Want to help those in need? There’s an app for that.
Government’s news service on Monday announced that “an app has been developed to encourage citizens to make every day a Mandela Day”.
“In support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride‚ patriotism‚ and a spirit of active citizenship‚ Brand South Africa‚ has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed a Play your Part app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans‚” Brand South Africa’s Tsabeng Nthite said in a statement.
Participating in assisting a cause will earn users of the app “a GEM”‚ which is a reward which can be “converted into a number of products such as airtime/data‚ pre-paid electricity‚ or even movie tickets”.
But GEM Project Co-Founder David Shields encouraged “volunteers…to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month” so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.
“Every day should be a Mandela Day. No action is too big or small. Active citizenship is an ongoing activity and we need to continue to embrace Madiba’s legacy‚” Lead SA’s Yunus Mohammed said.
Mandela Day International Day is celebrated on former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18.