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South Africa and World remember Nelson Mandela

By Crystal Orderson in Cape Town
Posted on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:03

This is the first time the day has been celebrated since his death last year.

Mandela, a Nobel Peace prize recipient, died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013.

On Friday the world would be celebrating the legacy of the icon and encouraging its preservation.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved the commemoration of the Nelson Mandela day in 2009.

It was created to honour the international icon to inspire others to carry on his efforts to “take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time,” according to a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation Initiative.

The foundation said the day was “more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy as it was a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better”.

South Africa president Jacob Zuma on Friday led a clean-up campaign in the Eastern Cape while his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa was spreading the message in Mahikeng joined by a high-level government delegation.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is celebrated the day at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Mandela’s former personal assistant, Zelda Le Grange said she was thinking of Graca Machel “without her Madiba on his birthday and their wedding anniversary”.

The opposition Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader, Mmusi Miamane gave his time to the small business owners and entrepreneurs of New Brighton, in the Eastern Cape.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) in parliament said it was joining the rest of the world in “encouraging all people to engage in acts of goodwill” to Madiba’s service to humanity.

The party’s 249 MPs will this weekend undertake various activities linked to their constituencies and ANC branches all over the country.

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