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Join Joburg City Parks in one of its activities, or "Take Action, Inspire Change" in your own community on Nelson Mandela Day - every small contribution counts.

International Nelson Mandela Day is a dedicated day for community service. Marked as Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, it is a day to mark Tata's legacy and strive to make a better world for all through community service and selflessness.

The campaign call is simple: Take Action. Inspire Change. Make every day a Mandela Day.

We are inspired by the example that Madiba has set for us: each of us taking responsibility for ourselves and acting on the responsibility we have to others.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has been involved in Mandela Day since inception.

To ensure that our actions have lasting benefits, we should strive to leave behind not only physical changes but also a sense of empowerment, helping to build pride among communities so that they can take charge of their destinies and change their circumstances.

The cumulative actions of people, even if it is one small step at a time, can become a transformative movement.

Mandela Day activities

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In 2016, our main event will take place at Eyethu Centre for Children Living with Disabilities in Mofolo, Soweto. The centre cares for children from 3 to 18 years, 66 scholars and 20 boarders. It also runs a soup kitchen. The centre is in urgent need of refurbishment, rehabilitation and recreational facilities.

Additional Regional activities on the day are:

  • Symbolic wreath-laying at Thokoza Park (Region D)
  • Regional clean up by JCPZ Staff (including Cemeteries)
  • Radio 2000 staff to devote 67 minutes at Joubert Park, Inner City (Region F)
  • Cotlands Home for abandoned children bussed to Rotunda Park (Region F)
  • Thabo Mbeki informal settlement, cleaning and grass cutting (Region A)
  • Riverlea, cleaning and grass cutting at an old age home (Region B)
  • Roodepark School in Discovery, development of a food garden and painting of palisade fencing (Region C)
  • Molapo Str Mofolo, painting of classrooms and developing a food garden (Region D)
  • Thembalethu Care Centre for the elderly, horticultural maintenance, painting and food garden (Region E)
  • West Turfontein Old Age Home: painting (Region F)
  • Johannesburg Council for the Disabled, grass cutting and cleaning (Region G)
  • Avalon Cemetery, painting the offices (Cemeteries)

Mandela Day partners

The partners for the Eyethu event are as follows:

  • Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) - will donate tar on pathway to kiddies section and build a ramp for wheelchairs.
  • Gijima Technologies will donate R75K towards revamping of the Centre.
  • Regional Director Office (Region D) will provide roof paint.
  • Medal Paints will sponsor paint for classes.
  • Joburg Water will repair water leaks.
  • Johannesburg City Power will repair kitchen lights.
  • Pikitup will provide refuse bags.

How you can take part

You can participate in Mandela Day by:

  • Reading to a child.
  • Helping out a local animal shelter.
  • Helping someone get a job.
  • Caring for people who are ill.
  • Clean up at a park.
  • Mentor a young person.
  • Donate essential items to people in need.
  • Volunteer at a community service centre.

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Be part of the Mandela Day movement - all that is required is an action that helps change the lives of people for the better.