Launched in 2009, this year, Mandela Day will be recognised as the 11th year as we honour not only Madiba’s birthday, but his life and legacy. Our chance, once again, to build on his work, contributing to the global movement of changing the world for the better.
How did Mandela Day start?
After spending 28 years in prison, Mandela, or Rolihlahla (an appropriate forename meaning “troublemaker” in Xhosa), began his negotiations to end apartheid and finally succeeding putting an end to it in 1991.
He spent his life to better South African lives and expanded civil liberties within the country. He impacted many lives from everyday citizens to leaders up until he died in 2013. This day reminds us of the life and times of this hero and encourages us to continue his good works within our communities.
Sandton Central’s drive to support and donate.
Sandton Central has continued to play a vital role in driving corporates and individuals to support and donate to Rays of Hope and other charity organisations with initiatives in urban spaces of SA’s business capital.
Rays of Hope, a non-profit company (NPC) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), has been partnering for lasting change with our neighbouring community of Alexandra, providing food hampers to vulnerable families.
Together with our ‘Men in Red’ and SA Inc, we ensure that people are equipped with the necessary information and resources to deliver mandatory services to individuals during the lockdown – from social distancing, personal protection equipment and hygiene provisions.
We encourage anyone who wants to make a difference this July to connect with Rays of Hope.
What are you doing this Mandela Day?
Last year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation had launched a new Mandela Day strategy, titled: Mandela Day: The Next Chapter. The next decades’ goal is to mobilise people, governments, civil society and corporates to focus on these five areas:
- Education and literacy,
- Food and nutrition,
- Sanitation, and
- Active citizenship.
It’s about servicing others and enhancing their circumstances. Whether you’re choosing to find injustices in your neighbourhood or getting involved in corporate initiatives, remember that small effort is sufficient in creating a world that’s fair and suitable for everyone. So, join a soup kitchen, volunteer at a local organisation and help #ActionAgainstPoverty. Inspire change, not only on this day but every day.
Here are some suggestions for what you can do in joining the Mandela Day community.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela