Janice Dowson

2 August 2016

Cape Town, South Africa

Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP)

67 Minutes: Freedom, Justice, and Democracy – Nelson Mandela International Day – 18 July

This blog post provides a brief glimpse of Nelson Mandela’s life of public service. It outlines his political awakening, his arrest, detention and prison leadership, his role in negotiations that brought about the end of the apartheid era and his rise to the presidency. It then discusses Nelson Mandela International Day, which was declared by the UN as a day to honour Mandela’s years of public service.  The UN and the Nelson Mandela foundation call on all global citizens to commit to 67 minutes of public service every 18 July to commemorate the 67 years Mandela spent serving others.