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Several philanthropic acts punctuated weekend activities as the Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo and members of the Executive commemorated Mandela Day on Saturday, 18 July in true altruistic style.

From donating a house, to handing over Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and renovating a family cottage, Cllr Makhubo led Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) on a whirlwind citywide drive to improve the lives of those deemed vulnerable in celebration of the life of the late internationally renowned statesman.

And in true Mandela Day form, to dedicate at least 67 minutes towards the betterment of humanity, Cllr Makhubo started the day in Ivory Park, alongside the MMC for Housing Cllr Mlungisi Mabaso and his counterpart in Health and Social Development, Cllr Eunice Mgcina where they handed over a house to pensioner, Nofezile Maqokolo.

Maqokolo received a house after the City’s Government of Local Unity learned of her plight at a City held Imbizo there in February.

“What better day to choose to hand over the house than on Mandela Day. This is a day in recognition of many men and women who are represented in the face of Nelson Mandela, who also gave their lives in service of humankind, let’s make everyday a Mandela day by serving humanity,” said Cllr Makhubo.

The Mayor also marked Mandela Day in Selby in the Inner City, joined by the MMC for Environment Infrastructure Services, Cllr Mpho Moerane, to hand over Covid-19 personal protective equipment to waste pickers in the area. The event was organised by beverage company, Coca Cola.

“We need an active and engaged citizenry,” said the Mayor.

The portfolio head of Corporate and Shared Services, Cllr Loyiso Masuku spent her 67 minutes of Mandela Day “laying a solid foundation and giving back to a child-headed household” at the Tjovitjo informal settlement in Region G.

She quoted Mandela when he said: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity.”

In Eldorado Park, Cllr Margaret Arnolds, the MMC for Community Development adopted a poor family whose cottage she renovated with the assistance of community donations.

Commemorated annually on the icon’s birthday, Nelson Mandela Day is a clarion call for people everywhere to take responsibility to make the world a better place, one small step at a time. The campaign is centred on Mandela having dedicated 67-years of his life to fighting for the rights of humanity and encourages everyone to recognise their individual power to make a change.