Remembering Oliver and Adelaide Tambo

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October is OR Tambo month in the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE).

The city will host a month-long program of activities, with both political and social influence, to remember and honor the life and times of OR and Adelaide Tambo.

The Tambos, former residents of Wattville near Benoni, are buried in the township. These icons of struggle and liberation both won the freedom of the city of Ekurhuleni in 2004.

Since then, the city, in conjunction with the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, has spearheaded the annual national commemoration of the life and times of the Tambos.

October is Oliver Tambo’s birthday month. Dr Adelaide Tambo was born on July 18, sharing her birthday with South Africa’s first democratic president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

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“This is an opportunity for the city to showcase our rich heritage and remind many, especially younger generations, of the role played by leaders like OR and Dr Adelaide Tambo in the liberation of South Africans.

“We are trying to expose the true meaning of servant leadership and selflessness, among other traits adopted by Tambo,” explained Council of Europe spokesperson Zweli Dlamini.

“We therefore call on our people to seize the opportunity to learn more about their own leaders and their history. The fact that we have a conference, sports activities and a school debate demonstrates that we want to reach everyone, regardless of age.

OR Tambo, who died 30 years ago, will be 106 on October 26 this year. The theme of this year’s program is “Commemorating the 30th Death Anniversary of OR Tambo”.

The list of activities planned to remember Tambo are:

• A wreath-laying ceremony
• OR Tambo Memorial Lecture
• Exhibition of art murals entitled Through the eyes of my compatriots
• Inaugural OR Tambo Golf Challenge

The CoE will share more details on these activities in due course.

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