South Africa Welcomes the Appointment of Former President Nelson
Mandela as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
Tshwane: South Africa welcomes the
appointment of former President ,Nelson Mandela as Goodwill Ambassador for the
United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO) conferred
on him by the Director - General of UNESCO, Mr Koichiro Matsuura.
at this occasion were the Ministers of Education, Ms Naledi Pandor and Arts and
Culture Minister, Dr Pallo Jordan, the South African Permanent Representative
to UNESCO and to the Republic of France, Ms Mary Sibanda Thusi and the Deputy
Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Ntombazana Botha.
The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread the ideals of UNESCO
through their name and fame.
This honour comes a few days before former
President Nelson Mandela's celebrates his 87th birthday on the 18th of July 2005.
"President Thabo Mbeki ,the entire South African Government and the
people of South Africa joins the international community in commending President
Mandela for a life well lived and continues to draw inspiration from his world-
wide achievements".Former President Mandela has also made a concerted effort
to build schools throught South Africa especially in historically disadvantaged
areas, together with assistance from government and the private sector, in line
with the ideals of UNESCO and in support of the UN 's Millenium Development Goals.
For further information contact Nomfanelo Kota at 082 459 3787
by the Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag x 152
14th July 2005