Youth 'made a difference' on Mandela Day

2013-07-26 14:33
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Johannesburg - Three out of five young South Africans claimed to have taken part in Mandela Day activities on 18 July, a survey revealed on Friday.

Sixty-one percent of the 1 917 respondents who took part in the survey, said they did something to "make a difference" on former president Nelson Mandela's birthday, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said.

"Young South Africans don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. It shows that young people across the country identify with the spirit of Mandela Day and are ready and willing to help make a difference to South Africa," spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said.

The number was, however, lower than anticipated, as a survey conducted several days before Mandela Day revealed that 89% of 16 046 respondents, aged between 15 and 34, planned to do something on the day.

The latest survey revealed that more younger respondents participated in the day's events as compared to older respondents.

Seventy-one percent of 15 to 17-year-olds said they did something on the day, as did 61% of 18 to 24-year-olds and 56% of 25 to 34-year-olds.

Wakefield said: "It's very encouraging that the highest turnout was among the youngest age group, and that so many people worked together to help make a difference."

Helping the community

The survey also revealed that 38% of those who claimed to have participated in the day's events said they helped their community.

Thirty-two percent said they helped make a difference to the lives of their family members and friends, while 14% said they made charitable donations.

Most of the younger respondents claimed to have helped their community, while older respondents mostly did something for friends or family.

The majority of participants (65%) took part in group activities with their friends, families, colleagues, and schools compared to individual activities.

Around 83% of the respondents said they believed people would help each other more often because of Mandela Day.

There was little difference in opinion among people of different genders and race, Wakefield said. The survey was conducted nationally on cellphones between 24 and 25 July.

Responses were weighted to be nationally representative in terms of age, gender, and race, said Wakefield.

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