27 February 2012
Government called a meeting with key stakeholders from organised foreign and local electronic and print media in Pretoria today. The meeting was part of government’s stakeholder engagement processes, held in the spirit of working together.
The character of the meeting was very positive. There was agreement and a meeting of minds on concerns about former President Nelson Mandela. All parties acknowledged that Madiba is indeed a persona of national interest and a global icon.
All parties expressed appreciation around the concerns regarding Madiba’s privacy and sensitivity in communicating on his health status.
The meeting agreed that a task team made up of all parties concerned will be established to discuss protocols of operations to manage Madiba’s movements in the event of him having to go in and out of hospital.
All parties re-iterated their resolve not to negatively impact on Madiba’s dignity and his family’s privacy.
For enquiries, please contact:
Jimmy Manyi (Government Spokesperson)
Cell: 082 379 3454
Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)