A decade ago when the concept of ‘ Nelson Mandela Day’ was introduced to the public, the central focus was on two cities – namely Johannesburg and New York City. 10 years later, not only has July 18th become recognized by the United Nations (UN), but more than 160 countries now celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has, over the years, urged various communities around the World to use Mandela Day as a reminder for all of us to make the world a better place.
The spirit of Mandela Day is one to which the foundation hopes that people can ‘make everyday a Mandela Day’ – this through celebrating Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
Whilst celebrating the successes of the past 10 years, the Nelson Mandela Foundation led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sello Hatang, has now set out new focus areas and goals for Mandela Day for the next decade.
Speaking to SABC News, Hatang says they are now shifting the approach for Mandela Day and the strategy to reduce reliance on governments.