Rasky - 2011-07-18 07:28

    Happy birthday what??? I rather worry about the little dude on the street corner with no shoes and a T shirt in winter. His birthday is more important!Robin Island misses you Pal.

      Liberty - 2011-07-18 08:40

      If you are so worried about the dude on the street, today is your opportunity to help him.

  • USSA - 2011-07-18 07:41

    Today I will make one person happy by making love to her for 67 minutes!!! Heehaaa!!

  • Martie - 2011-07-18 07:51

    Dear Madiba, we celebrate your life today. In your honour, we are giving back to our community in a small way.May we, as South Africans, find the grace to follow your example and make this the wonderful country that it is.May we make your sacrifices worth the while. Happy birthday, may our God bless you richly.

  • biskit - 2011-07-18 07:56

    Happy Birthday Madiba...we can't change the past but we can build a better future thats what you taught us ...some people are just hard of hearing anyway have a lekka day

  • love dove - 2011-07-18 07:57

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful person and an example to plenty ... may you have a wonderful day Tata

  • Glenys - 2011-07-18 08:15

    Happy Birthday Tat Madiba,wishing you Peace and Joy, Love and Laughter, there is a STAR, shine and shine and shine on, Glen

  • Nceba Sam - 2011-07-18 08:20

    Happy Birthday Madiba

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-18 08:21

    Thanks to those optimistic comments for affirming my belief in SA, & other,..well..bang your own drum, we think it's noise but you think its pretty...

  • frederick777 - 2011-07-18 08:22

    Dear Mr Mandela. Thank you for changing SA. Thanx to you communism is in the uprise. People are getting murdered every day and the criminal gets away because of poor police systems. BEE and affirmative action is killing the economy alongside these violent stikes. We in SA call it rights. I call it racism. Our wifes and daughters are getting raped and murdered by your followers. Crime is in the order of the day. Babies are murdered by your laws (abortion) and I must pay high taxes to your corrupt goverment so that they can spend millions in parties and buying cars. Hope you have a nice day!

  • thabo - 2011-07-18 08:26

    @ daaivarksetier i think you used your balls to think or should i say white balls he is beter that malan, hope he burns in hell you can kiss my black ass we don't need whites like you, o marete

  • Lisa Preston - 2011-07-18 08:34

    Happy B-day Madiba!! you have been an inspiration to me and my family!! Let everyone be tought that it's only human to make mistakes!! no one is perfect! and to NOT take it as a mistake but as a life lesson!!! i can only speak for myself..... and this man ....MADIBA... has changed so many things!!! i DO believe there only dwels goodness in his heart!!! i can proudly say that i have met MADIBA.... and never again have i ever met a more sincere person!!! When one asks for forgiveness by God... tomorrow he no longer knows of any wrong that you've done!!! if we dont forgive... how can we expect God to forgive us! Madiba... i pray you'll have a very blessed day... and year!!! Thank you for you're goodness!! God Bless!

  • Politicallycorrect - 2011-07-18 09:29

    Happy Birthday Mandela. You're organization and the unions that you were instramental in birthing are doing a good job of destroying the country through there thuggish acts and nepotism. I still consider you to be a terrorist and so does the FBI and the CIA. Have a nice day anyway on the White man's hard earned tax money, which your organization has done a good job of stealing through lying and cheating!

  • Ruth1 - 2011-07-18 09:41

    The only thing that this country need is Jesus Christ.Let us love one another and forget about the past. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADIBA

  • frederick777 - 2011-07-18 09:52

    Dear Mr Mandela. Thank you for changing SA. Thanx to you communism is in the uprise. People are getting murdered every day and the criminal gets away because of poor police systems. BEE and affirmative action is killing the economy alongside these violent stikes. We in SA call it rights. I call it racism. Our wifes and daughters are getting raped and murdered by your followers. Crime is in the order of the day. Babies are murdered by your laws (abortion) and I must pay high taxes to your corrupt goverment so that they can spend millions in parties and buying cars. Further to the above, Mandela himself murdered many innocent people. He wasnt in jail for nothing. Hope you have a nice day!

      Primrose - 2011-07-18 10:35

      I hope u only have white friends cause if u do have friends of other races, and do like then u would thank Madiba today. I sure am cause I have made friends with other ppl from other races and its thanks to this man cause if we were still living in apartheid times I would have never gottern to know them. Whatever is happening now Mandela is not involved, he left the presidency and surely never anticipated that things will turn out like this. Thats why his keeping quiet cause I can imagine the day the man speaks of wht is happening in this country it will be his last breath after all he has fought for.

  • Primrose - 2011-07-18 10:19

    All with these unappreciative messages to uTata make me sick, wether u are white u should be thankful to the man because u are also have freesom of speech to say whatever S*&^ you want to say. I agree with Mr Red that he did save a civil war from happening and which Freedom fighter would not use any ways in order to win his freedom wether it was bombings, it was not terrorism just fighting to be free in his own land. Tata I would not be were I am todey if it was not for u. I got the best education thank you to u, have a decent job thans to you and now will make sure my chldren have the best because of u. Happy birthday and I hope God will make you reach a 100 years and in that time I pray and hope there will be change in this country and go back to the spirit of 1994 when we were united.

      biskit - 2011-07-18 10:22

      well said

      Other Justin - 2011-07-18 14:00

      Yes, good comment.

  • aryantoo - 2011-07-18 10:22

    Have a Happy Birthday

  • Glen - 2011-07-18 11:03

    Happy Birthday Madiba! Send him wishes

  • tumelo - 2011-07-18 12:30

    I wish you so many years to come Dr. Rolihlahla Mandela, may God be with you at all times...

  • Other Justin - 2011-07-18 13:57

    Happy Birthday Tata, may you live for another 93 years. You are a constant pillar to all South Africans in this sea of uncertainty in this country right now. You are the hope that all can be well in this beautiful country. May the ANC always remember its greatest leader so that this country survives its current dark times. Thank you.

  • Tom - 2011-07-28 17:45

    Tata Mandela is Love. Happy Birthday, many blessings, and thank you for all the Love you have bestowed on this world. Tomas :)

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