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December 01, 2015

As the world encounters economic inequalities, social inequalities, religious intolerances and political turmoil; Nelson Mandela Museum in collaboration with the Eastern Cape’s Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture will commemorate the passing on of Mr. Nelson Mandela through a series of activities aimed at inspiring nations to strive for peace, unity and prosperity.

The Nelson Mandela Museum Council has been touched by a number of atrocities where South Africans attacked fellow Africans; the political instability that has engulfed Africa, the Middle East & Europe which resulted to an increased number of asylum seekers.

In observation of these atrocities and persecutions; Nelson Mandela Museum vowed to inspire nations through Nelson Mandela’s statement where he once said “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his or her skin, his background, or his religion. People must learn not to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.”

As an embodiment of Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we have a responsibility to inspire people to love each other without regard to race, religion, political affiliation; so that we can follow in the footsteps of this great icon. We dare not to falter; as the late icon (Nelson Mandela) once said ‘freedom comes with responsibilities’. It is the responsibility of Nelson Mandela Museum to encourage nations to embrace each other in order to live in peace, unity and prosperity.

The second commemoration will start with a Heroes Marathon where a 42,2 km marathon will start at Mthatha Airport at 06h00 followed by a 10 km marathon from Viedgiesville and a 5 km walk for peace and unity from Nelson Mandela’s residence in Qunu. All the races will finish at the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu.

Heroes’ Marathon is an annual event aimed at praising Eastern Cape and South Africa’s heroes for the sacrifices and contributions that led to a non racial democratic state where athletes participate without being discriminated .

This year’s commemoration will also feature a lighting of 95 candles that resembles years Nelson Mandela lived at 12h00 and later followed by the release of white doves symbolising peace and unity. The institution encourages people of South Africa to a wear white gear to symbolise peace.

Nelson Mandela Museum and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture urge communities to make an undertaking to strive for peace, unity and prosperity in Africa and the world.

For more information please call Ms Nokuzola Tetani 047-532 5110/082 483 4643 email

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