The Mandela School commemorates Nelson Mandela Month

2 Jul 2019 - 15:45

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, commemorates, former President Nelson Mandela during his birthday month of July. Mandela’s dedication to the service of humanity and his contribution to the culture of peace and freedom, was recognised by the UN General Assembly in November 2009 and therefore declaring 18 July, “Nelson Mandela International Day”.

The day is aimed at encouraging a global movement for positive change. In the same spirit the South African government celebrates July, as Mandela Month; saying “as each person acts, they fuel momentum toward positive change, raising awareness and expanding the reach of Mr Mandela’s values – fighting injustice, helping people in need and practicing reconciliation.”

The SA government has also made suggestions on how one can contribute: 

  • Contact your local HIV organisation  and find out how you can help.
  • Help out at your local hospice.
  • Many terminally ill people have no friends or family who can visit them. Take a little time to have a chat and find out what they need.
  • Donate toys to the children's ward at your local hospital.
  • Tutor kids in a school subject you are good at.
  • Donate your old computer to a school.
  • Donate books to a school.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation  released this year’s theme and announced that the “67 minutes” messaging is now being replaced with #ActionAgainstPoverty; a message that echoes the call to make every day a Mandela Day.

If you have an event planned for 18 July 2019; please visit  to register your event.