SA honours Mandela legacy

2012-07-17 14:38

Johannesburg - South Africans will paint schools, plant trees, visit old age homes and sing happy birthday to celebrate former president Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday on Wednesday.

Mandela's birthday has become known as "Mandela Day" - an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and its sister organisations, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

"The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good," according to the official Mandela Day website.

Wits University, where Mandela was once a student, will celebrate the day with 94 minutes, instead of 67 minutes.

This will include the singing of happy birthday and buying Mandela 94-cupcakes for R10. The proceeds will go to the Wits Paediatric Fund.

Wits is encouraging people to buy trees to be planted at the Mandela Peace Park, in Mamelodi, and to donate blankets and non-perishable foods to Operation Snowball, The Star newspaper's initiative to help the needy this winter.

"Witsies can get involved in The Star newspaper initiative that has adopted two schools in Soweto as a Lead SA project in celebration of Mandela Day," the Johannesburg-based university said in a statement.

The schools are Batsogile and Tshebedisano primary schools.

The Gandhi Development Trust will take school pupils to spend time at two homes for the aged in Inanda and KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal.

"The event's theme, Connecting Generations, is to highlight the importance and value of the elderly. The programme's theme comes in light of the worrying trend of 'disrespectful youth', as seen in the ongoing conflict between the ANC and its youth league, as well as the apparent 'gap' between the old and the young in schools and communities," the trust said in a statement.

Transport Minister Ben Martins and Eastern Cape Transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu will honour Mandela by painting road markings in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

Madiba Project

They will then go to a local school to teach pupils about road safety.

The SABC's Radio 2000 has created the Madiba Project, in which musicians have recorded two original birthday songs, All About Love and Happy Birthday Madiba, with two music videos to accompany the songs.

"The proceeds of this song will go towards building a dedicated specialist hospital for the children of Southern Africa, which has been Madiba’s dream for years," said Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust.

At the moment, South Africa only has one dedicated children’s facility, the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town. The planned children's hospital would be located in Parktown, Johannesburg, near the Wits Medical School.

Last month, a happy birthday video for Mandela was unveiled by Lead SA, the basic education department, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and was supported by Shout, Brand SA and Proudly SA.

On Wednesday, about 12.5 million schoolchildren will sing the happy birthday song at 08:00.

On Monday, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele and prisoners at the Piet Retief Prison in Mpumalanga harvested vegetables to commemorate Mandela Day.

The vegetables were destined for the Ezakheni Combined School at Donkerhoek near Piet Retief, following a pledge, when the school opened last year, that the correctional services department would provide one hectare of land to provide fresh vegetables for the school.

The minister said: "We believe that offenders must use their skills to plough back to the very communities they have wronged."

The water affairs department and Setsoto municipality in Ficksburg in the Free State will get locals involved in painting Boitumelo High School, as well as planting trees and laying foundations for toilets.

Political parties are also getting involved, with the Congress of the People renovating a crèche in Roodepan, Kimberley. The Eastern Cape Democratic Alliance will conduct cleanups, run soup kitchens and fill potholes.

Staff at the Independent Electoral Commission will spend their 67 minutes on 15 projects including maintenance at a children's home, painting an orphanage, and cleaning a crèche.

  • mdu.raphael - 2012-07-17 14:44

    happy birthday baba mandela ukhule uze ungakhokhobi uze uhlanganise 100 years we love tata u mdu lo happy happy

      Squeegee - 2012-07-17 15:03

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      JaredVN - 2012-07-17 15:33

      So who is Mandela really? You may be surprised where JuJu learned his rhetoric. Check out the video below.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-17 15:55

      He is highly overrated. They have turned him into a messiah or something. What about De Klerk, why is their no De Klerk day? F Mandela day

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-07-17 16:00 Mandela chanting to kill whites

      thurlo.cicero - 2012-07-18 09:23

      Before one shares YouTube videos one must understand the time-frame and the situations of the time. People were killed, women raped, oppressed and ostracized for being a different racial group. Its fine to go and dig out videos, we can also do that with Apartheid era style rule - however even after singing that song - he`s 67 years of freedom struggle was not only for him but for the entire Nation. White and blacks alike. Let us allow the people of South Africa to honour him in this way - he was key in providing freedom for many that was oppressed - perhaps you were never oppressed and therefore do not see the significance of it - but more than 75% of South Africans do - Dont allow your disgruntled attitude show - now is not the time.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-17 15:04

    Happy Birthday Madiba :)

  • stormerbandit - 2012-07-17 15:41

    happy birthday to a great man that stand out above everybody else

      dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-07-17 16:24

      who? AB de VillierS?

