August 01, 2016  — 

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA) joined the Provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism in celebrating former president Nelson Mandela's birthday on the 18th July by contributing their time to the community of Norvalspont, 30km on the outskirts of Colesberg town in the Karoo region. Food parcels were also donated to the community of Umsombovu Municipality.

The NCTA and the department officials visited Norvalspont Intermediary School where MEC Mac Jack handed over school uniform to the children, later the team visited Ikhwezi Pre-School and repaired the ceiling, and also painted swings and play equipment for the crèche.

According to Collin Fortune, Chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, the support of goodwill not only pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, but also to the communities throughout the Northern Cape Province. “We owe former president Nelson Mandela such a huge debt of gratitude for his contribution to our country and our democracy. What better way to display our goodwill and respect than by helping some of our needy communities in the province. 

"We felt that contributing our time to this global effort will not only help these less privileged members of our communities, but also help to unite us as South Africans.” states Fortune. We join millions of people across the world in living the very words of our great former statesman. “It feels good that something you did changed someone’s life ... and also changed your life,” said Mandela, who added: “This is yet another thing we’re exporting to the world: working together to make a difference.”