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  • Writer's pictureLisa Perry

Happy 100th birthday Tata Madiba!

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” These are the words of the late Nelson Mandela.

The 18th of July 2018 would have marked Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary who spent most of his life fighting for equal rights for all South Africans, and a political leader who served as the first black president of South Africa from the year 1994 to 1999. He was a man who dedicated his entire life to helping others, and was a educated and multi-talented man who could have chosen to pursue his career, but instead chose to help his country. Today he is recognized as one of the world’s greatest heroes of all time.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, and the ability to make an impact. Mandela spent 67 years of his life fighting for freedom and equal rights, as a result his birthday is celebrated globally with the aim of spending 67 minutes of our time helping those in need. Each minute of the 67 minutes represents every year of Mandela’s public service.

At PWH Wealth Group we are selfless in our service to our clients and to the community at large. We believe that “we must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right” - Nelson Mandela. On Mandela day, we joined Kingsmead College in collaboration with Community Hours for a Make-and-Donate-a-Sleeping-Bag event. The PWH team spent 67 minutes making sleeping bags for the homeless. The sleeping bags were made from recyclable material. It was a wonderful experience and showed that a little goes a long way, and that doing something small could have a significant impact in people’s lives.

It is very amazing what we can accomplish if we put our minds to it. South Africa is continuously growing and if we want to keep changing for the better it is up to us to initiate the change. Whilst we cannot all be Mandelas, his life should inspire us to help those in need. It does not have to be something big and it most certainly does not have to happen only on Mandela Day. It is something that should always dwell in us.


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