ACTSA – Action for Southern Africa Friday, March 23, 2018

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Mandela Day
18 July is International Nelson Mandela Day. It is the 96th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.  All over the world people will be marking it by devoting time to helping others. (A minimum of 67 minutes is suggested, but you could do 96)
Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the pursuit of democracy, dignity, rights and justice as an activist, a human rights lawyer, a political prisoner, a peacemaker, a statesman and became the first democratically elected president of a free and democratic South Africa. He gave more than 67 years of his life to public service. He was imprisoned for more than 27 years for his belief in and commitment to a non racial South Africa.

In 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

ACTSA is encouraging our supporters to do something for Mandela Day.  Below are a few ideas of how to get involved:

1. Celebrate Mandela: There are many events taking place to celebrate Mandela Day, find out more
2. Take action on southern Africa. ACTSA has many campaigns that you can get involved in.

3. Donate your skills. You could even become a volunteer with ACTSA. Email

3. Commit to buying fairly traded southern African products. Or encourage your local shops to stock Fairtrade.

4. Do a talk on southern Africa in your workplace, or to a group or organisation in your area. ACTSA has talks you can deliver on Justice for South African Gold Miners, Dignity! Period, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. Email for more information.

5. Donate books to children in South Africa through ACTSA Scotland. Donations of good quality children's books in English welcome. The books will be sent to school libraries in Nelson Mandela’s home province of Eastern Cape.

6. Learn about southern Africa and the struggle against apartheid. You could even ask your local library to stock some of these Suggested books on the struggle against apartheid and southern Africa here.

7. Walk- 6.7km (or 67km if you really want a challenge). Ask friends and family to sponsor you and help raise money for ACTSA.

8. Take southern Africa to school. ACTSA has a range of materials on South Africa and the struggle against apartheid including:
The African National Congress at 100 the road to freedom and Football and Freedom

For information of how your local authority can get involved in Mandela Day see Local Authority ACTSA's  Mandela Day Pack.

Nelson Mandela Biography

Background on Mandela Day (Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)

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