Africa Unite Mandela Day 2014

People around the world celebrated the 1st Mandela Day since he passed away. His life and legacy was honoured by many people in South Africa and around the world. It turned into a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

Africa Unite interns cleaning the yard together with the City of Cape Town members

Africa Unite interns cleaning the yard together with the City of Cape Town members

To honour this day, on 18th of July Africa Unite participated in the Mandela Day event titled “67 minutes of fun and games” in Nyanga. The event was organized by:
• South African Rugby Union
• Nonala Tose Productions
• Umhlobo Wenene FM
• Africa Unite
The message of day was: “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We are asking you to start with 67 minutes.” Therefore the day started off with the ‘67 minutes’ of cleaning the Monwabisi Old Age Home in Nyanga by Africa Unite interns and youth peer educators together with other organising partners. The volunteers and partners cleaned the yard, garden, kitchen, community rooms and served the food to the old ladies.
After cleaning the participants and volunteers moved to the Nyanga Lagunya Sports Field where the second part of the Mandela Day event took place.

Bryan Habana South Africa's rugby player reading a book for Mandela's life to the kids.

Bryan Habana South Africa’s rugby player reading a book for Mandela’s life to the kids.

A total of 120 Africa Unite Singamakalipha kids and kids from around the Nyanga area were brought to the sports field to enjoy a day of fun through various games and activities. This gave them the opportunity to meet some of the Springboks stars (South African Rugby National Team) and spent the day being taught how to play rugby and other sports.

Africa Unite Youth Champions for the Voice Africa’s Future Campaign( Which aims at enabling young people’s voices in Africa to be heard and considered in the post 2015 development agenda and focuses also on how to change the lives of people living in poverty and in marginalised communities)  also had the chance to ask young people present to sign for the Voice Africa’s Future Petition. The petition calls for the effective integration of the priorities of youth in all aspects of the development agenda of the post-2015;

Zine Makuluma, Youth Champion for the Voice Africa's Future explaining the relevance of the petition to the young. people

Zine Makuluma, Youth Champion for the Voice Africa’s Future explaining the relevance of the petition to the young. people

with specific and ambitious targets to increase capacity, ownership, opportunity and youth opportunities to achieve a decent life. The City of Cape Town provided a meal to over 300 kids on this day.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others
that will determine the significance of the life we lead”
– Nelson Mandela

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To sign the youth petition click here

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