Quite a big thing is made of this here in South Africa. The day that would have been Nelson Mandela's birthday, is used to encourage doing community oriented things for others. There are actually four events today that my church alone is involved in, but I am nursing a recurring elbow joint injury so I will not be able to participate. Things range from playing soccer with children, to working in soup kitchens, to cleaning streets etc. Today would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday (okay he would have been 100; that technically means it's his 101st birthday).
Nelson Mandela's release from prison set the way forward for South Africa's international involvement. Nelson Mandela and PW Botha jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize one year.