Minister Edna Molewa to lead Nelson Mandela Day Commemoration in Gugulethu

18 July 2016


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa will lead the commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day by donating blankets, school uniform and waste bins in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Friday, 22 July 2016.

Government is calling on all South Africans to support Nelson Mandela Month through participation in activities under the theme:  "Take Action - Inspire Change - Make Every Day a Mandela Day". The theme encourages all citizens to take responsibility and ensure peaceful co-existence within communities.

As part of Nelson Mandela Day commemoration, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be hosting a two today Environmental Science Careers Expo (ESCE) from 19 - 20 July 2016. The ESCE is aimed at affording young people in Gugulethu Township and surrounding areas with an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities within the environment sector and bursaries offered by government through the Department and its entities.

Furthermore, there will be a clean-up activity that is part of creating awareness about waste management issues within the community and thereby empowering communities to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their surrounding environment.

The annual International Nelson Mandela Day international day of humanitarian action in celebration of Nelson Mandela's life and legacy was started in 2008 to encourage individuals to change the world through voluntary community work. The United Nations declared the 18th of July Nelson Mandela International Day in 2008.

Media is invited to cover the event as follows, and will be afforded opportunities for photographs and interviews.

Date:    Friday, 22 July 2016

Time:   09:00

Venue: Gugulethu Indoor Sports Complex, Cape Town

To RSVP, contact:

Sivuyile Ngaba
Cell: 071 403 5294

Tshepiso Rampo
Tel: 021 814 8066

For Media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871