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Nelson Mandela Bay Legacy Programme launched

DECEMBER 3, 2014
Nelson Mandela Bay Legacy Programme launched

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality today (Wednesday, 3 December 2014) launched the Nelson Mandela Bay Legacy Programme which will see a series of community events and activities being held throughout the Bay over the next year.

Branded as ‘Nelson Mandela Bay Legacy Projects’, each of these will reinforce and contribute to the values espoused and exemplified by Nelson Mandela, namely freedom, diversity, unity, justice, hope, human dignity, humanity, love and nation-building.

At a special media breakfast unveiling ceremony today, Deputy Executive Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba read a moving tribute from Executive Mayor Benson ‘Oom Ben’ Fihla, who is from the same generation as Madiba - read the speech here

Cllr Ngcolomba was in high spirits as he emphasised the pillars of the programme, stressing that all of the events that would be held must ensure that it contributed to the unity and community development of the Bay, noting that the "primary beneficiaries of the programme are the residents, stakeholders, artists and service providers of Nelson Mandela Bay."

Executive Director for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Noxolo Nqwazi, outlined the various events, including a ‘City of Champions’ programme which will see the Nelson Mandela Bay community break a number of world records, starting with a 700-member Longest Hula-Hoop Human Chain on Thursday, 4 December 2014 (download here).

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism's CEO Mandlakazi Skefile said that they programme would add considerable value to the tourism product mix of the Bay and would help in their marketing efforts.

Speaking on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Council, Chairperson Monde Ngonyama, said that he was proud and applauded the NMBM for "bringing something that is long overdue."

"As the only city named in his honour it is only fitting that we have such a legacy programme. I know that all Bay artists are looking forward to participating in the various activities."

Photo caption: Nelson Mandela honoured and remembered at Port Elizabeth's Donkin Reserve. Image: geogypsie.com