Friday, July 17, 2009

World set to celbrate Mandela's 91st

The world will be buzzing this Saturday: it's the birthday of the world's favourite person – Nelson Mandela turns 91 on 18 July.

The great man, looking frail and white-haired these days, has watched and grieved at the deaths of his closest comrades, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, but still he survives. And he still lives in Houghton with his wife, Graca Machel.

Many would agree that besides his humanity and humility, one of his greatest assets is something very simple - his inimitable smile. Madiba is a global citizen, with the freedom of over 50 cities, including Johannesburg, in addition to dozens of awards and honours.

While the world celebrates his birthday on Saturday, he will spend the day quietly at home with his family.

National celebrations will take place in Mary Fitzgerald Square, in Newtown, under the theme "Working together for the common good of our nation". There'll be a programme of speeches, music and dance, starting at 9am.