As we all look forward to the Mandela Day celebrations, it may be worthwhile to shift our focus and relook at what can be done by the government, business, organised labour and the public to fight the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality faced by Africans, particularly blacks in our country.

To concur with the Thuma Mina spirit, former president Kgalema Motlanthe was spot on when he called on all leaders to be bold and selfless, and to take time to serve their communities through volunteer programmes, without using public funds. Men and women in leadership positions are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of our political heroes and heroines who dedicated their lives to the betterment of our people. Volunteerism and mentorship programmes, especially in rural schools, would at the end of all result in imparting a sense of responsibility to the young, which will then free them from hunger and poverty.

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