SA sings happy birthday Nelson Mandela

2012-07-18 08:53

Soweto - South Africa's 12 million schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday, at the start of events to honour the former president.

At 08:00, children began their day at school with a special birthday song ringing with the line: "We love you father".

"This is a very important day for all of us," said Paul Ramela, principal at a primary school in Soweto.

"We are here to celebrate the birthday of a very important person, a person who has liberated us from apartheid," he told his students. "Mandela spent 67 years of his life to improve the lives of other people. He has done so much for all of us."

Mandela himself was unlikely to make any public appearance, but rather to celebrate quietly with his family in his village home of Qunu.

His granddaughter Ndileka Mandela told the Sowetan newspaper that his family would celebrate with a traditional meal of tripe and samp, a corn dish popular in his region of the Eastern Cape.

"We will probably have food like samp and tripe, his favourite food," she told the paper. "The big lunch will be at 16:00 where we will present him with a cake."

Former US president Bill Clinton met with Mandela at his village home on Tuesday. A photograph released after the meeting showed Mandela seated in an armchair, his lap covered by a blanket, as he held Clinton's hand.

Images of the Nobel Peace Prize winner have become rare in recent years as he has retired to Qunu. He was last seen in public at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg.

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  • ntshakumane - 2012-07-18 09:11

    Happy birthday TataMadiba , uyintsikelelo kuthi naku sapho lwakho.

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-18 09:12

    Happy Birthday Tata Madiba, happy b/day to you; happy b/day to you; happy b/day dear TATA we LOVE YOU TATA, Yipp yipp..

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-07-18 09:14

    Happy blessed birthday;Tata,\r\nMay You grow higher till You able to view all corners of the earth,\r\nMay You grow higher to the size of the sun light,\r\nMay You grow to pass through the sky,\r\nMay Your ages keep multiplying to outnumber the sand of the seas,\r\nMay Your days be countless than rain drops,\r\nMay Your blessings be much more than the hairs of all our heads put together,\r\nMay Your ages increase to the resurrection.\r\nO gole o gole Tata Mandela.\r\nI love You this much...eish konje You don't see me...\r\nHappy the remembrance of those labor cheerings,Tata

  • mzamo.boylane - 2012-07-18 09:15

    Happy birthday to the living legend!!!

  • fanuel.dumisane - 2012-07-18 09:19

    Happy Birthday tata Madiba and i wish u many more blessed years.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 09:49

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADIBA!!!! May you have an unforgettable day :)

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 12:02

      You people thumbing down... how would you feel if someone wished you happy birthday and you got thumbs down. Shame, you are a pathetic bunch. Whether you like him or not, can you not be happy and respectful that he is still smiling at 94?

      sazi.radebe - 2012-07-18 14:44

      Spot on Wesley! And most of them will never reach that age that he has reached!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-18 09:53

    Happy birth day tata Madiba,i personally wish you a very blessed day

  • heinrich.venter.9 - 2012-07-18 09:57

    Happy birthday Madiba,94 is a great achievement.I just ask one thing of you, please ask all the ANC cronies to stop exploiting this day for political gains.They clearly have forgotten what you stood for.

  • givenmasanabo - 2012-07-18 10:01

    ola bra mandela usikhokho jo .sharp mpintshi.

  • thobejane.thabo - 2012-07-18 10:01

    today we celebrating not only your birthday but also give thanks for what you did for us and lets not forget those victorious [Robert Sobukwe] and other who made us all what we are today

  • honest.mrwebo - 2012-07-18 10:09

    Happy Birthday Tata , may you have many more ! I wonder what happened to the article news24 had this morning by a scertain mad Youngster , did not get an opportunity to comment and it has vanished .

  • tumelo.theka - 2012-07-18 10:36

    I would like to wish you a very happy birthday Dr. Rolihlahla Nelson Madiba Mandela, you have been a hardworker of South Africa and the world at large, today South Africa is a peaceful country because of the works of your hands, we will continue where you have left to ensure that South Africa remain the most attracting country to tourists , and the most democratic country in the world, I am what I am today because of you, thank my hero, may this day bring much joy in your life, have a happy birthday and wish you so many years to come.

  • janzanele - 2012-07-18 10:44

    what a great icon,indeed he play his part to change our life for better,today we have better best life even not all of achieved everything,but he done a lot,not those who are in there to enriched themselves,fighting not to serve people,but for power they're family,may God give you many many years to come even though you are old enough,but for you to see fruit of your succes

  • tshandazenzile - 2012-07-18 10:55

    Hate him or love him, his 94 years old and counting....... Happy Birthday Madiba.

