South Africans commemorate the birthday of Nelson Mandela today(Monday) by giving 67 minutes to improve the lives of less fortunate compatriots.
The figure comes from the number of years the former president and apartheid icon served the public.
At schools, universities, businesses, government offices around the country, South Africans will demonstrate the power of volunteerism.
They’ll spend at least 67 minutes painting orphanages, clinics and schools, weeding gardens, spring clean old people homes or cooking a meal and entertain their inmates.
There’s some competition to come up with the most helpful and imaginative idea.
Local and national media are hungry to snap up these stories.
President Jacob Zuma, who’s at the African Union Summit in Kigali, has issued a statement urging his compatriots to make their contributions meaningful.
Every member of his Cabinet will lead officials in giving their 67 minutes of service.
There is no legal obligation on anyone to make the sacrifice.
Yet it is difficult to imagine anyone not making an effort.
Mandela’s private secretary Zelda la Grange, who has become a keen motorcyclist, will lead a rally designed to help restore the confidence of victims of gender based violence before roaring on to plant a vegetable garden for a women’s shelter.