Knowing Nelson Mandela

first_imgOne Young World Founder David Jones, anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, Nobulali Dangazele, former Sprinbbok captain Francois Pienaar, and Kate Robertson shared the stage for a One Young World special session on ‘Knowing Mandela’. Photo: One Young World By Luvuyo Mandela4 October 2013Special is exactly what it was! Any platform with the great and incredibly humble Ahmed Kathrada is always an intensely sincere and intimate experience.  Mr Kathrada shared the stage with Mandela Rhodes Foundation scholar Nobulali Dangazele, former Springbok Captain Francois Pienaar, setting the stage for the One Young World special session on “Knowing Nelson Mandela”.The gathering offered yet another avenue for me to learn more about the global icon I can call my great-grandfather. Our guests on stage shared various testimonies about their interactions with Ukhokho (a Xhosa word meaning great-grandfather).Mrs Dangazele spoke of the initial contradiction of Rolihlahla Mandela partnering with the Rhodes Trust to establish the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. She touched briefly on the Rhodes legacy compared to the transformation agenda of the scholarships awarded to students. She shared the following quote: “The eye of the imagination is greater than the eye that sees”, which speaks to ukhokho’s vision.Francois shared a few tear-filled anecdotes that revealed his kindness and his nature. Our famous Bok captain and ukhokho’s simple gestures have lasted with the Springbok team since they won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.As it was a platform engaging young people, I think it best to share tweets posted by One Young World delegates in the audience:@VStuartTaylor: “I feel honoured to have spent today in the presence of some incredible #OYW delegates and figures such as Amhed Kathrada.”@Noexie quoted Mr Kathrada when he said, “Organise whatever you can, our Constitution allows us to do whatever we would like within the law.”@albatiley: “Inspiring lessons from Mandela: Ahmed Kathrada (former South African Political Prisoner) tells: with freedom, comes responsibility.The One Young World Summit 2013 is taking place in Johannesburg from 2 to 5 October.Find out more about One Young World: www.oneyoungworld.comRead about the summit elsewhere on BrandSA:One Young World looks to the futureYouth of today have responsibility of shaping our futureBrand South Africa welcomes delegatesBrand South Africa wishes OYW delegates safe travelLuvuyo Mandela is an ambassador for Cheesekids For Humanity, a youth moment that specialises in activating platforms for volunteers servicing neighbouring communities. He is also the great-grandson of Nelson Mandela, and is attending the summit as a Brand South Africa delegate.last_img read more

Jamaica and Namibia Agree Visa Waiver Programme

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa. Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action. It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob. Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa.The Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.Speaking at a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, Prime Minister Holness said both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.Prime Minister Holness declared that his official visit to Namibia is of strategic importance.“You know we have two beautiful countries, but we scarcely ever get to enjoy the beauty of our countries. We need to encourage travel between our two countries for tourism. I’ve welcomed the announcement by your President of the waiver of visa requirements for Jamaicans; Jamaica had long ago abolished visa requirements for Namibians,” stated Prime Minister Holness.Jamaica and Namibia are also working to secure a stronger relationship in several areas including trade, investment, banking, sports and culture.In addition, Prime Minister Holness stated there will be greater opportunities for the people of both countries.“I think that there is great opportunity for us to continue our exchange of people. We can build a strong human capital base in education. We welcome Namibians to study at our Universities. We welcome Namibians to come and train with us in athletics and sporting endeavors. We believe that there can be significant opportunities between our two countries for trade,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness and Namibian President Geingob have recommitted to ensuring the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group remains.“I also welcome the public support of your President to ensure that the African Caribbean and Pacific arrangement remains intact,” said Prime Minister Holness.Noting that there are some countries who feel it better to negotiate with Europe bilaterally, Prime Minister Holness believes that Jamaica and Namibia can also be efficacious in that regard.“We are stronger together and the liberation struggle may have ended for many Africans but the new struggle is now for our economic independence and our economic liberation and it makes no sense for us to separate on this matter,” argued Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister is slated for a series of Government and cultural activities in Namibia for the remainder of his working visit.last_img read more