Coca-Cola gives R25m to fund

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

The legacy of former president Nelson Mandela will be preserved to the tune of R25million.

Coca-Cola and its foundation wing yesterday announced the donation towards the initiative.

"Coca-Cola's contribution will fund three specific initiatives - collating, preserving and exhibiting the records and documentation of the Mandela Papers; historical research and analysis of the life and times of Nelson Mandela; and a yearly lecture series promoting the legacy of Nelson Mandela," the company said.The money, handed over to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will support efforts to preserve the Mandela Papers and artefacts. The company's chief executive, Neville Isdell, announcing the donation during a meeting with Madiba in Johannesburg yesterday, said Coca-Cola was proud to be associated with the iconic statesman."It is a proud moment for our company to support the Mandela legacy. President Mandela's life has been an inspiration not only to South Africans, but also to people across the globe," said Isdell. He said Mandela's sacrifices, and humble, selfless leadership continued to inspire new generations of leaders.Accepting the donation, Mandela said: "South Africans have emerged from a turbulent past with our nationhood intact and our people at peace. "This is due to the efforts of many people, not just one individual. I want to thank the Coca-Cola Foundation and all who contributed to this remarkable, peaceful transition."Nelson Mandela," the company said.

The money, handed over to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will support efforts to preserve the Mandela Papers and artefacts.

The company's chief executive, Neville Isdell, announcing the donation during a meeting with Madiba in Johannesburg yesterday, said Coca-Cola was proud to be associated with the iconic statesman.

"It is a proud moment for our company to support the Mandela legacy. President Mandela's life has been an inspiration not only to South Africans, but also to people across the globe," said Isdell.

He said Mandela's sacrifices, and humble, selfless leadership continued to inspire new generations of leaders.

Accepting the donation, Mandela said: "South Africans have emerged from a turbulent past with our nationhood intact and our people at peace.

"This is due to the efforts of many people, not just one individual. I want to thank the Coca-Cola Foundation and all who contributed to this remarkable, peaceful transition."

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