Mandla Mandela, chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and grandson of former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela, celebrated the Ubuntu Bash, Heritage Day Bazaar in Doha with thousands of South African expatriates. “It gives me a great honour today to be before you in Qatar almost 10,000km away from home only to discover that I am home away from home to see many South Africans gathered here,” he told the huge crowd.
Chief Mandla was the guest of honour at event, which is being celebrated on September 24 every year to recognise the cultural wealth of the South African nation. The South African community in Doha marked the day by staging an array of activities to remember the cultural heritage of the many cultures which make up the population of South Africa.
In his speech, Chief Mandla highlighted the sacrifices and the achievement of his grandfather – a global icon – in fighting to abolish the Apartheid system in South Africa, stressing that “I was privileged to call him my grandfather.”
Mandla Mandela with young South Africans. PICTURES: Nasar TK.
Mandla Mandela was warmly welcomed by South African ambassador Faizel Moosa and other embassy officials, Mead al-Emadi,from the SC and members of the South African community in Doha. PICTURE: Nasar TK.
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