Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki has urged citizens to not just focus on marking the the centenary of Nelson Mandela, but also respond in practical ways to the challenge of being his legacy.
Mbeki was speaking at the launch of the refurbishment of Mandela's former official residence in Houghton into a centre of scholarship and reflection for global presidents and business leaders.
The centre will be known as the Mandela Presidential Centre.
Mbeki, speaking at the launch, spoke of the need to not just honour the late statesman's slogan "be the legacy" but to also translate it into practical action.
"It poses a challenge to all of us as South Africans. Because as you've heard, everybody says we must honour the legacy and the slogan is actually 'be the legacy'. Now we have the challenge to translate that into practical action so it doesn't just remain a slogan and it's a big challenge."
"After all these years of democracy, our country still has all these major, major problems. I think to be the legacy of Mandela must mean that we actually movement forward... with regards to matter in our Constitution.