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Mandela's birthday plans on track

2013-06-19 22:34

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela's foundation has vowed to press ahead with upcoming 95th birthday celebrations, as he spends a 12th day in hospital on Wednesday.

On Madiba's 18 July birthday, various charity organisations and businesses will paint schools, hand out food parcels and books, and run a 67km relay marathon in the spirit of Mandela's 67 years of activism and public work.

Mandela spent 27 years in jail and walked free to become the country's first black president after the first democratic elections in 1994.

"We see this as an opportunity for people to rise above Madiba's hospitalisation," said Sello Hatang, the foundation's CEO.

Mandela has devoted his life to promote education and HIV/Aids activism, wanted people to carry on his good work, his great-grandson Mbuso Mandela told AFP.

"His idea for me was just to continue the legacy which he put forth to myself and to the rest of the nation, which is humility and education," said the 22-year-old.

Local and global celebrities have also endorsed a call by the UN, which declared the icon's birthday International Mandela Day, on people to do 67 minutes of good deeds.

"I too will also be giving my 67 minutes to make the world a better place, one small step at a time," said British billionaire Richard Branson in a video clip played at this year's International Mandela Day launch in Johannesburg.

A living legacy

Mandela's birthday celebrations will be all the more poignant as he battles a persistent pulmonary condition.

He was hospitalised on 8 June in Pretoria with a lung infection, and the presidency has described his condition as serious but improving.

But the UN insisted on his living legacy, instead of the ailing man.

"People are focusing more on his passing away rather than his recovery," said UN country representative Agostinho Zacarias.

"We at the UN would like to focus on his recovery and a quick recovery, and wish him well."

Former US president Bill Clinton said following Mandela's example starts with small actions.

"In doing so we can inspire more and more people to live as Mandela has: With the belief that tomorrow does not have to be like yesterday," he said in pre-recorded message.

Another great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, 27, said Madiba would have been proud to see people echo his goodwill in their deeds.

"How would he respond? With his world-famous smile," said the younger Mandela.

Comments
  • Grietzen Thomas de Vries - 2013-06-19 22:40

    Viva mandela

      tracykruger007 - 2013-06-20 08:31

      Do you think he'll make it to that date ?

      Helizna Kilian - 2013-07-01 13:20

      Ai Tracy, if he does or he doesn't, he will...

  • Grietzen Thomas de Vries - 2013-06-19 22:41

    Viva mandela

  • Victor Monyatsi - 2013-06-19 22:54

    i,WISH 1THING WIL ANSWE US 4TATA AMOSIDILE OGOLEGOLE 4RM LUCKY MOJATE

      Victor Monyatsi - 2013-06-19 22:59

      RELEBOGA RAMASEDI GAOTSHWARA JARA E OLEMOBOTSHELONG TATA REKOPA RAMASEDI AGOFE DIJARA TSEDINGWE 4RM LUCKY MOJATE

      Victor Monyatsi - 2013-06-19 23:01

      RELEBOGA RAMASEDI GAOTSHWARA JARA E OLEMOBOTSHELONG TATA REKOPA RAMASEDI AGOFE DIJARA TSEDINGWE 4RM LUCKY MOJATE

      Bontle Gape - 2013-06-20 12:39

      YOU REPLIED TO YOUR OWN COMMENT, YOU MUST BE BORED

  • Victor Monyatsi - 2013-06-19 23:04

    i,WISH 1THING WIL ANSWE US 4TATA AMOSIDILE OGOLEGOLE 4RM LUCKY MOJATE

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-06-19 23:04

    And then the machines get switched off after the party?

      tracykruger007 - 2013-06-20 14:05

      Alpheus my thoughts exactly. They want him to be 95 not 94 and 3/4's plus massive party to a massive send off.

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-06-20 14:37

      Good idea in fact Tracy.....

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-19 23:27

    Mr President wish you all the best and hoping in warmest way that all will goes well for ''world icon''.you are a star,viva Madiba Viva

      Francois Blom - 2013-06-20 00:42

      You probably mean 'Mr Former' President... The current president is a racist, bigot, rapist, lying, corrupt, idiot, pig-faced S.O.B.

  • Akhona Vundisa-Maholwana - 2013-06-20 00:09

    viva tata

  • Sechaba Virgil Ndlovu - 2013-06-20 00:41

    Mandela is sick this thing only thinks about celebrations, I will not be suprised if there is money to be gained out of this.

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-06-20 05:06

    Good idea to Tata Madiba Rollinhlanhla Nelson Mandela

  • Gabriel Marupta - 2013-06-20 06:01

    stop this nonsense birthday for what?... Mr Mandela is a sick man!!!

  • Johan Steyn - 2013-06-20 07:18

    What a bunch of crock!

  • Alix Venter - 2013-06-20 07:42

    he is a legend! and its bigger than just his birthday! morons, ignorance is bliss

  • Zaira Kader - 2013-06-20 07:54

    OMG WTH the man is hospital and dis govment wants 2 celebrate his birthday. 1 word 4 dis govment GREEDY. u will nt celebrate his bday rather tax payers money wich @ the end of the day will b unaccountable. Argha instead use da money 2wards his hospital

  • Ronald Muller - 2013-06-20 10:55

    If God permits then Tata will see his 95th birthday. In this regard my prayer is that God's will should be done in Madiba's life. Coz only God knows whats best :-) But one thing remain that I will take 67 minutes on the 18th of July to make a difference not wanting to be seen as jumping on the wagon rather than being sincere and looking at the needs around me. May God continue to bless South Africa despite all the many challenges that we face.

  • Shaun Mangasi - 2013-06-20 11:35

    Money is the root of all evil, these bastards in politics,media and foundations dont care for this man , they just want to make money. Look at them acting like wild hyenas milking every cent of him before he dies . I feel sorry for him.

  • Des Palm - 2013-06-20 12:23

    Take 67 minutes and walk down Church Street, Pretoria.

  • Dyecha - 2013-06-20 12:52

    SUCH A FUSS OVER A JAIL BIRD

  • Staar - 2013-07-02 16:59

    But people on this blog never stop to amaze me, tata Mandela's birthday has been celebrated all the times, why now it should stop the fact that he is sick I personally think he will be glad that even if he is in hospital but people of SA still believes and honors what he believes in,I am 100% sure if nothing was done on his birthday you will be the first to throw stones can you learn to criticize where its necessary, appreciate if you have to or just keep quiet if you have nothing to say,you sound like desperate housewives abangananto yokwenza....

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