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MEC Ndou participates in the 67 Minutes for Mandela

By: Paena Galane and Maano Nekhavhambe

As the global fraternity wraps up the 8th edition of the annual International Nelson Mandela month, the Limpopo Province MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructures Honourable Azwinndini Jeremiah Ndou, together with the Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Cllr Florence Radzilani, accompanied by over 100 officials of the department, and various Traditional leaders, visited Tshikundamalema Secondary school, in the Musina Local Municipality, on July 20.

In 2009, the President of the Republic of South Africa Honourable Jacob Zuma first introduced the concept of Mandela Day to motivate a nationwide campaign to get the public involved in charitable activities. Later in November that year, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) paid tribute to the late Anti-Apartheid Icon by adopting a resolution to make the international community aware of his humanitarian work.


Mandela Day which is the 18th of July each year, does not only celebrates the first elected Democratic President’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them.

The Department officials helped in the on-going constructions of the three blocks of flushing toilets, both for males and female pupils, and a urinal block for male learners on the day as part of the 67 minutes for Mandela Day initiatives.

During the Back-to-school campaign at the beginning of the 2017 academic year, MEC Ndou was assigned by the Provincial government to the school to monitor their academic readiness, and he observed that over 800 learners were sharing two-seater toilets, which was unpleasant and needed an urgent intervention from the government.

Constructions of the toilets project is expected to be completed by end of July 2017 and learners will no longer share a two-seater toilet when nature calls following a much needed intervention by the Provincial government.

The deployed officials to this great event also cleaned and repaired broken windows, cleared school yard and did road marking of the R525 which is a tourist route to the Pafuri Gate of the Kruger National Park.

Ndou, further emphasised that the pedestrian crossing will assist in the regulation of the speed near the school gate, as it is on the major road to the tourist destination.

"In the name of Nelson Mandela we see hope, dignity and sacrifice, hence our hands had to be in the deck for the learners and teachers of Tshikundamalema High School" concluded Ndou