From the foundation
My experience at the Nelson Mandela Centenary gala dinner
This grand dinner was held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec. It was a phenomenal encounter to see inspirational people such as President Cyril Ramaphosa, former President Thabo Mbeki, former US President Barack Obama, and many other influential people.
The theme for the evening was “Night of 100 Words”. In keeping with the theme, guests were separated from their groups and sat with complete strangers to encourage conversations. I sat next to an Italian professor and Cosatu member and politician, Frida Oosthuysen, who both shared great stories about their backgrounds and professions. Obama’s speech was eye-opening and interesting. He spoke of continuing to build an even more perfect nation than Nelson Mandela was aiming to create. He said “more perfect” because there is always room for improvement. This experience was truly an honour. I thank my sponsors, Flow Communications, for inviting me to what was a life-changing event.
“It was a great honour to take Rorisang as our guest to the gala dinner with Barack Obama, Cyril Ramaphosa and others on the eve of Mandela Day, on 17 July. Rorisang is poised, interested and confident, despite her young age – a great testament to St Mary’s! We have no doubt Rorisang will go on to meet many great leaders of the calibre of Obama in her lifetime, and will indeed become one herself,” says Tara Turkington, CEO of Flow Communications.