SOUTH AFRICA PROPOSES 2018 BE DECLARED THE CENTENARY OF NELSON MANDELA BY THE AFRICAN UNION

ADDIS ABABA, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa hosted a dinner in Addis Ababa Saturday evening to commemorate the centenary celebrations of former president Nelson Mandela on the eve of the 30th summit of Heads of State and government of the African Union (AU).

It is a great honour that the first celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary takes place here, in Africa, the place of his birth. Madiba is a global icon, but he will always be rooted in Africa. We must thank the AU and its member states for keeping Mandela’s legacy alive through a myriad of symbols and tributes,” said Zuma.

We once again call for your support for the proposed declaration, to be adopted during our Summit, calling on us to observe the year 2018 as the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.”

President Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa earlier Saturday to the two-day AU Summit scheduled which began Sunday at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the former president of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling party, and the first president of the democratic South Africa.

This year, South Africa and many other countries are organizing a range of activities to celebrate and honour the former statesman. Mandela passed away on Dec 5,r 2013. He would have turned 100 on July 18, 2018.

The Dinner was attended by all Heads of State and Government who had arrived for the Summit.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK