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