SOUTH AfRICANS MARk MAN­dELA dAY

Austin American-Statesman - - MONDAYBRIEFING -

A South African com­mu­nity once riven by anti-for­eigner vi­o­lence came to­gether Sun­day in the spirit of Nel­son Man­dela to play a lit­tle soc­cer.

The “good­will games” were among ac­tiv­i­ties around the world mark­ing Man­dela Day, which falls on Man­dela’s July 18 birth­day and was con­ceived as an in­ter­na­tional day de­voted to pub­lic ser­vice. Com­mu­nity lead­ers in At­teridgeville or­ga­nized the unity-build­ing tour­na­ment of teams of South Africans, Zim­bab­weans, Mozam­bi­cans and So­ma­lis who all live in this poor, black neigh­bor­hood on the western edge of South Africa’s cap­i­tal.

Man­dela, 92, was spend­ing the day with his fam­ily in Jo­han­nes­burg. Early Sun­day, his wife went to an or­phan­age in Soweto to help plant a veg­etable gar­den.

PETER MOREY PhO­TOG­RA­PhY

Nel­son Man­dela cel­e­brates his 92nd birth­day with his fam­ily Sun­day in Jo­han­nes­burg. Man­dela Day was con­ceived as an in­ter­na­tional day de­voted to pub­lic ser­vice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.