Mandela Day – Giving Back 67 Minutes

The Foundation is an enthusiastic and active supporter of the National Mandela Day programme where all South Africans are encouraged to donate 67 minutes (equal to the number of years former President Nelson Mandela spent in pursuit of a free and democratic South Africa) of their time in giving back to the communities in which they live and work.

In 2011 we joined the Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga , the Office of the Premier of Limpopo and the Office of the President in a providing homes to homeless people. As part of this project, the Foundation, for example, built a three bedroom house in the Limpopo village Eenzaam , for an old lady who had not received her social grant for since 1985.

In 2012 the founder of the Foundation, Mr David Mabilu spent his 67 minutes for Mandela in Soweto, at the school where he completed grades 5 to 7. Mr Mabilu chose Mambo Primary School in Tshiawelo, Soweto as his Mandela Day project as he wanted to recognise the immense influence this school had on his own life.
Together with some of the staff members of Vharanani, Mr Mabilu spent Mandela Day assisting the school with some very necessary improvements, as identified and prioritised by the principal. These include the painting window frames, some old learner desks as well as the boys and girls toilets. In addition, the Foundation donated some much needed cleaning and hygiene equipment and stock, paint and printing paper to the school.