By: Esethu Matetu

Port Elizabeth-  The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality invited various schools around the city to showcase and recite poetry in honour of late former President Nelson Mandela, as part of commemorating and celebrating what would’ve been his 100th birthday. 

The schools came in numbers and gathered outside City Hall to each recite a 3 minute poem and various stage performances, under the theme, “Be The Legacy”.

The Municipality’s Nabil Hendricks stated that, this initiative taken by the Municipality was to inspire and en-craft artistic creativity through education.

“We are here to pay respect to the legacy of Tata Nelson Mandela and pledge our commitment as a Municipality to follow in his footsteps” Hendricks said. 

According to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, education plays a very pivotal role in our society and forms as a cornerstone to nation building.

“As the Nelson Mandela Bay we are privileged to be named after such a globally renowned legend”,described Trollip.

The Mayor  further stated that, the Municipality has to practice Nelson Mandela day everyday and take initiative in empowering the youth through education.

Trollip concluded the event by handing over five framed quotes of Nelson Mandela to each school.


 The Mayor also embarked on an early morning cycle through the townships of Port Elizabeth around 04:30 am. The cycle commenced from City Hall and proceeded towards the various townships such as, NewBrighton, Kwazakhele, Veeplass and Missionvale. .

Trollip cycled with young kids from the Imveli Cycling Academy based in Kwzakhele. 

“When I cycled earlier this morning I saw some shocking areas in the townships. I saw a lot of things that needs the attention of the Municipality in some locations”,the Mayor added.

He vowed to continue working tirelessly in the fight against poverty in the city.

“While poverty persists, there is no true freedom,  as the Municipality we strive to eradicate poverty and crime in our beautiful city”. He said. 

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