Nelson Mandela International Day, or Mandela Day as its affectionately known the world over, was widely celebrated last week Monday 18 July.
News came pouring into the tame TIMES production studio regarding the many generous 67 minute deeds undertaken by residents and organisations alike.
As part of our 67 minutes, we were invited to attend the Sun International and Stop Hunger Now South Africa challenge, Follow the Sun – an initiative aimed at packing meals for hungry children.
Sadly, the spirit on Mandela Day this year was dampened by the heartbreaking news of South African racing driver and television personality Gugu Zulu’s untimely death.
Zulu died on Monday morning while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during the Trek4Mandela expedition in aid of raising funds to buy sanitary towels for disadvantaged girls.
Among 42 trekkers, he was climbing Africa’s highest mountain alongside his wife, biokineticist, former reality TV star and personal trainer, Letshego Zulu.
I met the Zulus for the first time at the launch of The Raj Indian Restaurant Mall of the South last year November. Oozing enthusiasm, the couple were a breath of fresh air and truly inspirational.
Condolences to the families and all those affected. We have lost another beacon of positivism.
For more Madiba magic, turn to page 12 for our special Mandela Day feature.
Let’s make every day a Mandela Day.