President Cyril Ramaphosa at HRH Nosekeni Nongaphi Mandela Clinic in Mvezo. Picture: ANA Reporter

Mveso - President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened the Mvezo Clinic in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, as part of the centenary celebrations of former president Nelson Mandela's birthday.

Ramaphosa and other dignitaries including former presidents Jacob Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe and Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition leader Raila Odinga descended on Mandela's birthplace to celebrate Mandela Day.

HRH Nosekeni Nongaphi Mandela Clinic which is named after Mandela's mother was built and completed in 2015 and handed over to the Eastern Cape health department. 

Provincial health member of the executive council Helen Sauls-August said the clinic had been in operation from the beginning of July. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets Miss World Manushi Chillar at Mvezo Great Place in Mthatha. Picture: ANA Reporter

"There were challenges in funding and staffing after it was completed in 2015 because there are already three clinics in this ward," said Sauls-August. 

She said the R10 million facility is part of Mandela's legacy for the people of Mvezo. 

Motlanthe handed over blankets to the elderly community of Mvezo. 

Ramaphosa, Zuma ,Motlanthe, and Odinga also planted trees at the grave site of Mandela and his first son Magato Mandela, who is chief Mandla Mandela's father.

The centenary celebrations are continuing and are attended by government officials and traditional leaders.

African News Agency (ANA)