Mandela lecture for learners at Manoshi High School, celebrating Mandela Month

A lecture about the struggle icon of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is a treat that no learner should miss given the opportunity. This rare opportunity came unexpected to the learners of Manoshi High School at Mmamatsha, Ga-Molepo in Polokwane Municipality. The learners saw an entourage of both district and local political leadership walking alongside Kgoshi Maremo Molepo visiting their school as part of the Mandela Day celebration held in the area organised by Capricorn District Municipality on 26 July 2017. The Mandela lecture was part of the district Mandela Month celebration organised in the area.


The Executive Mayor Cllr John Mpe, a former learner at Manoshi High School was delighted to be amidst the learners and teachers in the school of whom some taught him during his high school days. The Executive Mayor gave a lecture about the life, long walk to freedom and struggles endure by Mandela during his life time fighting for liberation in this country. Mandela never gave up no matter how hard and mountainous the journey seemed. Condemned to life in prison, Nelson Mandela became a strong symbol of endurance for the growing anti-apartheid movement continually declining to bargain his political position to attain his freedom.


While on trial for his behaviour, he gave this quote: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a Democratic and free society in which persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is and ideal in which I hope to live for and achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal in which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela has and always will be the greatest ,strongest and most persistent fighter of human rights. The Executive Mayor said Mandela believed in education and investing in our children as the future of this country. That future we are talking about, is you here today. you have better opportunities today that we had in our days. your learning environment and livelihood has changes for the better as compared to how things used to be previously and therefore I see no reason why you should not believe in yourselves and make use of the opportunities available. There are bursaries and intern opportunities offered by both government and private sector which requires dedicated and committed young people of your calibre”.


“It is not about where you come from but where you want to be that matters. You can be the change urgent in your family and build a better future for your family taking it out of the poverty it is experiencing today. it all comes from the heart, you must believe and work hard to make it happen. You must work like a slave to live like a king not be a slave”. I want to see distinctions coming from this school, and it is you who can make it happen not teachers. Nelson Mandela said “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. The principal and teachers thanked the leadership for the honour to visit their school and believed their presence will go a long towards making a difference in the school and motivating learners.

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