Free Health Care and Free Education – A Cuban example for South Africa
Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro
‘Mandela and Fidel’ a documentary by acclaimed film producer Estela Bravo was screened at the University of South Africa (UNISA) Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria as a celebration of South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy and the 20th Anniversary of Cuba - South Africa diplomatic relations.
Historic relations between Cuba and the people of South Africa are rooted in Cuba’s support for the liberation movements’ fight for freedom and justice. This remarkable relationship has grown into a vibrant and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations since formal diplomatic relations were established on May 11 1994 by Nelson Mandel and Fidel Castro, explained Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, Ambassador of Cuba to South Africa.
Seated (l-r) Prof Mandla Makhanya, Vice Chancellor of UNISA, Estela Bravo, Director and Producer, Ambassador Carlos Fernandez de Cossio and Ambassador Barbara Masekela
“The people of Cuba hold a special place in the hearts of South Africans,” said Prof Mandla Makhanya, Vice Chancellor of UNISA, saying 20 years of international relations and democracy comes into sharp focus on the eve of the fifth democratic elections in South Africa.
“Free healthcare and education in Cuba is an inspiration to South Africa to build a healthy, educated nation,” remarked Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation during his welcome address.
Estela Bravo is an award winning Cuban- American documentary filmmaker who produced over 40 documentaries during her career. Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro are arguably the greatest revolutionaries of our time. The documentary explores this close friendship between two exceptional men.
Seated (l-r) Ambassador Billy Modise, Former Chief of State Protocol, Razia Saleh, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Ahmed Kathrada
Present at the screening was Ahmed Kathrada, long-time friend of Mandela and former Robben Island prisoner.