Travis Carlyle
2 minute read
17 Jul 2015
4:45 pm

South Africa celebrates Mandela Day

Travis Carlyle

The impact Nelson Mandela has left, and will continue to leave, on South Africa is something we can probably never over estimate.

FILE PICTURE: A nine metre high statue of former President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24/ Alet Pretorius)

Even in Madiba’s absence, initiatives like Mandela Day, an international day of honouring him, promote the idea that each and every individual has the power to transform the world; the idea that each of us can truly make an impact in communities we live in, like the former state icon did.

And so it is that each year on 18 July, we try to uphold the values he brought to this world and give 67 minutes of our time to help those in need.

Arts and Culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, will host a lecture on “South Africa of Mandela’s dream and memorialisation of our heritage”, at the Freedom Charter at Nelson Mandela Youth Heritage Centre in Qunu on Friday.

“There is an intuitive connection between former president Nelson Mandela’s dream and our national effort towards national building and social cohesion. It is a significant achievement that within the same month, we celebrate the selflessness of Mandela and encourage active citizenry among all our people,” Mthethwa said in a statement.

The Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) plans to revamp Inkwenkwezi primary school, in Diepkloof Zone 6, in tribute to Nelson Mandela day.

This will include fixing all the broken windows and painting all the classrooms at the school, and general maintenance will be done around the school, and a vegetable garden.

The environmental affairs minister, Edna Molewa, and deputy minister, Barbara Thomson, will be leading environmental welfare programmes in the Free State and Gauteng.

Under the theme, “Take Action – Inspire Change – Make Every Day a Mandela Day”, Molewa will be instigating a clean-campaign in Soshanguve, Gauteng.

Woodrock Animal Rescue has partnered with Pedigree South Africa for to celebrate the icon. The partnership is to help create awareness and raise funds to improve the shelter and to help its animals in need.