Mauritania on Monday renamed a street after independence struggle icon and former SA president Nelson Mandela. Picture: Twitter

Johannesburg - South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the unveiling of Mandela Avenue in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott on Monday morning during the African Union (AU) heads of State summit. 

"We are humbled and applaud you for this great honour you are bestowing on Nelson Mandela. Madiba was an internationalist, a Pan Africanist and an advocate of peace. This recognition confirms that he belonged to all the people of Africa," said Ramaphosa.

"We're honoured and deeply touched that there are lots people across the globe that are honouring Mandela during his centenary. It confirms the unity of our continent and the diversity of our land," added the president, who was accompanied by Rwanda President Paul Kagame, the chair of the AU. 

African News Agency (ANA)