Nelson Mandela Birthday
July 18, 2011 by staff
Nelson Mandela Birthday, Birthday number 93 against apartheid Nelson Mandela, the icon was held in a strange and wonderful Monday. Millions of school children sang happy birthday to 08.05, the users of Twitter and Facebook posted hearts and kisses, good wishes come from the Obama family, and his wife, Graca Machel, worked in an orchard.
While I was enjoying the day in the privacy of his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. The day started with some singing for him 12.4 students, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
“All provinces are reporting that the national flag was hoisted, the national anthem was sung and the children side by side in there millions and ‘Happy Birthday Tata’ sang with pride,” he said.
President Jacob Zuma, who was expected to visit him in Qunu Monday afternoon, paid tribute to the legacy of Mandela, saying that children were always near his heart.
“We have accomplished much, but we still have to keep working to eradicate poverty and improve especially the lives of children, Madiba loves so much.
“Most importantly, we extend the love, ubuntu, humility and selflessness that surrounds us,” said Zuma.
He said Mandela, who was the first democratically elected President of South Africa, has changed the course of history.
“From the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison Rolihlahla on February 11, 1990, we knew that South Africa would be a different place,” the president said.
“He showed us that despite the oppression of racial divide and the challenges this nation has lived, is not only possible but necessary to embrace and to reconcile the South African people.”
U.S. President Barack Obama greeted him, saying that set the standard for the provision of public officials around the world.
“Michelle and my daughters, Sasha and Malia, recently met Madiba during an official visit to South Africa, which focused on service, youth leadership, education and healthy living. His time with Madiba was the most moving part of your trip “Obama said in a statement issued by the U.S. diplomatic mission South Africa.
“The legacy of Mandela is an example of wisdom, strength and grace, and on the anniversary of his birth, we salute the example of his life.”
Obama said the U.S. had the honor of joining the United Nations 192 Member States in 2009 to declare July 18th International Day Nelson Mandela, in recognition of his contribution to peace and freedom.
On this day, people are encouraged to do 67 minutes of community service in honor of Mandela, who spent 67 years of his life to public service.
Machel was among those who participated. She spent the morning working on an orchard in Qunu multipurpose center, then cut a large birthday cake and shared it with children Qunu.
Wife of Zuma, Madiba Thobeka-Zuma had intended to spend her afternoon of pampering cancer patients in Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital as part of Nelson Mandela Day.
African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has urged young people to change their profile pictures on social networking to the images of Mandela.
“The League of the ANC Youth especially encourages all young people to change their profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter, BBM [Black Berry messaging] in it, and all sites MXit social images of Comrade Nelson Mandela” said the ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu.
“This will be a sign of appreciation and celebration of Nelson Mandela partner role played in the struggle for political emancipation, social and economic.”
Good wishes were published in social networking sites around the world, Mandela’s birthday Twitter trends.
Some users have changed their profile pictures, but most messages sent only some added stress hearts and kisses for her affection.
The opposition Democratic Alliance was one of dozens of organizations of shipping desired.
DA, Helen Zille, the leader said: “The most important honor we can pay to this great man’s birthday is to work towards its vision of a better life for all South Africans to build their dream, and to guard and protect coherent constitution, which he called a “sacred covenant.”
Politicians across the country participated in community service 67 minutes, including KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, who helped renovate a school in rural Kwaceza outside Ulundi.
It was reported that Mandela is in good health on his birthday. He was hospitalized in January with a respiratory infection.
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