“Now is the time for us to step forward and take the lead in building a better country,” writes minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe on the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death. “To achieve this we must become the change we want to see; we should become change leaders and inspire others to join the push to move our country forward.”
A book drive marked the first anniversary of the death of Madiba. Education was close to his heart and people are encouraged to donate books to beat illiteracy. The Nelson Mandela Book Drive is a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Book People.
At just 34, one of the country's best runners died in a car crash on his way to an athletics meeting. A shy guy off the track, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was aggressive and competitive when he was running, a mental toughness that brought him medals aplenty. He had turned his talents to coaching young rural athletes before his death.
Nelson Mandela has left an indelible mark on every South African. His legacy will live on, even as people mourn his passing. Around the country and the world, they gather to pay tribute to a great man and celebrate his inspiring life.
With fire a leading cause of the death and disfigurement of South African children, organisations such as Children of Fire work towards the prevention of fires in overcrowded shacklands, as well as building up the self-esteem of fire-scarred kids.