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Several activities lined up in Eastern Cape for Mandela Day 2017

Jul 18, 2017
Several activities lined up in Eastern Cape for Mandela Day 2017

Locals will have a busy Tuesday, as many activities will take place around the Eastern Cape and the Nelson Mandela Bay in celebration of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day.

Every year on 18 July, South Africans and the global community honour South Africa’s late former President and international icon, Nelson Mandela. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela's birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009.

The overarching objective of Nelson Mandela International Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, build a global movement for good.

The Nelson Mandela International Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back to their communities. The 67 minutes is symbolic of commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement for liberation.

The Nelson Mandela campaign this year focuses on fighting poverty under the theme #ActionAgainstPoverty.

Eastern Cape provincial events

Various Ministers and government leaders are expected to lead Mandela Day activities in different parts of the country.

The Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, will lead activities at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

Leaders who will be in attendance are Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and Eastern Cape MEC for Sport Recreation Arts and Culture, Pemmy Majodina.

“On this day, people everywhere are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to do good for others,” said the Department of Arts and Culture.

It said tomorrow’s activities will be carried out in recognition of the late former President’s values, legacy of humanitarian acts, voluntary initiatives, culture of peace and freedom.

The Nelson Mandela Museum, in partnership with the British American Tobacco Company (BATC), will also officially unveil the Mandela Legacy Canvas, which was bought by BATC from a fundraising auction in 2011.

The canvass will be officially handed over to the museum by the Head of External Affairs for British American Tobacco South Africa, Joe Heshu, for permanent exhibiting at the Nelson Mandela Museum.

Later in the evening, the Department of Arts and Culture and the Nelson Mandela Museum will host a dialogue under theme, ‘Critical Reflections on the Legacies of Nelson Mandela and O. R. Tambo’.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Police, Mr BM Mkongi to spend 67 minutes for Mandela at Fort Beaufort.

"The Deputy Minister will spend 67 minutes honouring Nelson Mandela International Day in Fort Beaufort," said Eastern Cape police.

"The Deputy Minister will use this opportunity to visit a needy family in the community where he will hand over basic necessities collected by police members.

"He will also partake in the painting of a local creche. Included in the Deputy Minister's programme is a visit to police operations in the King William's Town and Alice Clusters."

Nelson Mandela Bay

On the same day, in another part of the Eastern Cape, the Kuyga Mega Park in Ward 40 of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will also be cleaned up and refurbished as part of the Nelson Mandela International Day celebration.

The clean-up campaign and refurbishment activities will be led by Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi, in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation Arts and Culture and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

The Kuyga Mega Park is a partnership project between Sport and Recreation SA, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

The project was launched in July 2016. The outdoor gym will be officially handed over to the community after the clean-up on Tuesday.

Minister Nxesi and other stakeholders will also interact and engage with members of the community of Ward 40.

Sporting activities, inclusive of the Indigenous Games District Festival, will be part of tomorrow’s programme.

Houses for military veterans

On the coastal parts of the, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will spend Mandela Day handing over houses and interacting with the community members at Chatty 491 Military Veterans project in Port Elizabeth.

She will be accompanied by community members and officials on a cleaning camping, brick laying and painting the houses being built in the area.

Chatty 491 is part of Zanemvula Mega Project to accommodate military veterans.

Zanemvula involves the relocation of families from the Chatty river flood plain in Soweto-on-Sea and Veeplaas to the greenfield serviced sites of Chatty extensions 5, 12, 13 and 15 and Joe Slovo.

The project was established to address the sustainable human settlement needs of approximately 10 000 families.

About 44 military veterans have completed a Home Building Skills Course at Chatty 491.

The skills course included the NHBRC legal compliance, foundation building, types of soils and the practical completion of a house.

Nelson Mandela statue at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, is also expected to officiate in the unveiling of a new statue of Madiba at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday morning.

"He will also honour 100 Metro residents, who work selflessly to uplift their communities," the Metro said.

"The Mayor will, on the day of the unveiling, provide details of what the Metro will be doing in the coming weeks as part of continued Mandela Day celebrations."

-additional reporting SAnews.gov.za