Every year, on 18 July, South Africans are encouraged to spend 67 minutes of their time to volunteer their services for social and charitable projects. This is to acknowledge the life of the late SA president, Nelson Mandela, whose life was dedicated to the freedom struggle in South Africa. South Africans are asked to involve themselves in local and national projects aimed at uplifting communities with the aim of making a difference. The call to ‘take action, inspire change and to make everyday a Mandela Day’ resonates strongly with the values of BAPS Charities.
BAPS Charities has responded to this call by initiating a host of projects throughout South Africa. One of these is a neighbourhood waste recycling and street cleaning project where approximately 150 homes within the Mayfair-West suburb of Johannesburg, will be given recycle bags for the purpose of recycling their plastic, glass, paper and metal waste. This project ties in with the theme of Mandela Day 2014 where the current president, Jacob Zuma, has called for all South Africans to make South Africa cleaner.
Through partnership with the City of Johannesburg’s waste management company – Pikitup – BAPS Charities volunteers will be handing out the bags to these homes 3 weeks prior to Mandela Day. Arrangements will be made to collect the bags from each home and handed to Pikitup for recycling purposes.
Further to this, BAPS Charities volunteers will be collecting rubbish and waste from streets within the Mayfair-West and Lenasia suburbs on Mandela Day as part of our efforts to support this cause.