17 July 2013
Government will pull its weight behind initiatives to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day this Thursday, 18 July 2013 by participating in a wide range of events aimed at inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.
In this regard, as part of the activities to mark the day, President Jacob Zuma will be handing over houses to community of Danville in Pretoria West.
The Danville/Elandspoort project was identified as a "Flagship Project” for the eradication of the Hermanstad informal settlements in Pretoria West, which has been occupied by poor white families residing in Road Reserves in the Atteridgeville area and other areas around Pretoria Central and Pretoria West.
In addition, Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) officials led by Acting CEO, Nebo Legoabe will visit two safety homes in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria as part of Mandela Day.
Legoabe said “South Africans have a responsibility to promote freedom and defend the country’s democracy in honour of Mandela’s commitment to these ideals.
“Some of the services that we will render on the day include general cleaning, laundry, gardening and general maintenance and donate items needed for the homes’ daily needs, ranging from daily groceries to books for school going kids,” she said.
Legoabe further encouraged the communities to also participate in activities such as painting classrooms, cleaning parks and repairing water leaks in their communities.
Departments at all spheres of government will also have events lined up to celebrate Mandela Day. Departments will be focusing on key priorities, mainly education. The Department of Basic Education will roll out its campaign of 94 schools for Madiba, and departmental officials plan to refurbish schools for the disabled across the country while others will be supplied with basic amenities.
Government calls on all citizens to dedicate service to fellow human beings, and convert their care and concern for President Mandela into positive contributions to our communities and worthy causes.
Cabinet designated the theme of Mandela Day 2013 as: "Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day” with a focus on food security, shelter and literacy”.
More information on planned government events for the Mandela Day/Month can be accessed on www.gcis.gov.za or www.gov.za.
Nebo Legoabe (Acting Chief Executive Officer)
Issued by: Government Communication and Information System