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CAPE TOWN – Numerous events and initiatives are planned across the country to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

In 2009, the United Nations general assembly declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s contribution to peace and freedom.

It’s not just today that the Nelson Mandala Foundation wants people to give back to their communities.

The foundation has urged South Africans to continue with their efforts well beyond 18 July.

It was one of Madiba’s most passionate causes, eradicating poverty. So, the organisation has themed today ‘Action Against Poverty’.

Parliamentary staffers will help feed homeless people outside the national legislature’s visitor centre.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz will also be doing his bit for the needy by joining the 2017 Rise Against Hunger charity event at the GrandWest Casino. The initiative aims to pack 180,000 meals to be donated to shelters and charities across the city.

Fishing company the Oceana Group wants to put together more than 20,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now campaign.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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