Mandela Month activities start with flame lit in Qunu

Mandela Month activities start with flame lit in Qunu

The Nelson Mandela Museum's Acting CEO Noel Solani yesterday lit the flame at Qunu, outside Mthatha, symbolizing the start of Mandela Month activities.

During the Mandela Month a range of activities will be organized to help the needy, including handing over of material to a women's sewing group in the remote village.

The Nelson Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre said the focus would be on the three special women in Madiba's life, viz. Evelyn Mase-Mandela, Graca Machel, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Solani said they would honor the women for their great contribution in Madiba's life.

He urged people to follow in the great example of community service from Mandela's life and work together to uplift needy communities in South Africa.

The former president's grandson, Ndaba Mandela, said the Mandela family would be organizing different activities to help those in need.

Speaking about the plans, Ndaba said, "We have quite a number of different activities being done by different people. My cousin Zoleka is going to be at a children's home in Johannesburg. The foundation and I will be collecting books for the youth of our community."

While History channel will broadcast documentary "Nelson Mandela: Redrawn" at 8.30 p. m. on Mandela Day, 18 July 2014; A&E Networks UK is airing a striking print advert and on-air promo to promote the documentary.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Transkei, South Africa.