18th of July 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of the late former President of South Africa and struggle icon Nelson Mandela. The South African Government and international community has dedicated the year to the celebration of the legend’s centenary. Events planned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Government and different organisations and interest groups have been taking place throughout the year.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has used this opportunity to provide a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela and to promote his legacy. In 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation has created appropriate platforms for such engagement. The Foundation and The Obama Foundation announced that Former President Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on the 17th of July, the day before Nelson Mandela’s birthday, this will be in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation, in Johannesburg. The lecture’s theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”.
The African National Congress which was the political home for the Late President Nelson Mandela has declared 2018 as “100 Years of Nelson Mandela: The year of renewal, unity and jobs”. The government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation dedicated the 18th of July as the day for Mandela, challenging ordinary citizens and different organisations around the world to spend 67 minutes reflecting the Madiba spirit, through community outreaches. From 1942 to 2009 Madiba fought for the human rights of all South Africans. To honour the great man The Nelson Mandela Foundation asked that people around the world to sacrifice 67 minutes of their time, on his birthday, to help those less fortunate. That is one minute for every year he served his country.
By Ntsikelelo Kuse