Former US President Barack Obama has agreed to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg in July, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Obama Foundation announced on Monday.
The planned activities ahead of 18 July include activities aimed at eradicating poverty and racism, the ‘67 blankets’ drive, sporting events.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation says it’s all systems go, with various activities set to commemorate the late global icon, who would have turned 100 years on 18 July had he lived.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the countdown to Mandela Day at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Monday.
The former statesman died on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95.
The United Nations declared July 18 International Nelson Mandela Day. Annually on this day, people across political divides in South Africa and other parts of the world devote 67 minutes doing charitable work and prompting global citizens to take action against poverty.
The 67 minutes signify the 67 years Madiba dedicated to the service of others.