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Motshekga visits newly built school on Mandela Day

Minister Angie Motshekga visited the school in Mvezo earlier today.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga during Mandela Day celebrations in Mvezo, Eastern Cape on 18 July. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said a newly built primary school in Nelson Mandela's home village in the Eastern Cape is an asset to the community.

Motshekga visited the school in Mvezo earlier today, accompanied by Madiba's grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela and transport minister Dipuo Peters.

President Jacob Zuma cancelled his Mandela Day trip to the Eastern Cape and is instead expected to attend the school's official opening next month.

Motshekga said celebrating Mandela Day is a bittersweet occasion.

"It's an important day of reflection and of gratitude. For me it's a very emotional day."

Motshekga did her 67 minutes by fixing a fence and planting trees at the newly built Makgatho Lewanika Mandela primary school here in Mvezo.

"The school itself I think it's a very nice structure, it's beautiful in a sense that it matches the ragged environment, it's not a normal straight school."

Motshekga said President Jacob Zuma will be pleasantly surprised when he visits the school next month.

Meanwhile, Many Mvezo residents say they will forever be grateful to former president Nelson Mandela for his selfless struggle.

Madiba was born in the rural Eastern Cape village on this day in 1918.

Most of Mvezo residents gathered at the newly built school, where Mandela Day Festivities were taking place.

"It's a lovely day because we're celebrating Madiba's life."

While the adults were admiring the building's modern look, children were having fun, playing on jumping castles that have been put up.

"Most of them have never seen jumping castles and all these things that are here."

One of the youngster said she is proud of Madiba's legacy.

"Because we're free today, it's because of him."

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