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UJ: Mandela Day initiatives

​​​As an Institution dedicated to the humanitarian legacy of Nelson Mandela, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) heeded the call to pledge time for community outreach initiatives, in commemoration of Mandela’s birthday on 18 July 2014.​
Every year, UJ students and staff volunteer to give at least 67 minutes of their time to others to make the world a better place. This year is no different as students and staff will, once again, under the theme How to Serve – Using UJ values to lead like Mandela, contribute to Nelson Mandela Day.
On Friday, 18 July, the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Ihron Rensburg, will deliver the keynote address thereafter participating students and staff will proceed to the various project points to commence with the actual Nelson Mandela Day activities. The event, to be held at the University’s Student Centre Area (Auckland Park Kingsway Campus), is scheduled to start at 08:30. A video, showcasing the previous years’ Nelson Mandela activities, will also be screened at the event.​​
· UJ staff and students will embark on a clean-up campaign at the Westdene Dam. The clean-up campaign is scheduled to start at 10:30.
· Some 1000 UJ staff and students will dedicate their time by washing windows, scrubbing cots and toilets, mopping floors and doing general maintenance work in and around the Chris Hani (Soweto), the Helen Joseph and the Charlotte Maxeke (Johannesburg General) hospitals. UJ volunteers will also walk through the hospitals, reading to and comforting young patients. These activities are scheduled to start at 10:30.
· UJ employees and students will collect children’s reading books, non-perishable and prepared food. The books will be donated to the Mandela Libraries Initiative at schools, hospitals and orphanages.
More information on UJ’s community outreach initiatives can be obtained from Ms Ernestine Meyer-Adams. She can be contacted on 082 730 2422.
The following UJ Community Engagement staff will coordinate the above mentioned activities:
Ms Ernestine Meyer-Adams (Hellen Joseph): 0827302422
Ms Monki Sebigi (Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital): 0732048673​
Mr Andy Balaram (Charlotte Maxeke Hospital): 0743275907
Ms Ruth Mnwana (Westdene Dam / Hursthill – Rossmore Park): 0824793613
· In celebration of Mandela’s dedication to transformation, the Transformation Unit at the University is embarking on a tree-planting ceremony on all four of its campuses. The 2014 tree of the year, Heretopyxis (Lavender Tree), will be planted.
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