Millions of SAfrican Children Sing For Mandela
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Nearly 12 million children across South Africa kicked off celebrations Wednesday for the 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the country's deeply loved anti-apartheid icon, with resounding choruses of Happy Birthday. (July 18)


[Location - Date:Soweto, South Africa][Source:AP][VO:Children singing "Happy Birthday"](SOT: Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Basic Education) "Nelson Mandela, firstly to say many many happy returns on your birthday. May God give you strength and may you have an even longer life. You've been enormous and tremendous, you've been a great inspiration to all of us. And lets hope that we are able to make every day a Mandela day. And it's not only about six or seven minutes, but really emulating you in your enormous contribution to this country."(SOT: No Name Given, Student at Leresche Primary School) "I would send him a gift and a card. I would write that I will always love him, because he gave us freedom."(SOT: Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson) "We are as a community and a family wanting to ensure that we are of service to our people. My grandfather has always instilled in us that we should be of great service to our people and the nation at large.My grandpa is still asleep at this hour, so I do think at about lunchtime he will be nice and fresh and ready to party with the family."(****END****)