World remembers Mandela

The world commemorates the second anniversary of the death of international icon and anti-apartheid revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela Saturday.

Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first democratic president, died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 after being in and out of hospital.

The news of his demise hit the international sphere, creating a sombre mood all-round.

All roads led to Qunu, Mandela’s home village, as international heads of state and dignitaries flocked there to pay their last respects to a man who spent 27 years in jail for his struggle for liberation against the apartheid regime.

Live forever

His eldest grandson, Mandla, on Friday said it was uncommon for a soul to touch the entire human race in the way his grandfather did.

"A legacy worthy of celebration and a legacy worthy of emulation. uNkosi Dalibhunga is no longer with us, but his legacy will live forever," he said.

Mr Mandla said the second anniversary of the struggle of the icon’s death was an occasion to celebrate a life well lived.

Hearty chuckle

"We draw inspiration from the many beautiful memories that we treasure – the twinkle in the eyes of an innocent child, the smile of encouragement shared with an ageing and fragile mother, the warmth with which he held the calloused hands of a farm worker, the words of solace to the grieving and suffering, and the hearty chuckle with friends and loved ones,” he said.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation had lined up a few events to mark this period of remembrance.

The events lined up include an artistes' tribute called “Letters from Mandela” with music, dance and recitals from Madiba’s letters on Saturday evening.

Warmest moments

Letters from Mandela aims to find some of the warmest moments of Mandela: the man, the father, the son, the comrade and the son of the African soil.
South Africa Premiership club Chippa United will play Mthatha Bush Bucks on Sunday as part of the commemorations.
On December 12, the Foundation together with the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, will host the second Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk in Pretoria.

Finally, on December 15 they host another dialogue titled “Imagining Futures”.

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