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19 Jul 2014
6:51 pm

Foundation thanks the world for Mandela Day deeds

The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Saturday thanked the world for carrying out good deeds in memory of the former president, whose birthday was celebrated on Friday.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with Premier Supra Mahupeloa, Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Nomvula Mokonyane leading the cleaning campaign in Mafikeng Hospital, in the North West Province, on Friday 18 July 2014 to mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day.Kopano Tlape GCIS 18/07/2014

“We have been heartened by the number of sustainable projects still thriving. At the same time it has been inspiring to see the range of innovative new projects to emerge,” foundation spokeswoman Danielle Melville said in a statement.

“We welcome the degree to which structures of the state, of civil society and in the private sector are working together for the campaign.”

Melville said people in 126 countries participated in Mandela Day, and more 1200 positive deeds had been registered on their website.

Mandela Day is celebrated on July 18, Mandela’s birthday, when people are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time and of themselves to help those less fortunate.

Mandela spent 67 years of his life working for social justice. He died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, aged 95, on December 5. He was buried in his childhood village of Qunu on December 15.

Melville said in South Africa almost half a million food parcels had been distributed to needy people, and more than a million sanitary towels handed to schoolgirls.

Habitat for Humanity in South Africa built 67 houses in one week for the poor.

More than 15,000 books were also donated to school libraries.

Also on Saturday, government thanked South Africans for their good deeds in honour of Madiba the previous day.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said in a statement that every person had the ability and responsibility to make a positive change.

“No matter how small the action, the aim was to practice a healthier and cleaner way of living.

“This Mandela Day South Africans showed a spirit of selflessness, unity, volunteerism and dedication by participating in clean-up initiatives.”