Yesterday, on International Nelson Mandela Day (18th July) people across the world celebrated the famous Nobel Peace Prize winner's 95th birthday, many paying homage through charitable acts. The anti-apartheid hero spent his 95th birthday in a hospital bed and is said to be getting better after six weeks of hospitalization due to lung infection. With Nelson Mandela's failing health placing him back in the eye of the media, it's as apt a time as any to pay tribute to his fundamental role in bringing about a democratic South Africa.
The City of Cape Town is holding a year-long Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition of artworks in honour of Mandela, at the Cape Town Civic Centre. The mother city has proudly:
"...declared 2013 as the year of Mandela for his role in the struggle for freedom." (SABC News).
About the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition
This Madiba installation showcases the actions, trials and triumphs of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in mixed mediums, from photography to graffiti and multimedia works. Photographs include works by Benny Gool and Adil Bradlow, among the some 660 works, which took abseilers four days to hang.
The exhibition was unveiled by Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, at the end of June at a closed launch attended by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is said to have delivered a moving speech at the opening, in which he said:
"Even stricken in hospital, Madiba is uniting a nation again - in prayer." (Times Live)
And from Patricia de Lille:
“As we pray with the rest of the country for Mr. Mandela's well-being and comfort, we can think of no greater tribute.”
The Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition is expected to attract around 25000 school pupils alone, playing an important role in education and awareness.
"There will also be focus group discussions about Mandela’s legacy, and contributions from this will be used to complete the city’s new value statement - the City of Cape Town pledge." (IOL News)
The exhibition includes historic photos showing key moments in the life of Nelson Mandela - freedom fighter, anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace prize winner.
If you're visiting Cape Town don't miss the free Mandela Exhibition at the Civic Centre.
South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela's special day: