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Talking Points: OR Tambo Centenary 

We celebrate 100 years of the birth of OR Tambo.

 v  We celebrate the life of a giant of our liberation and freedom.

v  Let us learn about and learn from the lives of those who fought tirelessly to bring us our freedom. 

v  The life and legacy of OR Tambo reminds us that every person has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

v  Throughout his life OR fought for justice and equality for the people of South Africa.

v  He is the embodiment of all that is good about our great nation.

 Join us as we celebrate the life of OR Tambo.  


v  The nation will pay homage to OR Tambo at the place of his birth on 27 October 2017.

v  President Jacob Zuma will lead the commemoration in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on 27 October.

v  President Jacob Zuma will unveil a statue of OR Tambo at the OR Tambo International Airport on 19 October 2017.

v  The SABC will flight a special documentary on the life of OR Tambo during October.

v  A new R5 coin commemorating the centenary of OR Tambo entered into circulation from 1 October 2017

 Life and legacy of OR Tambo.


v  OR Tambo played a pivotal role in the country’s struggle against apartheid.

v  His stewardship of the liberation movement galvanised world opinion against the apartheid.

v  He played a pivotal role in ensuring our freedom, and was one of the architects of the constitution.

v  He laid the foundation for our sound relations with many countries all over the world.

 Working together we can protect and build on OR’s legacy.   


v  Each sector of our society has a role to play in ensuring that we protect and build on our freedom.

v  It is up to this generation to ensure that we defeat the scourge of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

v  Let us join together to create a united and prosperous nation as he intended.

v  Government, business, labour and civil society must work together to create the country OR Tambo envisaged.

v  We call on all South Africans to play an active role in their communities, and to continue working towards a better life for all. 

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