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All systems go for Mandela Day Marathon

All systems go for Mandela Day Marathon

Pretoria – The annual Mandela Day Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, has surpassed all expectations by registering over 10 000 athletes. The marathon, the first after Madiba’s passing, will also be an occasion to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of President Mandela’s capture. The marathon will take place in Durban and will be broadcast live on SABC 2. The race, which first took place three years ago with just about 1 000 local competitors, now has a total of 10 063 participants. This year’s…

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Ndileka Mandela, paying it forward

Ndileka Mandela, paying it forward

At 49 years old, Ndileka Mandela knows a lot about the struggles of women in South Africa. Having lost her father when she was just four years old and growing up in a family torn apart by the politics of the day, she can identify with the struggles of many South African women. As the first granddaughter of one of South Africa’s most famous politicians, the late former President Nelson Mandela, she was constantly harassed and missed out on a proper upbringing as a child.…

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Chilean President announces new Mandela scholarships

Cape Town – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria says she has put a proposal to her government to avail 50 scholarships to students in South Africa and other African countries to pursue their master’s degrees at a top university in Chile. Briefing journalists after delivering the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Cape Town on Saturday, President Bachelet said the awarding of the scholarships would be done in honour of the late President. The President said Tata, who affectionately became known by his clan name Madiba,…

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Mandela Day Marathon deadline extended

Mandela Day Marathon deadline extended

Mandela Day Marathon deadline extended DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, on Wednesday called on athletes who want to participate in the Mandela Day Marathon to register by August 11. The deadline for the Mandela Day Marathon had been extended due to the large number of athletes who have shown an interest in participating in the marathon. “We have received entries from some of the world’s finest long-distance athletes. We also expect this marathon to yield great benefits for…

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Netball and cricket included in Mandela Sport and Culture Day

Netball and cricket included in Mandela Sport and Culture Day

Pretoria – More will be on offer in this year’s edition of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, as netball and cricket will be included in the mix. Delivering his Budget Vote Speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said: “We will once again honour the iconic Nelson Mandela through the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, which will take place in August. “For the first time this year, we will expand the scope of the event to include netball…

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Mandela career fest goes to Sedibeng

Sedibeng – Learners in Sedibeng, south of Gauteng, were given a taste of the world of careers and what awaits them after matric. The Nelson Mandela Career Festival, held at Sebokeng Further Education and Training (FET) college, gave learners from different schools in and around Sedibeng a chance to explore the different career choices available in South Africa. Joyce Makofane, campus manager at the college, said the career festival was hosted in honor of tata Nelson Mandela. “The aim of the festival is to make…

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SA Government thanks the world for Mandela deeds

Pretoria – SA Government has thanked South Africans and the world for participating in this year’s Nelson Mandela Day, on 18 July. “South Africans from every part of our country answered the call to dedicate their time and energy towards making a difference,” said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, on Thursday. She was briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, in Cape Town. President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation Address, called on South Africans to use the day…

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President Zuma celebrates Nelson Mandela Day 2014

President Zuma celebrates Nelson Mandela Day 2014

Mthatha – The official opening of the Mvezo Komkhulu Museum, in the Eastern Cape, will not only help to keep the Mandela legacy alive, but also boost tourism in the village. Local chiefs, who witnessed the opening of the multi-million rand museum, by President Jacob Zuma, on Friday, also hailed the initiative, saying it will bring development to rural areas. The people of Mvezo have welcomed the opening of the museum, which was part of several legacy projects launched in Mvezo and Qunu, on Friday,…

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Mandela magic cleans Marabastad

Mandela magic cleans Marabastad

Although the Father of the Nation has gone, the Madiba magic still lives on in the hearts of South Africans who chose to clean-up the streets of Marabastad, in the City of Tshwane, on Friday. As part of commemorating International Nelson Mandela Day, today, Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, led a vigorous clean-up campaign in the area to mitigate the shabbiness of the area, which is plagued with litter and smog. “The most important thing for us as a nation is to learn…

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