Commemoration of Madiba on the first anniversary of his passing: 4 to 15 December 2015
On the 5th December 2013, the world lost one of its most iconic leaders and statesmen, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
To pay tribute to our beloved icon and leader, the South African Government, led by the Presidency and supported by the Department of Social Development, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation have collaborated to commemorate Madiba on the first anniversary of his passing in the year that marks twenty years of democracy.
The foundation was founded by former president Mandela when he stood down in 1999 and it supports the dialogue around critical social issues.
The foundation contributes to a just society by keeping the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive, sharing his memory and engaging it in the pursuit of social unity.
We call on South Africans to keep his legacy alive by living his values and continuing with humanitarian efforts. We want to live in a society where peace, tolerance, the rule of law, justice, equality and human rights are upheld.
Between the 4th and 15th of December, the foundation has invited government departments, public service institutions, private sector and civil society organisations, communities and individuals to commit to advancing Mandela’s values.
On the 5th of December, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will lead an international call to action for schools, community centres, places of worship and individuals to ring bells and sirens, use instruments, vuvuzelas and loudhailers at three minutes and seven seconds to 10am to signal a period of silence from 10am to 10:03am in tribute to Madiba at Freedom Park in Pretoria.
The aim is for the South African National Anthem to be sung wherever people are gathering.
From the ringing of the bells to the end of the moment of silence is 6 minutes, 7 seconds and is symbolic of the 67 years Madiba spent in the service of humanity.
An inter-faith prayer service and symbolic wreath-laying led by veterans led by Ahmed Kathrada will occur at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
You can remember Madiba at several events and launches during his week of tribute.
5 December: South African Government commemorative activities in Pretoria.
5am: Inter-faith prayer service and veterans wreath-laying at the Union Buildings, Pretoria.
9am: Freedom Park commemoration, tributes and international call to action.
3pm: Mandela Legacy Cup public tribute event- Proteas vs Springboks – held at the Bidvest Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg. To book go to www.ticketpro.co.za.
6 December: Artists in Tribute to Madiba
9:30am – 12:30pm: poets, writers, performers and musicians open session led by Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele at the Foundation’s Centre of Memory.
7 December: National Bikers for Madiba breakfast run.
Bikers are encouraged to dedicate their Sunday breakfast runs nationwide to Madiba and support the Mandela Day Leadership for Literacy Book Drive.
12 December: Comedians in Tribute to Madiba
5pm– 7:30pm at the Foundation’s Centre of Memory.
13 December: Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk.
Registration is still open and forms can be accessed on the departmental website on www.sacr.gpg.gov.za.
14 December: The inaugural Tshwane City Marathon, with the “last mile” in honour of Madiba.
Visit www.tshwanecitymarathon.co.za .
The Foundation is joined by its sister organisations, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, over the commemoration period to realize their legacy mandates left to them by the beloved late Founder.
Visit here for further details. (Hyperlink: www.nelsonmandela.org)
We are at this time reminded of Madiba’s words: “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”