Mandela Day: Sustainability in the name of Madiba
On 18 July, Nelson Mandela would have turned one hundred years old. Enel Green Power honoured this special anniversary by taking part in various projects to help South Africa’s neediest, as part of the annual Mandela Day initiatives.
“There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a programme that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.” — Nelson Mandela.
As the world celebrated Mandela Day this year, it is worth reflecting that Madiba’s words have the power to be transformed into concrete actions aimed at sustainable development.
Since Mandela Day was established in 2009, it has become tradition in South Africa for people to take at least 67 minutes of their day to help those in need, with the aim of providing practical help and tangible action.
Mandela Day has a strong symbolic meaning. It honours both Mandela’s day of birth and the 67 years he dedicated to his country, 27 of which were spent in prison.
This year, Mandela Day marked the hundredth anniversary of his birth. “Be the Legacy” was chosen as the theme, and the day provided an opportunity to continue the legacy he forged.