News – Mandela Day

Alexandra school celebrates National Literacy Week with Mandela Day container library launch

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.

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Container library opens in Sedibeng village, Northern Cape

The principal and staff at Sedibeng Primary School were happy to celebrate the arrival of their very own Mandela Day container library on 5 September 2014. Sponsored by the Public Investment Corporation and launched by Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the container library is the 48th installation under the Mandela Day libraries project umbrella, and will serve the school’s learners and community members in the surrounding Sedibeng village.

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Mandela Day library opens in Hobhouse, Free State

On 28 August 2014 students, teachers, parents and community members attended the opening of a Mandela Day container library at Beisang Mabewana Primary School in Hobhouse, Free State.

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500km bike ride to spread Mandela Day message of ubuntu: CycAlive 2014

On 17 August 2014, parents, schoolchildren and CycAlive supporters gathered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to wish 50 young cyclists well as they began their relay cycle to Durban.

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Mandela Day container library opens in Phalaborwa

On 6 August 2014, students and teachers at Pondo Combined School in Lulekani in the Mopani District of Phalaborwa became the recipients of a Shout SA-sponsored SEED library.

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Thought leaders on Mandela Day: Corinne Woods, UN Millennium Campaign

On living (and working) Mr Mandela’s legacy

Corinne Woods currently serves as Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, which supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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Thought leaders on Mandela Day: insights from Rhodes University’s Trading Live initiative

“Students need a 3D education,” says Nosipho Mngomezulu, co-ordinator of the Student Volunteer Programme at Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Unit.

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Mr Mandela's granddaughters help launch Long Walk to Freedom container library

On 18 July, Mr Mandela’s granddaughter’s Zaziwe and Swati joined the Mandela Bangle Program, to quietly honour their late grandfather’s legacy. While most of the country openly celebrated Mandela Day, Zaziwe and Swati spent their 67 minutes behind the scenes, in a container yard, prepping for the launch of the fourth Long Walk to Freedom container library.

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KPMG Family for Literacy launches Parktown Public School Library

On 25 July 2014, students, teachers and KPMG staff members applauded the opening of a KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL) library at Parktown Public School in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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Mandela Day: followership, alienation and longer-term solutions to exclusion

Nelson Mandela Day represents as good a time as any to discuss the idea of good followership. We often emphasise the need for good leadership; we seldom give attention to the need for a good quality of “following” in human affairs.

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