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PERFECT DAY TO WRITE ABOUT TUTU

By: Sivuyile S. Sesi with Internative Digital @756Writing

While I was still at high school doing matric at Thembelihle Senior Secondary School in 2005, our school took us to the University of the Western Cape (UWC) open day  to learn about different careers we can follow at UWC. I got lucky to receive a free registration fee prize to study at UWC the following year and it was the start of great spiritual growth.

When I was born in 1984  Father Desmond Tutu received a Nobel Peace Prize. Eish I took too long to graduate, as I started at UWC in 2006, at age 22. If did not dropout 2008, the year President Thabo Mbeki was recalled and of global depression could had been my final year. I could have been graduated by him in March 2009, in time as he was retiring in 2011 as UWC chancellor.

As I dropped out I came back in 2010 the year UWC celebrating 50 anniverssary since its establishment and year of the Fifa World Cup, to finish my Bachelor of Arts degree, that year was so great as even a lecturer Dr Joeleen Pretorius at her final lecture in front of the class called me saying “Mr Sesi man of peace and love What do you think of the International Relations” that she was lecturing as I was seriously listening to understand I replied with “no comment” I did not expect for her to select me.
But now like the Tutus she opened me. On my own I had really written a lot about politics and International relations, I am doing projects with United Nations, etc. I want to be great international icon like Tutu, Mandela, Graca, Anan, etc. And 2011 happened to be my final and even if it gave me a hard time, with that challenge I missed about 3 marks to pass English Functional Grammar and graduate in 2012 as the first group of students under the new Chancellor Archbishop of the Cape Town Anglican Church Dr Thabo Cecil Mokgoba.
I am still thankful for every experience I had at UWC I enjoyed myself.
Eish even for Father Tutu in 2011 was a hard year as the government couldn’t allow His Holiness Dalai Lama to attend to his invite to address the first annual Desmond  Tutu International Peace Lecture at UWC to mark Tutus 80th birthday. For that he had to deliver it online through Google hangout.
On the 12 March 2013 the day of selecting a new pope as Pope Benedict XVI retired end 2012, on the 12th I became the second group to graduate under the new Chancellor Thabo Mokgoba. He is great I am still happy.
I remember that I became graduate on the year former president Nelson Mandela passed away. He said that education is the weapon that you can use to change the world, and he believed that education is how a child of a farm worker can become a president of a country…. That directly talks to me. Individually it signifies a new happy era, and I believe I have a brighter future.
I have become a good writer, not even the sky is the limit. With that happening I have been watching my spiritual consciousness change and grow.
As we celebrate 22 years of democracy and peace in South Africa lets take note.

I think I have always aligned with father Desmond Tutu.

When I came at our high school in 1999, our school still in town, District Six was Zinza Senior Secondary School. Me doing standard 6 (Grade 8) we were taking free buses to this school while still in town. School was good with my friends, some I came with
from primary school, ooEddy, Lonwabo, etc.

In year 2000 our school new building was finished, Zinza was then moved to Town Two in Khayelitsha. Launching the new school in 2001 our school became Thembelihle Senior Secondary School  with Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Cape Town Njongonkulu Ndungane present as key speaker to open the school.

Also while I was still at Thembelihle Senior Secondary School in 2003 to 2005 I was in the Township Debating League (TDL), a programme provided by Univeristy of Cape Town students. We held tournaments at our schools and University of Cape Town.

Straight to University of the Western Cape in 2006

It was good when in Matric, Thembelihle Senior Secondary School took us to University of the Western Cape Career Open Day. At
University of the Western Cape open day I won a registration bursary.

That’s how then I ended up settling  to study at University of the Western Cape. The Anglican Church of Cape Town Archbishop Emeritus before Njongonkulu Ndungane, Mr Desmond Tutu was still a Chancellor at University of the Western Cape, he retired
in 2011 at University of the Western Cape. Njongonkulu Ndungane now is the Chair of Council at University of Cape Town with Graca Machel the widow of Nelson Mandela as the Chancellor.

When from dropping out at University of the Western Cape in 2008 then coming back in 2010 I ended graduating 12th March 2013 by the new Chancellor and current Anglican Church Archbishop Thabo Mokgoba. It was a happy day for me being accompanied by my sister

Thokozile Sesi and his friend. I truly enjoyed.

Also when I dropped out at University of the Western Cape in 2008, while living at my parents house in Crossroads I joined drama classes with Nyanga Arts Development, from there a University of Cape Town student in our drama class group told us about the SHAWCO Masizikhulise Programme. With them I did 4 months Information Technology and Entrepreneurship Courses.

So I have always been aligned with father DesMOND Tutu all my life. From 1984 when I born, him receiving a Nobel Peace Prize, to studying at University of the Western Cape, etc to meeting him at Central Home Affairs in Cape Town 2012.

PLEASE JOIN THE FORGIVENESS CHALLENGE- For me it softened all the anguish, and made me look at people better:

http://www.humanjourney.com/forgiveness/

PEACE: The whole nation needs it.

