Mandela’s legacy honoured in Egypt
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.