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Türkiye donates toiletries on Mandela Day in South Africa

In 2009, UN designated July 18 as International Nelson Mandela Day to celebrate his birthday

Hassan Isilow   | 19.07.2022
Türkiye donates toiletries on Mandela Day in South Africa The embassy of Türkiye and Turkish Maarif Foundation on Monday donated boxes of toiletries as part of commemorating the International Nelson Mandela Day. Nedim Kaya the embassy's education counsellor is seen handing over some of the items at a children’s center in Soweto at an event organized by the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) (Photos - Hassan Isilow )

JOHANNESBURG 

The embassy of Türkiye and the Turkish Maarif Foundation donated boxes of toiletries Monday as part of commemorating International Nelson Mandela Day.

‘‘We donated parcels of toiletries to Leratong Hospital, together with a number of other embassies,” Türkiye’s ambassador Aysegul Kandas told Anadolu Agency.

The United Nations in 2009 designated July 18 as a day to celebrate Mandela’s birthday and also to commemorate the fight against racism and apartheid.

To honor Mandela and his selfless contribution to humanity, South Africans from all walks of life dedicated 67 minutes of their time to volunteer for good causes.

The 67 minutes given to help the less fortunate is a tribute to the number of years Mandela spent in public service.

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, was joined by several heads of diplomatic missions and the international community in marking the day at Leratong Hospice in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

At another event in Johannesburg, the Turkish Maarif Foundation donated parcels of toiletries to a children’s center in Soweto at an event organized by the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).

The parcels were handed over to officials by Nedim Kaya, the Turkish embassy's education counsellor.

Speaking at another event in Diepsloot, ambassador Kandas told guests that Türkiye supports women's empowerment and youth development and pledged support to the NGO ACTION Support Center in its social cohesion projects in Diepsloot.

Kandas said that as the Turkish embassy, they were proud to be a part of three different events honoring the humanitarian legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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