Mandela Day

2013-07-18 08:54

Updates thoughout the day as Nelson Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday.

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14:20 - Learners from Grade R-12 at Fields College in Rustenburg  collected bags for Hospice and shaped them into Madiba’s age!

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13:48 - We had a wonderful time with kids this morning, and they were so stuning. Singing and dancing and we all continue to wish all good luck and happiness to the nation on this particular day. - Simon Ngaiyaye

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12:26 - "Good day. But I need to understand why do we have to do a bit for Mandela,what about other statesman who have died for freedom?"- News24 User Mbulelo Mncedis Ntsomi

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12:18 - "Happy birthday to you, Tata. We wish you many more years to come. You will be fine very soon, Tata." - News24 User David Tazivei                                                                    

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11:54 - Little House Montessori Pre-school in Parkhurst celebrated Mandela day by the children making a handprint rainbow! Happy birthday Madiba!  - News24 User Andy Gluckman

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11:37 - Giving clothes to to kids from different shelter in the area. - News24 User Neville Pooe

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11:12 - Our office is from department of health free state Finance, debt management. We are going to give balloons and sweets for children at Universitas Hospital oncology ward. (News24 User Annette LE  Roux)

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10:52 - Bafana do their 67 minutes

Bafana Bafana have pledged to contribute to the '67 minutes campaign' in Zambia to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. Read the full article.

10:48 - The Kiffness says on their Facebook page: "Happy birthday Madiba! Pretty excited to play the song that we made for Mandela Day last year live at Tiger Tiger CT tonight."

Listen to the song here:

10:45 - Today, at 9:30 we at Upington FET Campus organised all our students and lecturers to stand in a "67" for an aerial picture, says News24 User David Grant.

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10:32 - "Staff at Decofurn, Killarney Gradens, Cape Town - Holding hands for 67 seconds for Madiba." Sent in by News24 User Nicole Kim Swartz.

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10:19 - "We are cleaning at Zithobeni Satelite Police Station," says News24 User Mricho Richard.

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10:06 - "Happy Born Day, Madiba" News24 User Mokgethwa.

10:01 - "My first joy this morning came not even 100m from my gate where a group of woman were standing waiting for transport to work as seasonal farm workers, with this group of ladies was three young girls. I quickly turned my vehicle around and stopped next to them, gave all three little ones a teddy bear each. I cried as I left from joy of seeing the excited look on their faces. They woke up this morning expecting a normal day, strapped to their moms back and going to work, then they got a little surprise. I hope my story inspires others to do something similar. Thank you to Madiba for all he has done in making a better country for us all" - News24 user Mia

10:00 - What Obama learnt from Mandela, a blog by Chris Kanyane. 

9:56 - VIDEO | Watch this incredible video of an African Grey Parrot singing happy birthday to Nelson Mandela.

9:46 - News24 users show us what they are doing for Mandela Day. Send your photos to or upload your photos here.

9:43 - Holy Rosary Grade 7 girls with some of the sandwiches they made to be donated to Edenvale Methodist Church’s soup kitchen, as part of the school’s Mandela Day celebrations.

Mandela Day sandwiches

9:41 - Holy Rosary High School showed its support of Mandela Day on 18 July by holding hands in unity for 67 seconds as part of 5fm’s #HandsAcrossSA initiative, and wore scarves the colours of the South African flag after singing the national anthem and Happy Birthday to Madiba during assembly.

Mandela Day Holy Rosary pupils (News24 user)

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9:21 - News24 user on Facebook Melanie-ann Diesel says: "Going to clean up our neighbourhood and cook for my mother tonight."

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9:17 - "Happy happiest birthday to tata may the lord upon us give him strength and may he protect his family. My eyes are a bit teary this morning but all is well with my soul I love you tata mwa enjoy your day." - News24 user Samantha Nwabisa. 

9:16 - "May God keep you longer as you deserve it, May He bring your health back as there are plenty older people than you who are still walking and enjoying life.

I think you deserve to live till over 100 as most of your time was wasted fighting for this country.

All the best Tata we love you!!!!" - News24 user Regina Hulett

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9:11 - News24 Facebook user Ellouise Wood van Vuuren says she is taking her two daughters to pick up litter in her community. What are you doing for Mandela Day?

9:02 - Send your Madiba drawings and photos to News24.

"Happy birthday Madiba! :)
The drawing was done by my 10 year old brother Junior Brown in honor of the 95th birthday celebration of Madiba." - News24 user Marion le Grange:

Mandela drawing (News24 user)

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