#MandelaDay: Meet ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things

2017-07-18 12:00

Cape Town -Nelson Mandela Day is a global call to action celebrating the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact.

The campaign was started on 27 April, 2009 and its message is simple:

Nelson Mandela has fought for 67 years. We're asking you to start with 67 minutes. We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity," according to a statement issued on Nelson Mandela's behalf at the time.

In honour of the late Nelson Mandela, we have put together a Beautiful News series on extraordinary stories about ordinary South Africans.


As the African proverb goes: It takes a village to raise a child.

Here are 5 such stories.


These five inspirational athletes have gone for gold and pushed past their own limitations

Meet five business people who continue to strive for success and thrive as a result.


Meet the headmaster fixing our broken school system, The entrepreneur experimenting with the chemistry of learning and the young woman who left school at 15 and ended up with a PHD.



HIV thrives when education fails. While medical advances are vital to slowing the spread of the virus, their impact is minimised if people aren’t informed about sexual health. 

Meet the doctor who has assumed the task of transferring life-saving knowledge about sex to young people in vulnerable spaces.

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