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PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA COMMEMORATE OLIVER AND ADELAIDE TAMBO
27 October 2019
In commemoration of Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, President Cyril Ramaphosa led a wreath laying ceremony at Tamboville Cemetery, Wattville on Sunday, 27 October 2019.
The event was attended by City of Ekurhuleni’s Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, ANC stalwart Sophie De Bruyn, Dali Tambo and his wife Rachael Tambo, Duma Nkosi and ANC National, Provincial and regional executive members, City’s officials and members of the community.
If OR Tambo were to be alive, he would be 102 years old this year.
President Ramaphosa made his address under the theme “Walking in the footsteps of OR Tambo.”
Young people must draw inspiration from the life of the young OR Tambo and use to the fullest all the educational opportunities provided to them by the democratic government.
Presidents Ramaphosa called upon the youth to emulate OR Tambo and perform excellently well in their studies and refrain from all other social ills.
“There is an important lesson to draw from OR: that young people must seek a set of beliefs and perspectives on morality to successfully deal with, among other things, scourge of alcohol, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior and violence,” he said.
President Ramaphosa also paid tribute to mama Adelaide Tambo. He described mama Tambo as a revolutionary leader who understood and was prepared to pay the personal cost at which national freedom would be achieved.
Meanwhile, Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina remembered Tambo and his selfless sacrifices of our freedom.
In honour of OR Tambo, Mayor Masina announced that the municipality’s head office in Germiston will now be named the OR Tambo Government Precinct and will house twenty-one departments within the metro.
In addition to this, the City of Ekurhuleni will be installing a 9-metre bronze statue of Tambo outside the OR Tambo International Airport.
Furthermore, the Executive Mayor will write to Minister of Arts and Culture to request that the OR Tambo Narrative Centre be declared a National Heritage side. The graveside was already declared in 2012.
Executive Mayor also emphasized a need to have a university in the metro.
President Ramaphosa warmed up to the City’s dream to deliver to it a first of its kind OR Tambo University of Science and Technology.
The City of Ekurhuleni to pursue a dream to have its first university is an ANC’s Regional Conference decision.
The commemoration of OR Tambo began on Thursday, with ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile addressing hundreds of people at OR Tambo Precinct, whilst Ekurhuleni Deputy Chairperson Jongizizwe Dlabathi delivered OR Tambo memorial lecture to the community of Selope Thema Zone at Kwathema Old Age Home on Friday evening.
ANC Caucus in Ekurhuleni welcomed the State of the City Address delivered by the Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina at the Germiston Council Chamber in OR Tambo Government Precinct Civic Centre – Germiston on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.