This week marks an important moment in the history of South Africa. 27 years ago the world watched as Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990, twenty seven and a half years after he was arrested on 5 August 1962. A towering figure, his fist in the air, he emerged from the gates of Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town, signifying the end of an era and the beginning of another. The first sight of him followed by his address at Cape Town City Hall, served as a moment South Africa stood together in hope. Although the huge crowds gathered at the Cape Town Grand Parade led to delays in him appearing on the balcony, the people waited patiently to hear Mandela speak.
Blackmotion was elated when contacted by the NMF planning team to provide audio visual, sound and lighting for the media launch at the historic DOCC YMCA in Soweto Orlando. The key note speaker for this event was non-other than the former premier of Gauteng Mr. Tokyo Sexwale. Unathi Msengana was the program director for the event, who between breaks informed the audience about the life and times of Mr. Nelson Mandela during his prison life. The Blackmotion team comprising of Ramorena Sefojane (Sound Engineer), Tshidi Mabuso (Audio Visual Engineer) and Patric Sihlangu (Audio Visual Technician) were confronted with the confines of the venue size and power shortages, however the venue is well kept but there is a major power plug shortage. “Next time we should bring a generator from Blackmotion” remarked Mr, Mabuso. The event was broadcast live on SABC.