Tongaat Hulett honours Tata Madiba

In honour of South Africa’s first democratic president, Tongaat Hulett in partnership with the Nzuza traditional leadership council celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July by investing in the lives of 50 learners from socially and economically challenged backgrounds under the Nzuza communal area.  
A first in the community, the event welcomed learners from Hemfane, Wombane, Nxenjane, Magumbomane and Vutshini primary schools following an engagement between Tongaat Hulett and a local contractor, Moses Gumede. 
The event was attended by representatives from the Nzuza traditional leadership council including Inkosi Nzuza; representatives from the Department of Education including the circuit manager, Mr Mabaso; representatives from Simamisa; local sugarcane growers; local independent contractors as well as community members.
Speakers, including Steven Saunders and Inkosi Nzuza, recognised Nelson Mandela’s commitment to changing the lives of all South African’s particularly children.  They both encouraged the leaners to stay in school and refrain from drugs and any other activities that would negatively impact on their growth and education.


Nelson Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela celebrated each year on 18 July which is Mandela’s birthday.  In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.