Graca Machel urges South Africans to live the ‘Madiba way’

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Graca Machel, widow of both South African president Nelson Mandela and Mozambican president Samora Machel, has called on all South Africans to “live the Madiba way” and thanked all those who served Mandela.

Speaking Friday at the book launch of ‘I Remember Nelson Mandela’ at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in Johannesburg, Machel said she hoped the book, which illustrated Madiba’s life behind the scenes, would help South Africans live the Madiba way “of being human”.

The book is a collection of more than 100 memories from the people who had worked with and for Mandela. These include bodyguards, household staff and presidential advisers.

Machel said the book is about how Mandela lived with the people around him and was meant to help South Africans live in the same way.

Attending the launch were former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang, Mandela’s granddaughter Ndileka Mandela, Afropop legend Salif Keita and Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo - a South African male choral group.

Machel expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the book by sharing their special moments of how they remembered the former statesman.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa refers to this era as “a new dawn”, Machel remarked, she sees it as reconnecting with what she called “the glorious years”.

She encouraged South Africans not to let “this moment of hope – the renewal or new dawn” pass as it was about future generations. “It gives me a huge sense of joy and I have to ask myself how do I continue in my modest way to live my life. To live the Madiba way,” she added.
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26 may 2018 09:01:48

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