Photos of the launch of the 2014 International Nelson Mandela Day at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Group photo and portraits of the NMF trustees taken by Flow. Shots of the Nelson Mandela Foundation exhibition.
In the heart of the Limpopo farmlands, near the Botswana border, lies the village of Senwabarwana. The impoverished village (also known as Bochum), founded by businessman Stanley Thema, is one of the fastest-growing rural areas in South Africa. 147 learners attending Thabantsho Primary School have little choice but to walk kilometres every day just to get to class. Jade Orgill, Project Manager at Breadline Africa, reported that while she was setting up the school’s container library in preparation for the launch event, some Grade 7 learners explained to her that none of them had never seen a library before – and certainly not so many books in one place.
On 6 September 2014, right in the middle of National Literacy Week, students and educators at Skeen Primary School in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, celebrated the opening of the school’s Mandela Day container library. The library is the 49th facility of it kind to open since the launch of the Mandela Day container library project in 2012.
The strategic stakeholders session and International Mandela Day launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Partnering with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, from left: Luvuyo Mandela (Mr Mandela's great-grandson), Tim Smith (Breadline SA), Sello Hatang (Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO), Dr Nosipho Mngomezulu (Rhodes University), Mark Mdlela (Kaya FM) and Tshepo Ramodibe (Vodacom).
67 blankets for Mandela Day knitted at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. Gardens of the Union Buildings covered with thousands of handmade blankets as part of a Guinness World Record attempt by 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day.
Mandela Day activities at the Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School with Nelson Mandela staff, Graça Machel, P&G staff and Robyn Hills from food and trees for Africa: gardening and upgrading the building
SA Taxi supporting Nelson Mandela Day. Activities of the day included: Mandela Day with bumper stickers on 10 000 taxis at the rank were handout, MTN and Coca Cola were pat of the activation and they provided a mobile stage and promo material that can also carry the Mandela Day messaging.
"Bikers for Mandela" involved a group of celebrities and a group of motorcyclists on a five-day ride from Johannesburg to the coastal city of Cape Town with the aim to raise awareness about and support for Nelson Mandela Day. The bikers were stopping at selected villages and cities, where they participated in community projects and other social initiatives.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Operation Hydrate and Proudly South African joining forces and launching the country's biggest “Water Drive”, in an effort to bring much needed and urgent relief to communities in drought stricken areas across the country.
The Caring4Girls programme driven by the Imbumba Foundation tackles the plight of impoverished girls who often miss school during their menstrual cycles due to the lack of sanitary pads.
The aim of the Caring4Girls programme, which is a Mandela Day project, is to ensure access to much-needed sanitary towels so girls may stay in school, and ensure the development and growth of young South African women with dignity.
Cycalive was launched by Torah Academy, Moletsane High and Tladi Technical in 1998. Cycalive is an event for Grade 11 students of different cultural and religious backgrounds. Fifty learners are selected to represent the participating schools and cycle in relay from Johannesburg to Durban promoting the following goals: -To build bridges and form bonds between young South Africans and their respective communities. -To inspire Ubuntu - optimism and commitment for the common good of a positive future in South Africa. -To raise funds for much needed educational projects. -To highlight the importance of road safety and the ARRIVE ALIVE campaign particularly relating to cyclists. -To encourage leadership and a spirit of adventure, personal challenge and self-confidence.
Nelson Mandela Centre of Learning is an initiative of the Earthrise Trust. Located in Naledi village on Rustlers Valley farm, near Ficksburg in the Free State and it was opened on the 17th of July 2016.
The company Regal Distributors in Linbro Business Park (Johannesburg), donated food boxes for Mandela Day. The NMF delivered the boxes to Thusong Care Centre in Alexandra and Club Care Centre in Orlando West, Soweto.
Transnet Port Terminals, in partnership with Mandela Day, have created an initiative called “Shoes on Feet”, which aims to collect school shoes for disadvantaged children in key communities. "Shoes on Feet" volunteers distributed the first donations to learners at Isidingo Primary School in Umlazi Township, Durban, before moving to schools in Port Elizabeth and the Western Cape during March.
* The week of 12- 17 September 2016 was marked Clean-up & Recycle SA week, the aim of the week is to increase awareness in South Africans of the many benefits of recycling (socially, environmentally and economically) and the importance of a litter-free environment. As part of International Coastal Clean-up Day on Saturday 17th of September, PETCO partnered with Plastics * SA and 140 enthusiastic volunteers to clean up Robben Island in memory of Nelson Mandela.