International Mandela Day is celebrated each year on 18 July to celebrate the life of a great South African icon, Nelson Mandela. Mandela Day is a global movement that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.
This should aim to change the lives of people for the better, and incorporate the national theme "67 minutes to change their lives" culminating from the 67 years that Mandela spent serving his community, his country and the world at large.
The Department of Higher Education is one of the departments that, in partnership with other stakeholders, responded to the national call. The aim of this campaign is, through career guidance and related career choices; create opportunities for all learners to access institutions of higher learning and training, for quality education and training.
Showcasing the legacy of Madiba, the Mandela Day Career Guidance festival has now become an annual event, helping to shape the future generations to become education, skilled and empowered young people.
The highlight of this event is that 67 bursaries are made available to the Top 67 learners in the area to enable them to study further.
Messages of encouragement and words of wisdom are also passed down to these learners from Dr Nzimande and other dignitaries who pledge 67 minutes of their time.