Along the majestic KwaZulu-Natal tree plantations that stretch for kilometre after kilometre, a dirt road eventually leads you to the hidden yet welcoming farming community of Masamini, which is where Qoyintaba Primary School is found.
The morning of 25 April 2013 started in a frenzy at Mahlodumela Lower Primary School in Limpopo, with the arrival of two bakkie-loads and a trailer full of boxes containing books for the 26th Mandela Day container library.
On 10 April 2013, Sibusiso Vilane, the first African to reach the summit of Everest, and Hlubi Moya of Isidingo kicked off the opening of the 25th Mandela Day container library at Opperman’s Kraal Primary School in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.
On 30 March 2013, Sunderland Association Football Club (AFC) will face Manchester United in a Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, United Kingdom. This event has been titled “Nelson Mandela Day”, in celebration of Sunderland AFC’s recent collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
On 22 February 2013 learners, parents and teachers gathered at Montshiwa Primary School to celebrate the official opening of the 24th container library, a brightly coloured library unit that was painted to reflect the colours of the South African flag.
On 30 January 2013 the 23rd Mandela Day container library was opened at Linge Junior Secondary School in Nyanga, the Western Cape. The library was sponsored by Irish Distillers, a company based in Dublin.
Thursday 6 December marked the opening of the 22nd Mandela Day container library, at Amandla Primary School in eMalahleni (formerly Witbank), Mpumalanga.
Friday 30 November marked the opening of the 21st Mandela Day Container Library at Kebinelang Middle School in Manthe village (near Hartswater), in the North West province, five hours west of Johannesburg.
“Young people read comics. The hope is that the elementary reading of comics will lead them to the joy of reading books. That joy has been mine all my life, and it’s one I wish for all South Africans.” – Nelson Mandela
Thursday, 22 November marked the opening of the 20th Mandela Day Library, at MC Weiler Primary School in Alexandra, Gauteng.