As the globe commemorate the International Mandela Day as declared by the United Nations, the wife of the late stateman, Graca Machel, has called on South Africans to take initiative to drive transformation.
Speaking at the Germiston Civic Centre on Thursday during a dialogue titled Unpacking the Next Chapter of Mandela Day”, Machel said that Mandela Day is a reminder that everyone has the power to take initiative to drive transformation.
Machel said it was important that each person take responsibility, individually, for how they will take initiative and move Mandela Day forward and not only rely on institutions.
“I want to encourage us not to look at Mandela Day as an event which we are going to be part of every year, but we should begin thinking of between 2019 and 2020 – what is it which I pledge personally to do and I will keep doing for the whole year which goes beyond my daily activities … just to decide what is the difference I can make to other people so that it will become a way of being, a way of living and not an event,” Machel said.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Gauteng Human Settlements Department, marked the 10th Mandela Day by handing over of sanitary towels to young girls around the city and handing over houses in Palm Ridge.