Minister Naledi Pandor participates in Nelson Mandela Day

18 July 2022

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor,  joined South Africans and the international community in marking the annual Nelson Mandela International Day on Monday, 18 July 2022.

In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the birthday of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela International Day.

The 18th of July is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

It is a day when everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and change the world for the better.

Nelson Mandela was a global champion of equality, justice & human rights. As societies worldwide become more polarized, his calls for solidarity & an end to racism are as relevant today as ever.

Mandela was a great hero. The extent of his triumph extended largely from his sagacious understanding that even parties with important differences and contentions can find common ground and cooperate for the good of the larger community.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life”

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, joined by several Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Pretoria celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day at Leratong Hospice in Atteridgeville. Also present was the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Integration and Diaspora of the Republic of Côte D’Ivoire, Her Excellency Kandia Kamissoko Camara.

Various items including blankets, food, clothes, gas stoves and cash were donated to the community by the diplomatic community.

Leratong Hospice was build as a symbol of hope for the community by Fr Kieran Creagh, a pastor from Ireland and service areas of Atteridgeville, Saulsville, Lotus-Gardens, Pretoria west, Laudium, Brits, Hartbeespoort and the surrounding informal settlements.

As we elebrate the Legendary Nelson Mandela International Day, it is a must to make everyday a Mandela Day to keep the works and Legacy of one of the World’s Greatest Leaders in our hearts and minds!

Let us honour Madiba’s call to action & be empowered by his legacy.

Be The Legacy Take Action Against Poverty

Katlholo Maifadi (DIRCO)


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