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South African Communities in Berlin Encouraged to Support National Nelson Mandela Month

South African Embassy and Government Officials Call to Honour the first Democratically Elected President in South Africa

July 15th, 2015
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National Nelson Mandela Day, which is celebrated on the 18th July every year since 2008, marks the date that the country and the rest of the world honour the country’s first democratically elected president in 1994, following his major works and interventions on the unbanning of political parties. The International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on the 18th July, via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. The day represents more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy, but instead it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

Therefore, as this month turns the 7th anniversary of the special event, the Government and officials at the South African Embassy in Berlin call on nationals from all walks of life and backgrounds from within the international community to participate in the Nelson Mandela Month themed activities.

Speaking on behalf of the Embassy in Berlin, acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phlumla Williams, has begun to actively encourage communities, Government departments, municipalities, and even NGOs to use their influence and participate, all in honour and memory of Mandela. Williams has put forward the encouraging statement to all South African Communities within Berlin: “it is important to dedicate our time in assisting those in need by contributing to the good course in our respective communities. This is a time to honour and dedicate ourselves in making a difference by contributing in different ways to keep the legacy of Tata Mandela alive. This is a global call to action for people worldwide to take responsibility for changing communities and society by making the world a better place by giving our time supporting a charity or serving local communities – no matter how small the action, emulate the principles of Nelson Mandela. It is in your hands.”

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Ella Fleming, Berlin Global