Newscast Media JOHANNESBURG—The Nelson Mandela Foundation has announced the
death of the international icon who after a long illness has passed away. On its Web
site, the message read in part:
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson
Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly
make further official announcements.
We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this
enormous loss to our nation and to the world.
We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian
causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for
our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to
continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.
The renowned freedom fighter was jailed for over a quarter of a century by the
apartheid government, and after he was released in 1990, he became South Africa’s
first Black president in 1994.
In 1985, Mandela turned down the government’s offer to free him if he renounced
armed struggle against apartheid. It wasn’t until South African President P.W. Botha
had a stroke and was replaced by F.W. de Klerk in 1989 that the stage was set for
His life was a triumph over racial oppression. The statesman died at age 95 from a
recurring lung infection and will receive a state funeral.
Newscast Media JOHANNESBURG—South African President Jacob Zuma vows to transform the economy by involving more black business people sidelined for years by the oppressive apartheid regime that ended in 1994.
Speaking at a two day Broad-based Economic Empowerment (BEE) summit in Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma said his country is ready to further boost its economy, this time by opening the doors to more black industrialists. Zuma said his government is planning to provide mentorship programs and financial assistance to previously disadvantaged black businesses.
Addressing delegates at the BEE, President Zuma also said the current BEE Act has been amended to ensure that black businesses have the same opportunities as their white counterparts.
The Act, which dates back to 2003, aims to redress the inequalities of apartheid by giving disadvantaged groups, including blacks, Indians and coloreds, economic privileges previously not available to them.
“It is important therefore, to underline that Broad-based Economic Empowerment is an integral part of our economic policies and economic transformation. It is part of a broader objective of promoting inclusive growth and economic development.” Zuma said.
Zuma told the summit that since South Africa achieved its independence in 1994, BEE transactions worth $60 billion (44 billion euros) have been made. He added that in the past financial year, the National Empowerment Fund assisted black businesses to the tune of $500 million and created hundreds of jobs in the process.
Corruption is also a big problem, said Jordan Hill, shadow minister of trade and industry from the Democratic Alliance, the official opposition party in South Africa.
“We have seen examples of deals in the past where one well-connected leader will make tens of millions of Rands and the other shareholders, the so called black broad-based elements will make a few hundred Rands out of the deal, to re-empower a few extremely wealthy individuals who are well connected,” said Hill.
In response to these criticisms, the government in turn announced plans for swift measures to deal with the challenges facing the black empowerment program. It revealed that the amendment of the BEE Act would include clauses that will criminalize fronting and allow for a commission to be set up that will monitor and safeguard the objectives of the program.
Source: Radio Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media SOWETO—Nelson Mandela was given a Humanitarian Achievement
Award at this year’s South-South Awards ceremony here on Sunday night.
The former South African president, a global icon for peace and freedom, was
awarded for his outstanding leadership for human rights and development. His wife,
Graca Machel, received a Humanitarian Achievement Recognition for her tireless
advocacy for education, children’s welfare and culture.
Mandela and Machel have both contributed greatly to development and human rights
across Africa and the whole world. Their most recent initiative, Legacy of Hope, was
formed to fund the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa
and will bring free healthcare to children in South Africa.
The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero was admitted to hospital on June 8 for a
recurring lung infection. On Sept. 1, Mandela was discharged from hospital.
At the Sunday ceremony, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, the president of Costa Rica,
Khalifa bin Saliman Al-Khalifa, the prime minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Josaia
Voreqe Bainimarama, the prime minister of Fiji, were given this year’s Global
Governance Leadership award.
The Global Governance Leadership Awards are presented to individuals who have
made distinctive contributions to sustainable development, the youth, e-governance,
and information and communications technology.
The theme of this year’s award ceremony is “Innovation and Technology for
“South-South cooperation offers real, concrete solutions to common development
challenges,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to the ceremony.
“Sharing best practices, funding pilot projects in far-flung locales, providing the
capital to scale-up successful projects, supplying regional public goods, developing
and adapting appropriate technologies, these are the opportunities that the
international community needs to better leverage.”
Newscast Media PRETORIA—Global celebrations and charity events will mark Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday as the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon is in Pretoria hospital. Volunteers will spend 67 minutes on hundreds of community upliftment projects—a minute for every year of his activism. Mandela was born in the month of July 18, 1918.
“I will also be giving my 67 minutes to make the world a better place, one small step at a time,” AFP quoted British business magnate Richard Branson as saying.
The 94-year-old African hero was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria city in the northern province of Gauteng on June 8 as his lung infection deteriorated. Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner.
On Thursday, children in schools around South Africa will start their classes singing “Happy Birthday” to the former statesman.
The Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge will be inaugurated at the icon’s birth village, Mvezo, in the rural Eastern Cape Province on Thursday. A science-specialization high school bearing his name is also scheduled to be opened.
Meanwhile in the United States, various activities are planned in 17 cities on Thursday.
The anti-apartheid hero suffered from respiratory disease during 27 years in prison. He was released in 1990 and then he made peacemaking efforts in the country. He was elected as president in 1994.
The former South African president has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In recent years, Mandela’s health problems have worried his supporters.
Source: Press TV
Newscast Media CAPE TOWN—Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa is July 18. It’s the day when South Africans celebrate their former president’s contribution to universal freedom by donating 67 minutes of their time to public service. South Africa’s freedom icon, Nelson Mandela, spent 67 years of his life fighting for the liberty and freedom of all South Africans, both black and white. 27 of those years were spent as a political prisoner on Robben Island.
As the country marks Mandela’s 94th birthday, South Africans say they will never forget his struggle against oppression, racism and the subjugation of the majority by the minority.
“That guy is our hero. He’s a great man,” Nonhlalhla Cebekhulu told DW. “I was so inspired by his doings. I am so impressed by the way he saved this nation.”
Most South Africans, be they individuals or organizations, are so impressed by Mandela’s achievements that they are eager to follow the call to help the under-privileged on his birthday. They will spend 67 minutes in the service of the people in commemoration of the number of years Mandela devoted to fighting for liberation and freedom.
Among the institutions taking part is the University of South Africa, UNISA. A distance learning university, UNISA caters for more than 400,000 students all over the country and in many other parts of the African continent. Gcina Nhleko is the university’s communications manager in KwaZulu-Natal.
“Each national UNISA office will be embarking on projects to visit schools all over the country and make a difference in the lives of under-privileged students. We want to put a smile on their faces, even for just a day,” she told DW.
Andile Montzontsisi is a second year Bachelor of Commerce student in Durban. He and his fellow students also plan to do something for the needy in honor of Nelson Mandela.
“On the 18th we are going to an orphanage where we are going to give clothes, money and food for children who have no parents.”
Nelson Mandela will spend his 94th birthday at his home in his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Among the many prominent people calling on him to pay their tributes is the former United States President Bill Clinton, who is touring the region as part of a humanitarian mission.
Source: Radio Deutsche Welle