South Africans remember Mandela on his birthday

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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)
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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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