Astana celebrates Nelson Mandela 100th birthday

18 July, 2018, 17:30 351
Astana celebrates Nelson Mandela 100th birthday

In November 2009 UN General Assembly declared July 18  International Day of Nelson Mandela in gratitude to the former president of the Republic of South Africa for his contribution to the cause of peace and freedom of the country.

Astana celebrated the 100th anniversary of the former president of the Republic of South Africa Nelson Mandela, Bnews.kz correspondent informs.

Annually July 18 South Africans, together with the international community, honorably celebrate Nelson Mandela Day. An active human rights fighter, former president of South Africa, a public and political statesman - this is how he remembered it during his lifetime.

"I’m happy to welcome you on this special day - the birthday of President Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 today, Mr. Mandela loved children, so my words will be mainly addressed to children." That's what he said: "Our children are a stone, on which the future will be built, they are our most precious treasure. They will become the leaders of the country, the creators of national wealth, will care for and protect our people, " Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Africa H.E. Ms. Keitumetsi Matthews announced.

The event took place in Mimioriya centre.

In her words, Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

Kids who were the event’s VIP enjoyed national games, dances participated in master classes and flash mob.

Keitumetsi Matthews urged children to study hard saying education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world. “President Mandela was enthusiastic about this,” she added.

Kazakhstan plans to celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day in Kazakhstan throughout the year. As the Ambassador informed our correspondent, in September a concert by South African artists is expected, possibly together with Kazakhstani ones. In October, a festival of choral and conductor masters will be held, and in December, an event will be held in Almaty, where they will talk about the work of the children's hospital, which bears the name of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

All photos made by Tamila Yazykova