South Africans dedicate 67 minutes to good causes

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

People across the country are today dedicating 67 minutes to do good on what would have been the late former President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Madiba. South Africa, including the continent and the international community at large, is celebrating and honouring the struggle stalwart.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape, where he is participating in the centenary celebrations of the founding father of the nation.

The Mvezo celebrations are organised by the Royal House of Mandela (RHoM) in partnership with the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. They aim to bring together people from all walks of life, including current and former Heads of Government and State, traditional and faith-based leaders, surrounding communities, non-governmental organisations and members of civil society, to honour the legacy of Mandela.

President Ramaphosa is accompanied by Cabinet Ministers, members of the provincial executive council and senior government officials.

The address by President Ramaphosa at the centennial celebrations will be preceded by various activities led by the Royal House of Mandela, which include handing out blankets to elderly citizens, giving bicycles to learners and officially opening a clinic.

The activities will also include the unveiling of a sanitary towel project, as well as a tree-planting ceremony.

Government, in partnership with various stakeholders including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, continues to host various celebrations to mark the centenary of this great icon of the liberation struggle.

On Tuesday, former US President Barack Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, where he called on the world -- with emphasis on the youth -- to keep the torch of Nelson Mandela’s legacy burning. –