Many NGOs and government organisations are calling on South Africans to join hands in celebrating the first democratic president Nelson Mandela's birthday, which is celebrated annually on the 18th of July.
The icon's birthday, celebrated globally to inspire nations to dedicate at least 67 minutes of their time to change the world for the better and help those less privileged, will this year be celebrated under the theme “Take Action against poverty”.
Following the launch of the Department of Water and Sanitation's clean-up campaign, the provincial department in the Free State is preparing to embark on the cleaning of rivers and streams tomorrow, while the Mangaung Metro Municipality will today already host local veterans who spent several years in the struggle with Madiba.
Municipal spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, says the hosting of these veterans is part of Nelson Mandela's celebrations ahead of his birthday. It will take place at Naval Hill where his multi-million rand statue has been erected.