Make a change for the needy

Thursday, July 5, 2018

As we approach Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2018, Cabinet has called on all South Africans to dedicate 67 minutes of their time on the day to contribute to making a change for the needy.

The United Nations (UN) adopted the day, which allows South Africans and the global community to honour former President and an international icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The South African Government has declared July as Mandela Month, which falls on his birthday month. 

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said as part of the centenary celebrations, various sectors have embarked on a number of initiatives to pay tribute to the work and legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela.

“On Friday, a special tribute to his concerns about jobs and young workers will be paid, when the Wear South Africa initiative, with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the SA Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) launches the Nelson Mandela T-shirt in Durban,” Mokonyane said on Thursday during a post Cabinet briefing.

She said the T-shirt, which is locally made, is available at leading retail stores and profits from the sale of the T-shirt will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to fund activities consistent with his vision and life.

The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, will address guests on behalf of government at the launch.

Cabinet urged all South Africans to support the buy local campaign and to wear locally-made clothing with pride.

Cabinet also called on all people to become part of the movement for change.

“By working together as a united, non-racial and non-sexist society, we can uphold the legacy of Madiba,” Mokonyane said. –