It was a special Saint Valentine’s Day for Marc Gene, in South Africa as from today to take part in a Shell event for the launch of its new V-Power Nitro+ fuel in the rainbow nation.
Having landed at Johannesburg airport on Friday morning, the Scuderia Ferrari test driver made the most of this short trip to visit a truly special place, not just for South Africa, but for the whole world.
8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto is the address of the house lived in by Nelson Mandela from 1946 and where his family stayed until his release from prison in 1990.
The house where Madiba, to use his clan name, lived was rebuilt, and opened to the public in 2009 and now serves as a study and conservation centre to remember his life and his moral legacy.
It provides visitors with an insight into the greatness of one of the most important figures of recent history, not just South Africa’s but the world’s.
“It was a wonderful feeling for me to be able to visit Mandela’s house,” Marc told .ferrari.com. “Anyone who comes to Johannesburg must absolutely come here to realise who this man was and what he achieved in the promotion of human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance among all the population of South Africa. His lessons should always be remembered by everyone.”
In the afternoon, Marc was able to inspect the track where on Saturday he will drive an F60 in Scuderia Ferrari’s first street demo of 2014, in an area set up opposite the Soccer City Stadium, where his fellow Spaniards beat Holland in the football World Cup Final four years ago. (Ferrari)
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