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White certificate in in scroll style. Ends of scroll are made of medium dark wood.
Certificate is hand painted, with images of children and yello, black, and green pots. The multi-coloured seal of the City of Tshwane, along with the motto "we are the same" heads the certificate.
The certificate has gold and black font. It reads:
The City of Tshwane
Gauteng Province, South Africa
by resoulution of the Council, awards the Freedom of the City award on Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Be it remembered that in his honour, the city of Tshwane, acting under the authority of a resoulution of its council on 24 April 2008 confers the freedom of the city on Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
This award is conferred in greatful recognition of Mr. Mandela's selfless labour for freedom, justice, peace, reconciliation and the betterment of humanity in South Africa and the World.
Through this award Mr Mandela is recognized as an ambassador of the city. The city, in turn, commits itself to embracing the shared ideals he has suffered and now lives for.
The people of Tshwane join the people of the world in saluting Mr Mandela as a great statesman, a Nobel Peace Laureate and hold dear the honour of having hosted him in our City as the first president of a free South Africa.
Rea leboga tata siyabulela Madiba!
Signed by : Dr Gwen Ramokgopa (Executive Mayor City of Tshwane), In acceptance: Mr Mandela