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Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 was significant as the former President and global icon would have celebrated his 100th birthday on 18 July.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has been celebrating 18 July as Nelson Mandela Day annually since the United Nations declared this day as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2010. The aim of this day is to encourage people all over the world to give 67 minutes of their time to make the world a better place in which to live, in honour of Madiba who spent 67 years in politics.

JCPZ used the centenary celebrations to build social cohesion, address food security concerns and support a clean and litter-free environment.
While Regional events were hosted all over Joburg, the main event was in Thokoza Park, Soweto, where the former President planted a tree on his 90th birthday in 2008. The tree has been declared a provincial heritage site last year

At the event in Thokoza Park, JCPZ hosted elderly residents in Soweto, who were treated to entertainment and refreshments. The City of Johannesburg’s senior citizens choir and the Ghetto Revolution dance group delighted the audience and brought smiles and tears.

A beautiful new black-and-white mosaic mural was unveiled by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba. This mural is sure to become a landmark in Soweto and a backdrop for many a selfie! Cllr Sifumba was assisted by The Ward Councillor Ronald Phamodi, Regional Director, Ms Salome Mogotsi and JCPZ Managing Director, Bryne Maduka.

Prior to the event, the JCPZ delegation made a quick stop at the eMathonsini Old Age Home that has 23 senior citizens in their care. The residents were spoiled with gifts, snacks, scarves that were crafted by JCPZ employees, and necessities for the Home.

The smaller Regional events included tree planting, developing and rehabilitation of food gardens, clean-up campaigns, installing and painting of benches and playground equipment at various institutions and painting of selected care facilities.

JCPZ thanks all its sponsors and partners who helped to make a difference in the lives of many people – together we can ensure that the legacy of Nelson Mandela lives on.