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NNelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa. It’s celebrated each year on Madiba’s birthday, July 18. Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations (UN) in November 2009. The day is not a public holiday but rather a day of service to others.
Mandela calls on all of us, every day, to make the world a better place. Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.
LLast year’s hashtag, #RunForUnity embodies Mandela’s vision of a unified country that belongs to all who live in it, irrespective of race, gender and culture. Not only does the race unify South Africans but it unifies Africa as people of all nationalities take part.
Mandela Day Marathon
MMandela Day is about giving your time and energy to those in need, no matter how small the gesture. “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
The race compromises three events: the 42.2km race, the 21.1km race and the 10km race. All three races end in Howick where Mandela was captured by police whilst disguised as a chauffeur.
Sweat it out on race day and make your trip worthwhile by exploring the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands and its surrounding areas.
PPop by Howick and you can enjoy a stay at the Midmar Game Reserve, take a walk to the Howick Waterfall or book a Karkloof Canopy Tour and zip line over the trees and wildlife.
Pass by Pietermaritzburg and visit Butterflies for Africa. It is home to a tropical butterfly centre where visitors walk among butterflies from across the world in a lush tropical environment that also houses fish, birds, monkeys and other critters. Guides ensure that this is a fun and educational experience.
So let loose and surprise yourself with all that the Midlands has to offer.
South Africans are a diverse mix of peoples from Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, and the many museums scattered around the country preserve rich histories, heritages and cultural traditions.
South Africa is a country of rich religious diversity, protected by the Constitution, so explore sacred architecture and spiritual traditions at our many historic places of worship.
There are many well-known historic and contemporary art works on display in art museums and galleries in each of South Africa's 9 provinces, with many important permanent art collections centred in the country's major cities.
South Africa’s sacred sites stretch from Lake Fundudzi in Limpopo and eMakhosini in KwaZulu-Natal to the energy centres identified by spiritualists and mosques and temples.
Rorke’s Drift is a KZN Battlefield site, famous for a small British Battalion having defended themselves against 4 000 Zulu’s in 1879, shortly after the Battle of Isandlwana.
Mfula store is a traditional South African trading store that has been converted into an accommodation and activity spot for travellers looking for a unique experience.