CWP participants celebrate Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched by unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly on 18 July, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. It was inspired by a call, made by Mandela a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices, in which he said that “it is in your hands now.” This is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. As the following stories show, Community Work Programme (CWP) participants across the country took it upon themselves to celebrate this special day by doing what they do best: assisting those in need in their communities.



  • CWP participants celebrate Mandela Day
  • Deputy Ministers Nel and Thabethe visit CWP sites
  • Changing lives through Early Childhood Development
  • Utilising indigenous resources in Mtubatuba
  • Homework classes for primary school learners


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