Nelson Mandela Day on July 18th
Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18th has been declared as the International Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations. The Afro-Asian Institute in Salzburg, the Southern Africa Documentation and Cooperation Centre (SADOCC) in Vienna and the Catholic Action Salzburg commemorate Mandela's legacy with a four-meter-long and 1.5-meter-high banner at K6 (Kapitelplatz 6) in Salzburg's old town.
The International Nelson Mandela Day has been celebrated since 2010. The annual commemoration of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, freedom fighter and President of South Africa is intended to encourage solidarity and support for people in need around the globe. Mandela himself set a good example: during his presidency (1995-1999), he donated a third of his salary each month to the children's foundation he established.
The political achievements of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) remain unsurpassed to this day: Under his leadership, a largely peaceful transition from the cruel apartheid regime to the democratic rainbow nation of South Africa was achieved. In view of increasing social polarization, his positions are more topical than ever: "To make peace with an opponent, you have to work with him - and the opponent becomes your friend," Mandela was convinced.