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20 million people to sing for Mandela

By Sapa | Apr 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

A PLANNED attempt to break a world record, with over 20 million people singing Happy Birthday to former president Nelson Mandela, has been announced

"This year we hope to break the Guinness Book of World Records with more than 20 million South Africans singing," Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Lead South Africa said in a statement. "We want to encourage the nation to join in."

Last year, the department and the civic participation group arranged for millions of school children to sing to Mandela at 8am on his birthday.

Lead South Africa spokesman Yusuf Abramjee said he was confident that the public would show their love and affection for Mandela by participating in singing to him on his 94th birthday on Wednesday, July 18.

"In addition to the millions of school children, we want people in offices, in factories and those out on the streets to join in."

The SHOUT Foundation, a movement aimed at reducing crime, committed 94 singers to record the song for distribution in the run-up to Mandela's birthday.

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He deserve it.......I will be one of them.

Apr 11, 2012 7:33 | 0 replies

Nna ga ke itse go opela

Apr 11, 2012 1:42 | 0 replies

"In addition to the millions of school children, we want people in offices, in factories and those out on the streets to join in."
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With due respect, Mandela is (seen) as an icon but really I think everything has been Mandelafied. 10 years from now we wont even know where we are or going

You visit your friend in Mandelaville - directions;
Take the Mandela Freeway, the turn left at Mandela off ramp, proceed straight on Mandela Road, pass 3 sets of traffic lights, Madela Drive, Mandela Avenue, Mandela Lane and then at Mandela Street turn left, second house from the corner next to Mandela Mall.

Apr 11, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

We all love u tata but i think we are celebrating him far too much, Mandela Drive, Mandela day Mandela this mandela that hay suka man sengizwile ha!!!!

Apr 11, 2012 11:57 | 0 replies

How are they actually going to prove that indeed 20 million people did sing? I'll assume you will need to do so to be considered for the G record.

Apr 11, 2012 11:51 | 0 replies

We wud sing at our office when one of our colligues is having a birthday,bt jerrr I don't like it,I just feel shy.So it will be even worse to sing for someone not in front of me (with all due respect to Tata),I don't think I will be joining the participants.

Apr 11, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

Shouldnt Basic Education try to be in the guinness book of records for the best education in the continent...how will singing benefit the 20 million school going kids who cant afford basic needs at school

Apr 11, 2012 10:35 | 0 replies

with all due respect to the struggle icon, i got better things to do with my time.

Apr 11, 2012 9:56 | 0 replies

Anything for Tata!

Apr 11, 2012 9:1 | 0 replies

It is good and refreshing to sing a song, songs that feed your ears, songs that bring happyness to your ears, mind and soul, as for Tata, I will be happy if the Artists, music people can arrange it, arrange it in a way that all of us can take part, yes school children are great, but Tata would love them to be in school doing what they suppose to do. We can show Tata that we adore him, by respecting each other and doing what he went to prison for, build this Country for the better of everyone, right now he is confused about the way we do things, he is not happy at all. I call on you South Africans to make a change, do what Tata will appreciate, it does not help to get exited about his birth day and yet we are not building this country on the foundation he laid down, singing for him is ok, but what are we doing to keep his legacy?

Apr 11, 2012 8:59 | 0 replies

hope it becomes a success

Apr 11, 2012 8:53 | 0 replies