Mandela Day

Today we celebrate the birthday of a very inspirational leader – Mr Nelson Mandela. I’m sure he needs no introduction!

Sadly, this year marks the first year that he is no longer with us for his birthday. But this does not mean that we can’t keep his legacy alive!

Mandela spent most of his life fighting the injustices in South Africa. He believed in an equal South Africa, and he fought until he got just that! We can only imagine what kind of country we would be living in, had it not been for this wonderful and brave man. Thanks to him, we are all seen as equal, and we are all given equal opportunities.

On this Mandela Day, show your gratitude towards this remarkable man by spending just 67 minutes of your time helping others. Not all of us have money to give out, but we can all give of our time!

This idea was inspired by Madiba himself, when at his 90th birthday celebration, he said, “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”. Madiba has achieved so much for our country, and he deserves to finally rest in peace. Now he is leaving the responsibility with us.

“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”

Whether you spend this time helping out at an old age home, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or simply reading stories to sickly children in hospitals, you can make a positive difference to people’s lives. Although this may seem like small gestures, if everyone can at least do something small – together, we have the power to change the world!

College SA has the greatest respect for Mr Mandela. Just like him, we believe that everyone should have equal opportunities, and we believe in the power of education – which is why we provide quality, affordable study programmes to people from all walks of life. Everybody should have the opportunity to further their education!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

At College SA, we are showing our gratitude towards this extraordinary man, and leaving his legacy behind, by donating food and clothing to the less fortunate. What are you doing this Mandela Day? Let us know in the comment box below.

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The definition of success…

Success is something we all want, something we all seek, and something that some of us work extra hard to get!

What is success? For most people, it would mean achieving some sort of goal that they have set for themselves. Achieving a goal is hard work. You have to put in the extra hours and be determined! But with every little bit of success comes a whole lot of envy, right? Of course!

Be the change you wish to see in the world

 

Okay, maybe not a whole lot, but definitely some. Instead of being happy for you for what you have accomplished, certain people will try to bring you down. In those circumstances, it’s important to have a strong backbone. Just remember that there are many people who appreciate what you have done and who are proud of you for working hard and for getting what you deserve.

To me, success would be measured by the good that you do and the legacy you leave behind. If you have had a positive impact on someone’s life, then you have succeeded. Whether it was just for that one day, or forever, you have made a difference in someone’s life.

No one can change the world in one go – we don’t hold that kind of power. Instead, the best way to change the world is to start with yourself. In the process of changing your own life, you could just change another person’s life for the better.

“The secret of getting ahead, is getting started” – Mark Twain