As we prepare for uTatomkhulu’s 100th birthday celebration, we give thanks to the Almighty for blessing us with this global icon of peace, justice and international solidarity, for blessing us with this role model and, most importantly, for blessing and honouring our family with a father, grandfather and great-grandfather of such exceptional calibre.
His character and values are gifts he has bequeathed us to do good and make a difference - big or small - by lending a helping hand to others. He has a big legacy and left giant shoes to fill, especially for us here as a family, and we call on all South Africans and all citizens of the world to spend at least 67 minutes tomorrow carrying out altruistic acts of goodness, kindness and charity to commemorate this great soul.
On another note, this centennial year of uNkosi Dalibhunga (the name Nelson Mandela was given at the age of 16 after undergoing initiation) is extra special and memorable because not only are we celebrating his life and legacy, but my wife Nosekeni Rabia Mandela and I are expecting another baby, Alhamdulillah!
Young Mandela Ikraam Mandela is now just over 1 year old and very excited at the prospect of being an older brother. We request your humble prayers for the health, well-being and success of both mother and child as they complete this journey, and we await the arrival of the latest addition to the Mandela family.