By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Newly arrived South African Ambassador-designate to Mexico Dennis Thokozani Dlomo hosted a reception at his Bosques de las Lomas residence on Thursday, July 18, to mark the 101st anniversary of the birth of that country’s first democratically elected president in a fully representative polling, Nelson Mandela.
One hundred and one years after his birth in the tiny village of Mvezo, Mandela is seen as the Father of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa,.
The heroic anti-apartheid revolutionary and South Africa’s first black president spent more than 27 years in prison because of his democratic values and was the recipient of 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1994, he went on to lead the African National Congress party to victory in the first multi-race elections in 1994.
He served one term as president before stepping down in 1999.
The diplomatic reception at the South African Embassy residence also served to commemorate the anniversary of the 1993 establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations and to belatedly mark South Africa’s 25nd Freedom Day, its official national holiday.