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South Africans urged to give back on Mandela Day

Health, education, and social welfare are among the issues that will be highlighted as part of Madiba Day Centenary celebrations across the country on Wednesday.

FILE: The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation and their Youth at Work members walked through Cape Town CBD handing out warm soup as part of Mandela Day activities. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Pull up your sleeves and do something to give back to your community.

From small acts of kindness such as volunteering at a homeless shelter to more significant acts like opening a new clinic, many South Africans will be giving back to their communities on Wednesday.

It’s all part of Mandela Day, giving just 67 minutes of your year, perhaps even a little to do some good.

Throughout his life, that's what the late Nelson Mandela repeatedly appealed for.

With the country and the world marking International Mandela Day, we're again being reminded and urged to give back in one way or another.

Health, education, and social welfare are among the issues that will be highlighted as part of Madiba Day Centenary celebrations across the country on Wednesday.

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, officials will be hosting 100 learners to deliver a tribute in honour of Madiba.

Closer to home, the University of the Western Cape has rolled out a number of healthcare-based initiatives in various communities.

Hundreds of learners from grades 10 to 12 will honour Madiba’s legacy through poetry and stage performances in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Later today, Mayor Athol Trollip will also host a lunch for one hundred homeless people living in the Port Elizabeth CBD.

In Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape’s “Hand of Giving Initiative” host abused women and children, while a wellness and health promotion day will be rolled out in Fisantekraal, outside Durbanville.

Activist and a former Constitutional Court judge, Albie Sachs, will also deliver the keynote address at a Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture at the V&A Waterfront this afternoon.

An Ocean View resident explains what he’ll be doing on Wednesday.

“In commemoration of Madiba, we’re making three pots of food to basically feed our neighbours. I’m also challenging all pro-active groups in Ocean View and throughout the country to do something nice for a stranger.”

At the same time, the rest of the world is also marking Mandela Day.

Students in India spent some time teaching underprivileged kids.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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