THE YEAR OF OR TAMBO
100 YEARS CELEBRATION
5FM joins South Africans in the centenary celebration of the life and legacy of Oliver Reginald Tambo as part of The Year of OR Tambo and will be holding a live broadcast to celebrate 100 days to OR Tambo’s birthday on Thursday 20 July 2017 at SABC M1 Studio Radio Park, Auckland Park.
The fully-fledged centenary celebration event takes place on 27 October 2017 under the theme: Resistance, Liberation and Heritage – The year of OR Tambo and Rediscovering liberation & heritage for the Africa we want.
BACKGROUND ON THE STALWART
“Oliver Reginald Tambo, leader of the African National Congress in exile for thirty years, died on 23 April 1993. Yet his legacy lives on. Comrade O.R. left us a significant and enduring heritage, one, which enhanced our new constitution, contributed to the inclusive and equitable policies of our democratically elected government, and affirmed the abiding vision of the ANC itself.
Two major processes in Comrade O.R.'s early life moulded his style in politics and leadership - his traditional rural roots; and the expertise he acquired through education. Each experience was very different; yet O.R. combined them creatively to develop an approach, which was able to reach and empower a broad mass of the people, both nationally and internationally.
During his fifty years of political activity in the ANC, Comrade O.R. played a significant role in every key moment in the history of the movement, until his death. Oliver Tambo is a founder member and secretary of the ANC Youth League in 1944; the general secretary of the ANC from 1952; the mandated leader of the ANC's Mission in Exile 1960; the President of the ANC from 1977 until 1990; then National Chairperson until his death, in 1993”.