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In this Tuesday, June 2, 2009 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, holds out his hand as he interacts with children during celebrations of former South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
The face of former South African President Nelson Mandela is displayed as people paint during his birthday celebrations in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, looks at pictures in a book, left, after he read to children during celebrations for the late South African President Nelson Mandela’s birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, holds out his hand as he interacts with children during celebrations of former South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Winnie Madikizela Mandela(C), ex-wife of the late South African President, Nobel Peace prize laureate and Global Icon Nelson Mandela, arrives at the Mandela' family restaurant by his former house now turned museum, to attend activities marking International Mandela Day on July 18, 2014 in Johannesburg. Mandela 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 Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July (on Mandela's birthday). The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left, reads from a book to children during celebrations of former South African President Nelson Mandela's birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
FILE - In this Friday, March 17 file photo former South African presidents Nelson Mandela, left, and FW de Klerk, right, with Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, center, at de Klerk's 70th birthday party in Cape Town, South Africa. A new documentary film to be released, focuses on de Klerk who was the country's last white president and who, together with Mandela, plotted the historic transition to a multi-racial democracy, for which they were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa-File)
South Africa's deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, center, speaks as Advocate George Bizos, right, and Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, left, look on during their media briefing after a will was read in its entirety to members of Mandela's family at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 3, 2014.
A painting of former South African president Nelson Mandela by British artist Richard Stone is displayed at a art exhibition in his honor at Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Twenty two artists paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, creating art accessible to a wide audience.
A tourist visits an artwork, created from a cluster of 50 laser-cut steel columns, each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall, a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela, in Howick, 88km outside Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The Mandela sculpture is placed in Howick, where the former president was captured by apartheid security police on Aug. 5, 1962.
Helicopters perform a flypast as smoke rises from a gun salute after the unveiling of a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
A young boy stands in front of a poster of former South African president Nelson Mandela, with tribute messages at Vilikazi street in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
In this video frame grab, military officers escort former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket as it arrives at his burial site following his funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
People watch the funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandela on big screens installed in front of the Cape Town City Hall, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks during the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
People hold hands as the hearse carrying the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela proceeds to Mandela's hometown and burial site in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday Dec. 14, 2013.
A South African national flag bearing the face of former South African president Nelson Mandela is displayed near his home as residents gather for his arrival in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Kashmiri people carry portraits of Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him during a peace march organized by Ghandhi Global family in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. People worldwide mourned for the historic leader.
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By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africans marked Nelson Mandela's birthday on Friday with charitable acts in honor of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes.

People picked up litter, cooked at homes for the elderly and donated food, blankets and other basic necessities to the poor. The United Nations has declared July 18 to be Nelson Mandela International Day.

Organizers had urged people to perform acts of charity for 67 minutes, symbolizing the anti-apartheid leader's 67 years of public service. Graca Machel, Mandela's widow, joined volunteers who packed food parcels at a convention center in Johannesburg.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white minority rule and led a difficult transition to democracy, becoming president in all-race elections in 1994. He served one five-year term, evolving into a global statesman and pursuing charitable causes after that. He died Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

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