Citizens urged to make every day Mandela Day

2010-07-13 15:11

In the run-up to International Nelson Mandela Day on Sunday, South

Africans have been urged to “make every day Nelson Mandela Day”.

Dr Mathole Motshekga, African National Congress (ANC) chief whip

said in Parliament that acts of nobility, which are urged during Nelson Mandela

Day, must be practised in citizens’ daily lives.

Motshekga said: “As a nation, we must cultivate a lifestyle of

ubuntu virtues of compassion, generosity, love, caring, peace, unity,

forgiveness, tolerance, selflessness and respect as epitomised by Madiba.”

Motshekga said over 400 members of Parliament, including members of

the national executive and their departments, civil servants and

non-governmental organisations committed themselves to mobilise people to donate

67 minutes of their time to a meaningful contribution to humanity.

Parliamentarians as well as councillors were expected to lead the

community through constituency work, he said.

Motshekga said Nelson Mandela Week, which started yesterday, will

see a number of activities led by ministers and parliamentarians taking place in

the Eastern Cape, including refurbishment of education and health facilities,

encouraging learning and teaching at schools, building of traffic bridges,

planting of trees and caring for the aged as well as distribution of blankets

and soccer balls to children in poor communities.

Highlights of the day would include an international concert in

Spain and a five-day tour of South Africa by bikers.

Chief Mandela will also

lead a fund-raising project which involves the exhibition of Madiba artworks and

paintings created in partnership with the community of Mvezo.

Former president Nelson Mandela will be joined at his Johannesburg

home by nearly 100 children from his impoverished birthplace to celebrate

International Nelson Mandela Day.

Chief Zwelivelile Mandela, Mandela’s grandson, said due to ill

health Mandela would celebrate the day with family at his Houghton home.

The chief added that 67 children from Mvezo Village and 25 others

from Qunu would be flown to Mandela’s Houghton home to celebrate his 92nd

birthday with him.

At a media briefing in Pretoria today, the chief said he and his

people were honoured to host the International Nelson Mandela Day at Mvezo

village and to have President Jacob Zuma addressing the event.

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