Monday, 17 July 2017 – The Presiding Officers, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Ms Thandi Modise, calls on all South Africans, including Members of Parliament and staff, to heed Tata Nelson Mandela’s call to change the world around them during this Mandela Month.
“In keeping with Parliament’s motto of being ‘An activist and responsive People’s Parliament that improves the quality of life of South Africans and ensures enduring equality in our society’ Mandela Month presents an opportunity for Parliament to illustrate its commitment to serve humanity” said the presiding officers.
Tata Madiba’s birthday 18 July was declared the Nelson Mandela International Day, commonly known as Mandela Day, following a unanimous decision by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. However, in South Africa the month of July is set aside for everyone to honour his life by taking actions to make the world a better place.
“To commemorate this month in a manner that takes this former servant and selfless leader of the people’s legacy forward, Parliament has lined up a host of engagements aimed at touching the lives of ordinary South Africans in general and the historically marginalised in particular.
“These include, laying a wreath at Tata Madiba’s grave in Qunu, delivering books to a library, donating blankets and food parcels to senior citizens, putting up two soup kitchens, a squash coaching clinic, plus visits to three safe homes – for young women in conflict with the law, survivors of abuse and a shelter for destitute mothers and their children,” said the presiding officers.