PRETORIA, South Africans have been urged to play their part and act against poverty and unite to make a change in society on International Mandela Day which falls on Tuesday.
In order to honour the late Mandela’s epic struggle, setbacks, renewed hope and ultimate triumph, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009.
The day calls on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement. The day is inspired by a call Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.
Deputy Minister of Communications Tandi Mahambehlala will commemorate the day at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand near Johannesburg on Tuesday. He will be accompanied by the South African men’s hockey team, who are competing in the Hockey World League semi-finals currently underway in Johannesburg.
The world remains beset by so much suffering, poverty and deprivation; it is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all’ — this famous call to action by former President Mandela is a continuation of his legacy, which calls upon all South Africans of all races and creeds to unite and act against poverty, said Mahambehlala Sunday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK