Former president Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Ndileka, has likened the peace-loving first president of Kazakhstan to her grandfather.
“Like my late grandfather Nelson Mandela, the leader of the Kazakhstani Nation has prioritised freedom, peace and harmony in his country,” says Ndileka.
“As the eldest grandchild of Nelson Mandela, the first democratic President of the Republic of South Africa, I highly value the formula of peace and harmony H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev has put forward,” says Ndileka.
Mandela, the much-loved statesman died on 5 December 2013.
As the first president of Kazakhstan and leader of the nation, Nazarbayev’s principles have played a special role in the formation and development of that country as an independent state.
Ndileka says like her grandfather, Nazarbayev has been able to convey and promote these principles on the world stage, where they have garnered due recognition.
“I would like to note that His Excellency’s constructive international initiatives are historically significant for the future of humanity, as well as its security and sustainable development,” says Ndileka, president of the Thembekile Mandela Foundation.
“In this regard, I established a representative office of the international platform G-Global for the African continent in Johannesburg,” she says.
Social activist Ndileka is also the chairperson of the International Foundation “Contribution of Youth to the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Agenda 2030”.
She is also a member of the board of the International Global Silk Road Award.
“My grandfather, Nelson Mandela, paid special attention to disarmament and non-proliferation,” says Ndileka.
“In this regard, I fully support President Nazarbayev’s timely and relevant initiative – the Global Alliance of Leaders for Nuclear Security and a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, whose membership I have assumed recently.
“Towards the end of this month, I intend to participate in the Alliance’s Summit in Nur-Sultan and contribute to its work on behalf of Africa.
“I consider Nazarbayev’s formula for peace and harmony as a unique recipe for the country’s leadership and people to meet various modern challenges.”
She says it is possible to overcome difficult times as a successful independent state using the Kazakhstani motto “One people. One country. One destiny.”
On the eve of the 30th Anniversary of its Independence, Kazakhstan has become a dynamic state in terms of development, a confident economic leader, and an influential regional power.
Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan guided his country since attaining its independence and led it to great success.
“In the turmoil, tension and uncertainty of the post-Cold War period, he created this formula and consistently adhered to it, gaining the people’s strong support and thereby His Excellency was able to ensure a bright future for his compatriots,” says Ndileka.
“His vision and time-tested values are aligned with the values of my grandfather Nelson Mandela.
“Nazarbayev also gave priority to the creation of statehood and freedom, improving the quality of education and raising the living standards of his people, as well as ensuring equality for all citizens from all ethnicities and communities.”
She said the extraordinary achievements under Nazarbayev’s leadership remain a source of admiration in many countries around the world, and it is a source of great pride in the people of Kazakhstan.
“There is a lot to learn from Kazakhstan’s experience in ensuring inter-ethnic harmony as well as human development throughout Africa,” says Ndileka.
“This amazing country has also established itself as a reliable partner in building a new bright, safe and prosperous future.
“Kazakhstan’s multifaceted actions and renowned international initiatives, good reputation, rich experience, as well as tangible results have inspired and influenced positively South Africans and representatives of many other countries.”
Ahead of the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence, Ndileka wished the founding father Nazarbayev, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and all the people of Kazakhstan “peaceful life, prosperity and continued success.”