An SAA aircraft with the special logo honouring Nelson Mandela's legacy as South Africa commemorates a century since his birth.
JOHANNESBURG - In celebration of former president Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, SAA announced yesterday that it had branded three aircrafts within its fleet with a special logo to honour the former president and liberation icon. 

“As an African carrier with global reach, it is only natural for SAA to celebrate what would have been Tata’s 100th birthday, by sharing his values with South Africans and people around the world. We hope that through these small gestures we can inspire others to strive for his ideals and continue his legacy,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. 

The airline said that the aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, A330-300 and an A340-600, were branded with its own specially designed logo, as well as the official “Be the Legacy” logo in recognition of Mandela’s contribution to humanity and as a sign of respect for the country’s first democratically elected president. 

“To mark this milestone, SAA has introduced special initiatives to honour Madiba, in keeping with the worldwide centenary campaign by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SA Tourism,” SAA said. 

- African News Agency (ANA)