South Africa marks the Centenary
The South African Scout Association celebrated the Centenary year throughout South Africa on “B-P Sunday”, which was held on 25 February 2007. Large events, attracting more than 5000 current and former Scouts were held in eight major centres. In addition, smaller services were held throughout South Africa at District and community levels.
Cape Town Mayor, Helen Zille, commended the Scout Movement for upholding the values and providing the skills that reflect a healthy community, free from prejudice, abuse and poverty. She indicated that it was desirable that every young person become a Scout but that the importance of an individual's free choice made such a wish a challenge rather than an aim. She added that “the Scout promise, as shared across the world irrespective of socio-economic background, race, gender, ability or creed, served as a beacon of hope for the future prosperity, dignity and peace of communities. To help others and always do your best could only build families, communities and ultimately nations.”
Mrs. Zille, of her own accord, made the Scout Promise and received a standing ovation. Amid the positive process of changing some of the names of streets and buildings in Cape Town from those associated with apartheid, Mrs. Zille indicated that Baden-Powell Drive would not be amongst those to be changed.