MANDELA MONTH

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The objectives of Mandela Month continue to be supported and implemented through various projects, giving each individual the responsibility to impact positive change. Contributions made during the Mandela Month changes the world for the better – such as the recently launched 67 Free-State Corporates for Community Development project.

The month of July is Nelson Mandela’s birth month and also called Mandela Month due to his birthday being on the 18th of July. As we all know, during the July Month, people are called to use their hands to change the world for the better. Since we all have the power to bring about change, together we can be dedicated to active citizenship that empowers poor and underprivileged communities.

Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day, is held on July 18 each year. The day remembers Mandela’s achievements in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation. On that day, people around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities in honour of the 67 years that the late South African president Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice and a free, democratic country.

This international day of philanthropy was inspired by Mandela’s speech on 27 June 2008 (his 90th birthday celebration) in London’s Hyde Park. In his address, Madiba called on leaders of all nations to help change the world for the better. “It’s in your hands now,” he urged.

Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. The day hopes to inspire people to embrace the values that Mandela shared. These values include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect.

Many people and organisations around the world take part in many activities to promote Nelson Mandela Day. These activities include volunteering, sport, art, culture, education and music. Various events are also held during the month of July to honor Nelson Mandela’s works and to promote the different projects that were inspired by Mandela’s achievements.

A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. As each person acts, they fuel momentum toward positive change, raising awareness and expanding the reach of Mr Mandela’s values – fighting injustice, helping people in need and practicing reconciliation.

Why 67 Free-State Corporates for Community Development?

The 67 Free-State Corporates for Community Development project will bring together 67 company’s most valuable assets, its people, to tackle skill-related challenges in the areas that need them the most and help uplift under-privilege communities and projects targeting those communities.

The initiative that is linked to Mandela Month, creates a personal desire to give back and share resources with people of South Africa. It aims at bringing thousands of employees from 67 corporates operating in the Free-State together to donate their time, expertise at schools, homes of care and other community facilities to bring about change.

This program encourages companies to get involved in socio-economic initiatives to alleviate development challenges faced by communities.

Companies will adopt different programs according to their business objectives, location and strategy. The success of any corporate volunteering program depends on the level of staff participation in the volunteering activities. 

Consultation with staff in the initial planning phases will help companies frame the program in a way that is attractive to them. It is proven that when staff members are part of the decision-making process they are more likely to support it.

The 67 Free-State Corporates for Community Development Movement is a provincial business led effort designed to marshal the power of human capital investments to address the issue of community development and the National Development Plan through collaboration.

The 67 Coporates will be part of the following activities:

  • Community Development Activities
  • Sanitary pads for distribution to girls in rural areas
  • School adoption by corporates
  • Netball academy support
  • Taxi rank clean-up campaign
  • School ICT improvement
  • School library improvement
  • School sports improvement
  • Spending time with the elders
  • Food for Africa (feeding scheme)

Corporates social cohesion activities

  • Cocktail networking session
  • Golf day
  • 5-Aside soccer games
  • Netball games
  • Indigenious games: Dibeke / Diketo
  • Paintball
  • 5-Aside touch rugby

''Let us continue to Take Action; Insipre Change…Let us Make Everday a Mandela Day.'' The month of July belongs to everyone who is willing to take action and help change the world they live in, hence the 67 Free-State Corporates.

For more information, or to join the project, contact:

  • Chief Denis on dna@myarts.co.za, 061 442 0740 or 081 797 0321.
  • Sibusiso Mkhwanazi on szmkhwanazi@gmail.com or  072 145 0176
  • Princess Thukani on princess@myarts.co.za, 061 442 0740 or 071 076 0779

 

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