Man­dela’s le­gacy hon­oured in Egypt

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PRES­I­DENT Nel­son Man­dela’s le­gacy was hon­oured in a spe­cial cer­e­mony dur­ing the sec­ond edi­tion of the World Youth Fo­rum (WYF) in the re­sort town of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, at the week­end.

Held un­der the aus­pices of Egypt’s Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fatah el-Sisi, the gath­er­ing saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of about 5 000 prom­i­nent young peo­ple of 163 na­tion­al­i­ties, and a strong pres­ence by South African youth.

At the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Madiba’s grand­son Zondwa Man­dela said: “Egypt has once again re­turned to the African con­ti­nent to sup­port its unity and una­nim­ity.

“Egypt is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, and my heart is al­ways with Egypt.”

Zondwa also shared his views about the WYF, say­ing: “This fo­rum is a won­der­ful achieve­ment, it is an op­por­tu­nity for youth to ex­change their views. Youth are the corner­stone of any coun­try.”

On Mon­day, El-Sisi hon­oured Zondwa dur­ing the clos­ing ses­sion of the Model Arab-African Sum­mit.

Egypt’s am­bas­sador to South Africa Sherif Issa, said: “The WYF is 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.”

The pres­i­dent’s hon­our­ing of Madiba’s grand­son re­flected the depth of Egypt-South Africa broth­erly re­la­tions that were rooted in both coun­tries’ his­tory, Issa added.

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 African youth through­out the year, and would give them a sus­tain­able op­por­tu­nity to share their views and qual­ify them for lead­ing po­si­tions.

EGYP­TIAN Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah el-Sisi hon­oured Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­son Zondwa Man­dela dur­ing the clos­ing ses­sion of the Model Arab-African Sum­mit on Mon­day.

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