SAA Celebrates Nelson Mandela?s 94th Birthday
South African Airways (SAA) has, for the third consecutive year, partnered with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (Mandela Foundation) to commemorate Tata Madiba?s birthday.
In the first year, SAA flew 92 children from Qunu and Mvezo in the Eastern Cape to celebrate Tata?s 92nd birthday at the Centre of Memory. Last year, 93 children were selected from all nine provinces of South Africa to join in the annual celebrations and a reflection of the lessons learnt from Tata?s life at the Centre of Memory.
This year, in line with the theme for Nelson Mandela Day 2012: Youth of the World, Take Action Inspire Change; SAA flew a total of 19 youth representatives from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London, Polokwane, as well as from Zimbabwe, Zambia (Ndola and Lusaka), Dakar, the United States (Washington), Malawi, India (Mumbai), Accra (Ghana), Kinshasa (DRC) and Maputo (Mozambique) to Johannesburg where they participated in a Mandela Youth Day programme on Saturday 14 July 2012 at the Johannesburg Mayoral Chambers.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assisted in selecting participants who are active in youth programmes in their respective countries.
The main objective of the dialogue was to inspire the youth to Make Everyday a Mandela Day, and it focused on Mandela?s ideals through structured discussions based on themes such as his early life, prison years, presidential years and his retirement. The youth also shared some practical ideas of what they will be doing during their 67 minutes.
In addition, on Wednesday 18 July 2012, along with the rest of the world, a significant number of SAA staff members participated in various activities as part of the global call for people to participate in the 67 Minute campaign. SAA employees volunteered their 67 minutes to various projects ranging from a visit to Charlotte Maxeke?s Children Oncology unit, Soweto Home for the Elderly as well as at a Day Care Centre in Alexandra Township. Further, SAA through a donation by Swissport International, will be handing out six hundred and seventy blankets to the homeless at various points in Johannesburg.
Moreover, SAA will also host a Mandela Day fundraising breakfast for the Mandela Foundation on Tuesday 7 August 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. The event, with the theme ?Shared Futures?, aims to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Funds will be used to roll out the much needed Mandela container-libraries to poor schools around the country.
SAA acknowledges our sponsor companies, without whom hosting the learners would have not been possible: IFE Services, Servopak, Jade, Cellini, Panceira, Birchwood Hotel, Mc Donalds, Hansa Photography, Life College, Royal Events, UNDP, City of Johannesburg, Coca Cola, Dole SA and Woolworths/MySchool.