HUNDREDS OF ACTIVITIES ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA AS COUNTRY MARKS NELSON MANDELA DAY

PRETORIA, South Africans are bracing themselves for a busy Tuesday as hundreds of activities take place around the country in celebration of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day when South Africans and the global community honour the nation's late former president and international icon, Nelson Mandela.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela's birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 with the overarching objective of inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, build a global movement for good.

The Nelson Mandela International Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back to their communities. The 67 minutes is symbolic of commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement for liberation.

The Nelson Mandela campaign this year focuses on fighting poverty under the theme #ActionAgainstPoverty. Various Cabinet Ministers and government leaders are expected to lead Mandela Day activities in different parts of the country.

The Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, will lead activities at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha in the province.

Leaders who will be in attendance are Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and Eastern Cape MEC (Member of the Executive Council) for Sport Recreation Arts and Culture Pemmy Majodina.

Also in Eastern Cape Province, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will spend Mandela Day handing over houses and interacting with the community members at the Chatty 491 Military Veterans project in Port Elizabeth. She will be accompanied by community members and officials on a cleaning, brick laying and painting the houses being built in the area.

Chatty 491 is part of the Zanemvula Mega Project to accommodate military veterans.

Mpumalanga province will see Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla paying a visit to the Siyonqoba Drop-In Centre in Breyten near Ermelo.

Makwetla, in partnership with Msukaligwa Local Municipality Mayor Solomon Nkosi and the Msukaligwa Parliamentary Constituency Office, will dedicate 67 minutes of their time to honour the ethos of the late former President Mandela.

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services said the Deputy Minister will also be joined by offenders, Correctional Services officials and other key stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will be in Mangaung in Free State Province to announce a partnership to improve school infrastructure when she visits Joe Solomon Primary School in Heidedal.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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