Mr. Sam Gideon receives gifts from FASU Secretary General, Mrs. Peninnah Kabenge as the FASU President looks on

Johannesburg, South Africa

The FASU Executive Committee members, during their visit to South Africa for the executive committee meeting had an opportunity to meet the President of the South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) also IOC member Mr. Sam Gideon who deliberately flew from Durban where he was attending the IOC session to meet with the FASU Executive board members.

 

In his words, he considered FASU as strategic partners in the development of Sport in Africa, and encouraged Africans to move as a unit in promoting sports and athletes interests’ at every level possible. He added that Africa is capable of achieving top class performance for both athletes and in areas of administration, if we could stir up the silent treasures buried in university students, who are the leaders of tomorrow.

  

An opportunity was also availed to the members to visit various historical and cultural sites relating to South Africa as a country such as the Mandela House, Soweto, and The Hector Peterson Museum built in memory of the school children short during the 16th June 1976 student’s uprising against apartheid. It was such a great moment for the members of the executive to reflect on the African solidarity and the also physically see the origin of the internationally celebrated DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD.
 
At the Mandela House (located on Vilakazi street in SOWETO), members were provided with an effective, efficient and meaningful experience of former President Nelson Mandela’s story both in context of his home and in the context of his life as a whole, in a manner that promotes human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the people of South Africa. By viewing Mandela’s life through stories and pictures in his small house, members were encouraged to stand and promote unity in diversity.  This street has great significance to South Africa since many other legends of their struggle lived here like Bishop Desmond Tutu.

 

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