On the 18th July 2017 South Africans from all walks of life celebrated Mandela Day.
For many people across South Africa and around the world Tata Madiba represents hope, dreams and embodies everything we can all aspire to.
TAKE ACTION. INSPIRE CHANGE. MAKE EVERY DAY A MANDELA DAY.
This is the new approach by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to ensure that we all try to make every day is a Mandela Day; to increase sustainability, reach and impact with this year’s focus being poverty, unemployment and inequality
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
What we did for Mandela Day
For 2017 Cipla’s week-long campaign kicked off on the 12th of July with our awesome Mandela Day team hard at work packing over 900 food hampers to be handed out to the Klipheuwel community later in the week, not far away from our head office in Cape Town.
“Madiba was such a great and inspiring person and he meant a lot to the South African people and he cared a lot for people” – Melanie Van Jaarsveld – Communications and Wellness Officer
This year the Cipla Distribution Gateway team sponsored the under 12 football team from the NPO Rock’a’Fellas Football Club who work within the community of Rocklands, Westridge, Eastridge, Beacon Valley, Tafelsig and Khayelitsha.
“Sport is a very important part of bringing communities together. A lot of the staff at CDG are keen soccer supporters and identify with the sport and by supporting local soccer teams we can find a meaningful way of making a difference in the community.” – Joseph Ludorf – Executive Director: Supply Chain
We were pleased to hand out soccer outfits, boots and caps to the team of 20 children who gave our Cipla United team a run for their money. This was followed by a medal ceremony and lunch of boerewors rolls and soup.
Most of these children come from very poor households where a basic need such as having a decent meal is a luxury. The Rock’a’Fellas Football Club objective is to make sports an event that helps to keep these children off the streets and to create an environment where they can enjoy their spare time with sporting activities.
The entire day was a big success enjoyed by Cipla staff, the children and all those involved.
On the 14th of July, Cipla staff went through to the Klipheuwel community to deliver the hampers that had been made up earlier in the week. We got to meet many people on the ground and gained a real understanding of the challenges facing Klipheuwel.
Since 2011, Dr Bradley Kuhn has been working hard to make an impact in Klipheuwel and we will be working closely with him in the future.
“People living here do not have electricity, so something like studying is very difficult to do. The sanitation is basic with concrete chemical type toilets. A few communal taps provide the only water. Often these taps are dry. Many of these kids live in shacks, which comprise only one or two rooms, and house six or more people. Living in these conditions is very challenging,” says Dr Bradley Kuhn, Trustee of Josiah Trust
With Mandela Day being such an important day in South Africa our aim was to reach out to the communities that Cipla has a growing relationship with through our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and through the Cipla Foundation.
Thanks to everyone for their efforts and support in making Mandela Day a huge success and let us all try and make every day, Mandela Day.
“We just want to say thank you to Cipla for coming into the community. It really made a big impact. Thanks very much we really appreciate it and want to thank you on behalf of the whole community” – Nkupane Ntswane “Bhuti”: Chairman of the Klipheuwel Community Development Forum.