First Lady hails Mandela
Kitwe, July 19, ZANIS —– First lady Christine Kaseba has hailed former South African president Nelson Mandela for his pivotal role in fighting racism, bringing peace and political emancipation of South Africa and other Southern African countries.
Speaking in Kitwe today at the SOS children’s Village at a function organized to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday by the South African team that is participating in the 2013 COSAFA Cup tournament Dr Kaseba said Mr Mandela is an inspiration to Zambia and the entire Africa.
She also hailed the South African icon for his support towards the betterment of the vulnerable children in society.
Dr Kaseba who is also a special envoy for the SOS children’s village observed that the institution had grown over time and was in need of financial and material support from all stakeholders.
The team dedicated their celebration towards community service to vulnerable children.
Hospitalized Mandela remains critically ill but in a stable condition.
And South African football team head of delegation Paseka Mokone said it was grateful to celebrate Mandela’s day from Zambia as Zambia was a home away from home for South Africans because of the major role the country played in the liberation of South Africa.
The South African and Namibian teams contributed assorted food staffs to the children at the SOS children home.
Earlier COSAFA President Patel Suketu observed that it was everyone’s responsibility including football players to support vulnerable children in society.
Mr Suketu also urged the players to be role models to children who may wish to be football players in future and demonstrate to them that football can bring success and good life to someone if one is disciplined.
And Namibian team coach Ricardo Manetti hoped the donated items will go a long way in improving the lives of the children at the institution.
Meanwhile Dr Kaseba has also contributed foot staffs and groceries to the SOS children’s home.
And speaking after making the donation, Dr Kaseba congratulated the Zambia national team for beating South Africa in yesterday’s COSAFA semi-final match.
Dr Kaseba who watched the game between the Chipolopolo boys and the Bafana –Bafana yesterday urged the Zambian players against becoming complacent but to work even harder to ensure that the COSAFA trophy remains in the country.
The function to celebrate Mandela’s day was also attended by Minister of Sports and Youth Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Stanley Mschili and senior government and COSAFA officials.