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Mandela initiative receives overwhelming support

The campaign's aim is to cover the grounds of the Union Buildings in Pretoria in a sea of colourful blankets.

FILE: The Union Buildings in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative says it has received an overwhelming response in its aim to cover the grounds of the Union Buildings in Pretoria in a sea of colourful blankets.

The campaign has encouraged South Africans to help knit, sew and crochet 20,000 blankets in honour of Mandela.

Spokesperson Carolyn Steyn says, "The world record as it stands right now is 7,800 blankets but we want to break the record with 21,000 blankets, we want to show the world what we are doing in South Africa stitch by stich to make a difference and keep the legacy of Mandela alive."