New African Magazine celebrates the life and the legacy of one of Africa’s greatest sons in this Special Edition edited by his oldest daughter Dr Makaziwe Mandela, reflects and evaluates the state of Africa in the 100 years of Madiba, and has collated views from his family and those who closely worked with him to take stock.
Contributors to this edition include Mandela’s grandchildren, Ndaba –Ndileka, and Swati. His fellow Robben island prisoner, former minister and now prominent businessman, Tokyo Sexwale, Former Executive Secretary at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes, the popular veteran singer and rights activist Yvonne Chaka Chaka, former Ministers in Nelson Mandela’s first Cabinet Jay Naidoo and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, and many others including his personal chef for over 20 years fondly known in the family as Mam Xoli contribute to this commemorative issue.
Their abiding opinion is that the struggle hero did the best he could to win South African political freedom from one of the most brutal and racist systems in the world but the onus was and still is on the next generation of leaders after him, to ensure economic and social empowerment for the majority black South Africans.
“Tata beckoned South Africa and Africa to take charge of its own future and shape the destiny of her people. The content in this edition attempts to assess the resilience of Madiba’s legacy,” says Dr Makaziwe. In her editorial she adds that “Tata recognised his failings and his own place in the world. As he often admonished, he was “not a saint” and therefore would not want us to beatify him. When Tata walked out of prison in 1990, he was the first to admit he was not a free man, since for him there is no freedom for one man without the freedom for all. Thus he fought hard to bequeath us the political freedom all South Africans enjoy today. It is a truism, though, that freedom even today remains elusive for millions of our unemployed youth, millions of our people stuck in poverty, contempt and indignity”.
“Africa is better, but she is still ill economically. Africa should be afraid of being left any further behind by technological advances and if we continue to remain technological have-nots, Africa will continue to serve other people forever – and that is not an ideal Madiba fought for.” Tokyo Sexwale
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