Other Sport

Govt: Support Mandela Day

2013-08-12 15:00
Nelson Mandela (File)
Pretoria -  Cabinet has called on all South Africans to support the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day this coming weekend.

"The Springboks will play Argentina, Bafana Bafana will take on Burkina Faso, and a South African masters football side will play Italy," acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Monday.

The media briefing follows Cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Wednesday last week.

The Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day is set to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday, August 17.

"All proceeds (from the event) will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital project," Williams said.

The sporting events at the stadium on Saturday would be followed that evening by a "star-studded" music concert, she said.

Cabinet continued to call on all South Africans to keep the ailing former president "in their thoughts and prayers as he responds to medical treatment".

On Sunday, the presidency announced that Mandela, 95, was slowly but steadily improving.

"The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The anti-apartheid icon has been critically ill in hospital for over two months. Monday marks his 66th day in hospital.

He was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Caster Semenya has been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. Which of the nominees deserves the award most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.