Madiba thanks SA for Mandela Day

2009-10-14 10:11

FORMER president Nelson Mandela has thanked people for their

involvement in Mandela Day.

“We have been pleased and honoured by the way Mandela Day has been

responded to. People have made it an occasion not to focus on one man, but

rather to work with each other in communities to make the world a better


“Most importantly, they have gone beyond 67 minutes or one day and

have found ways to promote continuing work that will make a difference. I thank

each one of you who made a contribution. We value your continued support,”

Mandela said in a video message at a function in Midrand.

The function was to mark the tenth anniversaries of the Nelson

Mandela Foundation and the Vodacom Foundation.

The message was played at the presentation of the gift of giving

award. Kaya FM and the City of Matlosana (formerly Klerksdorp) were each awarded

R67?000 for their efforts in promoting Mandela Day.

The Johannesburg-based radio station and the North West city said

they would donate the money to community organisations.

The amounts of R67?000 were symbolic of the 67 minutes people were

asked to give of their time on Mandela Day in honour of the 67 years Mandela had

given in service.

Acting chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Verne

Harris, told the gathering: “The key measure of success for us remains the

difference that we are making in the world. But our identity, our organisational

ethos, is now shaped by the idea of people making a difference in the


“The life work of Nelson Mandela is honoured and his legacy made,

not by memorialisation of him, but by enduring commitments, big and small, to

making the world a better place for all.

“Mandela Day mobilised energies which are critical to the

rebuilding of social fabric in South Africa and beyond.”

The awards were accepted by Rose Thabanchu, the speaker of the

municipality of Matlosana, and Greg Maloka, managing director of Kaya FM.

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