The 2018 Africa Youth Summit: African Youth, Building Our Legacy

The second edition of the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit gets underway in Johannesburg today. The Pan African platform is created for young Africans to network, collaborate and form partnerships across socio-economic and political spaces.

This year’s theme is ‘African Youth, Building Our Legacy’ that was inspired by the Nelson Mandela centenary’s call to action to “Be the Legacy”. The event it will be hosted over five days in Johannesburg and Pretoria with over 200 delegates expected from across the continent.

Lorato Modongo, organising committee member and gender activist from Botswana urges young people to contribute to building a better Africa through some of the resources give to them.

The summit is supported by various partners, including Brand South Africa who wishes to showcase the beauty and brand power of SA through this platform.

Brand SA’s Strategic Relationship Manager, Toni Gumede said the company’s collaboration with the summit was “a natural marriage” that speaks to Brand SA’s ‘Play Your Part’ drive.

“The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit really resonates with what our organisation is about, specifically with the mandate that is articulated in the National Development Plan regarding strategic and critical intra-Africa relations. This seeks to do what we aspire people to do – to break down borders by building an active citizenship and inspiring new ways of doing things,” she said.



Memorable moments of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life

The nation came to a standstill on Monday 2 April 2018 with the news of Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s passing. The struggle heroine, who devoted her life to equality and women’s rights, died at the age of 81 at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg following a long illness.
An extract from the official press statement by the Mandela family reads:

“Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid. She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country. Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions‚ eventually causing her banishment to the small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State.

She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces. She dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this was known far and wide as the Mother of the Nation.

The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing‚ we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman.”

She was often referred to as ‘Madiba’s (ex) wife’, but many do not know just how big her contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle was. Here are some of the memorable highlights in the Mother of the Nation’s life:

  • In 1953, Madikizela-Mandela moved to Johannesburg from her place of birth, Bizana (Eastern Cape) to pursue her Social Work studies at the Jan Hofmeyr School of Social Work. She completed her degree in 1955 and became the first black medical social worker at Baragwanath Hospital.
  • She was first imprisoned in 1958 for her role in the anti-pass campaign, and in the same year married Nelson Mandela, a member of the African National Congress’ national executive who later became the first black president of the Democratic Republic of South Africa.
  • In 1969‚ Madikizela-Mandela became one of the firsts to be detained under Section 6 of theTerrorism Act of 1967. After being detained for 18 months in solitary confinement in a condemned cell at Pretoria Central Prison, she was charged under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1950.
  • She was at Mandela’s side the time he was realised from Robben Island in 1990.
  • In 1993 and 1997, Ma Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was elected president of the ANC Women’s League. 

Source : Independent Online , African News Agency/ANA

Mandela Day 2017: Taking Action Against Poverty

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) has urged the international community use this year’s Mandela Day to identify and establish projects that would curb poverty across the globe.

NMF CEO Sello Hatang said unless people tackled poverty, Nelson Mandela’s dream of a society in which all were equal would remain “just a dream”. Mandela Day is an international campaign centred around the United Nations’ 2009 declaration of Nelson Mandela’s 18 July birthday as Nelson Mandela International Day.

On this day everyone, everywhere is encouraged to take concrete steps towards improving life for others.

The campaign is now observed in 149 countries. The 2017 Mandela Day themed: Taking Action Against Poverty was launched in Johannesburg on 10 May.

“The foundation this year shifted the focus of Mandela Day from simply making every day a Mandela Day to encouraging South Africans to seek out projects that have sustainability, reach and impact,”he said.

Hatang said more than 63% of South African children live in poverty and one in five South Africans live in extreme poverty.

One of Mandela Day’s founding trustees, Mamphela Ramphele said Mandela was “a revolutionary focused on social justice” and until poverty is eradicated, South Africa could not claim to be a society based on social

“We want Mandela Day to be an inspiration to fundamentally change our attitude to poverty, our view of who we are so that we become a society that liberates the energies of every person in South Africa,” she said.

Nelson Mandela was the country’s first black president after the rule of apartheid ended in the early 90s.
He retired from the highest office in 1999 and died in 2013. The foundation has urged the public to follow the 2017 Mandela Day activities by using #ActionAgainstPoverty on social media.

Remembering Tata Madiba

Today marks the third anniversary of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s death. Madiba – as he is more fondly known – died in his Houghton home on December 5 2013 at the age of 95.

Even though South Africa was invited to make out part of BRICS  only in 2010 (long after Madiba’s reign as President), it is evident that the country’s individual relationships with fellow BRICS countries has been long in existence.

We take a look at some of Madiba’s visits to Brazil, Russia, India and China:

1. In 2001 Madiba met with the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at an awards ceremony that took place at the Presidential palace in New Delhi. At the ceremony, he was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation from Indian President K. R. Narayanan. Image: AFP Photo (via DNA India)

Nelson Mandela with former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee

2. Nelson Mandela with Vital Nolasco during the plenary meeting of the Palácio 9 de Julho, in São Paulo, Brazil on August 2, 1991 where he delivered a speech to representatives of dozens of black, popular and union entities from all regions of Brazil.  Image: Black Women of Brazil 



3. Mandela greets Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, former President of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia on April 29, 1999. Image: The Age


4. Mandela’s visit to China as South African president in May 1999. He was the first national leader of an African country to visit China.