The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the first black President of the Republic of South Africa, should inspire persons to become active and responsible citizens.

This view was expressed by Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luke Browne, as he delivered a lecture last evening as part of the centennial activities to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Speaking on the topic “Renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world,” Minister Browne said persons must move outside of their comfort zone and be prepared to make personal sacrifices of time, resources, energy and liberty.
Meanwhile, Minister Browne noted that these centennial celebrations are taking place at a time when Mandela already occupies a firm and secure place in world history.

He described Nelson Mandela as having been one of the leading and most influential figures of the 20th and 21st century.

The centennial activities will continue tomorrow July 18 with Nelson Mandela Dress Day, and citizens across the public and private sector are encouraged to don African garb and depict through dress the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

In addition to individual participation, organisations wishing to participate should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce to register their interest. The best dressed private and public entities will receive $500 towards their organisation.

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