Govt wants biggest Mandela Day yet

2013-07-02 08:36

South Africans should support Mandela Day by lending a hand within their own communities, the government has said.

South Africans had a responsibility to promote freedom and defend the country’s democracy in honour of Mandela’s commitment to these ideals, Government Communications and Information Systems CEO Phumla Williams said in a statement yesterday.

“Let us heed the call by President Jacob Zuma and make this the biggest Mandela Day ever on July 18, focusing on doing good all over the country,” she said.

The presidency said yesterday Mandela remains in a critical, but stable condition in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted on June 8 with a recurring lung infection. He turns 95 on July 18.

Williams said communities could participate in activities such as painting classrooms, cleaning parks and repairing water leaks in their communities.

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, dedicated to honour his commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.

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