Ways To Spend Your Madiba Day!

South Africa celebrates a lot of public holidays, each with its own traditions but Madiba Day is special. On this special day, we celebrate the great life of the father of our nation, the late Nelson Mandela.

But it doesn’t end there, the Madiba Day tradition is one that encourages us to give back to the great country President Mandela once lead. We give 67 minutes of our time to help those in need to commemorate the 67 years he spent in prison during apartheid.

Today, people from all over the country and some in other parts of the world will spend at least 67 minutes giving back in honor of Madiba. But don't worry! Since this day falls on a Thursday, many people have planned their charitable deeds for over the course of the next few days.

Here are a few ways you can give your time to celebrate Nelson Mandela. We took a look at how some of our favorite celebrities spent their 67 minutes last year!


Anatii

Last year, the SAMA nominated artist gave back to a group of primary school students. Anatii teamed up with Steers and SHOUT SA to open a Library at Fumisukoma Primary School in P.E.!

You can take Anatii's lead by donating any old books, newspapers, and magazines to a local primary school or your closest public library. There are also always charity shops looking for donations!




Nonhle Thema

The former reality tv show phenomenon is still in the spotlight. Nonhle Thema is back acting and hosting! With her fame, she always tries to give back. Last year she was part of a group of volunteers who helped repaint the Give Them Hope Care Center in Pretoria.

Just like Nonhle, you can give back to a local childcare center this Madiba day. You can pick any local orphanage, creche or daycare center and offer to paint one of their classrooms. The kids would love it! And you can take a group of friends to help you - it'll be a fun day out!

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Nomzamo Mbatha

Last year, Nomzamo Mbatha also spent her Madiba Day abroad. The UNHCR ambassador was on a trip to a refugee camp. The trip was organized to raise awareness for one of the UNHCR's initiatives, LuQuLuQu movement. This is a project that Nomzamo works very closely with the organization. They aim to improve the health and living facilities for refugees around the world.

Take a page out of Nomzamo's book this Madiba Day and head over to your local hospital or clinic's maternity ward. They usually are open to small groups of volunteers helping nurses take care of babies whose mothers are too sick or no longer alive to take care of their newborns.

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Read more:
ANATII HAS A BIG HEART AND GREAT STYLE
NONHLE LOVES GOING TO FASHION WEEK TOO
CELEBS WHO WALKED THE HOSPICEWITS CHARITY RUNWAY
 


MAIN IMAGE CREDIT: NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION 

Written by:
Red Mosiane