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“What counts in life is not the mere fact 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

18 July 2013 marks the 95th birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and the fourth Nelson Mandela International Day.

The vision behind this key event is simple: that each individual has the ability and responsibility to impact change.

One message drives this vision: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights. The Mandela Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates use just 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back.

No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mr Mandela has.

Some of the world’s greatest leaders and influencers have taken a moment to recognise that it takes just one individual to inspire change through action. This is their tribute.

Change is driven by those who make it.

One man’s vision has inspired a global movement for good.

Share in this vision and become a changemaker.

Join us this Mandela Day and drive the change – pledge your support on Pledge 4 Mandela Day.

Honour the life and legacy of Madiba by making your “Mandela Day activity” a piece of history, by registering your activity at Mandela Day.

Let’s make every day a Mandela Day!

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Nelson Mandela Spends 95th Birthday in Hospital

 

A banner with images of former South African president Nelson Mandela is hung inside the St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, on 17 July 2013South Africa has been preparing for Mr Mandela’s birthday for weeks

Nelson Mandela is spending his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, as events take place around the world and in South Africa in his honour.

South Africans are being urged to match the former president and anti-apartheid leader’s 67 years of public service with 67 minutes of charitable acts.

Mr Mandela, who is in critical but stable condition with a recurring lung infection, entered hospital on 8 June.

President Jacob Zuma said his health was “steadily improving”.

“We are proud to call this international icon our own as South Africans and wish him good health,” Mr Zuma said in a statement.

“We thank all our people for supporting Madiba throughout the hospitalisation with undying love and compassion,” he said, referring to Mandela’s clan name.

Mr Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi, said on Wednesday that he had made “dramatic progress”.

“I should think he will be going home anytime soon,” she told UK Sky TV.

Mr Mandela’s birthday is also Nelson Mandela International Day, a day declared by the UN as a way to recognise the Nobel Prize winner’s contribution to reconciliation.

The former statesman is revered across the world for his role in ending apartheid in South Africa. He went on to become the first black president in the country’s first all-race elections in 1994.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said that on this Mandela Day homage was being paid to 95 years of “life well-lived”, dedicated to the liberation of South Africans and people all over the world.

Poster project

The day kicks off with millions of school children across South Africa singing Happy Birthday to Mr Mandela.

To mark the former statesman’s 67 years as a lawyer, activist, prisoner and president, volunteers will spend 67 minutes renovating schools and orphanages, cleaning hospitals and distributing food to the poor.

President Zuma plans to mark the occasion by overseeing the donation of houses to poor white families in the Pretoria area.

A poster project offering a global vision of Mandela, with 700 submissions from around the world, will be unveiled on Wednesday and auctioned off for charity.

“He carries across this concept of humanity and selflessness,” said Mohammed Jogie, co-founder of the project.

Children sing Happy Birthday to Mr Mandela on the eve of his birthday on 17 July 2013Well-wishers have been gathering outside Mr Mandela’s hospital leaving messages of support

Events will also be taking place internationally, with an image of a large Mandela painting by South African artist Paul Blomkamp featured in New York’s Times Square.

British entrepreneur Richard Branson has pledged 67 minutes of community service on Thursday to “make the world a better place, one small step at a time”, speaking in a recorded message.

Meanwhile, concerts are planned later this week in the Australian city of Melbourne, featuring local and African artists.

His illness gives extra poignancy to this year’s Mandela Day, correspondents say.

For South Africans, the best birthday present for Mandela would be to recover and be among the people who love him most, says the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani.

As the family and millions around the country reflect the role Mr Mandela played in South Africa, there will be a quiet prayer that he will return home soon, our correspondent adds.

His third wife, Graca Machel, said last Friday that she was “less anxious” about his health than before and that he was continuing to respond well to treatment.

Thursday also is the 15th anniversary of the couple’s marriage.

Ahead of the anniversary, Mr Mandela’s close friend and lawyer George Bizos described them as “a loving couple”, the AFP news agency reports.

Meanwhile, Mr Mandela’s granddaughter Ndileka told the BBC on Wednesday that she had been hurt by a continuing family feud over the burial place of three of Mr Mandela’s children, as well as his own resting place.

She also described how difficult it had been for the family to cope with his critical illness, complaining of intrusive media questioning.

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