International Relations / Africa News
The memory of Madiba continues to inspire hope on the African continent.
The Republic of Mauritania has named an avenue after struggle icon Nelson Mandela as part of the African Union's (AU) centenary celebrations of the late statesman.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was on a working visit to Mauritania for the AU Summit attended the unveiling of the renamed avenue.
“We humbly convey the sincere gratitude of the people and the government of the Republic of South Africa to the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for naming one of your main streets after a global hero and icon, former President Nelson Mandela, as we celebrate the centenary of his birth,” said President Ramaphosa.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania and the AU Chair and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, attended the launch of Nelson Mandela Avenue.
“The enthusiasm and warmth with which Mauritania has embraced this event is demonstrative of the pioneering role this country [played in] our national liberation struggle and its willingness to continue to be a dependable partner to South Africa and its people.
“Let’s all continue to pay homage to one of Africa’s greatest sons, who left an indelible mark on the international stage,” said President Ramaphosa.
The President was attending the AU Summit, which took place under the theme ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.
President Ramaphosa also congratulated Professor Nthabiseng Audrey Ogude on her election as the Vice President of the Pan African University Council.
“Her appointment augurs well with the AU's vision of inclusivity of women empowerment, which is at the core of Agenda 2063,” said the President.