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Trophies for Madiba sport day unveiled

Bafana Bafana and the Springboks will honour the global icon at FNB Stadium.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula at a campaign event for the Nelson Mandela Sport & Culture Day. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day is another way of honouring the legacy of Madiba.

Mbalula unveiled the trophies for the inaugural sports day to take place on 17 August at FNB Stadium.

The day will see Bafana Bafana take on Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) runners up Burkina Faso followed by a rugby match between the Springboks and Argentina at the same venue on the same day.

Mbalula says South Africans should keep celebrating Madiba.

"Nelson Mandela will never die. We will continue to celebrate him and to appreciate what we have as a nation that other nations across the world don't have, and that's Nelson Mandela."

The minister says the day it is a way for sports lovers to show their appreciation of the former president.

"People should expect an extraordinary occasion. We've got to celebrate what we have. We are blessed to have a Nelson Mandela in South Africa and in this particular instance we are there to celebrate his legacy."

Meanwhile, the 95-year-old statesman remains in hospital where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

Madiba celebrated his birthday in hospital in July where he remains in a critical but stable condition.