City man urges for Madiba legacy to continue

City philanthropist Deena Padayachee with an authentic Christmas card signed by Nelson Mandela

Padayachee who has had the opportunity to meet and interact with the late Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, at the unveiling of the Gandhi statue in Church Street in 1993, said that the crux of the charity drive, was not driven by the month of July (Mandela month) but with the aim to keep Madiba’s humility and spirit alive.

“He was an icon. He walked the talk. Everything that Madiba proposed to be of change translated into actions to make our country a better place despite our tragic history. That contribution cannot be forgotten and as the people of Pietermaritzburg need to continue his way of doing”, the philanthropist.

To kick-start the collection of Mandela memorabilia Padayachee has opted to put up his authentic 1995 Christmas card signed by the father of the nation while he was still in office.   “This a prized possession that I have treasured for years it has made a difference in my life, and by donating to charity  it can make a difference to someone else’s life,” he said.

He further encouraged that the process of the charity drive will be transparent and all proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as an official donation from the citizens of Pietermaritzburg.

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“All authentic and personally signed Mandela memorabilia collected will be documented with the owner’s details recorded by Auction Company Canon and Canon and publically auctioned. The financial transaction will be overseen by a registered accounting firm KPMG,” he assured.

Bongeka Sibisi

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