In 2010 Parliament mandated all Ministers to embark on annual events in commemoration of the Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July). The Ministry of Higher Education and Training (MHET) responded to this by establishing the annual Mandela Day Career Development Festival. The aim of this festival is to create opportunities for learners from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds to access post school education and training through the provision of quality career related information and related services.
The service provider must provide transport services for learners and unemployed youth to attend the event at the Military Base in Kimberley. The breakdown of numbers is as follows: