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South Africa: The Making of a World Record
Source: http://www.dcs.gov.za/
Source Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 20, 2018

The momentum of goodwill achieved by this project was remarkable, as the campaign leader for 67 Blankets for Mandela Day, Carolyn Steyn remarked shortly after the announcement: “It was so special because I saw South Africans coming together with one common goal to do something for someone less fortunate, in the name of Nelson Mandela”.
DCS rallied its troops under the campaign slogan, “Knitting broken lives and our nation together”.
The more than 10 000 blankets, which were used in making the 17 181 m2 record breaking blanket, will all be donated to various charities, orphanages and homeless people across South Africa. Once the euphoria of breaking the record, held by India for a blanket just over 11 000 m2, the logistics of undoing the blanket and transporting the smaller pieces back to their places of origin will begin.
Several donation events will be held in the participating management areas. It is important that these do not go unnoticed.
The event was officiated by both Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla and Minister Michael Masutha. Speaking on behalf of the offenders Minister Masutha said the message from them was to say: “We may not have been in our right mind when we committed crime, but this is an example of the solidarity we demonstrate to our fellow South Africans and making up for our mistakes”.

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