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Nando’s sends Madiba birthday message ‘from one firestarter to another’

Nando’s is known for stirring trouble when it comes to its adverts. The fast food chicken franchise has taken the mickey out of politicians, singers, and even insurance companies.

For Nelson Mandela’s birthday, celebrated today, however the company abandoned its usual acerbic wit. Instead it compared itself to the meaning the celebrated statesman’s middle name. Rolihlala means “pulling on the branch of a tree”, or more literally, troublemaker.

Although more restrained than its usual fare, Nando’s couldn’t resist a little chicken-themed punnery. “We’d like to thank you for teaching us that sometimes, ruffling feathers is the most honourable thing one can do,” it says.

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Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself to be thrown in the deep and did his best to stay afloat. When not fused with his keyboard, you can find... More