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Nelson Mandela’s legacy celebrated in Künzelsau

25.07.2018 - Article

On July 18 a matinee at the Reinhold Würth Saal of the CARMEN WÜRTH FORUM was held to celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday
Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday© AHK South Africa

Würth celebrated the 100th birthday of Madiba with a ceremony in the Carmen Würth Forum in Künzelsau. The ideological legacy of this great figure of contemporary and world history is remembered on this day all over the world. South Africa, the rainbow nation with more than a hundred ethnic groups, is becoming the model of the balance of international societies in an increasingly close-knit world. The spirit of Mandela, tolerance, participation and recognition of the other, the courage to reconciliation are the key to unlocking this interconnected future. Responsibility is carried by all people in their place, on a large or small scale, every day. A free and peaceful future is made possible through coexistence in good neighbourliness across all ethnic groups and religions, lending strength to universal human rights. Mandela's principles are simple: "You are because we are." Be a good guy - be the legacy - make every day a Mandela Day!

Speaking at this event on “Be The Legacy” was SA-German Chamber senior council member, Dr Khulu Mbatha, a veteran of the African National Congress (ANC).

"Mandela's legacy is much greater than what I can cover in fifteen minutes," said Dr. Mbatha. "He was not just talking about great ideals of freedom and democracy. He has shown how to fight and not give up when things are difficult and the oppressor is determined to abandon you.

"At the same time he showed us how we can respect our former enemies when freedom is achieved. As he said, ‘Being free does not just mean putting off the chains, but living in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others’.

© AHK South Africa

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