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Tributes have been invited from the public, telling how they have been inspired by Nelson Mandela. They will be used to make an artwork for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
JOBURG’S most famous resident, Nelson Mandela, will be honoured in art as the country celebrates 21 years since his release from Victor Verster Prison.


Lezanne HumanLezanne Human, CE at FNB's Premier Banking unitOn 21 June, Madiba and 21 other South African icons will be honoured through a commemorative artwork that will be presented to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The names of the others have not been published.

First National Bank’s Premier First Living Icons Experience: A tribute to 21 years of freedom, as the project is called, was launched on 25 May, at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. Guests were welcomed by a video showing Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years in jail, as well as highlights of his journey from the time of his release to just after he left the presidential office.

At the launch, Lezanne Human, the chief executive of FNB’s Premier Banking unit, noted that Madiba, who came from humble beginnings and went on to lead a nation, continued to inspire people.

This inspiration will be used in the creation of the artwork. It will contain tributes to Mandela made by members of the public. People are invited to SMS their tributes to 43124, explaining how Mandela and the past 21 years have affected their lives and the lives of those closest to them.

The top four tributes will be selected to feature in the artwork. It will be handed to the foundation on 21 June at the Killarney Country Club, which is where Mandela as a free man exercised his democratic right to vote.

He will not be at the event, but the 21 other icons are expected to be there to make their tributes. These tributes will be compiled into a book. Some of the other icons have either walked with Mandela on his journey or have been inspired by him to make a difference, says the bank.

“At FNB, we are inspired by many of South Africa’s living icons and would like to inspire our clients, the emerging leaders and icons of tomorrow, through this type of experience,” said Human.

The launch was concluded with the singing of the national anthem by a young girl, imitating the bank’s latest television commercial.

For more information about the Mandela tribute, visit the FNB website.

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