If anybody had any doubt about how special our nation is, it is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who lived to personify our struggle and thrive.

Our country South Africa was known the world over for its iniquities and divisions. It is now, thanks to Madiba, known for its reconciliation and humility. I thank you Madiba and on your 90th birthday pray that God keeps you.

The slogan of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is “Ke Nako. Celebrate Africa’s Humanity”. Nelson Mandela represents the best side of our humanity. Madiba played a central role in our successful bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. And he was also central in our celebration when we were awarded the right to host the tournament in Zurich on May 15 2004.

On that occasion, with a tear in his eye he memorably declared that he felt like a young boy of fifteen years old. This great South African makes us all feel like young men and women of fifteen. Happy Birthday Madiba.