Mandela Day (commemorated on Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18) as declared by the United Nations was celebrated in earnest on Tuesday by all people throughout the world with many and varying activities of kindness to their less fortunate fellow citizens.
As was expected, all private businesses, corporations and government departments got down and dirty to bring smiles to the orphans, the elderly and the poor so as to give them that ray of hope that Nelson Mandela himself endeavoured to give throughout his life.
Messages of encouragement and speeches from Mandela were played on most media platforms to honour the legacy of Madiba as he was affectionately known.
In Bloemfontein, Dumelang News showed their societal responsibility and generosity by teaming up with Windmill Casino, Sasko, Webber Wentzel Attorneys, Ecoh multimedia, Capitec Bank and other individuals in preparing delicious food for children in Heidedal at Joe Solomon School, Petunia Secondary school, Heide Primary school and Talitha Cum Safe Havens for children.
Human Resources Manager at Windmill, Kenalemang Morometsi, said the windmill staffs were asked to contribute their money for the purpose of buying food for charity. She said it had become second nature to them as they continued to help needy people with all kinds of assistance.
“Mandela Day is a special day because we commemorate the good things that Mandela stood for. He always preached unity between white and black people because together we can achieve a lot of things. I make sure that this is the way I live by helping other people every day not just on this special day,” said Morometsi.
She said she was thankful that other companies responded to the call to help the needy and vulnerable people.
Refilwe Kgomo from Capitec Bank said Mandela Day was a day in which the companies and well-off people gave back to the poor so as to give them hope.
Attorney Madeleine Koller, of Webbers Attorneys, said her law firm had always given back to the poor by representing accused persons pro bono and their giving food to the school children was something close to their hearts.
“We are giving back to the community on this day because President Nelson Mandela was a human rights lawyer and humanitarian who gave love to everyone. He taught us forgiveness and how take care of other people less fortunate than ourselves. We have previously represented litigants and respondents pro brono after assessing the need. Well-off people should give back to charity and poor people every day,” said Koller.
Puleng Lesia from Ecoh multimedia said Mandela Day meant that people and companies had to give back to the community freely without expecting something in return because blessed was the hand that gave.
“Mandela Day means that we should give back to the community to show our generosity and give hope to the people who don’t have enough. The day should be celebrated everyday by giving back to the elderly, and the young and vulnerable people. We are partnering with Motheo FET College and Damelin College to give their students internships,” said Lesia.
Pule Litheko of Lapologang Old Age Home in Phahameng said the home took care of elderly people aged 60 years and up. He said that there were 16 elderly people who came to the home in the morning and would leave again to their respective homes in the evening, while 22 other elderly people were staying at the home on a full-time basis.
He said the elderly people sewed clothes from Monday to Wednesday and that on Thursday and Friday, they trained and played sports ranging from netball to soccer.
Sun Windmill Mandela day InitiativeSun windmill Has partnered with a number of businesses in Bloemfontein to join hands and give back to the community on Mandela day.
Businesses that took part in the Mandela Day Initiatives are:
Sun Windmill together with Sasko, Capitec Bank, Dumelang Media, CUT and Echo Multimedia have donated food parcels that will be distributed to:
Ride to Kusasa
Talitha Cumi Safe Haven for Children
Together with these businesses we have also donated nonperishables, blankets and stationary that will be distributed to the following schools:
Momentum – Have donated Food to be distributed to the needy in Bloemfontein.
Webbers Attorneys – Have collected and donated nonperishable foods for their beneficiary: (Free State Care in Action)
Sun Windmill would like to thank everyone for their commitment and involvement in this great initiative and look forward to growing and joining hands with local business in Bloemfontein to make a difference not only on Mandela day but Every Day.
Ngwathe citizens honour MadibaThe Executive Mayor of Ngwathe Local Municipality, Cllr Joey Mochela, alongside municipal councillors and stakeholders including other broader civil society structures marked International Mandela Day successfully in all the different towns which make up Ngwathe.
Mayor Mochela started the Mandela Day roadshow in Tumahole with a visit to 105-year-old Ellen Plaatjie, in Ghana section.
