The Government of India has donated R2-million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) in South Africa. The decision to make the donation was made following a visit to South Africa by the Prime Minister of India, HE Mr Narendra Modi, in July 2016, and his interaction with struggle heroes at the Foundation.
High Commissioner HE Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, at an event organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in October 2016, formally informed the NMF of the decision of the Government of India to donate the R2-million to the Foundation. Yesterday, on 12 December 2016, the High Commissioner presented the grant to Chief Executive of the Foundation, Mr Sello Hatang.
The donation will support the Foundation in fulfilling its noble objectives of helping build our democracy, human rights and peace in the days to come. The donation took place as we commemorate the third anniversary of the passing away of Madiba. The donation is in recognition of the importance of the Foundation in preserving the legacy of Mandela.
“We are grateful for the support of the Government of India. It again confirms our close ties and solidarity beyond boundaries,” said Mr Hatang.
The Foundation was founded by former President Nelson Mandela in 1999. India has always stood by the South African people in their struggle for equality and justice. The Government of India has been associated as a proud partner of the Foundation since its inception. This was reflected in the grant by the Government of India of R12-million that covered about 85% of the cost of building the Foundation’s premises.