A dedication to Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela
Pretoria July 26th 2014
On the occasion of the activities of the 60th Anniversary of the Birth of the Revolution, Supreme Commander Hugo Chávez and the 96th anniversary of the birth of the South African leader Nelson Mandela, The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of South Africa, held a soccer tournament at the Mahlasedi Masana Primary School, the "First Cup Chavez - Mandela" between schools sponsored by the program "Adopt a school in Africa", the Mahlasedi Masana Primary School and Shirinda Primary School.
In his opening remarks Robert Boshoca, Director of the Mahlasedi Masana Primary School, welcomed the initiative of the Venezuelan Embassy to encourage sport among children and to commemorate the month of Nelson Mandela and Hugo Chavez at the school accompanied by teachers, students and representatives. He said the the two leaders are significant for both nations as they were men who fought great struggles for equality and inclusion of peoples.
Mairin Moreno Mérida, Ambassador of Venezuela thanked all attendees for the opportunity to commemorate the 60th birthday of the Supreme Commander Hugo Chavez, Mandela Day and for 20 years of democracy in South Africa. The ambassador said, "This July 28 marks 60 years since the birth of our President Hugo Chavez, a man loved by millions of people around the world, a leader who aroused the collective consciousness of the people of our America, that were previously silent, exploited and ignored. He worked very hard to improve the lives of many people, to eliminate poverty and to give everyone a chance of a better life, a good life - supreme happiness! Chavez established public education from preschool to university level accessible to all, free and high quality - even to those who live in remote areas.”
In opening the tournament Ambassador Mairin Moreno Mérida said, "We are here with you today, fulfilling the legacy left to us by the commander, share what we have, without distinction of race or color, because South Africa and Venezuela are brother countries and we will continue working together in the fight for equality and social justice. Today, we dedicate this football tournament to two of the greatest leaders Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela."
Embassy of Venezuela in South Africa