Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has described Thursday as a special day for a special person.

He has joined many in wishing retired Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a happy 90th Birthday.

Tutu was born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp.

Various activities have been planned by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation for Thursday.

These include a church service followed by the 11th Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.

Makgoba says, “ I want to echo the  wishes that a number of people have sent to  Tata on this birthday and I know we are going to have a special service for Utata at the  Cathedral. I want to say Tata o  gole gole os’ka khokhoba. I want to say Yippie to you on behalf of myself, my family, the bishops of our church and all laity and clerics that love you so dearly.”

“I know next week (14 October) is also Mama Leah’s birthday. I also want to echo our love and prayers to Mama, for Tata you are Tata, because Mama has been there and supporting you all the way. God Bless,” he adds.

On Wednesday, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Intellectual Property (IP) Trust, said a deluge of love and well-wishes from individuals and organisations around the world has been pouring into Cape Town ahead of the Arch’s milestone 90th birthday on Thursday.