Thanks for Mandela Day – Foundation

2013-07-20 09:24

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation thanked South Africans and the world for supporting Mandela Day.

“One man’s vision has indeed inspired a global movement for good,” chief executive Sello Hatang said yesterday in a statement.

“The action taken by individuals and groups alike show the reach and impact of our beloved Madiba’s legacy and the difference that can be made in people coming together to drive change.”

In 2009, July 18, Mandela’s birthday, was declared as Mandela Day in South Africa to honour the former statesman. The United Nations has declared July 18 as International Nelson Mandela Day.

Hatang thanked the Mandela family, President Jacob Zuma, the media and “public citizens both locally and internationally” among others for their contributions.

“Key to this day and initiative is to remember, it’s in your hands to make every day a Mandela Day,” he said.

“It is our duty to continue to grow the momentum that you have all already inspired to promote and realise social justice.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visited the former president in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria yesterday.

Afterwards, he spoke of how the ailing elder statesman had united the nation.

“We have a special gift in a man who can unite not only South Africa but the world, even from his sick bed.”

Tutu visited a wall featuring messages of support for Mandela before speaking to media gathered outside.

He said the country needed to give thanks to God for the gift of an incredible man like Madiba who inspired a nation.

“He inspired us to become a great country and the world to become compassionate,” he said.

Mandela spent his 95th birthday at the hospital in Pretoria. He was admitted on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Thursday that Mandela’s health was steadily improving.

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