Book celebrates life of Mandela

The Madiba and Children book was launched at the at the University of Cape Town today - International Mandela Day.

Children’s art depicting Nelson Mandela has been published in a book, Madiba and Children, which was launched at UCT today.

The book, which was published in celebration of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday this year, was made possible by the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD), together with the Cape Town Museum of Childhood.

CECD spokeswoman Najwah Mukadam, said Madiba and Children included a collection of photographs and stories from those who as children had met Madiba.

“The stories capture the essence of Madiba’s character: a caring, patient man who loved people and was extremely fond of children. Some of the prominent people who have contributed their stories are Jaime Manuel, the son of Trevor Manuel; singer Danny K; Nandi Yengeni, the daughter of Tony Yengeni; Tassin Albertyn, the niece of a former secretary of Madiba’s; Nombulelo Mazibuko, the former Face of Africa; and eNCA reporter Michael Appel,” she said.

About 100 children contrinbuted art to the book. They come from six schools: the Athlone Church of Christ Educare Centre, Inthsinga Primary, Ukhanyo Primary, Rosmead Primary, Livingstone High, and Westerford High.

Ms Mukadam said the book honoured Madiba’s passion for children.

“Nelson Mandela was a champion for children and had a huge impact on the lives of millions of children around the country.

“With this book, and the launch event of the book, CECD and the Cape Town Museum of Childhood, would like to honour Madiba’s legacy and his love for children,” she said.

The book has 10 drawings from the Athlone Church of Christ Educare Centre.

CECD programme manager Bridget Kahts said the children were very excited about their art being in the book.

“Every year we do something and this year we wanted it to be more memorable because it would’ve been his 100th birthday. By celebrating with this book, we made sure that Madiba’s legacy would continue,” she said.

Principal of the Athlone Church of Christ Educare Centre, Lizette Forbes, said she was impressed with her pupils efforts.

“We didn’t realise that they are so talented but they have shown that through their artwork. We read them stories about Madiba and they were allowed to draw a picture thereafter relating to the story. They are so excited about the launch,” she said.