Mandela Day

A man dedicated to human kind, to our country and to all her inhabitants, friend and foe, animal and human; he stood for equality throughout his life. We were struck by immense sadness at the passing of our beloved Patron-in-Chief, former President, and Tata to the nation, Nelson Mandela, our Madiba.


Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela and is celebrated on 18 July (Mandela's Birthday).

This day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela accepted the invitation to become our Patron-in-Chief in late 1994. We recall receiving the news from the Union Buildings on 08 December that year and we recognised the significance of this support which has been truly cherished.

The National Council of SPCAs and the SPCA movement throughout South Africa proudly commemorate our association with our former President on the occasion of his birth date.

When we grieved not only with our nation but with the world some years ago at his passing, we nevertheless recognised that from our sadness arose a strength and determination to make his memory and his association with us even more memorable. We expressed feelings of appreciation and deepest recognition of Nelson Mandela’s life of selfless service and his setting of such a worthy example to the entire world. His words as well as deeds remain with us.

In honouring and bring thankful for the SPCA movement’s association with him, we commit that through our actions and moral fibre to uphold his proud legacy: - the "Madiba magic.”

We honour his name, recognise his stature, spirit and determination to make the world – and our country specifically – a better place for all.

Our mandate is to prevent cruelty to animals, all animals. People and animals are inextricably linked. Where there are people there are animals. In upholding the principles of kindness, compassion, understanding and empathy, we submit our tribute to our beloved late Patron-in-Chief, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Every year on Mandela Day our national Inspectors commemorate our past Patron-in-Chief out in the field, working towards uplifting standards of care for all species of animals in our country.

Updated: 19 January 2016

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