Egypt honours Madiba’s legacy
THE legacy of Nelson Mandela was honoured in a special ceremony that coincides with the centenary celebrations of his birth during the second edition of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The event started on November 3 and, on Monday, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi honoured Madiba’s grandson, Zondwa Mandela, with an award during the closing session of the Model Arab-African Summit.
The event is held under the auspices of the president, with the participation of around 5 000 prominent young people of 163 nationalities and a strong presence by South African youth.
After receiving the award, Zondwa said: “The honouring by President el-Sisi is a recognition of an icon like Nelson Mandela. This award appreciates Mandela’s contributions to the international community.”
Egypt’s ambassador to South Africa, Sherif Issa, said the forum was a very enriching experience. “It endeavours to promote people-to-people dialogue. This year, the World Youth Forum witnessed unprecedented participation from South African youth leadership figures.”
Issa said the honour accorded to Zondwa Mandela reflected the depth of Egypt-South Africa relations that were rooted in both countries’ histories.
As a part of the forum’s recommendations, El-Sisi called for the establishment of “a city for African youth” in Egypt. The city would not only allow African youth to participate in international conferences in Egypt, but would also receive them throughout the year and give them a sustainable opportunity to share their views and qualify them for leading positions, he added. | Staff Reporter
ZONDWA MANDELA receives a special award in honour of his grandfather, Nelson Mandela, from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh.