Egypt hon­ours Madiba’s legacy

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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.

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