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Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille joins Bikers for Mandela to help keep young female learners in school<span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Bikers1.jpg" style="width:504px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure>Good morning, Molweni, Goeie Môre, Salaam wa-Alaikum, Shalom, Namaste.</span><p>It is great to see so many bikers, their families and friends gathered here this morning for such a good cause. It is heart-warming to see so many faces come together in honour of the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela.</p><p>The City of Cape Town is a proud partner of the Bikers for Mandela Day and the good work you are doing to help ‘Keep a Girl in School.’</p><p>We have provided logistical support for the event today and I have also made a personal donation of sanitary pads towards today’s efforts.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/bikers2.jpg" style="width:557px;" /><figcaption><p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>The sanitary pads collected today will go a long way to assist the three million young female learners who miss school annually because they cannot afford basic sanitary products. </p><p>Like Zelda le Grange said, a donation as little as R180 can provide enough sanitary pads to keep one young girl in school for an entire year. </p><p>The City is determined to make Cape Town a more caring and inclusive city and everyone here today is testament to that goal. It is a goal which Tata Madiba fought for on behalf of all South Africans to allow everyone to live with dignity.</p><p>It is significant that the ride will end at the Drakenstein Prison, the place where Tata Madiba took his first steps to freedom after 27 years of imprisonment by the apartheid government.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/bikers3.jpg" style="width:619px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></span></span><p>It is also fitting that you start your journey here at the iconic City Hall where he made his first speech as a free man. Cape Town has a deep connection with Mandela’s struggle and sacrifices for our freedom and we are honoured that we can still celebrate and carry on his legacy by serving those in need. </p><p>Today you are all emulating his example of selflessness and doing your part to give dignity to others through compassion. </p><p>We as ordinary South Africans will never be able to live up to the immense sacrifice Mandela and his generation of leaders made, but doing our 67 minutes of service is a good start. </p><p>We must do more to take our work beyond 67 minutes and Mandela month because if we all do something small to help someone in need every day, we will ensure that more people taste the fruits of our hard fought democracy. </p><p>In just a few days we will unveil the statue of Madiba at this exact spot where Nelson Mandela addressed thousands of South Africans more than 28 years ago.</p><p>I welcome you to return to City Hall and this balcony when the statue is here. But you must also return here every year to ride for Mandela.</p><p>Let today be the start of a yearly ‘Bikers for Mandela’ event in Cape Town. </p><p>South Africans from all walks of life can come together to celebrate and continue the good work which Tata Madiba did.</p><p>Thank you all for coming out today and helping us build a caring city. Have a safe and enjoyable ride. </p><p>Let’s hear the bikes roar and echo against Table Mountain as you leave the Grand Parade.</p><p>Thank you, Dankie, Enkosi, Shukran.</p><p><strong>End </strong></p>2018-07-13T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#8b03f782-9eb6-455f-82e9-6429b6354cf9;L0|#08b03f782-9eb6-455f-82e9-6429b6354cf9|SpeechesGP0|#4042eeb8-00cd-433a-a975-a43881368210;L0|#04042eeb8-00cd-433a-a975-a43881368210|sanitation;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#25ac58cc-e33e-4241-aac5-50e54d948741;L0|#025ac58cc-e33e-4241-aac5-50e54d948741|City Hall;GP0|#ebdb09d9-a518-40dc-a267-537432168ebe;L0|#0ebdb09d9-a518-40dc-a267-537432168ebe|Donation boxes;GPP|#ea2cb0e9-423b-4e43-baa1-d9b2312a66371

 

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