Item 1063 - Letter to Albertina Sisulu on her 85th birthday

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ZA COM MR-S-1063


Letter to Albertina Sisulu on her 85th birthday


  • 2003-10-21 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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Official opening of the Albertina Sisulu Centre in celebration of her 85th birthday

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Letter to MaSisulu read by her grandson Shaka. Mandela could not make the event because he was in London launching an Aids campaign

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Dear Albertina

I would so much have wanted to be here today to celebrate with you and the family.

Please accept my best wishes on your 85th birthday and sincere apologies for my absence.

You know better than anybody how much you have been a part of myself over so many years and decades. Absence has, strangely, been a binding element of that relationship. I know that you will know that I am with you in spirit as you celebrate this day.

You had to spend many birthdays without Xhamela physically at your side. Today, however, is the first one after his final departure from us. I realise how much pain this day must hold for you, too. Together with you, I remember him on this day. The two of you were so much one that we could only look on in admiration and inspiration.

May the day have its happiness for you as you are surrounded by the children and family; and in the knowledge that the entire country will be celebrating with one of the Grand Ladies of our nation.

May the years ahead be filled with contentment, happiness, love and good health.

*The letter was signed by Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel.



4th paragraph last sentence was changed: :"inspired" to "inspiration" - The two of you were so much one that we could only look on in admiration and inspiration.

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Acquisition method: From hard drive ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation Prof J Gerwel. Accessioned on 02/03/09 by Razia Saleh




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