WKI would like to dedicate our usual “Tip of the Month” & our “Main Story” Section to Nelson Mandela for his Birthday.
To the man that gave his freedom for ours!
Happy Birthday Madiba!
Nelson Mandela: Still a Hero
Nelson Mandela was born 18 July 1918. A time very different to the one we live in now. He has always dedicated his life to a higher purpose. To liberate the oppressed and to create a United Nation where all are equal!
Mandela was one of the greatest Presidents this nation has seen and his life is celebrated all over the world. At the age of 89 he retired from office but his work never ceased. He has supported more than 20 Charities & Foundations and founded the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund that invests in the future of South Africa; the Youth, by changing the way society treats its children and youth.
One of Madiba’s greatest passions may have stemmed from the HIV related death of his eldest son Makgatho Lewanika Mandela.
On 29 November 2003 an event called the 46664 Concert was held at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. It was hosted by Mandela and its goal was to raise awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
The 46664 concert is still held yearly in honor of Nelson Mandela and to keep raising awareness about HIV/Aids, a subject so dear to Madiba’s heart.
At Working Knowledge International we share Madiba’s passion for education in the field of HIV/Aids and we promise to keep educating and providing answers and eradicating the stigma attached to this illness.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
What you may not know about Madiba:
Nelson is the oldest elected President off South Africa. He was 75 when he took office.
Nelson Mandela was dubbed the “Black Pimpernel” due to his ability to evade police. He would disguise himself as a gardener or even a chauffeur.
While in prison he was only allowed 1 visitor a year for 30min. He could only send & receive 1 letter every 6months.
He was given the name Nelson by his school teacher. His birth name is Rolihlahla which means “pulling the branch off trees”