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18 July 2013

A function in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day was jointly hosted by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and the South African Consulate General. 

Mr. Andrew Mlangeni, former South African political activist and close friend of Mr. Nelson Mandela.

South Africa's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo.

Consul General George Monyemangene addressing attendees at the official function for Nelson Mandela International Day.

Left to right:  Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo, Mr. Andrew Mlangeni and Consul General George Monyemangene.

"Nelson Mandela has embodied the spirit of nearly a century of struggle, has taught the lesson of endurance, and has extended an open hand to those who have recognized the righteousness of reconciliation and a closed fist to those who have chosen a different course.  And now, a world in crisis and thirsty for leaders who value humanity and harmony pauses to recognized this man… this man who was the essence of heroism", said Mayor David Dinkins.

Mayor David Dinkins, Mr. Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists with Actor and founder of TriBeCa Film Festival Mr. Robert de Niro and wife Ms. Grace Hightower de Niro, a philanthropist.

Robert de Niro with Andrew Mlangeni.

Actor and founder of Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), Mr. Robert de Niro with wife Ms. Grace Hightower de Niro. Tribeca Film Institute is a non-profit arts organization founded by Robert de Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11.  TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field. The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive network of people in the film industry to help New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century.

In honor of his birthday, a special screening of "The Power of Words" paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.   Hosted by TriBeCa Film Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, this screening was held all day on 18 July 2013, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Times Square Museum and Visitor Center, free and open to the public.

Left to right:  Mrs. Louise Monyemangene, Ms. Lihle Mtshali of Brand SA, Mayor David Dinkins, Ms. Grace Hightower de Niro, Mr. Robert de Niro of Tribeca Film Institute, Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo and Consul General George Monyememangene.

Left to right, Ms. Lihle Mtshali, Program Manager of Brand SA, Mr. Sherwin Bryce-Pease, US correspondent at South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ms. Judy Pillay and Ms. Maya George, Operations Manager and Finance Manager of South African Tourism respectively, and Eyewitness journalist Ms. Nadia Neophytou.