The spirit of unity and compassion resonated across Soshanguve this past Mandela Day with the Setshaba Winter Drive campaign. Driven by the desire to alleviate food and clothing insecurity, the initiative successfully collected food items and warm blankets to distribute to non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Soshanguve. The Setshaba delegates participated in a visit to the iKhaya la Bantwana orphanage in Soshanguve, block NN. During the visit, the delegates interacted with the children and listened to their stories, understanding the importance of providing support and care for vulnerable communities. The campaign not only brought much-needed resources to those in need but also fostered a sense of hope and solidarity among all participants.
Today, Nelson Mandela Day serves as a reminder of the ongoing work required to achieve global equity and sustainable development, encouraging people all over the world to take action and make a positive difference in their communities. Sustainable development in Africa has faced significant challenges over the years, and Mandela Day efforts provided inspiration for African nations while also contributing to community development projects in South Africa in meaningful ways. By aligning Mandela Day with the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs), we were able to highlight the significance of the event in the township and emphasise our relevance on a larger scale. This connection not only increased awareness but also encouraged greater participation and support from the community.
UN SDGs highlighted by Setshaba on Mandela Day
Goal 1: No Poverty
SDG 1 aims to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030, i.e., currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 per day. It also aims to ensure that everyone has access to economic resources, education, sanitation, and public health services, as well as to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters.
Goal 2: No Hunger
SDG 2 is geared towards eradicating hunger and providing nutritious food for all people, especially children, pregnant women, and the elderly by 2030.