The Indian government, on Wednesday, honoured former president Mandela by donating an R2 million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The donation was made in commemoration of the third anniversary of former President nelson Mandela’s death, and in recognition of the important role, the foundation plays in preserving the legacy of the great leader.
The event took place on Tuesday at the Indian consulate in Johannesburg. It was made by India high commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam while the money was received by the foundation CEO Sello Hatang.
“This donation is intended to support the Nelson Mandela Foundation in fulfilling its noble objectives in the days to come. As we commemorate the third anniversary of the passing away of Madiba, this donation is in recognition of the important role the foundation plays in preserving the legacy of the great leader, Nelson Mandela.
India has always stood by South Africans in their struggle for equality and justice. India has been associated as a proud partner with the foundation since its inception,” Ruchi Ghanashyam said.
The zeal to make the donation was triggered in July when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to South Africa. Modi’s visit to South Africa was part of a tour of southern and east Africa aimed at strengthening diplomatic and economic ties.
The monumental visit was organised by SAWelcomesModi – a group representing South Africa’s Indian community of 1.3 million people. The group also hosted thousands of Indians from neighbouring Lesotho and Botswana.
It is pertinent to not that the most popular Indian in South Africa was Mahatma Gandhi. In 1860, thousands of Indians were shipped to South Africa by contract by the British government.
Generally, the first Indians arrived in southern Africa in 1684 as slaves.