International Nelson Mandela Day celebrated


The Northern Cape Department of Education, today celebrated the life of a remarkable leader, a global icon and South Africa’s greatest son, Nelson Mandela. Never before has our country celebrated a life as we are doing with that of Madiba. We do not call Madiba the father of our rainbow nation merely for political correctness and relevance. 

We do so because he laid a firm foundation for the South Africa of our dreams – one that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous. We do so because Madiba was a courageous leader.


Every year on 18 July, South Africans and the international community honour former President and international icon, Nelson Mandela through the International Nelson Mandela Day. This is an annual international day of humanitarian action in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. It also serves as encouragement to everyone to change the world through voluntary community work.


Throughout his lifetime, Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life advancing the struggle for the liberation of all South Africans, black and white, from political, social and economic division. International Nelson Mandela Day encourages everyone to be active citizens and agents of change. As a champion of change, Mandela was instrumental in reconciliation and ensuring that Africans come together to defeat all challenges - like apartheid, poverty and to build and alternative world, based on peace, love and humanity.


All South Africans have a responsibility to promote freedom and defend our democracy in honour of Madiba’s life-long commitment to these ideals. We draw inspiration from our struggle icon who believed that the destiny and prosperity of this country is in the classroom. The importance and the impact of Education can never be under-estimated.


International Nelson Mandela Day, is a global call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place by giving your time to service for our communities. Therefore, there is no other way to honour Nelson Mandela than being dedicated to the service of our fellow human beings and by actively helping others to change their circumstances.


Today, all our Districts offices identified a school to handover 100 school shoes to deserving learners in honour of Nelson Mandela. The donation of school shoes is a necessity to learners, especially during the Winter to access schools, as it contributes to restore their dignity, instil self-confidence, provides a feeling of belonging and ultimately contribute to the quality of education.


As part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations, we have identified 100 schools that will receive library books to promote a reading culture amongst our learners. The MEC for Education, Ms Martha Bartlett visited the Omang Primary School today in the John Toalo Gaetsewe District. We remain inspired by the ideals of Nelson Mandela and his beliefs in Education. 


Nelson Mandela has been one of the great modern and political leaders of our time, an international icon who embarked on a lifelong dedication to the fight against injustice and racial oppression. 


He said, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference”.


Be the Legacy!!