Brand South Africa partners with the South African High Commission in Kenya to Commemorate International Nelson Mandela Day Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 July 2018 – Hundreds of children gathered with diplomats, government officials and business leaders today at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.With 2018 also marking the centenary since the birth of anti-apartheid stalwart, Albertina Sisulu, the South African High Commission in Kenya also remembered and celebrated the life of the struggle stalwart who lobbied for the education and equal rights of women and children. Mama Sisulu was widely regarded as a mother of the South African nation due to her motherly role and maternal instincts as a nurse and caregiver.Led and hosted by the South African High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency Koleka Mqulwana, the Mandela centenary events included a mass at the All Saints Cathedral Church on Sunday and a visit to New Life Children’s Home where 400 learners from various primary and secondary schools, as well as university students, were hosted with the United Nations and celebrated a signing of a declaration. The students delivered a declaration that expressed the futures that they envisioned for themselves in which they would experience safety, food security, education, peace and prosperity.High Commissioner Koleka Mqulwana, said: “The legacies of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu are about making a positive impact on people’s lives through selfless actions, particularly for children and those that are disadvantaged or disenfranchised. As an important East African ally to South Africa, it is fitting that we are commemorating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in Kenya, whilst also taking to heart the message of the life of Albertina Sisulu in 2018.”United Nations regional representatives that attended today’s event included UNICEF-Kenya Representative, Patrizia DiGiovanni; H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Ossey, Deputy Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo; H.E. Mr. Marek Rohr-Garztecki, Chair of the Eastern European Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Poland; H.E Mrs. Marta Eugenia Juarez Ruiz, Chair of the Latin America and the Caribbean Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica; H.E. Mr. Victor Conrad Ronneberg, Chair of the Western European and Other States Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway; Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade from the Government of Kenya; as well as Ms. Thoko Didiza, a representative from the Government of South Africa.The staff of the South African High Commission also took the opportunity of Nelson Mandela Day to spend 67 minutes – one minute for every year that Mandela spent in public service – with children from the New Life Children’s Home donating essential items, feeding the babies, doing laundry and gardening.“The admirable collaboration with South African businesses operating in Kenya in celebrating the centenary has been inspiring. Ploughing back into Kenyan communities by South African companies through their corporate social responsibility initiatives planned throughout the year is in line with Nelson Mandela core values of humility, selflessness and passion,” the High Commissioner said.Today’s commemoration coincided with hundreds of similar events around the world.South African President, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa, launched the centenary celebrations in South Africa on 11 February 2018 with the aim of celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela which should inspire change, unity and development for all Africans.Brand South Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Sangaret said: “The legacy Nelson Mandela left with us is that you can have many roles as a leader beyond being in a position of power. Leaders of today can look to the Mandela legacy to understand the distinction between positional power and personal influence.”Additional Nelson Mandela centenary events planned for July include a Mandela Lecture at the University of Nairobi on 26 July 2018, the unveiling of Nelson Mandela and Dedan Kimathi busts at the Heroes Garden of the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology; reconstruction of Zia Ra Wimbi Primary School in Kilifi; the donation of Mandela books at the Kenya National Library Services and a visit to Kakuma Refugee Camp for the benefit of young women and girls.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Global Markets, Dr Judy Smith-Höhn said: “It goes without saying that the African continent is central to driving positive perceptions of South Africa as a country. The activities of our Missions abroad are key to the work that we do in positioning South Africa as a competitive and attractive destination.“We are delighted to have worked with the South African High Commission in Kenya on such a momentous occasion – that is the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.”Note to editors: More about Nelson Mandela Centenary CelebrationsThe Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations are aligned with a resolution by the African Union Heads of State and Government (HOS/G) to observe 2018 as the Nelson Mandela Centenary year.Nelson Mandela was committed to peace, negotiation and reconciliation; an attribute shared by the African continent through its aspirations contained in the strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years – the Agenda 2063.In reaffirming their efforts to bring about lasting peace in Africa, the HOS/G also recalled the declaration of the Madiba Nelson Mandela Decade for Reconciliation in Africa 2014 – 2024.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Facing embarrassment over mosquito breeding sites around Commonwealth Games Village, Delhi Government on Friday sought assistance from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to fight the mosquito menace in its vicinity.Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia, chairing a high-level meeting, also directed MCD to form 100 teams to spray mosquito repellent around two km area surrounding the Games Village.She said each MCD team will be assisted by a group of three trained personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which works under the National Disaster Management Authority. NDRF is a multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled force to deal with all types of disasters.An NDRF official said the force will only assist the MCD and civil administration in destroying the mosquito breeding sites in and around the Games village. “We are deploying 100 to 150 personnel. We will also provide boats so that MCD teams can carry out the operation,” he said.Over 20 participating nations have sought information from the Games Organising Committee about the dengue outbreak in the city and steps being taken to combat it before the mega sporting event that begins in 22 days.A joint team comprising officials from MCD and Delhi Government are working in the Games village to drain out the accumulated water so that the area does not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.The Games Village is surrounded by pools of water from three sides, making it conducive for mosquito breeding.The cases of the vector-borne disease has reached 1,652 in the capital this season and the civic bodies are blaming incessant rains and stagnation of water at Games construction sites for the rapid increase in dengue cases.advertisementOfficials said fire tenders and boats will also be deployed so that teams could reach the sites and spray anti-larval chemicals.Aggressive spraying of repellent will be carried out in pools of water accumulated in the eastern, western and southern sites of the Commonwealth Village, they said.Asking all the departments concerned to ensure proper coordination, Walia directed top officials to carry out the anti-dengue drive with all seriousness.Top officials of Delhi Government, Delhi Cantonment Board, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and MCD were present in the meeting.Walia said fishes will be released in the accumulated water bodies around the Games village so that they could eat the mosquito larva.