Youngsters to welcome South African dignitaries

Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela.

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Local primary school pupils will join dignitaries from Leeds and South Africa today for a vibrant celebration of the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Young people from across the city will welcome three representatives of the South African High Commission to Leeds Civic Hall to mark 20 years since the end of apartheid.

Minister Counsellor Dumisani Ntuli, Counsellor Bilateral Allan Wright and First Secretary Carol Mabuza will be entertained by readings and performances by local youngsters and community groups.

The colourful celebration is aimed at ensuring young people have the chance to learn about Mandela’s visit to Leeds, which saw him receive the Freedom of the City in 2001.

Pupils from Bramley Primary school will perform their special Mandela song and poets from the Hamara Centre will give a reading.

The celebration, which begins at 4.30pm, will also include the screening of a film about the impact Mandela had on Leeds, a reading from children from Wykebeck Primary School and a performance by Leeds Southern African Residents’ Association’s United Harmonies choir.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mandela, who officially opened Millennium Square when he visited Leeds, died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on December 5 at the age of 95.

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