  • ruaan.c.schutte - 2012-07-18 11:27

    happy b-day Madiba. You are a role model to a lot of South Africans. Have a day full of blessings

  • phumzile.christine - 2012-07-18 11:35


      LaneJohnston001 - 2012-07-18 12:03

      Peace to you Mr. Madiba - God blessed many people when He put you here. Happy Birthday!

  • EmperorNemisis - 2012-07-18 16:05

    Today a human being, a former "statesman" is being honoured as a god. Do you realise he was actually not so innocent? Here is a summary of the Charge Sheet in the Rivonia Trial. The Crimes of Terrorist Nelson Mandela Read here the crimes of the clever terrorist Nelson Mandela (most have never heard of, denied the opportunity by the treacherous liberal media) and understand why Amnesty International never accepted him as a political prisoner. Even as the world finally woke up to how wicked Winnie Mandela is, we must face reality about how dangerous and deceitful Nelson Mandela has been. The fact is that even Amnesty International refused to take on Nelson Mandela’s case because they asserted that he was no political prisoner but had committed numerous violent crimes and had had a fair trial and a reasonable sentence. Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. He had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists.

      jmlongwe - 2012-07-18 20:30

      @emperornemisis, it was a fight for justice that wasnst peaceful for neither side, off course people died on both sides, ask any freedom fighter how its done. They clearly didnt listen when they were asked peacefully to stop what they were doing by the 'whole world', so the next step would be to fight the hell out of them. According to you, you dont blame the oppressor for forcing people to retaliate? instead you blame the victim of the oppression. Wake up man, get out that little bubble of yours that makes you think you onto something big here because you're not. Stop talking out your butt. Im sure you are the type that wishes Apartheid was still around.

      EmperorNemisis - 2012-07-19 13:41

      @Mangz, you think you have all the answers. We'll let me burst you bubble giggles. You don't! The only reason why you echo what you are echoing, is because you have no will of your own, you let you politecians decide for you. I am onto something here, each and every day, the world sees what is happening in the banana republic of South Africa. Each and every day we move closer to splitting this country in two, and it is not because we have hoenst government officials, or a honestly high matric pass rate, or capable taxi drivers, or intelligent people running the country, no it is the exact opposite. The moment apartheid ended, the ANC thought to themselves, now is the time to enrich ourselves by stealing from those who had worked for their money. Why is it that the rich people in the African communities all have political ties and contracts? Again, it's not because of honesty, it's because of dishonesty and corruption. I am the type that still wishes apartheid was still around, and I'm not scared to admit it. I love my people, I love whites and if you deem me a racist for that, then I'm a proud racist, but one thing I'm telling you now, at night when you pray to Mandela and your rotting forefathers, I'll be praying to the one true God.

  • EmperorNemisis - 2012-07-18 16:06

    South African President P.W. Botha had, on a number of occasions, offered Nelson Mandela freedom from prison, if he would only renounce terrorist violence. This Mandela refused to do. - Invictus Idolatry * The full list of munitions and charges read as follows: • One count under the South African Suppression of Communism Act No. 44 of 1950, charging that the accused committed acts calculated to further the achievement of the objective of communism; • One count of contravening the South African Criminal Law Act (1953), which prohibits any person from soliciting or receiving any money or articles for the purpose of achieving organized defiance of laws and country; and • Two counts of sabotage, committing or aiding or procuring the commission of the following acts:

  • EmperorNemisis - 2012-07-18 16:06

    1) The further recruitment of persons for instruction and training, both within and outside the Republic of South Africa, in: (a) the preparation, manufacture and use of explosives—for the purpose of committing acts of violence and destruction in the aforesaid Republic, (the preparation and manufacture of explosives, according to evidence submitted, included 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder and a ton of black powder); (b) the art of warfare, including guerrilla warfare, and military training generally for the purpose in the aforesaid Republic; (ii) Further acts of violence and destruction, (this includes 193 counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963); (iii) Acts of guerrilla warfare in the aforesaid Republic; (iv) Acts of assistance to military units of foreign countries when involving the aforesaid Republic; (v) Acts of participation in a violent revolution in the aforesaid Republic, whereby the accused, injured, damaged, destroyed, rendered useless or unserviceable, put out of action, obstructed, with or endangered: (a) the health or safety of the public; (b) the maintenance of law and order; (c) the supply and distribution of light, power or fuel; (d) postal, telephone or telegraph installations; (e) the free movement of traffic on land; and (f) the property, movable or immovable, of other persons or of the state.

  • precious.nemutambwe - 2012-07-18 17:56

    Happy Birthday Sir.

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