Call to Action: The Legacy Lives on Through You Driven by the timeless ideals of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Mamelodi Sundowns embraced the spirit of giving back on Nelson Mandela Day. This annual celebration, held on July 18th, not only honours the extraordinary life and legacy of the renowned leader but also showcases how the beautiful game of football can be a catalyst for positive transformation and a platform to uphold Tata’s values of peace, compassion, and human dignity. More than a mere commemoration, the club celebrated the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela and the milestone of the 10-year remembrance since his passing by visiting Saron Primary School in Rustenburg, based in the community of Phokeng. In attendance and garnished in yellow at Saron was the Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman (Tlhopie Motsepe), ambassadors (Tiyani ‘Shuga’ Mabunda) and (Hlompho Kekana), the men’s team players, ladies team players, the technical team and staff from the club.
Masandawana recognises its unique role in inspiring communities and effecting change beyond the pitch. By aligning their actions with Mandela’s vision, Masandawana embraced the responsibility to champion this social cause and adhered to the themes It’s in Your Hands and The Legacy Lives on Through You by means of giving back to the community of Phokeng by way of painting the school and planting a vegetable garden.
Situated in the heart of the Royal Bafokeng region, Saron Primary School is home to over 500 learners (Grade R- 7) from communities such as Phokeng, Lefaragatlhe, Bobuania, Luka, and other Bafokeng neighbouring villages. Saron Primary School Principal, Mapaseka Themba, expressed her gratitude over the club’s visit to the school, “We are overwhelmed and happy to have had Mamelodi Sundowns spend this special day with us.”
“The kids will understand that there are people who care for them and want to see the kids reach for the stars and fulfil their dreams. In the book of Acts 20:35 Jesus said that ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’, and with that, we will forever be grateful to Mamelodi Sundowns for choosing to bless our school,” Saron’s Principal commented.