Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela's birthday. The day was declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009. On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former President, his values, through volunteering and community service. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact; the Mandela Day campaign message is: "Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We're asking you to start with 67 minutes." "We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and cultural diversity," according to a statement issued on Mandela's behalf.
To mark the first global celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July 2009, Mandela's 91st birthday, a series of educational, art exhibit, fund-raising and volunteer events leading up to a concert at Radio City Music Hall on 18 July were organised by the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formally declared 18 July to be "Nelson Mandela International Day". Association for Volunteer Administration Civic Engagement Community Service Do a Good Turn Daily Global Youth Service Day Good Deeds Day International Volunteer Day International Year of Volunteers Join Hands Day List of awards for volunteerism and community service Make A Difference Day MLK Day of service Mitzvah Day National Philanthropy Day National Volunteer Week Random Acts of Kindness Day September 11 National Day of Service Sewa Day Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners World Kindness Days Official website
The Sasol Global Touring Car Championship is a South African touring car series co-founded by Gary Formato and Vic Maharaj in 2016 and sactioned by MSA. Sasol has been the series' title sponsor and sole fuel supplier since its inaugural season, it has dubbed itself South Africa's "premier motorsport championship". The series is divided of two classes, namely GTC and GTC2. Following the folding of the National Production Car Championship in late 2015, South Africa lacked a premier touring car racing series; the Sasol GTC Championship, spearheaded by Vic Maharaj and Gary Formato, was given the green light by Motorsport South Africa in March 2015. The new series was set to be attractive due to its lower costs. All the cars would run identical six-speed Albins sequential gearboxes, shock absorbers and brakes in order to aid cost-saving; the car regulations would be frozen for the series's first five seasons, car development was banned. Slated to consist of four manufacturers fielding 12 cars between them, there were only 10 cars fielded in the inaugural race at Zwartkops Raceway.
With Nissan and Jaguar pulling out before the championship began, the series attracted Volkswagen and BMW to enter two and four cars respectively. The inaugural season calendar consisted of seven rounds with two races each, except for the rounds at Killarney Race Track and Aldo Scribante, of which each had three races, it kicked off at Zwartkops Raceway on the 9th of August, seeing South African racing veteran Michael Stephen take the series's first victory. The season finale was staged at Prince George Circuit in East London, with Stephen being crowned the first Sasol GTC champion. Gennaro Bonafede finished as championship runner-up with five victories to his name; the cars consist of a single-specification tubular chassis with metal bodywork, supplied by the manufacturer. Each manufacturer provides a turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine which produces a maximum of 436 bhp and 600 nm of torque. All cars are rear-wheel drive; the gearboxes are standardised Albins six-speed sequential gearboxes, the same gearboxes used in the Australian Supercars Championship.
Suspension parts and brakes are standard across all cars, all cars run slick tyres provided by Dunlop. Traction control and Anti-lock braking systems are banned. Sasol provides fuel to all cars; the cars were anticipated to reach up to 280 km/h prior to the first season. Following a series of engine issues during the first round of the 2017 season, changes had to be introduced to lessen stress on the engines; this included setting an RPM-limit of 7200, as well as decreasing the absolute boost pressure of the turbochargers to 2100 millibar. The GTC2 class allows for production racing cars only with 2-litre turbocharged petrol engines, but instead capped to 281 bhp; the cars have to be front-wheel drive and must keep their factory engines and dashboards. Limited-slip differentials are permitted in order to aid traction, they use steel tube roll cages built by South African ex-racing driver Etienne van der Linde. Unlike in the GTC Class, aftermarket shock absorbers are permitted, but are cost-capped at R50 000 per set.
Each car is given one set of Dunlop slick tyres at the beginning of a season, two fresh tyres at each race