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Sharing the spirit of Ubuntu on Nelson Mandela International Day

Published:Friday | July 21, 2017 | 7:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
Chargé d’Affaires Philip Riley( left, back), Mayor of Black River Derrick Sangster (second left), and state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green (fifth left), with other members of the South African High Commission and students of the Newcombe Valley Primary in celebration Nelson Mandela International Day.
From left: Chargé d’Affaires in South African High Commission Philip Riley, Mayor of Black River Derrick Sangster, and state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, spent 67 minutes painting the Newcombe Valley Primary School in St Elizabeth on Tuesday to celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day.
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Every year, to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18), the South African High Commission takes up the mantle to give back to the local community, and this year was no different.

Commemorating the birthday of Mandela this year the high commission journeyed to the Newcombe Valley Primary School in St Elizabeth with state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, to spend 67 minutes of goodwill in honour of the 67 years that Mandela spent fighting for social justice and democracy.

The theme for 2017 was 'Action Against Poverty' and the high commission painted, told stories, fed and played with the students in the spirit of 'Ubuntu' as chargÈ d'Affaires in the high commission, Phillip Riley, describes it.

"All present are making their own very special contribution towards the creation of a better Jamaica in a better world and in so doing, you are displaying the spirit of 'Ubuntu', the uniquely African belief that there are inherent value and dignity in every human being regardless of past, present or future circumstance. Ubuntu also recognises that there is unity in diversity," he said.

It was a rewarding day spent celebrating a great legend and the country's first black head of state.