On Wednesday. Nelson Mandela Foundation, Brand Africa and different NGO’s gathered at the Constitutional Hill to officially launch The Mandela Day 2017. Under the theme #ActionAgainstPoverty.

This year the launch was in a form of an exhibition highlighting Madiba’s work in fighting for South Africa’s freedom and equality.  Mandela Day is celebrated worldwide every year on the birthday of former President Nelson Mandela, July 18.

Foundation Founding trustee Dr Mamphela Ramphela urged South African school’s to teach about the Constitution book and reiterated the launch was a time to celebrate because of what Madiba inauguration had heralded.

This year’s theme urges South Africans and others to do something sustainable that will eradicate poverty and ensure that the ideal of a dignified life is realised.

The exhibition saw different NGO’s displaying what they will be giving back to the community this year. 67 Blankets was one of the organisations there, trying to recruit South Africans too knit blanks to donate to the less fortune for this winter.

Nedbank’s Zama Mlungwana has partnered with Kwana Molapo Secondary School near Lenseria helping young people to change their lives. Diepsloot’s Wot If Trust was part of the exhibition, they focus this is teaching people in the community about technology, cooking and sporting codes. The community gets a chance to learn culinary skills through trust.

The organisation’s Sharon Sauls encouraged South Africa’s to take part in this year’s 67 hours. Speakers at the launch included media Personality Gerry Anderson and Dr Mamphele Ramphele.




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