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Mandela Day Marathon: Triumph of the Human Spirit

Mandela Day Marathon

Former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson Chief Mandla Mandela says the family is working hard to make sure that they keep up their grandfather’s legacy through bettering communities.

Speaking in an interview on Morning Live, Mandela says the family continues to honour the statesman for sacrificing his life for the freedom of others.

“We as a family continue to do our part, ensuring that every day we could contribute in some way or another in ensuring that we keep up Madiba’s legacy. “

He has acknowledged how other people in the world heed the 67 minutes call to do good deeds during Mandela Day.

“ It has been a very exciting for us as family in honouring Madiba and his legacy, as you know July has been declared Mandela Month but more so July 18 , was declared by the United Nations in 2009 the International Mandela Day , where there is a global calling that since Madiba dedicated 67 years of his life serving humanity, we should give up 67 minutes ensuring that we are bettering communities we live in , so you have seen people from all walks of life in the country , continent and the global community doing their part in contributing to the Nelson Mandela International Day , 67 minutes initiative.”

He says the Mandela Day Marathon is also one of the events that aim to celebrate the struggle stalwart. “The Mandela Day marathon seeks to do that. It is about the triumph of the human spirit.”

The event will take place between Pietermaritzburg and Howick on 28 August. South African athletes will be keen to make the men’s or women’s title their own after Lesotho’s Matela Makhetha and Ethiopias Abere Alebachew won in the 2015 event. Click below to watch the full interview:


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