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NNelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa. It’s celebrated each year on Madiba’s birthday, July 18. Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations (UN) in November 2009. The day is not a public holiday but rather a day of service to others.
Mandela calls on all of us, every day, to make the world a better place. Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
LLast year’s hashtag, #RunForUnity embodies Mandela’s vision of a unified country that belongs to all who live in it, irrespective of race, gender and culture. Not only does the race unify South Africans but it unifies Africa as people of all nationalities take part.
Mandela Day Marathon
MMandela Day is about giving your time and energy to those in need, no matter how small the gesture. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
The race compromises three events: the 42.2km race, the 21.1km race and the 10km race. All three races end in Howick where Mandela was captured by police whilst disguised as a chauffeur.
Sweat it out on race day and make your trip worthwhile by exploring the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands and its surrounding areas.
PPop by Howick and you can enjoy a stay at the Midmar Game Reserve, take a walk to the Howick Waterfall or book a Karkloof Canopy Tour and zip line over the trees and wildlife.
Pass by Pietermaritzburg and visit Butterflies for Africa. It is home to a tropical butterfly centre where visitors walk among butterflies from across the world in a lush tropical environment that also houses fish, birds, monkeys and other critters. Guides ensure that this is a fun and educational experience.
So let loose and surprise yourself with all that the Midlands has to offer.
Linger longer as your senses take in the smells, sounds and tastes of different spices and incense or let your sight drink in the vibrant and colourful fabrics.
Shakaland is a cultural replication of a Zulu “Umuzi” or homestead, complete with 55 very comfortable beehive huts that overlook the Phobane Lake.
Visit the Ohlange Institute in Inanda - KwaZulu-Natal - where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote, and tap into critical South African history.
The Inanda Heritage Route explores the often overlooked area on Inanda, north of Durban. Despite its apparent obscurity, this region has historical roots that run deep, as a place that experienced first-hand the injustices of apartheid, was the home of passive resistance and became an icon of the freedom struggle.
With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.
The local Indian cuisine has very distinctive flavours. Spices are used extensively, and much of the cooking is considered to be hotter than the fare usually consumed by non-Indian South Africans.