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A sweet tribute to Tata

Cupcakes at Charly's Bakery were decorated in honour of Nelson Mandela. New batches had to be made throughout the day as the treats kept selling out. Photo by Michael Walker

Cupcakes at Charly's Bakery were decorated in honour of Nelson Mandela. New batches had to be made throughout the day as the treats kept selling out. Photo by Michael Walker

Published Dec 6, 2013

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Cape Town - Cupcakes iced with the words "rest in peace Tata Madiba" were one of the sweeter tributes to former president Nelson Mandela.

Staff at Charly's Bakery in the Cape Town city centre churned out hundreds of the cupcakes, which kept selling out, during the day.

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On a behind-the-scenes walk through the popular Canterbury Street bakery, staff could be seen singing joyously about Madiba and dancing as they worked.

Rows of the Mandela cupcakes could be seen on a baking tray.

Outside the bakery, on a wall opposite it, an artist painted a red quote onto a blue mural of Mandela's face.

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Jacqui Biess, a co-owner of Charly's Bakery, said she had commissioned graffiti artist, Mak1one, to do the mural about two months ago.

Mak1one had initially been painting something else, but Biess had contacted him saying she "felt Madiba" instead and he agreed that that was who he would put on the wall.

Biess, whose office was opposite the wall, wanted Mandela's face there so she would see it while working.

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"I've got to see him every day," she said.

Biess said on Mandela's passing, she had asked Mak1one to add to the mural.

He was asked to add the quote: "When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity."

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Biess said her favourite colours were turquoise and red and this had influenced the colours of the art piece.

Residents and tourists stopped to photograph the quote being painted onto the wall.

Joyce Modibedi, of Stellenbosch and who works at the bakery, said she had cried on her way into the city centre as she was torn up about Mandela's passing.

She said she hoped people would rid themselves of violent intent.

"People must leave Mandela to sleep peacefully," she said.

Cape Times

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