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Mandela Day is not a public holiday

Sunday, December 8, 2013

“Mandela Day” will not be a public holiday. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Friday said T&T would pay tribute to the international icon and freedom-fighter Nelson Mandela on a date to be fixed next year. It was reported as a public holiday in an article on Friday. The error is regretted.


Persad-Bissessar is expected to meet with leading scholars and historians to decide on a date next year to honour Mandela. She also said there would be a public symposium on the life and lessons of Mandela. There would also be presentations, enactments, video clips, photographs, and all of the material, including a specially compiled booklet, will be made available for posterity and study, particularly by younger politicians, students and teachers.


Mandela passed away on Thursday after prolonged complications with a lung infection. He was 95. The PM said she also planned to travel to South Africa for Mandela’s funeral on December 15 and extended an invitation to Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley to join her as part of the delegation.


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