Nelson Mandela receives home province's highest honour

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been awarded Port Elizabeth's (his home province) highest honour as Icon of the Century at a glittering function.
But, unable to attend the Metropolitan Eastern Cape Award ceremony Saturday evening, Mandela sent his good wishes to be read on his behalf by an awed nine-year-old school boy, Mzamo Skefile of Kwadwesi.
To great applause, Mzamo, dressed in his Sunday best, read: "I hope these awards stand as a beacon of hope to young people who have a great role to play in producing the leaders of tomorrow".
Mandela was one of 22 high achieving sons and daughters born in Eastern Cape who were honoured along with the only company on the list, Volkswagen SA.
Madiba (Mandela's) colleagues in the struggle against apartheid, the Eastern Cape province's first premier Raymond Mhlaba and the late Govan Mbeki, President Thabo Mbeki's father, were honoured with Lifetime Awards.
The president's mother, Eippannette, received her husband's posthumous award.
The Eastern Cape is the first province in South Africa to restore the glory and honour of its heroes and role models.
"We want to show the youth just what ordinary people can achieve," said the Awards project manager, Talks Gunguluza.
Minister of Safety and Security, Steve Tshwete scooped the Sport Award.
Theatre legends, Dr Winston Ntshona and Dr John Kani were honoured with Arts and Culture Awards.
ANC Women's League President, Winnie Mandikizela-Mandela, received the Women's ward.
President Mbeki's economic advisor, Prof.
Wiseman Nkuhlu got an award for finance while Chief Khaya Ngqula accepted the award for corporate achievement.
Volkswagen Managing Director Hans-Christian Maergner received the only award for an entity - the Business Award on behalf of Volkswagen.
Among those who received posthumous awards on behalf of their loved ones were Samora Biko on behalf of his activist father Steve Biko, Dr Gavin Blackburn on behalf of his activist wife Molly, a Kulati family member for student leader Sheya Kulati and Joyce Mtimkhulu on behalf of Siphiwo Mtimkhulu.

15 october 2001 14:53:00




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