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Looking at the world today, values that we thought were valued and well-established — harmony, humility and respect, the importance of human rights and dignity, respect for diversity, trust and trustworthiness, peace and justice, volunteerism and service, freedom and democracy, beauty and wisdom, and suchlike — in many parts of the world those values are under threat,... Mandela’s life is a shining example, a beacon of hope,  an inspiring story of how we can overcome obstacles to promote inclusive democracy and an equitable society with acceptance of others, for the common good of all. Let us seize it. Carpe Diem!

Nelson Mandela: The Man for the Common Good

On July 18, 2018, the world will celebrate the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a 100 years since the birth of this great leader.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation states that the centenary programme ‘aims to shift societal attitudes to injustice by encouraging sustainable actions.’

Photo: nelsonmandela.org

This is a direct call to action to public institutions, corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversations and actions that commit to establishing sustainable programmes in local communities. This is to also inspire society to act every day and not only to take up the responsibility of impacting other people’s lives on 18 July, but throughout the year, too.

As part of its commitment to making meaningful and sustainable interventions in challenges facing the continent and the world, the Foundation, through one of its key pillars and outreach programmes, Nelson Mandela International Day (Mandela Day), has sought to focus attention on poverty. We are constantly reminded of Madiba’s words:

Action on Poverty

“The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make a difference.”


This sub-message seeks to mobilise society’s efforts both from the perspective of research as we look for long-term solutions, as well as short-term ones as we intervene directly in poverty. In the end, we must end poverty and human suffering.

All in all, on this day, 18 July 2018, a full day of music will be hosted live in multiple cities in support of improving literacy among poverty-stricken children. This massive musical tribute is put together by Mandela Concerts and there are many different ways for the public and businesses to get involved, from sponsoring to working closely with the foundation. Simply visit their website and see how you can help out.

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