CT plans 67 minutes campaign

Local business and organisations in the Western Cape gear up for Mandela Day and the 67 minutes campaign.

The SA Olympic Swimming Team sent Madiba their well wishes on his birthday last year. Picture: Swimming South Africa."

CAPE TOWN - While former President Nelson Mandela continues to undergo treatment at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection, scores of organisations and local businesses have called on Capetonians to donate 67 minutes of their time to the needy on Mandela Day.

A range of do-good initiatives are being held across the city over the next two weeks.

The international day in honour of the former statesman is celebrated annually on his birthday, 18 July.

The objective is to make a positive change for the duration of 67 minutes, signifying the 67 years Madiba sacrificed for South Africans.

Spokesperson for local charity organisation, Newkidz on the Block, Hilda de Beer said they have several initiatives planned for the day.

"Just as Mandela has given so much of his life for this country, giving is such a blessing, even if it is just 67 minutes. 67 minutes collectively is a phenomenal contribution one can make."