SAA spreads the Nelson Mandela day message

South African Airways, South Africa’s national flag carrier is flying the Mandela Day message around the world, with the support of The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Outside the planes have been branded with a picture of Mandela’s famous pose with his fist in the air written “18 July Nelson Mandela Day” in grey and orange.

SAA chair Cheryl Carolus, a former anti-apartheid activist who worked with Mandela, said the carrier will brand 58 of its fleet with the logo both inside and outside of aircrafts “to take the message across the entire globe to contribute to the legacy of our father”, Mandela.

Inside the 280-seat aircraft, the head rest covers have the emblem on each seat.

Mandela turns 93 this year on the 18th of July. Now in frail health and retired, Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid fight.

The United Nations has recognised his July 18 birthday as Mandela Day, an event meant to encourage people to volunteer in their communities.


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