Mandela Day: Taking action, inspiring change

Lonmin employees celebrate Mandela Day

In memory of Madiba:

It is with great sadness that our Former President, the Father of the Nation Nelson Mandela, has passed away.

Madiba was our leader, our light in a time of darkness, the father of our nation and gave us hope. Hamba Kahle Tata.

Mandela Day is recognised internationally on 18 July every year, when people around the world are asked to devote 67 minutes of their time to help others. The idea was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008.

The 67 minutes are intended to represent every year that Mandela gave in public service, from 1942 when he first began to campaign for human rights for all South Africans, until it was officially declared by the United Nations in 2009.

On 18 July 2013, Lonmin rose to the challenge and various groups from within the Lonmin family dedicated their 67 minutes to helping surrounding communities in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday.

Around 300 Lonmin employees responded to the Environmental Department’s appeal to take part in a clean-up campaign. Over 550 bags of rubbish and litter were removed by the Greater Lonmin Community (GLC) waste removal company, which is itself a proudly Lonmin initiative.

Other teams spread out across the GLC communities to dedicate their 67 minutes. Key activities of the day included:

Even our suppliers offered their time in the spirit of the day. Brainwaves, an education service provider, together with the Lonmin Internal Audit Team, went to Tswellang Early Childhood Development Centre in Majakaneng where they planted trees, handed out snack packs and gave each child a balloon bearing a positive message for their parents to pop at home.

Ukuqonda Institute, another education service provider specialising in mathematics, physical science and technology excellence, teamed up with some of the Lonmin students enrolled in the University Preparedness and Technical Preparedness Programmes to perform basic maintenance at Kwanyape Primary School in Modderspruit while Gomolemo Projects, a GLC, black-owned construction company, handed out 540 food parcels and a warm meal to the elderly in Wonderkop.