MADIBA’S GIANT BIRTHDAY CARD FOR WORLD RECORD
By: Raymond Padya
Kwa-Zulu Natal Premier Dr. Zweli Mkhize took the honors of being the first person to sign a giant birthday card for the former President, Nelson Mandela, during a Football Invitational Editor’s Breakfast held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday.
This marked the commencement of an open signing process of Mandela’s giant birthday card which tour promoters, Matchworld, want to get into the Guiness Book of Records by getting the most number of signatures in a birthday card.
The current world record for the most number of signatures in a birthday card is 5 400 signatures for one person therefore Matchworld aim to double the number and get 10 000 signatures for Mandela.
Standing next in line to sign the card after Dr. Mkhize was Ms Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, Kwa-Zulu Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation and Mike Mabuyakhulu, Kwa-Zulu Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism.
Peggy Nkonyeni, the Deputy Mayor of the eThekwini Municipality was also amongst the first officials to sign the giant Mandela birthday card officially leaving it open to public participation.
Three independent auditors will be observing the card at all times making sure that no one repeats signing it.
The birthday card which carries 10 000 signatures is 3 meters high and 4 meters long (2 x 2m) and will be on display and free to sign for the public at an autograph signing session to be held at Suncoast Cassino on the 16th of July.
It will then be moved to the Moses Mabhida Stadium on the 18th of July, which is the soccer match day (between Amazulu and Manchester), where people will also get a chance to sign the card.
Matchworld is a company based in South Africa which focuses in organising international matches, tours, tournaments and training camps for players, coaches and sponsors.