In pictures: It's a wrap. Mandela Day 2022 once again saw thousands of South Africans spend at least 67 minutes doing good work for someone else. Across the country, government officials did their bit too, and these are the highlights
From the Northern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, teams from different agri departments and agencies across the country got their hands dirty doing good deeds in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.
National agri minister Thoko Didiza visited Qunu in the Eastern Cape where she was joined by Madiba’s grandson and politician Mandla Mandela, as well as the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for agriculture and rural development, Nonkqubela Pieters.
Their Mandela Day activities included some repair work and donations in the community of Madiba’s birthplace, while Didiza’s deputy, Mcebisi Skwatsha, travelled to Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape to do repair work on a local crèche and sign a long-awaited agreement.
In the Northern Cape, the provincial department of agriculture, environmental affairs, rural development and land reform hit the road to several districts to establish food gardens, conduct a rabies vaccination drive, dish out something to eat and even to do a spot of painting.
MEC Mase Manopole sent a delegation to Barkley West where a team of officials also did renovation work on ten residential houses.
In KwaZulu-Natal, agriculture and rural development MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi visited Qedusizi Primary School in Nquthu to plant vegetables.
Casidra, a governmental rural development agency in the Western Cape, handed over 180 packs of school stationery worth R40 000 to the Pebbles Project, a non-profit that works in the agricultural sector.
The agency also delivered garden compost and tools, and prepared vegetable gardens, at the Raithby Methodist Church in Paarl.
Here are some more picture highlights from yesterday’s government projects.
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