Mandela Day 2019: Remembering an icon

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The 18th of July marks South Africa’s former President’s birthday.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela commonly known by his clan name Madiba, became the country’s first democratically elected president in 1994.

He dedicated 67 years of his life to the fight for social justice. To commemorate and honour the icon’s commitment to social justice, families, communities, schools and corporates are encouraged to spend 67 minutes of their day volunteering and performing community service.

Mandela was born in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape on the 18th of July 1918 and died on the 5th of December 2013. He was 95-years-old.

Despite spending 27 years in jail, most of which were on Robben Island, off Cape Town, for his role in the fight against apartheid, Madiba chose a path of reconciliation as he lead the country’s first democratically elected government and worked towards achieving the ‘Rainbow Nation’.

How will you be celebrating Mandela Day?

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