  • de.dafteen - 2012-07-17 16:27

    What legacy ???...all you did was introducing a bunch of corrupt people that now sits in government and steal money. You should be ashamed of this. That is how you will be remembered.

      de.dafteen - 2012-07-17 16:36

      What happened to the money that was collected at the mandela concert in London (In the name of nelson mandela children's fund) ?? to the fund ?? I don't think so....reason : why were they (anc) waiting for funds from London soon after that concert to pay for service providers at a Bloemfontein meeting ??

      KevvyW - 2012-07-18 07:24

      Sir, this is not the forum to voice your concerns, I think. Did you write to him and his fund with your concerns? If it be no...then whining. I think you must either be ignorant, or deaf. For the world have recognise this man as an icon. I gues you don' live here.

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2012-07-17 17:43

    Jared & Devon, you two are fools of highest order. If you have any kids (doubt if you are capable of making any since everything about you seems to be out of order) I feel sorry for them......its very taxing to be a product of a moron because a moron gives birth to another moron. No matter your opinions He is a well respected Man in the world and there is nothing you can do about that. So sit down!!!

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2012-07-17 17:46

    de.dafteen (whatever your name is), he left a legacy which you enjoy today and that is a fact that cannot be changed. Separate issues, if you have a problem with the government of today raise that is a different platform but don't blame of Tata Mandela. Lastly, your comments do not make you a better person so save them especially if you have nothing better to say.

      de.dafteen - 2012-07-17 17:54

      Im so glad to see that the truth hurts !...btw...what iv'e said will be the best I can ever say about his legacy and those who follow in his if you can't handle the with it...

      KevvyW - 2012-07-18 16:57

      I am sorry, but I think dafteen is realy "Daf", said with the most compassion I can find for someone with the comments of his kind.

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2012-07-17 17:49


  • lesirela.letsebe - 2012-07-17 23:43

    Happy birthday Madiba! May Metrorail trains between Germiston and Pretoria improve service to the poor passengers at least during your birthday, and that Metrorail management refund passengers their money used to buy tickets for trains that just detain and abandon them in between train stations in the middle of railways, forcing them to walk down to their destinations or to spend more money on other means of transport to ferry them to their destinations without an apology from Metrorail management.

  • KevvyW - 2012-07-18 07:21

    Happy birthday, Tata, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, alias Madiba. My hope is for a great and beautiful day, not only today, but from today. I pray that you dream will come true and you will be blessed to open the hospital of your dreams. Happy Birthday. Danki liewe here vir die lewe en genade wat Tata omring. Danki dat U hom in sy moedskoot gevorm het, en dat U sy weg sover geseen het. Danki vir die opoffering wat hy, sy familie vir hierdie land gemaak het. Nkosi Sikeleli I'Madiba.

  • zukiejessei.poyo - 2012-07-18 10:22

    A PRAYER FOR MANDELA”S BIRTHDAY Father God and Sovereign Lord of all Creation, thank you for your incredible love for me. While I know I don't deserve your overwhelming and generous grace, I rejoice in it. While I know my best attempts at honoring you fall short, thank you for promising to welcome me into your presence, care for me, and comfort me when I come home to you. Your love, O Lord, is beyond my comprehension and exhausts my appreciation while filling my heart with wonder and praise. In Jesus' name I praise you. Amen. I wanna wish to tata Nelson Mandela Uliqhawe Emaqhaweni tata may god grant you & bless you on this day & for ever, Something goes to my doughter Unathi Poyo she turning 6 years today. From Zukiswa Poyo

      KevvyW - 2012-07-18 17:02

      And I say Amen. You spoke my heart and I believe God's as well. Happy BD to your's, poyo

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