Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, says big celebrations are planned. Picture: Rogan Ward/Reuters/African News Agency (ANA)
Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, says big celebrations are planned. Picture: Rogan Ward/Reuters/African News Agency (ANA)
Mandela acknowledges a thunderous welcome from a crowd in Worcester in October 1990. Picture: Leon Muller/ANA Archives
Mandela acknowledges a thunderous welcome from a crowd in Worcester in October 1990. Picture: Leon Muller/ANA Archives

THE HOME town of Nelson Mandela will come alive with activities in celebration of his centenary.

The royal house of Mandela will host local and international dignitaries in Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, who will participate in activities in honour of the former president who would have turned 100 years old on Wednesday.

Mandela’s grandson, chief Mandla Mandela, said the centenary ceremony would be attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa and former presidents Jacob Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe.

“Other heads of state from around the world will also be in attendance as well as dignitaries from all over Africa. Preparations for the centennial celebrations are well-advanced and Mvezo is a hive of activity.

“We are excited to host so wide a spectrum of political, traditional and religious leaders all in honour of the Father of the Nation and our global icon and hero.

“It is a celebration befitting his status and honouring his immense contribution to humanity,” he said.

Activities would include giving back to those in need by handing out blankets to elderly citizens, bicycles to pupils and an official opening of the clinic.

An announcement of the launch of the Universal Peace Federation Peace Summit to be held in November in honour of Madiba the Global Icon of Peace would also be made.

His wife, Graça Machel, will take part in a walk to Constitutional Hill in Tshwane alongside members of The Elders, a group of leaders working together for peace and human rights which was founded by Madiba.

Spokesperson Vimla Naidoo said Machel would spend all day at the walk which would end with a gala dinner.

She also said some of the members of the Mandela family are to participate. However, she would not confirm their names.

SUNDAY TRIBUNE