Madiba's spirit lives on: Local celebs get their hands dirty for Mandela Day

By Gabisile Ngcobo
18 July 2014

Today, thousands of people including ours celebs and politicians rolled up their sleeves and did good deeds to commemorate Mandela Day.

In 2009, the 18th of July was declared the Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations in recognition renowned former statesman to the struggle for liberation and his efforts in promoting reconciliation and peace internationally. Mandela’s grandson, Chief Zwelivelile Mandela, hopes that the country and the global community will make every day a Mandela Day whereby communities will be greatly enriched by a spirit of giving and community development.

'All the citizens of the globe have to realise that they can change the world through small actions'

Zwelivelile reminded citizens that his says his grandfather didn't want his birthday to be a public holiday.

He quoted his grandfather, saying: “This day will not be a holiday, but a day where all the citizens of the globe have to realise that they can change the world through small actions."

This is the first time people honoured Mandela Day since the former president’s death last year December.

He would have turned 96 years today.

Even though Mandela’s death has left a void, Zwelivelile believes there’s contentment that his grandfather has left SA a legacy of freedom and democracy that continues to flourish and mature daily.

This is what some of the celebs and politicians did to make their mark:

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