This is an open letter to Madiba, my personal Hero, who turns 90 on the 18th of July 2008.

Dear Mr Mandela
it would be my honour and privelege to bake a birthday cake for you to celebrate your 90th year on Earth. You have done so much to enrich our lives, and to uplift our spirits, and have made such a difference to South Africa, and the world.
I have baked birthday cakes for Archbishop Tutu and for President Thabo Mbeki. I have made cakes for the the amazing Oprah, who comes 3rd on my heroes list, with you 2nd only to our Lord, and my personal ambition is to make you the most incredible cake ever for the most incredible man ever.

I understand that you would like to spend your birthday at home with your family, in the Eastern Cape , but perhaps if you choose to celebrate with the people of Cape Town or the ANC thereafter , you will give me the honour of baking you a Charly’s bakery 90th birthday cake?