Madela Day In Africa

“Tata Madiba was always known as a humanitarian, he fought for freedom and equality. Since his death, this country has immortalized him with a nationwide donation of time.”

18 July is a very special day in South Africa, this is when we celebrate Mandela Day.  It is not a public holiday but a celebration of the great president of South Africa.  Nelson Mandela was born on the 18th of July 1918 and every Mandela Day, South Africans donate 67 minutes of their day to a charitable cause, because Madiba served South Africa for 67 years of his life.  This time can be spent on any charitable act and helps us all make South Africa a better place to live in.

Nelson Mandela’s life has been an inspiration to the world.  In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared this day “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of Madiba’s contribution to peace, freedom, reconciliation and equality in South Africa.  So on this day the rainbow nation works together to grow and help those that need it the most.  Africa Travel Co supports Mandela day.

“Many people have been skeptical of our capacity to realize the ideal of a rainbow nation. It is true that South Africa was often brought to the brink of destruction because of differences. But let us re-affirm this one thing here today: it is not our diversity which divides us, it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not!

As freedom loving people, we want to see our country prosper and provide basic services to all. For our freedom can never be complete or our democracy stable unless the basic needs of our people are met. We have seen the stability that development brings. And in turn we know that peace is the most powerful weapon that any community or nation can have for development.

As we rebuild our country, we should remain vigilant against the enemies of development and democracy, even if they come from within our own ranks. Violence will not bring us closer to our objectives. All of us should ask ourselves the question: Have I done everything in my power to bring about lasting peace and prosperity in my city and my country? …”

Nelson Mandela, Durban, South Africa, 16 April 1999

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