On the Celebration of Mandela Day 2020


Every year as we mark Mandela Day, South Africans can be found painting walls in care centres, providing blankets to shelters, making meals for the vulnerable and giving of our time to make a difference in the lives of others.

This year, however, the global pandemic has put paid to many of our activities. With the need for social distancing and the importance of protecting those with comorbidities, we will need to come up with innovative ways to serve and support those in need.

I want to encourage us not to miss this opportunity to reach out and make a difference in whatever way we can, to remind South Africa of the spirit of unity and solidarity that makes us strong.

For my 67 Minutes, I am making a donation to Little Eden in appreciation of the work they do in caring for children and adults with profound intellectual disabilities. Many of the residents at Little Eden come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds, having been abandoned or abused. Yet at Little Eden they find more than a home; they find care, love and dignity.

To me this is symbolic of our democratic quest for equality among all people. Every person deserves to have their basic needs met, but also to be treated with dignity and respect. I would like to honour the carers, and every individual who speaks through their actions about the fundamental importance of equality.

Particularly in this time of crisis, I have the greatest admiration for the care givers and health workers who continue to give their all to assist, treat, heal and support those who are suffering. We cannot imagine the burden they carry on behalf of us all. We can only say thank you, and do what we can to offer support.

May this Mandela Day see us more active than ever in lending a hand – virtually, financially and through messages of hope.

The Hon. Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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