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Samp and tripe on birthday menu

By Moipone Malefane Political Editor | 2012-07-18 06:43:12.0 | COMMENTS [ 31 ]

AS THE world wakes up to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday today, the former president will take it easy in his village of Qunu where his family will host a "big lunch" in the afternoon.

The menu, featuring variety of dishes, is likely to include his favourite meal of samp and tripe.

His granddaughter Ndileka Mandela told Sowetan yesterday that during the lunch the family will present him with a cake.

Like a number of people around the world, including in South Africa, Mandela's family members will do their part and for 67 minutes improve the lives of the needy.

Some will be doing their bit in and around Qunu, Mandela's home village in the Eastern Cape.

"The big lunch will be at 4pm where we will present him with a cake. Our 67 minutes is a way of giving back to him, and that is our birthday gift to him," said Ndileka.

"We will probably have food like samp and tripe, his favourite food."

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her children, Zenani and Zindzi, will do their 67 minutes at the late ANC leader Oliver Tambo's home in Lusikisiki.

Madiba is turning 94.

Ndileka said the world's beloved statesman was in high spirits.

The family will wish him happy birthday in the morning before they leave to do community work.

His wife Graça Machel and some of his grandchildren, including Ndileka, kick-started the celebrations yesterday at No-Moscow Primary School in Qunu where former United States of America president Bill Clinton donated a mobile library and books.

Ndileka said the project to help the school was the idea of Mbuso, who is the son of Mandela's late son Makgatho.

"Mbuso came up with the project to help the school."

She said Clinton, together with his daughter Chelsea, accompanied the family to the school.

They then left to plant some trees where Machel had started a garden.

Ndileka said her granddad, who loves having all his family members around him, was yesterday beaming from ear to ear when he saw Clinton on his return from planting the trees.

Clinton's visit was the biggest surprise for Madiba.

"You should have seen his smile when he saw him, he just said '... Hi Bill, are you here?' He did not know he was coming.

"Bill Clinton came over to join the family for lunch. Granddad did not know he was in the country.

"He is visiting my granddad, every year he finds time to see granddad ... either before his birthday or after.

"But this time his visit has coincided with his birthday," Ndileka said.

She said they will also be going to a clinic in Qunu today with other family members where they will clean the clinic and donate a medical fridge, fax machine and other equipment.

ANC leaders will also celebrate Mandela's birthday. The party's secretary-general Gwede Mantashe will be teaching history for 67 minutes in Vosloorus on the East Rand.


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Lets stop corruption for 67 minutes today and we will see our economy gain a percent or two!!

2012-07-18 07:02:50.0 | 0 replies

@DjEp wont it be nice I mean wont it bring peace in our lives oohhh how I wish

Well hope they all have fun and yummy samp and tribe hhmmm sad I wasnt invited but then again 'zuma will most probably be there and God knows what I will do if I come face to face with that man... Wonder what zuma will be doing with his 67min
Kikikikiki, kwaaaaaak. Will probably laugh for 67 minutes, i can imagine you coming across zuna.

2012-07-18 09:12:35.0 | 0 replies

Mantashe will b teaching history, Zuma will be having sex while true leaders will be celebrating with the true leader (Juju. Mbaks & sexwale).

2012-07-18 09:42:34.0 | 0 replies

wish someone would spend her 67 minutes pampering me for being a gud person that i am because the is no way am geting out of the office to give back to bo magogo and the children!

2012-07-18 09:44:29.0 | 0 replies

Lets stop corruption for 67 minutes today
Chief You have made my day atlist for 67 minutes stop of corruption will create a million jobs

2012-07-18 10:09:43.0 | 0 replies

@ swona

It is true Cde Angie is not the most likeable person around, but blaming her for an act committed by others is not on. I for one finds Cde Angie not very articulate and sometimes a bit arrogant, but those books were supposed to have been ordered by Dickson Masemola six months prior school opening in January. Let us hope the man arrested in Giyani for throwing books away is the real culprit and the law will take its course. Cde Angie made all of us happy last when she announced matric results and the notable improvement she brought into the department. Let us not spoil Mandela's birthday by being too over-excited. I am off to the local school to volunteer my 67 minutes, please leave Angie alone when I am gone and do your bit for Madiba. Happy Birthday Madiba!!!!!

2012-07-18 10:20:00.0 | 0 replies

Lets stop corruption for 67 minutes today
Chief You have made my day atlist for 67 minutes stop of corruption will create a million jobs
Corruption is so worse that Mandela has become the money cow. Today you can start a Friends of Mandela foundation and make millions of rands, that is still corruption. What people dont understand is they think corruption is when Cele offers tender to his friend Roux, but it goes beyond that Collecting money in the name of Mandela is also corruption, having 5 wives which we must pay for thru out taxes thats also corruption class B

2012-07-18 10:25:47.0 | 0 replies


2012-07-18 11:30:43.0 | 0 replies

ANC leaders will also celebrate Mandela's birthday. The party's secretary-general Gwede Mantashe will be teaching history for 67 minutes in Vosloorus on the East Rand.
Lord have mercy on the poor Vosloorus kids.......... wet lips goaty, a history teacher?????........... I though I have heard/seen it all but "Movement" never cease to amaze

2012-07-18 11:47:55.0 | 0 replies


2012-07-18 13:53:49.0 | 0 replies

Hope Madiba's day is going well and everyone is enjoying giving back to their community.

2012-07-18 14:32:28.0 | 0 replies