MANDELA DAY

Taking to the streets

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The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Members of the Mayoral Committee and members of the public rolled up their sleeves and devoted 67 minutes in observance of Nelson Mandela Day.

As part of the commitment for the day, there was a clean-up of a shelter for the homeless situated at the corner of Struben and Es’kia Mphahlele Streets. The shelter is home to about 600 homeless people and houses elderly people, people with disabilities, women and children.

The South African Police Service and AVBOB joined the City at the shelter and donated food parcels, toys, blankets and other necessities to the inhabitants of the shelter.

Concurrent events taking place elsewhere in Tshwane in honour of Mandela Day include a clean-up at Hennops River and Centurion Lake and the distribution of food parcels at Laudium Care Service for the Aged.

Mandela Day is an annual event in honour of our first democratically elected president, Mr Nelson Mandela. He gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity and freedom. Mandela Day is not only about doing good, it is about service. It is an opportunity to build upon Madiba’s lifelong belief that we must live every day to serve, in whatever we do. Mandela Day is not a holiday, it is a day for all of us to roll up our sleeves and play an active role in building our communities.

(Courtesy: City of Tshwane)

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