Mandela Day 2019: Remembering an icon

Mandela Day 2019: Remembering an icon

South Africans and communities across the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day today.

The 18th of July marks our former President's birthday.

Madiba become the country's first democratically elected president in 1994.

He dedicated 67 years of his life to the fight for social justice. To commemorate and honour the icon's commitment to social justice, families, communities, schools and corporates are encouraged to spend 67 minutes of their day volunteering and performing community service.

Mandela was born in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape on the 18th of July 1918 and died on the 5th of December 2013. He was 95-years-old.

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South Africa celebrated the Father of the Nation's centenary last year.

Despite spending 27 years in jail, most of which were on Robben Island, off Cape Town, for his role in the fight against apartheid, Madiba chose a path of reconciliation as he lead the country's first democratically elected government and worked towards achieving the 'Rainbow Nation'.

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government will honour Madiba at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Howick in the Midlands.

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Premier Sihle Zikalala is expected to lead a wreath laying ceremony at the capture site before embarking on a clean-up campaign in Pietermaritzburg.

Zikalala will then oversee free medical screening in East Street before visiting an old age home in Bombay Street.

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East Coast Radio's Mandela Day campaign / Supplied
East Coast Radio's Mandela Day campaign / Supplied

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