CAPE TOWN – The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in Port Elizabeth on Sunday says it will do its best to honour former president Nelson Mandela memory.
Madiba passed away peacefully at his Houghton home Thursday evening at the age of 95.
The municipality’s Kupido Baron says the mood in Port Elizabeth is sombre.
“We are daily reminded of the name Nelson Mandela. On a daily basis people speak about Nelson Mandela, when they talk about their homes, where they’re from so Mandela is part of our daily identity.”
The council is hosting several interfaith and wreath laying ceremonies throughout the city on Sunday to honour Madiba.
There are a dozens of landmarks, including streets and roads named after Mandela throughout the world.
But Nelson Mandela Bay is the only metro municipality in the world named after the late statesman
Meanwhile, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says three of the party’s most celebrated leaders have died 10 years apart.
Oliver Tambo died in 1993 followed by Walter Sisulu in 2003.
Mantashe on Sunday addressed churchgoers in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
He quoted anti-apartheid activist Yusuf Dadoo when he said Mandela belonged to a generation of leaders who have left an indelible mark in the country’s history.
“When they pass, they leave a vision of a new and a better life and tools with which to win and build it.”
Mantashe said Mandela was a man who knew the value of a good reputation.
“We are celebrating the life of a man who understood that a good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.”
Churchgoers in Mthatha and neighbouring Qunu also kept Madiba in their thoughts and prayers today.
ST. GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL
At least 100 mourners have gathered at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town for a special service in honour of the global icon.
A portrait of a smiling Mandela in one of his trademark “Madiba shirts” greets people as they make their way into the church.
As expected, the cathedral is packed with various leading figures.
Many people were unable to find seats inside.
There is somewhat of a sombre mood, but at the same time, many people are celebrating Mandela’s life prayer and reflection.
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2013/12/08/Nelson-Mandela-Bay-to-honour-Madiba