A team of 167 volunteers from 24 Norton Rose Fulbright offices recently descended on Johannesburg for the law firm’s “Nelson Mandela Foundation Challenge 67 global charitable initiative”. The team headed to the township of Tsakane in Ekurhuleni to work with The Nelson Mandela Foundation, to help construct a building for the Menzi Children’s Home. They also planted a sustainable food garden at Vuyani Primary School, with the aid of the non-profit organisation – Food & Trees for Africa – to support its learner feeding scheme.

The weekend’s events included digging foundations, making bricks and concrete furniture, painting doors, and creating a mosaic statue of Nelson Mandela. The heat made conditions challenging, but everyone stuck to the job at hand.

The video features the children’s home, its founder Ms Matshidiso Mokwape, and how the project will help change the lives of the people in this community.

A typical blue-skied winter’s day ushered in Mandela Day 2017 in Gauteng, bringing with it a flurry of activity as individuals and organisations set out to do their 67 minutes – and more – in recognition of Madiba’s service to South Africa.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, after announcing its intentions for Mandela Day at the official launch in June, reconvened at Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa to honour the day and to continue the efforts that have been under way for the past few weeks.

The work to which the Foundation and its partners have committed themselves has been undertaken in careful consultation with the school to ensure that its needs are accurately and sustainably addressed. These needs also fall within the four pillars prioritized by the Foundation’s Mandela Day activities, which are literacy and education, food security, shelter, and infrastructure and the environment.