Mandela Day – colleagues support charity campaign

To help people in need our South African colleagues participated in a food drive organized by FoodForward South Africa on Mandela Day.

International Nelson Mandela Day is aimed at encouraging humanitarian action. Every year since 2010 it has been held on July 18, the birthday of the South African Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela (1918–2013).

The number 67 plays a key role: It is the number of years – practically his entire adult life – that Mandela dedicated to working toward a humane, fair and free society in South Africa. Accordingly, on this day people in South Africa and elsewhere are encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to a social or charitable cause to improve the world step by step, following Mandela’s example.

“The initiative embodies the thyssenkrupp culture of giving back, and as this year marks the tenth anniversary of Mandela Day we decided to go all out,” says Kgothatso Ntsie, Marketing & Communications Manager at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa.

On July 18 Kgothatso and her colleagues Sibongile Mtsweni, Qhama Tom, Maria Sorota and Tiisetso Tsotetsi gathered at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, to give their 67 minutes to FoodForward SA by helping pack collected goods for distribution to the needy.

Established in 2009, FoodForward SA is a South African non-profit organization with a mission to help reduce hunger in the country through the cost-effective recovery and distribution of surplus food to a network of 530 organizations that aid vulnerable groups and those in need. The focus lies on helping the elderly, disabled, orphans and children in foster families, early childhood development, educational follow-up support and accommodation for the homeless. In total the various organizations reach and help around 200,000 people every day.

After Mandela Day on July 24 the thyssenkrupp team also delivered non-perishable food generously donated by employees together with funds to the FoodForward SA head office in Germiston, Johannesburg. Kgothatso said that it was heart-warming to see colleagues band together to support such a good cause.

“In the true essence of Mandela Day, thyssenkrupp is proud to be a part of the solution in helping to reduce hunger in disadvantaged communities in our country,” says Philipp Nellessen, CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, Sub-Saharan Africa. “This goal is something that we must not only live on Mandela Day but carry it forward each and every day.”