Media Statement

27 January 2018

President Zuma to host the Nelson Mandela Centenary Dinner on the margins of the AU Summit in Ethiopia

President Jacob Zuma will today, 27 January 2018 host a Dinner to commemorate the Centenary celebrations of President Nelson Mandela on the sidelines of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place from 28-29 January 2018.

The Year 2018 marks the Centenary of former President of the ANC, first President of the Democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela. This year South Africa and the entire globe is organising a range of activities to celebrate and honour the former Statesman. Former President Nelson Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013 and on 18 July 2018 he would have turned 100 years.

During the 2018 January Statement of the African National Congress, the AU Summit was identified as a critical platform to launch the Celebrations.

Madiba is global icon and revered worldwide as a Champion of Human Rights, non-racism and non-sexism who played a critical role in unifying South Africans and inspiring democratic unity across Africa and the globe.

The Dinner is expected to be attended by all Heads of State and Government at the Summit.

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or

Issued by: The Presidency



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