“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela. To kickstart the centenary celebrations of the birth of ANC stalwart Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in the month of July, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas announced that the province would celebrate Mandela Friday’s to honor the former president during her budget vote at the Frances Baard District Municipality. It is during the month of July that Global citizens are called upon to make the world a better place by donating their time to charitable work.
“As part of this campaign we will also be hosting a number of events in celebration of the Mandela centenary month in pursuit of his legacy. The provincial launch will take place on the 1st of July by way of an interfaith Service followed by Mandela Friday’s,” said Lucas.
The Premier urged the Northern Cape to make everyday a Mandela Day. “We will use the Mandela and Mama Sisulu centenary to recommit ourselves to their values and principles. This is a call by government for all partners and society at large to practice the legacy of struggle icons such as Nelson Mandela and Albetina Sisulu. We call on our communities to actively participate in the various activities in order to make a difference in the lives of our people, inspire change and make every day a Mandela day.”