IN THE SER­VICE OF GOOD

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SA and the rest of the world cel­e­brated Man­dela Day yesterday by remembering the coun­try’s first demo­cratic pres­i­dent’s hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit and gen­er­ous heart – giv­ing 67 min­utes of their time to the less for­tu­nate. Graça Machel (right), the for­mer states­man’s wife, joined Carolyn Steyn, the founder of 67 Blan­kets, at the Univer­sity of Johannesburg’s Soweto Cam­pus to knit blan­kets for those in need. Machel thanked South Africans for giv­ing 67 min­utes of their time for a good cause. On Fri­day, she spent time at the Stop Hunger Now cam­paign, which pack­aged more than 1 mil­lion meals. This year’s Man­dela Day theme was Take Ac­tion, In­spire Change. Vol­un­teers came out in their num­bers to knit and hand out blan­kets, paint schools, start gar­dens and pro­vide toys for or­phan­ages. Most shared their 67 min­utes of volunteering by post­ing photos on pop­u­lar so­cial net­work sites such as Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram. Madiba’s ex-wife Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela held a lunch for el­derly women at the Man­dela fam­ily res­tau­rant in Soweto, and handed out blan­kets

PHOTO: LUCKY NXUMALO

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