#AdvancingChangeMoments: Mandela Day

Celebrating a great man’s legacy:

On the 18th of July 2017, South Africans from all walks of life celebrated Mandela Day.

For many people across South Africa and around the world, Tata Madiba represents hope, dreams and embodies everything we can all aspire to.


This is the new approach by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to ensure that we all try to make every day is a Mandela Day; to increase sustainability, reach and impact with this year’s focus being poverty, unemployment and inequality

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

What we did for Mandela Day.

For 2017, Cipla’s week-long campaign kicked off on 12 July with our awesome Mandela Day team packing over 900 hampers filled with various goodies to be handed out to the Klipheuwel community later in the week, not far away from our head office in Cape Town.

“Madiba was such a great, inspiring person; he meant a lot to South Africans and he really cared for people,” said Melanie Van Jaarsveld, Cipla’s Communications and Wellness Officer.

This year the Cipla Distribution Gateway (CDG) team sponsored the under-12 football team from the NPO Rock’a’Fellas Football Club who work within the community of Rocklands, Westridge, Eastridge, Beacon Valley, Tafelsig and Khayelitsha.

“Sport is a very important part of bringing communities together. A lot of the staff at CDG are keen soccer supporters. Therefore, by supporting local soccer teams, we can find a meaningful way of making a difference in the community,” said Joseph Ludorf, Cipla’sExecutive Director: Supply Chain.


We were pleased to hand out soccer outfits, boots and caps to the team of 20 children who gave our Cipla United team a run for their money. This was followed by a medal ceremony and lunch of boerewors rolls and soup.

Most of these children come from very poor households where a basic need such as having a decent meal is a luxury. The Rock’a’Fellas Football Club objective is to make sport an event that helps to keep these children off the streets and to create an environment where they can enjoy their spare time with sporting activities.

The entire day was a big success enjoyed by Cipla staff, the children and all those involved.

 On 14 July, Cipla staff went to the Klipheuwel community to deliver the hampers that had been made up earlier in the week. Staff met many residentsand gained a real understanding of the challenges facing Klipheuwel. 

Since 2011, Dr Bradley Kuhn has been working hard to make an impact in Klipheuwel and we will be working closely with him in the future.

 “People living here do not have electricity, so something like studying is very difficult to do. The sanitation is basic with concrete chemical type toilets. A few communal taps provide the only water. Often these taps are dry. Many of these kids live in shacks, which comprise only one or two rooms, and house six or more people. Living in these conditions is very challenging,” said Dr Bradley Kuhn, Trustee of Josiah Trust.

 With Mandela Day being such an important day in South Africa our aim was to reach out to the communities that Cipla has a growing relationship with through our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and through the Cipla Foundation.

 Thanks to everyone for their efforts and support in making Mandela Day a huge success and let us all try and make every day, Mandela Day.

 “We just want to say thank you to Cipla for coming into the community. It really made a big impact. Thanks very much – we really appreciate it and want to thank you on behalf of the whole community,” said Nkupane Ntswane “Bhuti”, Chairman of the Klipheuwel Community Development Forum.

Watch the video below to see what transpired.

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