By: Sivuyile S. Sesi

It would have been a dream come true for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille and a great benefit for the nation of South Africa to host the 14th Summit of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates here in Cape Town, but the national government broke it because it doesn’t want to understand.

Still they don’t want to listen even when the foundations of South Africans who held the Nobel Peace Prize like the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, FW de Klerk Foundation make a plea with them.

Helen Zille makes a good note when she mentions that the apartheid government in the early 1960s allowed Nkosi Albert Luthuli to go fetch his Nobel Peace Prize.
South Africa was in need of that initiative, Mandela must be looking down on this country with shame.

Leaders like President Jacob Zuma don’t want to understand, they are here to give our politics hard time. Being led by people who prove to be self destructive where is this nation heading to? Is this the kind of thank you we give the world for the support they gave us to ensure our peaceful negotiation to the transition to freedom and democracy since 1994? Doesn’t hosting world class events shows that we have the best venues? We should still be glad that our nation is shining and attracting good people and good ideas internationally.

A World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was to be held for the first time in the African soil to honor another Nobel Peace laureate Nelson Mandela on his passing late last year.

In these world economic difficulties South Africa has done worse when compared with other emerging economies in the BRICS nations.

Our cities need to be used and people like Desmond Tutu and Patricia de Lille are doing a good job that we are attracting the world.

I am glad that the Global Youth Peace Indaba took place in Cape Town, we as the young people shouldn’t give up on creating a better world for all of us.

Mandela practically liberated us.

By: Sivuyile S. Sesi – (t) @756Writing

Nelson Mandela liberated us by practically liberating and using himself for positive change. That’s one of the lessons we can take from people like him as young people.

For other people to say Mandela was wrong for taking Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk is negative.  People like that never want us to move forward. Its like saying that Lady’s Smith Black Mambazo as an African band won Grammys because they were using no innocent western instruments. That negativity just marginalizes us to the world that wanted the best for this country during its hard time of apartheid. We can’t allow us to be a closed and isolated nation. People must keep doing what they want to do.

Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu on their Forgiveness Challenge course say “Forgiveness opens the door to peace between people and opens the space for peace within each person. We all want peace, for ourselves and for our world.”

Mandela died as an international icon he had a right to take that prize. He strategically looked at the bigger picture than feeling sorry and bitter for himself. He had to build a road we can follow on. On Thabo Mbeki’s time as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) and president of the country the New National Party that ruled during apartheid time ended up dissolving itself to join the ANC. The country became good for us all to live in and we should be proud of what we managed to achieve. Its 20 years now for the negotiations and South Africans (SA) are better happy for this democracy. With its challenges, people accept it, last Wednesday SA held its fifth free and fair elections. Like Mandela and any health democracy this nation believe in the power of voting.

We are the only African country in the G20, we are an emerging market, we still open for business and entrepreneurship, the world trusts us for big international events, commitments and solutions eg the Truth and Reconciliation Commission considered in different countries, Google changed its doodle for our voting day, etc. Observe Mandela’s last days he was the whole world focus.

Mandela liberated us by liberating and using himself. Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who has worked close with Mandela in the building of this nation even questioned why Afrikaans community was not given platform at his funeral because he with that community worked hard to ensure that they become part of this young democratic nation.

Their voices at his funeral would have been good for the legacy he worked hard for. It is for us to carry over what is good and positive about this nation, that will help us.

People like Tutu and Mandela are very good at using themselves as the tool to liberate themselves and others. We should practically learn from them. And in the bigger picture each of us is the reason we became a better nation. Still more young people can be great at their own right.

Mandela practically liberated us.

By: Sivuyile S. Sesi – (t) @756Writing

Nelson Mandela liberated us by practically liberating and using himself for positive change. That’s one of the lesson we can take from people like him as young people.

For other people to say Mandela was wrong for taking Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk is negative. Us people never wanted us to move forward. Its like saying that Lady’s Smith Black Mambazo as an African band won Grammys because they were using no innocent western instruments. That negativity just marginalizes us to the world that wanted the best for this country during its hard time of apartheid. We can’t allow us to be a closed and isolated nation.

Mandela died as an international icon he had a right to take that prize. He strategically looked at the bigger picture than feeling sorry and bitter for himself. He had to build a road we can follow on. The country became good for us all to live in and we should be proud of what we managed to achieve. We are the only African country in the G20, we are an emerging economy, the world trusts us for big international events and commitments, etc. Observe his last days he was the whole world focus.

Mandela liberated us by liberating and using himself. Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who has worked close with Mandela even questioned why Afrikaans community was not given platform at his funeral because he with that community worked hard to ensure that they become part of this young democratic nation.

Their voices standing at his funeral would have been good for the legacy he worked hard for.

People like Tutu and Mandela are very good at using themselves as the tool to liberate themselves and others. We should practically learn from them. Still more young people can be great at their own right.