Citizens called to focus on food security on Mandela Day

Thursday, July 14, 2022

This year's Nelson Mandela International Day will focus on sustainable interventions such as fruit and indigenous tree planting and promoting community and backyard gardens.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is pleading with everyone who supports the campaign on 18 July 2022 to “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”.

“The climate crisis is affecting the availability, accessibility, utilisation and affordability of food, which is overwhelmingly experienced by the most vulnerable amongst us,” the foundation said on Thursday.

With increasing global consciousness of the interdependence of climate change, food security, poverty and inequity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is calling on the public to use 18 July to pursue sustainable solutions to the climate crisis and food security.

The foundation will be doing work on the day in Madiba's home province of the Eastern Cape with Nelson Mandela University, the Green Development Foundation and Shoprite.

Transect Walk Dialogues

The organisation and its partners will participate in a Transect Walk Dialogue.

This is a walk through a community, led by the community to gain first-hand experience of their challenges and identify resources and opportunities at the community's disposal.

The walk aims to foster critical conversations and find collective solutions to systemic challenges faced by the community.

The first walk will take place on Saturday, 16 July, in Mvezo, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, and will be hosted by Chief Mandela and the Mandela family. Activities will include planting fruit trees, conducting a cleanup of the community and backyard gardens as well as sharing and promoting indigenous knowledge.

The second instalment will take place on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July, in Gqeberha in the community of Zwide. Since 2015, Gqeberha has been in the grip of a historic drought that experts say has been exacerbated by climate change.

The organisation said it will donate two boreholes with its partners and participate in cleaning and watering backyard gardens, then planting seedlings and trees in the recently established community garden.

Other activities

While the core activities will be in the Eastern Cape this year, numerous other activities are planned in over 166 cities globally.

In Johannesburg, the foundation has collaborated with Discovery Vitality and the business community around Houghton Estate to host the inaugural 'Mandela Day Houghton Run' on 17 July 2022, following the same path Nelson Mandela used to walk daily.

The route for the 8km race will incorporate some iconic sites, such as Madiba's 12th street House, the Sanctuary Mandela on 13th Street and the Nelson Mandela Foundation facilities on Central Street.

Discovery Vitality is encouraging its members to donate their Vitality rewards from the day towards buying a family a backyard garden starter pack provided by Shoprite by using, Vitality MoveToGive.

The Mandela Day Houghton Run will be followed by a special tribute concert by five-time Grammy Award winner Ladysmith Black Mambazo live at the Johannesburg Theatre. Tickets for the run are available via Ticketpro.

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