Celebrating Madiba’s Birthday!

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Written by Sarah Hartenstein & Johannes Depeneu (German Exchange Student Interns at TSiBA Cape Town)

Starting our fourth day at TSiBA we were very busy in helping for the preparation of the biggest event of the “TSiBA year” - The Graduation.

Today is the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela (or as they say here: Madiba). A few students - especially Shai Selani - (President of the Students Representative Council) organized an event at the “Orthotic and Prosthetic Centre” where a group of about 30 TSiBA students delivered Cupcakes and some soup for disabled people.

After that, they began to sing and dance and everybody got in the mood by clapping hands and dancing.
Mr Braam Mhlom delivers a very emotional and realistic speech in which he reports about his experiences in bygone times. He was very happy that those times are gone and so we can all celebrate this day together. It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is or from which country you come from - we are all humans, we are all the same.

All in all, we can’t stay the whole 67 minutes, but it was a very nice experience for us, how all South Africans celebrate the “Nelson Mandela Day”. Probably, we all should celebrate the Nelson Mandela Day everyday and take the chance to make everyday a better for the world.

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