A FLAME in honour of Nelson Mandela was lit in Qunu yesterday to signal a month of goodwill in his name.
It was a joyous occasion at the Nelson Mandela Museum as staff officially launched Mandela Month activities. They were joined by one of his grandsons, Ndaba Mandela.
Museum chairwoman Nozuko Yokwana said there were countless values by which the late icon had lived his life.
“They must serve as a GPS and a compass that drives us,” she said. The flame would burn until all Mandela Month-linked activities had been concluded.
“It is a symbol of light and inspiration to us all. The demand now is for everybody to do more for their communities.”
The activities to celebrate and honour Mandela’s legacy were used as a fundraising mechanism for the museum.
However, Yokwana said the initiatives were also aimed at opening the facility to everyone, while also urging young people to involve themselves in celebrating his legacy.
“The Mandela legacy has never been an individual adventure, hence the call for everyone to get involved.”
Ndaba said the Mandela family would celebrate his grandfather’s month by engaging in different activities.
He said he would be working with his foundation to collect Xhosa, English and Zulu books on African history for the children of Qunu.
“Children today do not study but just watch television and listen to music. As African children they need to learn about their rich history. They need to know that they have a rich history of kings and queens,” he said.
Museum acting chief executive Noel Solani said this year’s Mandela Month activities would be centred on the three women in Mandela’s life – his first wife Evelyn Mase-Mandela, ex-wife Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela- Mandela and widow Graça Machel. – Sikho Ntshobane