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Machel launches new initiative

The former president’s widow launched a campaign to end maternal and child mortality.

Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, on Monday launched a new initiative to curb health inequalities.

She launched the project along with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

The campaign is aimed at eradicating maternal and child mortality.

Following six months of mourning, Machel returned to her role as a global advocate for women and children's rights.

She officially opened proceedings by welcoming over 1,000 international delegates at the Sandton Convention Centre in northern Johannesburg this morning.

Machel said these types of partnerships are vital for the country's development.

"It's one thing to say things but another to make it a reality in all our lives."

The global icon's widow also took the opportunity to once again thank the world for supporting her family.

Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president, passed away at his Houghton home on 5 December.