People across South Africa and the world have been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether it has been through illness, death or financial difficulty, the need for help has never been greater. SAPTU would like to use this day to encourage the South African workforce to commit their time, donate money or essential items to those in need.
The initiative to give 67 minutes on one day to support others with your time or something physical, is what makes the 18th of July a special day in South Africa. On 18 July we commemorate Nelson Mandela and reaffirm ourselves to give selflessly for at least 67 minutes.
SAPTU (South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union) celebrate Nelson Mandela Day every year to shine light on the legacy of a man who changed the 20th century and helped shape the 21st. This is a moment for all to renew with the values that inspired Nelson Mandela.
“Let’s keep on working hard and contributing to a better South Africa,” says Adv. Ben van der Walt, the general secretary of SAPTU. “Our thoughts are with our colleagues and other South Africans who lost their jobs in these difficult times.”
SAPTU calls on the government to urgently secure important aspects of our economy and bring an end to corruption in the country.
Issued by: SAPTU
Date: 18 July 2021