We at Stangen believe “inkunzi isematholeni”, meaning our future leaders are found amongst the youth. By providing for the youth, we are planting the seeds for a prosperous future. This African proverb echoes Utata Mandela’s charge of leadership to the next generation when he said: “it is in your hands now”.
Mandela possessed an unwavering belief in the power of empathy, honour and a sustainable way of doing things that would bring change in society. At Stangen, we want to help you provide for your family by ensuring that they are financially stable, thus allowing them to achieve their full potential. We know and appreciate that you care about protecting the future of your loved ones and leaving a legacy for them.
This day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Stangen celebrates this day by asking our future leaders what “67 minutes” means to them and how they plan on celebrating the wisdom of Utata Mandela.
“It’s a humbling experience for me to be a young person in this country, this day means moving forward and appreciating how far South Africans have come. It’s an era of diversity and acceptance. I will spend this day helping out at the Orlando East community centre cooking for the homeless.”- Lihle
“Honestly, I am inspired by Utata’s belief in young people; he believed that we could lead and create better opportunities for one another. This day brings us together everywhere and teaches us the importance of providing and creating better opportunities for the future. As a primary [school] teacher, I will use my 67 minutes reading and teaching underprivileged children at the nearby library.” -Thandeka
“Every generation needs a hero, and I believe that Mandela is a hero to all of us. I’m spending this day volunteering at a girl’s home in Soweto, doing activities with the girls and teaching them the importance of this day.”- Nabeelah
“I honestly think that Mandela day is a celebration. As a young South African, I feel privileged to be part of something so beautiful, and I am happy to see that our youth is honouring this day. I will be part of the Madiba 67 minute Walk for Charity.”- Nadia
It is remarkable to see young people making this country a better place. Both the life and legacy of Mandela has touched us all in one way or another. In the wise words of Nelson Mandela, “you can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.” At Stangen, “we believe by providing for the future now, tomorrow will be protected”.
What are you doing this Mandela Day? Here’s a list of activities you can engage in to help those who are less fortunate. Click here: Mandela Day community