Tuesday, July 19, 2011

67 minutes for Madiba

Nelson Mandela Day was initiated after the former president's 90th birthday in 2008 and on this day people are urged to give 67 minutes of their time to do something for the community.  The 67 minutes represents the 67 years that Madiba spent fighting for the rights of humanity.  Yesterday, on his 93rd birthday, various (well, more like quite a lot) initiatives took place around the country to celebrate the day.  My 67 minutes were spent in an initiative organised by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) in Port Elizabeth to clean up the area around Fort Frederick on the historic Donkin Heritage Trail.

The turnout for the cleanup was surprisingly big with employees of NMBT being joined by the Mayor of Nelson Mandeal Bay, stakeholders and product owners in the tourism industry, the South African Police, various church representatives and many others.  The group gathered on the Donkin Reserve where everybody were supplied with refuge bags and gloves and from here moved towards Fort Frederick cleaning up along the way.
Cleaning up the park surrounding Fort Frederick which was built in 1799 and is the oldest building in the Eastern Cape and the first permanent stone structure built by the British in Africa south of the Equator.

The group was followed along the way by a number of media (probably because the mayor was involved) and here one of the cameramen is getting some footage for a group shot at the end of the cleanup.


  1. I really like the idea of giving back to the community to celebrate a great man's birthday.

  2. I agree with Gaelyn. We need something like this here too. One hour once a year is something we could all get into without excuses! Thanks for sharing.