How to do your bit for Mandela Day

2012-07-16 14:30

Cape Town - South Africans everywhere are gearing up to do some good on Wednesday, 18 July 2012.

Mandela Day is an annual initiative focused on making the world a better place. The idea is to spend 67 minutes of your time on a specific day helping the world, just as Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life fighting for freedom.

The actual amount of time doesn’t matter as much as the helping others out.

This year Mandela Day falls on Wednesday, which for many will be a day spent at work. If you won’t be able to grab 67 minutes off during the day, we’ve included some ideas of things that can be done before or after work. For these and more ideas, please visit

Work-friendly ideas
-    Offer to take an elderly neighbour who can’t drive to do their shopping/chores.
-    Sponsor a group of learners to go to the theatre/zoo.
-    Take a bag full of toys to a local hospital that has a children’s ward.
-    Take old clothes or books to a charity close by
-    Create a food parcel and give it to someone in need.
-    Take someone’s dog for a walk if they are too frail to do so themselves.
-    Mow someone’s lawn and help them to fix things around their house.
-    Phone people you haven’t spoken to in a while and always want to hear from you. Your great aunt, your grandfather etc.
-    If you drive past schoolchildren walking to school, give them a lift.
-    Help out at a soup kitchen after work
-    Plant a tree

Other ideas
-    Organise to clean up your local park, river, beach, street, town square or sports grounds with a few friends.
-    Help someone to get his/her business off the ground.
-    Get in touch with your local HIV organisations and find out how you can help.
-    Mentor a school leaver or student in your field of expertise.
-    Donate your skills. If you’re a photographer, go and take pictures of a charity. If you’re an accountant, offer to help a struggling business/charity with its books.
-    Teach an adult literacy class.

What some of our users will be doing
-    Planting a tree in the park (Ulrich Gericke)
-    How about everyone says only good & nice things for 67 minutes? (Leoné Kirk Mills)
-    Mending my neighbour's fence (Sira Ndlamhlaba)
-    We will be launching a kids book club at a safe home in Tembisa. And having fun with the kids (Percy Matsena)
-    I’ll be online doing some cyber goodwill, spreading the message, encouraging others to contribute (Mbuyazi Ka Mthinta)
-    Collecting things for an army corporal whose house burnt down 3 July. She lost one of her 4-year-old twin sons. (Petro Batt)
-    Will be serving cake and tea at an old age home! Done it before, it's wonderful to see all the happy faces. (Annelize van Wyk)
-    I'll pray for my country and leaders for 67 minutes (Hilton P Arendsen)
-    I'll be donating clothes to homeless children( Sputla Sputlaldihno)
-    Cooking for homeless kids (Peter Moraka Manthodi)
-    There is a gogo in Gugulethu who is 89-years-old and stays with her grandson who is in a wheelchair, and a great-grandson. I'll spend my day with them and cook for them while I clean their house (Mia-anza Brenda Makhwara)
-    I'll be launching a Sports For All Programme with the disadvantaged teenagers from Lawley Ext.2. Soccer will be a prominent sport. But might introduce other sports like basketball, volleyball and cricket. (Sydney Misheck Banda)

What are you going to do this Mandela Day? Publish your ideas on News24!

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-07-16 16:02

    On 20 April 1964, a certain prisoner who claimed he was a political prisoner of an oppressive regime appealed for help from the international community. Amnesty International refused to classify him as a political prisoner. Rather they considered that he was a criminal prisoner. Who had committed crimes of terrorism against civilians, killing 156 innocent people by means of various attacks orchestrated by the terrorist organization he began. They felt he received a fair trial and that his sentence of life imprisonment was lenient, considering capital punishment was the minimum sentence for what he had done. The world conveniently likes to think he spent 27 years in prison for no reason but his skin colour. History is indeed written by the rulers of the day. I will NOT be celebrating Nelson Mandela this Wednesday. Because what is good for the good for the gander.

      chris.charles.75457 - 2012-07-16 17:42

      How things change. Pity you haven't. "(September 2006) Amnesty International announced that Nelson Mandela will be awarded its most prestigious honour -- the "Ambassador of Conscience" Award for 2006 "More than any living person, Nelson Mandela has come to symbolise all that is hopeful and idealistic in public life," said Bill Shipsey, founder of Art for Amnesty, the organization's global artist support network that organises the annual Award. "His poignant example and personal and political leadership since emerging from prison in February 1990 have been a source of inspiration for millions around the world. He has become the symbol of what it means to be a truly good global citizen."

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-16 18:10

      You and a handful other ZoOrania residents. That is perfectly understandable :)

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-16 20:13

      Just as expected.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-17 08:36

      making the world a better place...Was this article written by a Beauty pageant. And I'm not wasting 67 min on nonsense.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-16 18:46

    I will offer I'm a government without corruption, I think he deserves that.

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-16 19:21

    Ill be spending my 67 minutes handing out pamphlets for the Democratic Alliance in black townships

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-16 22:19

    On the 11th July 1963 security police raided "Lilliesleaf Farm" in Rivonia near Johannesburg and foiled this plot to isolate and demoralise South Africans by means of sport and other boycotts and organise terror through the ANC.. . The coup, code named "Mayibuye", was to have been spearheaded by 7000 communist-trained troops reinforced by foreigners landed along the coastline. On an agreed date they were to have led a Black uprising against the Whites, and among the weapons they planned to use were 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1500 time bombs and 48,000 landmines. Their targets were spread throughout the country. In the "Rivonia Trial" which followed, Nelson Mandela was "Accused No 1", charged with plotting to overthrow the South African Government by means of sabotage, guerilla warfare and revolution. He was the most dangerous Black Activist at the time, and already in gaol when his co-conspirators were arrested. Still regard Mandela as a 'saint???"

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-16 22:38

    Mandela, the 'saint?' What a laugh!!! He's a terrorist who should by rights have been execued for high treason. If you have any doubts about who and what he is, have a look at the video (I have more similar ones in my arsenal) and when you get to 3.36 or thereabouts, listen to how he, along with other terrorists,sings "Bulala amabhulu" (Kill the Boers...) Then you expect me and others to respect Mandela and the rest of the ANC terrorists and murderers of innocent people because they were too afraid to take on our once-magnificent military? Cowards!!!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-16 23:51

      Dont worry they worshiped good old grandpa Lenin for over 70 years. Truth always comes out, later or sooner.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-16 23:50

    At least thanks for not making it another public holiday.

  • Phelisa - 2012-07-17 07:59

    I will be preparing packs 4 rape victims and will hand them to the kids at a care centre on Mandela Day

  • willie.smith1 - 2012-07-17 09:36

    How is it possible to give 67 minutes of your life to someone when you gave your whole life to Jesus? Any good works you perform from within a Jesus filled life is done in honour of God, not in honour of somebody else. Praise the Lord for only He is good.

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