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Government urges South Africans to play their part in making former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy live on

01 July 2013


1 July 2013

“Take Action, Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day”

Government calls on South Africans to observe what has become known as Mandela Month and participate by giving at least 67 minutes of their time on July 18 to creating a better tomorrow for all.

July 18 is Madiba’s birthday and the day is dedicated to his work and that  of his charitable organisations, as part of ensuring that his legacy lives on. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day, dedicated to the former President’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.

This year, government again calls on South Africans to support the 94+ Schools Infrastructure Project in support of the national Mandela Day, which was declared by President Jacob Zuma in 2009. The theme for Mandela Month 2013 is “Take Action, Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day”

Acting GCIS Chief Executive Officer Phumla Williams said: “Madiba has made an indelible mark on our society, having overseen the transition from apartheid to a society built on the pillars of democracy and freedom. To celebrate Mandela Month, South Africans need to uphold Madiba’s ideals, including his unwavering commitment to justice, equality and a non-racial South Africa.”

As South Africans and people from across the globe pray for Madiba during his hospitalisation, we are reminded that we have a responsibility to promote freedom and defend our democracy in honour of his commitment to these ideals.

“Let us heed to the call of President Jacob Zuma, and ‘make it the biggest Mandela Day ever on the 18th of July, focusing on doing good all over the country’. This call does not warrant expensive gestures, but instead communities can participate in activities such as painting classrooms, cleaning parks, repairing water leaks, amongst others,” said Williams.

Phumla Williams
Cell:  083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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