The Nelson Mandela Foundation calling is calling on everyone to “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” as part of Mandela Day. A number of organisations and individuals are already heeding the call to spend 67 minutes of their time doing charity work.
The foundation has chosen food security as one of its themes for this year’s Mandela Day commemoration.
A Statistics South Africa report shows that in 2020, over 23% of South Africans suffered from moderate to severe food insecurity, while almost 15 percent experienced severe food insecurity.
Mandela Day 2022 embraces the central theme of doing what you can, with what you have, where you are by focusing on three sub-themes: fruit and indigenous tree planting, community & backyard gardens, & positive climate action.
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The COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in mass unemployment and the effects of climate change have aggravated food insecurity in the country.
The Mandela Day commemorations which take place on his birthday, the 18th of July, will focus on sustainable interventions which will include promoting community and backyard gardens and the planting of trees.
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Chefs With Compassion will be running its third annual 67 000 litres Mandela Day soup cooking challenge.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Marion Tanzer says, “We are grateful for any amount of soup that is cooked. Do the cooking, send us on Monday the amount of litres that you cooked. We are hoping that we will once again pass our target of 67 000 litres cooked on the day. The last two years we managed to surpass the 67 000 litres and we made over 70 000 litres of soup which fed over 200 000 people on Mandela Day.”
Winter Warmer Drive
As part of the Mandela Month initiatives, the Winter Warmer Drive visited Gqeberha last Thursday. The drive was aimed at mobilising stakeholders to play a part in changing the living conditions of ordinary people.
The elderly received blankets and meals at the Uncedo Women’s Soup Kitchen.
Warm blankets as winter is biting deep are a gesture to the elderly to show they are cared for and not forgotten. The aim is also to spread a message of hope.
Announcement on Mandela Day 2022: