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Remarks by H.E. Mr Andries Nel, at the Harlem Growth Gardens, New York

Remarks by H.E. Mr Andries Nel, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affair, Republic of South Africa  At the Harlem Growth Gardens, New York, 18 July 2018


President Lajčák,

Commissioner Abeywardena,

USG Smale,

Executive Director Mlambo Ngcuka,

And Volunteers,

Today marks the centenary of the birth of our late beloved Nelson Mandela. At this time, we have an opportunity to reflect on the values he lived. We have an opportunity to reflect on how we can continue his legacy and work together to move our communities forward.

One area of special importance for Tata Madiba was how we treated each other in our daily lives. He inspired us to transcend our differences and come together as one common humanity. We all have the responsibility to promote these ideals so the next generation will be empowered to take them forward.

Former President Nelson Mandela was a struggle leader, a President, and a global icon. But he believed that every single person in the world had a right and a responsibility to change the world around him. It is for this reason that volunteer activities had a special place in his heart.

There are no set rules. It is any act of kindness that impacts someone else’s life positively and epitomises the values that Nelson Mandela had instilled within us. Each one of us holds the potential to uplift and empower our community.

No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better – just as Mandela did.

As he said “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.”

Today, we are honoured to be able to join your efforts make a difference in the lives of your community.