She proceed to cut a Madiba cake with elderly citizens at Schonkenville day care Center for the aged, before helping with renovating the center and the launch of food security garden at the Schonkenville Stadium in honour of the late statesman.
The Mandela Day activities were also rolled out in other Ngwathe towns such as Kwakwatsi, in Koppies and Edenville where carwash equipment, groceries and blankets were handed over to elderly citizens and the less privileged members of the society.
In Phiritona, the first citizen of Ngwathe was accompanied by members of the ANCYL where they delivered gifts to orphanage centers and cleaned Relebohile clinic. Mochela handed over groceries and blankets to orphans and the elderly at Kopanang Maqheku. A number of programmes such as cleaning campaign will also be rolled out working together with EPWP, CWP, former convicts, substance abuse victims and other civil society formations.
De Beers mine donates 200 blanketsMining giant De Beers Voorspoed mine in Kroonstad donated two hundred blankets in two municipalities on Mandela day.
The happy recipients of the blankets were in Ngwathe and Moqhaka Municipalities where the mine made sure that it was not left behind in giving back to the community. The Mine Senior Human Resource Manager Sihle Nkomo said the employees of the mine volunteered to distribute the blankets, painting school for children and other logistics.
She said people who benefited from their good gesture were people with disabilities, elderly and children as the world reflected on the legacy of Nelson Mandela for his leadership and his unflinching devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes.
“When you are selfless and care for others, it goes a long way,” said Nkomo. She added that said her colleagues were proud to put 67 minutes of their time to do good for other less fortunate people under the theme ‘Taking Action Against Poverty’.
She said the Mine would visit other places in Kroonstad, Steynsrus and Viljoenskroon at Iketsetseng Community Centre and Diketso Spiritual home.
Protecting riversBLOEMFONTEIN - In commemoration of Mandela Day, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) recently partnered with the Department of Water and Sanitation to protect rivers during their Mandela month campaign aptly called the Clear River Campaign. “We chose to spend this day by being active citizens cleaning up our river sources which have been littered with waste and pose a risk to the status of our water bodies and can greatly affect our communities with water supply,” said CCBSA Inland regional communications specialist.
The day was marked with employees from the different stakeholders present, namely Bloemwater, the Department of Water and Sanitation, Mangaung Metro, the South African National Defence Forces (SANDF), the Department of Correctional Services , the Department of Health and the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DETEA) collecting waste that had been dumped at the Bloemspruit River in Mangaung.
"At CCBSA, our aim is to contribute meaningfully to people and the planet by uplifting and improving the well-being of the communities where we operate. Our initiatives support economic growth, protect the local environment and advance the sustainability of communities,” she said
Education and AVBOB partnerThe Free State province was a hive of activity on Tuesday as various organisations and government departments commemorated the life of former president Nelson Mandela in the 67 Minutes campaign. As part of the annual celebration of Mandela’s life, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and AVBOB CEO, Frik Rademan, visited Joe Solomon Primary School in Heidedal for the announcement of schools infrastructure which the school is set to benefit.
“We are gathered here today to launch a ground-breaking, multi-million-rand schools infrastructure partnership with AVBOB. It is important to note that needy learners and communities in all nine provinces will benefit from this contribution,” said Motshekga.
She added that the announcement by the AVBOB board of this investment in school infrastructure came as no surprise to me. Our partnership with AVBOB is one that flourished from strength to strength, and the work we are doing together is truly changing lives and shaping future generations. The AVBOB board has decided to donate R150 million for the renovation, refurbishment and building of schools across the country. Motshekga said the project is the single largest investment in the school infrastructure programme by a corporate since she became the Minister of Basic Education.
She pointed out that they know from experience that poorly designed schools give an impression that learners are a reflection of their school, undervalued, worthless, dirty and uncared for. Motshega explained that their strategic partnership with AVBOB started after a clarion call was made to all social partners for the increase investment in the library services through the launch of 1000 school libraries per annum.
“On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, we extend our gratitude to the AVBOB family for the continuous role you play in the upliftment of our communities,” she said.
AVBOB CEO Rademan said the company was pleased to plough back into communities they are serving. “Learners should take education serious so that they can be future leaders of this country,” said Rademan.