Post-event Press release Inauguration of OR Centenary Talks

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31 May 2017

NHC hosted the inauguration of OR Tambo Centenary Talk

On Tuesday, 30 May 2017 at the inauguration of the OR Tambo Centenary Talks at Freedom Park in Pretoria, panellists whom Oliver Reginald Tambo led pondered about the great leadership qualities that Oliver Reginald Tambo embodied during the days of the apartheid regime.

The inauguration of the OR Tambo Centenary Talks themed “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of OR”, was hosted by the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) together with its partners; Freedom Park, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation in honour of the stalwart who will be turning 100 years on 27 October. The talk was attended by the broader public including primary and high school learners.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe delivered a key note address said that, with this year declared the year of OR Tambo, the best way to preserve his legacy will be to realise the freedom fighter’s dream to liberate South Africans economically; freed from poverty and inequality. He concluded by calling South Africans to work together to build a better SA.


The inauguration panellists comprised of Retired Judge Albie Sachs; Aventura Liberation Vessel veteran- Commissar Tlou Cholo; Retired SA High Commissioner to Mozambique: Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe and Former Minister in the office of the Presidency: Dr Essop Pahad. They all described OR Tambo as one of the greatest leaders ever produced from the South African soil.


The country’s socio-economic key issues were highlighted by the panellists and the esteemed audience. Retired Judge Albi Sachs called upon the youth of this country to take part in politics, and understand the clauses in constitution and be brave in order to be able to carry on the legacy that stalwarts have left. Commissar Cholo recalled OR Tambo as a brave political and military strategist when they were trying to smuggle MK operatives into South Africa in an effort to liberate the people of this country.


Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe reiterated that Tambo believed in women leadership during the struggle, and justified the reason why there was tremendous development in socio-economic issues during the 1950s and 1960s. Dr Essop Pahad stood firm by the ruling party and said that the movement founded by stalwarts like OR and Nelson Mandela, it needs to be regenerated so that it goes back to its founding values.

“It is important to preserve the legacy and heritage of our country’s selfless stalwarts because they had come up with intelligent strategies to liberate all of us. Tambo is a highly valued political leader, whom the youth of this country can adopt those values in order to move this country forward”, said Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the NHC.

With 2017 declared the year of OR, the NHC will be hosting other centenary talks in honour of his life and legacy around the country Tambo’s heritage and legacy, he said. 


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Caption: The panel of the OR Tambo Centenary Talk inauguration



Issued by:      The National Heritage Council (NHC) of South Africa


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