SANBS campaign extends beyond Mandela Day

Pablo Tucker
July 18, 2017

The ambulance which was carrying South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela caught fire as it was taking him to hospital in the months before his death, his doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, has revealed in a newly published book, AFP news agency has reported.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.

Machel said the march was aimed at commemorating ten years since the founding of the Elders who had been brought together by Mandela.

Outside Parliament's Visitors' Centre and on the corner of Adderley and Wale Streets in central Cape Town, a group of politicians joined charity workers in delivering soup and sandwiches to the homeless. "This was very bad. Madiba in an ambulance on fire", added Ramlakan, using the Mr Mandela's clan name.

"If every one is doing his or her own part in community work, people can live a better life,"she said while distributing food to homeless people at a food station in central Cape Town".

Speaking of Mandela, Machel told the crowd: "I'm sure wherever he is, he is full of joy". We are not united as a country which is something Mandela fought for.

"As we go out to plant gardens, build houses or feed pupils, we must know that it does not stop there".

Nelson Mandela has fought for 67 years.

The mayor also encouraged residents to take selfies with the statue and join in on an ongoing campaign where people comment and express what Madiba's legacy means to them.

Cape Town -Nelson Mandela Day is a global call to action celebrating the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact.

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