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Albert Luthuli`s acceptance speech on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

“An honour to Africa”

10 December 1961, Oslo

 

On the occasion of receiving Africa’s first ever Nobel Peace Prize on the 10th of December 1961, Africa’s first ever Nobel Laureate Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli had this to say;

“It is the greatest honour in the life of any man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and no one who appreciates its profound significance can escape a feeling of inadequacy when selected to receive it. In this instance, the feeling is the deeper, not only because the selections are made by a committee of the most eminent citizens of this country, but also because I find it hard to believe that in this distressed and heavy-laden world, I could be counted among those whose efforts have amounted to a noticeable contribution to the welfare of mankind.

I recognise, however, that in my country, South Africa, the spirit of peace is subject to some of the severest tensions known to man. For that reason South Africa has been and continues to be in the focus of world attention. I therefore regard this award as a recognition of the sacrifices by my people of all races, particularly the African people, who have endured and suffered so much for so long. It can only be on behalf of the people of South Africa, especially the freedom-loving people, that I accept this award. I accept it also as an honour, not only to South Africa, but to the whole continent of Africa, to all its people, whatever their race, colour or creed. It is an honour to the peace-loving people of the entire world, and an encouragement to us all to redouble our efforts in the struggle for peace and friendship.” 

 

Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu , Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk followed in the footsteps of Chief Luthuli when they received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and 1993 respectively. 

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ADM HOSTS THE 4TH ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT EXPO

The ADM will host the 4th annual Agricultural Development EXPO (AGRI EXPO) on Thursday 27th to Friday 28th of November 2014. This ground-breaking Expo will be held at Fort Cox Agricultural College which is situated in Amahlathi Local Municipality. 

The two day event will be preceded by a Business Breakfast which will be hosted by ADM Executive Mayor Cllr Nomasikizi Konza on Thursday 27 November, at 07h00 (am).  

The AGRI EXPO presents producers with an opportunity to market their agricultural products. Suppliers also have an opportunity to exhibit their products whilst farmers are in a platform to network towards improving quality and quantity of their produce. 

The Honourable MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Mlibo Qhoboshiyane is expected to deliver a key note address at this auspicious event.

Also contributing towards ADM’s institutional analysis on Local Economic Development, local municipalities showcase their status of agriculture through exhibitions; stakeholders or government departments who are entrusted with a role to develop agriculture, identify shortcomings by observing quality of products displayed and evaluate training needs so as to develop training programmes. 

Presentations in the conferencing part of the Expo are aimed at capacity building as well as information sharing. Out of all the activities the ADM Agricultural Unit is able to extract key issues that form the basis of the strategic planning session of the institution. 

On day two of the event, livestock farmers from the Fort Cox area, are requested to bring their animals for free vaccination. 

 

NB: MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND AND COVER THIS TWO DAY EVENT.

Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications and Customer Care Unit.

 

For more information please contact Senior Manager: Communications and Customer Care, Siyabulela Makunga on 072 768 0238 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

ADM COMMEMORATES 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM ON NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN

The first democratic government in 1994 declared the 25th of November-10th December annually as “16 Days of Activism on No violence against Women and Children. The Amathole District Municipality (ADM) has, in its IDP, included mainstreaming and commemoration of the national days as declared by the cabinet as some of its KPIs. 

 

ADM, this year, has targeted those women and children who are living in the periphery and are exposed to domestic violence on daily basis. Six (6) Villages have been selected under Mnquma Local Municipality for this commemoration namely Teko Kona, Wolela, Teko Fihla, Maqele, Msintsana and Teko Springs respectively. The event will run over two days 26th and 27th November 2014, with day one focusing mainly on Door to Door campaign as led by the ADM political leadership.

 

The ADM officials and relevant stakeholders will be armed with questionnaires that community members in the stipulated villages will populate. These will form part of the Main event agenda on Day two. These celebrations will take place as follows: 

 

Door to Door Campaign

Venue: stipulated villages 

Date: 26th November 2014

Time: 09h00-16h00

 

Main Event

Venue:Teko Kona

Date: 27th November 2014

Time: 10h00am

 

 

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend and cover this significant commemoration in both days.

Issued by the Amathole District Municipality’s Communications and Customer Care Unit.

 

For more information please contact Senior Manager Communications and Customer Care, Siyabulela Makunga on 072 768 0238 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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