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Outbound Link: Mandela Day 18 July 2014

July 18, which is Nelson Mandela's birthday, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2010. The celebration of this international day recognises and gives credence to the former President’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.

It is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. As each person acts, they fuel momentum toward positive change, raising awareness and expanding the reach of Mr Mandela’s values – fighting injustice, helping people in need and practicing reconciliation.

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South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August

September marks the annual Heritage Month in South Africa.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched Heritage Month 2014 in Gauteng on 31 August under the theme: “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward”.

Among the projects identified to advance the “Tell Your Story” campaign are the reburials of Nat Nakasa and Moses Kotane. Repatriations of unsung heroes provide South Africans with an opportunity to learn more about their personal struggles, the circumstances that led to them living in exile and the impact they had on the liberation of our country.

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New shoe factory opened in Cape Town: 300 jobs currently and a further 240 new jobs in the next two years

A new factory premises making fashionable women’s shoes was opened in Parow industrial area by Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel.

The factory, Chic Shoes, was started by a black woman, Rachmat Thomas in 2004 and now employs 300 workers. Minister Patel opened the new building that the company bought with the support of national government financing, to expand their manufacturing facilities.

“In the next two years, the company plan to expand with 240 more workers, creating a large new industrial capacity,” Minister Patel said. He recounted the strong partnership between the company and government, with funding provided by the Industrial Development Corporation (the IDC) and a production incentive grant made available from national government.

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South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August

Celebrating the role played by women in the Struggle for liberation

The month of August is Women’s Month, and 9 August was declared Women’s Day by the democratically elected government of South Africa and is a public holiday. Women’s Day has its roots in the political activism by women during the struggle for liberation against colonisation and apartheid which culminated in the Women’s march on 9 August 1956. About 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings on this day to protest against the inclusion of women in the pass laws that served to control the movements of Blacks.

This 1956 march was co-ordinated by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) led by four women; Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams–De Bruyn.

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