South African President Jacob Zuma has called on the citizens to jointly build a united and more caring society when the country marks the second Nelson Mandela Day.

The day is celebrated internationally each year on 18 July to correspond with the late statesman’s birthday.

The South African High Commission in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Institution and the Fountain of Joy and Comfort Foundation, as well as various organisations in Abuja will commemorate the global Nelson Mandela Day on Friday.

He said they believed that encouraging youth in schools to like and pursue science subjects would help to convince more of them to join the group and study hard for the benefits of the current and future generation.

Nobel peace laureate and iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 in 2013. “This is arguably the biggest challenge to building the South African that Nelson Mandela and his peers fought for‚” he said.

“Madiba, the founding father of our democracy, dedicated 67 years of his life to the struggle to create a better South Africa”.

The success of the tournament was not only measured in the number of goals scored but also by the way it drew children from different walks of life closer. “Through this tournament we cheer for the bonding of both countries with fast-paced soccer”, Tanisha Kohli, a student of Springdales School, told IANS.