Nelson Mandela International Day. Mandela's birthday was 18th July. There were a number of events which took place across the country. In Dundee I am pleased to say that my trade union the GMB were collecting books for children in South Africa. Dundee's Libraries, which are run by Leisure & Culture Dundee which I am a trustee of, were also collecting books. Well done to these organisations. It is important to remember Mandela. He lived a remarkable life. His importance was recognised by the city of Dundee even before his release from prison when he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dundee. We need to build on these links and find ways in which continue to be inspired by the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela.