President Nelson Mandela and Brazilian soccer legend Pele smile for photographers at Union Buildings in Pretoria

As preparations started for the late President Nelson Mandela's birthday celebrations this month, individuals, communities and organizations are once again urged to make positive contributions within their localities.

Nelson Mandela International Day was established to celebrate Mandela's birthday on July 18, 2009, following a unanimous decision by the United Nations General Assembly. This year's Nelson Mandela Month and International Mandela Day will revolve around the theme: "It's still in our hands to combat poverty and inequity."

"It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world's social injustices when he said, 'it is in your hands now,'" the Nelson Mandela Foundation said, SA News reported.

It added, "Every year, on the anniversary of Madiba's birthday, the global community honor his life's work by taking part in initiatives that make a difference in the lives of their communities."

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has released a list of ten suggested activities for Mandela Day, aimed at honoring Mandela's legacy.

The foundation urged South Africans to participate in a neighborhood clean-up to improve the environment for everyone, noting that keeping streets clean enhances safety and gives people a sense of pride.

Spend time with children or elderly residents at an orphanage or nursing home. Playing games, reading stories or simply chatting can bring joy and comfort. It's a way to support marginalized members of your community and show them they are valued.

The foundation suggested teaming up with a school to repaint their walls, adding that many schools in South Africa need refurbishment and brighter more appealing classrooms can positively impact students' learning experiences.

Gather sanitary towels for women and girls in need in your area. Joining a local drive or donating through stores like Dischem can make a great difference in their lives.

It further advised donating food to homeless people; old bedding, clothes and toys to an orphanage. South Africans are also urged to plant a community garden with their neighbors or donate trees to a needy area.

Moreover, the foundation has organized a Mandela Day Walk and Run on July 20 at Wanderers Stadium. Everyone is requested to spread awareness of the campaign using social media.

Earlier this week, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) resumed water supply to several areas after completing repairs on the Sundays River Canal.