Today South African’s commemorate former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday by engaging in 67 minutes of communal activities.
Honouring this day, the South African minister of energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, will participate in activities to enhance the facilities at Tlhaping Early Learning Centre in Ganyesa, Northwest Province.
The centre, which sustains itself through donations, school fees and a subsidy from the department of social development, cares for approximately 75 children aged between 1 and 5 years of age.
Mandela Day celebrated in South Africa
Communities are encouraged to engaged in 67 minutes of community service in honour of the 67 years that South Africa’s first post-democracy President, Tata Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, dedicated to the public service fighting for social justice.
This year’s Mandela day is celebrated under the theme ‘Make Everyday a Nelson Mandela Day’, the energy ministry said in a statement.
Joemat-Pettersson will later engage with the community of Ganyesa during an Imbizo on issues of service delivery, with a focus on the electrification programme of the deparmtment of energy.
These activities will continue on Tuesday where the minister will visit the Tlokwe Municipality, also in the North West, to interact with children at the Early Childhood Development Centres (ECD) in Aksie Park and several old age homes in the area.
Ministry extends its service
The deputy minister of energy, Ambassador Thembisile Majola, will do her community service at Sizwile School for the Deaf in Dobsonville, Soweto.
The Department of Energy (DoE), in partnership with State Owned Entities and energy sector companies, will clean, repaint, plant vegetable seeds, and refurbish the gardens of the school.
The DoE said that the school accepts and empowers learners who are deaf and having other disabilities through provision of education and skills to be able to communicate and interact with their counterpart.
What are you doing for your 67 minutes today?
Featured image: The South African