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Egypt honors Nelson Mandela’s grandson at WYF

8 November 2018

The second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) kicked off on November 3rd, 2018, in the city of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, under the auspices of H.E. President of the Republic, Abdelfatah Al-Sisi, with the participation of around 5000 prominent young people of 163 nationalities, and a strong presence by South African youth.

Photo: President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi of Egypt honoring Zondwa Mandela

The legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela was honored in a special ceremony that coincides with the centenary celebrations of his birth.

Madiba's grandson, Zondwa Mandela, said in the inauguration last Saturday that "Egypt has once again returned to the African continent to support its unity and unanimity, Egypt is going in the right direction, and my heart is always with Egypt."

Zondwa also shared his views about the WYF saying "this forum is a wonderful achievement, it is an opportunity for youth to exchange their views, youth are the cornerstone of any country.” Zondwa also stressed on the importance of cooperation between African countries and youth to fight and counter terrorism and extremism.

On Monday, November 5th, 2018, President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi honored Zondwa Mandela during the closing session of the Model Arab- African Summit.

During the session Mandela’s grandson said, "The honoring by President Al-Sisi is a recognition of an icon like Nelson Mandela. This award appreciates Mandela's contributions to the international community."

Egypt Ambassador to South Africa, Sherif Issa said "WYF is a very enriching
experience, it endeavours to promote people-to-people dialogue. This year, the WYF witnessed unprecedented participation from South African Youth leadership figures."

"The President's honor to Madiba's grandson, reflects the depth of Egypt- South Africa brotherly relations that are rooted in both countries' history," Issa added.

As a part of the WYF's recommendations, President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi called for the establishment of “City for African Youth" in Egypt. The City would not only allow African youth to participate in international conferences in Egypt, but will also receive African youth throughout the year, and it will give them a sustainable opportunity to share their views and qualify them for leading positions.

Head of the Press & Information Office, Embassy of Egypt in South Africa




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