MLM Hosts Successful Nelson Mandela Lecture
30 July 2015 – Mahikeng
The Office of the Executive Mayor of Mahikeng lived up to the clarion call of making everyday a Mandela Day by hosting a successful Nelson Mandela Lecture last Thursday on the 30 July 2015 at the Mahikeng Hotel School.
The event was graced by stakeholders from all walks of life including different political parties, youth formations, organized business, the taxi associations, South African Women in Construction (SAWIC), North West University’s and Taletso TVET’s CSRC and the South African National Civic Organization (SANCO). The lecture was also attended by the head of the Planning Commission in the Office of the Premier, Mr. Darkey Afrika and Professor Kgosi Zibi, chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders. Newly elected secretary of MK Veteran Association of the African National Congress, Mr. Martin Sebakwane made a solid input on the politics of Nelson Mandela and why the African National Congress appointed Nelson Mandela as the face of the struggle during apartheid. Mr. Sebakwane also emphasized the fact that the struggle against apartheid could have not been won without collective leadership and the four pillars which served as a potent strategy against the apartheid machinery. The four pillars of the struggle as explained by Mr. Sebakwane included, international work which called for the isolation of South Africa and the boycott of South African products. The second pillar was the arm struggle which resulted in the formation of the ANC’s army wing Umkhonto We Sizwe and the third pillar included underground work and the fourth pillar was mass mobilization.
The MEC of Health in Bokone Bophirima, Dr. Mogome Masike, representing the Premier of Bokone Bophirima Supra Mahumapelo also made an interesting reflection on character of Nelson Mandela as someone who cherished and valued the importance of knowledge hence he went on to study and ultimately qualified as a lawyer.
Young people who attended the lecture were challenged to use education to change the world. The Executive Mayor of Mahikeng Cllr. Gosiame Seatlholo welcomed all the dignitaries and committed her office on making everyday a Mandela Day.