MTN employees to fly Mandela Day flag in Africa and the Middle East

KIGALI  – MTN employees today join multitudes of people and organisations around the world to observe Mandela Day in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday.

“We are marking the day by doing good for humanity in tribute to an icon whose fight for freedom and contribution to the ushering in of democracy in South Africa inspired the birth of MTN, now a global African brand that is using the empowering force of mobile telephony to transform people’s lives,” Yvonne Mubiligi MTN Foundation Manager in Rwanda said.

MTN employees around the world will use Mandela Day to celebrate the achievements they made during 21 Days of Y’ello Care, an annual MTN staff volunteer programme that takes places from the 1st to 21st of June.

This year’s programme focused on education, and saw thousands of employees across MTN’s vast geographic footprint in Africa and the Middle East undertake activities to improve the quality of education and schooling infrastructure. They re-furbished classrooms and libraries, provided computer centres, technical training, bursaries, career guidance, books and school lessons on a variety of subjects.

In Rwanda MTN employees raised money to cover the needs of over 300 underprivileged children studying between Primary One and Primary 9 levels of education.

“We donated books in 4 provinces in Rwanda and in Kigali City, to be used in the school libraries to improve the reading culture of Rwandan children. We also carried out renovation in various schools and this is done with the aim of improving the standards of education. By end of July we shall be providing 300 free school bags to the children benefiting from 21 Days of Y’ello Care,” Mubiligi said.

In a message to more than 24 252 employees, MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer, SifisoDabengwa, paid tribute to MTN volunteers for acting out their selfless deeds in keeping with Mandela’s legacy of doing good for humanity.

“For us at MTN, everyday is a Mandela Day. As a corporate organisation and as a people, we live by Mandela’s example through what our employees do for their communities, as well as through the work of MTN Foundations, which help us to effectively balance our commercial imperatives and the social needs of the communities in which we do business,” said Dabengwa.

“We observe Mandela Day by celebrating the achievements we made during the 2012 edition of 21 Days of Y’ello Care - now in its 6th year and still growing in terms of its beneficiary reach and staff participation. In true Mandela you sacrificed your time and invested your energies in commendable efforts of ‘service to one’s fellow human’ in an all-out endeavor to improve access to, and the quality of, education for our communities,” he added.

To pay homage to Madiba, MTN will be presenting him with a book featuring pledges to serve humanity from our customers and MTN staff sent via www.mtn.com. The book will also showcase some of the highlights, in word and pictures, of the activities MTN employees undertook during the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme in 2012.

About the MTN Group
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 April 2012, MTN recorded 173.1 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

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