Johannesburg, 2 December 2018

Dumela, South Africa!

Tonight I join you to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. He never gave up on Africa. He believed that Africa’s children can achieve anything.

It is our responsibility to continue building on his legacy.

We must commit to ensuring good nutrition for our children and eliminating the preventable diseases that threaten Africa’s potential.

We must get the most out of our agriculture, which holds massive potential to create jobs and prosperity for all.

As Africans, we also want to move freely around our continent, do business with each other, and build friendships across borders.

The African Union belongs to all of us. That is why we are working hard to make the African Union stronger and more effective.

But we need Africa’s young people to be fierce advocates for these goals. You are so well represented tonight here in Soweto, and you make us proud.

Together, we can build the Africa we want.

Thank you!