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Mandela Day 18 July 2022

Posted: 2022-07-19 14:16

Honouring the memory of Nelson Mandela in the spirit of Ubuntu
“Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu – I am, because you are”

Today we honour the legacy of South Africa’s greatest leader. Nelson Mandela who was the true definition of Ubuntu, who always operated with compassion and integrity and who led by example to show us how to build a better South Africa. He understood that we are all connected, and that unity is achieved by sharing ourselves with others and caring for those around us. We can only truly grow and progress if we are committed to the growth and progress of others. Ubuntu is essentially about togetherness, and how our actions have an impact on others and on society. Ubuntu reminds us as a society how we should treat each other. When we do well and are committed to the well-being of our communities, the ripple effect reaches the whole of humanity.

Mandela Day afford us all the opportunity to appreciate Nelson Mandela’s legacy of serving his nation selflessly for 67 years. We encourage you to take 67 minutes today – one minute for each year that he served South Africa and fought for human rights, to make a positive contribution to your community and to stand together with the international community to fight poverty and to promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity. No matter how small your contribution, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Madiba did every day.

Every day a Mandela Day at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA)

The CMSA is a non-profit organisation dedicated “To promote the highest degree of skill and efficiency in medical and dental practice and to cultivate the highest ethical standards and professional conduct … not for pecuniary profit, but for the betterment of humanity”. It is built on the voluntary annual subscriptions of its members, and of members who serve the organisation voluntarily and without pay throughout the year. We take this opportunity to appreciate our colleagues who follow in Madiba’s footsteps and practice ubuntu, not only today, but throughout the year, tirelessly and without compensation giving of their time and expertise to advancing medical-specialist skills in the face of a shortage of specialists in South Africa.

The commitment of the CMSA Board, Senate, College Councils and our Examination Convenors, Moderators and Examiners is what makes the CMSA and enables us to examine thousands of medical doctors, who go on to provide South Africans with medical specialist and sub-specialist care and higher quality medical care after obtaining CMSA Diplomas. This collective spirit of ubuntu marks your contribution to change in our society and to the greater good. You mark the spirit of ubuntu and walk in the footsteps of a giant.

“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”
Nelson Mandela

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