Pretoria-Public Service and Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi is currently leading a massive clean-up campaign in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nelson Mandela in Vuwani town, Limpopo.
The Minister who grew up in the area, is leading the first ever clean-up Vuwani campaign with the view of keeping the values that Madiba introduced to South Africans and the people of the world- the value of service; serving other people without expecting anything in return.
She said the other purpose of the clean-up drive is to demonstrate government’s promise to a healthy, clean, safe and environmental friendly communities.
Muthambi and a team comprising of residents, traditional leaders, spiritual leaders, representatives of the Vuwani Constituency Office and other leaders from the Vhembe region will start picking up litter from Vuwani Shopping complex, Government Offices, townhall and Nandoni Primary School.
“We’ve decided to demonstrate Madiba’s values through cleaning up our rural town of Vuwani. We strongly believe that our new clean-up campaign will help to sensitize locals to keep their small town clean and environmental friendly,” she said.
Minister Muthambi said her campaign to clean-up the heaps of garbage and stagnant mosquito-infested water is not a once off event as she said that it will be held annually during Mandela Month.
“While we want to use the campaign to emulate Madiba who was known world-wide as a servant of the people, we also want to encourage the locals to be aware of the environmental hazard threatening their town by the garbage they piled up.
“The clean-up campaign is our effort to remain true to Nelson Mandela’s ideals of making the country and the world a better place,” she said.
For 67 years, Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience and an international peace maker.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation dedicated this year’s Mandela Month to Action Against Poverty, honouring Madiba’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
In November 2009, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared July 18, Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of Mandela’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
The month of July is a very significant month in South Africa. On July 18, every year, South Africans, and the people of the world at large, celebrate Mandela Day through acting on the idea that each person has the power to make a meaningful contribution towards those who are less fortunate.
South Africans have embraced the chance to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life for the whole of July. This means everyone has the whole month to take action and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
It is almost four years since the passing of former President Mandela.