July, 18, 2023,
It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. - Nelson Mandela
Today marks the birthday of the late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
The United Nations has proclaimed July 18th annually as INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY.
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"Nelson Mandela was a colossus of courage and conviction. A leader of immense achievement and extraordinary humanity. A giant of our times, whose legacy we best honour through action:
Action to expel the poison of racism, discrimination and hate; Action to extinguish the legacies of colonialism; And action to promote equality, human rights and above all, justice. Today, poverty, hunger and inequality are on the rise. Countries are drowning in debt. The climate crisis is destroying the lives of those who have done the least to cause it. And our unfair and outdated international financial system is not fulfilling its function as a global safety net. We have it in our power to solve each of these problems. So, as we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, let us be animated by his spirit of humanity, dignity and justice. Let us stand with women and girls, young people and change makers everywhere. And let us take action to build a better world."
Thank you. " António Guterres, Sec General, United Nations, 7/18/2023
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, as part of its Nelson Mandela International Day initiative for 2023, continues to support communities and action against poverty and inequality.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation will initiate a global commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day along with a network of global partners who will be planting trees, and resourcing home-based/community food gardens across the world. The global celebration will follow the sun as it traverses the globe (East to West), with networks participating on the 18th of July 2023. For Mandela Day this year, under the theme: “Climate, Food and Solidarity”, our call to action is “It is in your hands.” The Nelson Mandela Foundation and its South African partners will be capacitating a community food garden in Diepsloot, a community north of Johannesburg.
The Foundation recognises that urgent action must be taken to combat the climate crisis and thereby ensure continued food security. In making a positive contribution to climate justice and food security, the Nelson Mandela Foundation continues to work with communities to plant trees, the majority of which are fruit trees, and to resource a number of community gardens across South Africa.
Venue: Afrika Tikkun (Diepsloot) (Afrika Tikkun Green Acres Farm, 5 Impala Road, Timsrand)
Date: Tuesday 18 July 2023