Mvezo - Opening the first high school dedicated to former president Nelson Mandela in Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, was a proud and emotional moment, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.
“This was one of his dreams,” Zuma said after unveiling a plaque at the entrance to the Mandela School of Science and Technology.
“Whoever thought that in this remote area of Mvezo you would have a science and technology school?”
He said Mandela had always influenced people and that his memory would continue to move on.
“There are people who come live and make history,” said Zuma.
He was accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet, and Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela.
Although children have attended the school since the beginning of the week, Friday was the official opening.
Zuma said he was proud that Mandela's dream of a school in the place where he was born had become a reality.