TAKE2: The disappearance of Madiba Magic?

Is the obsession with all things Madiba in South Africa not as strong as it once was?

As Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday approaches, Mandela Day is gaining momentum in various countries worldwide. On Saturday, people around the world are being encouraged to spend 67 minutes lending a helping hand in their communities in honour of the 67 years that Madiba has dedicated to humanity.

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Youth Organisation
Boston Tshabuse, works in Meadowlands Zone Ten and is a member of a youth organisation that has organised a day of festivities and entertainment on Mandela Day for the community of Soweto. The event will be held at the Multipurpose Hall in Soweto. (Alexandra Turner, M&G)

Mandela once stated: “We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” So, it is no surprise that a global Mandela Day has been created in order to encourage people to follow in his footsteps.

The day has received a great deal of attention overseas, with figures such as Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown and Morgan Freeman pledging to support Mandela Day by attending some of the various gala and concert events planned. However, there seems to be nothing of that magnitude happening here.

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