Scores of volunteers worked through the night to join the hundreds of blankets knitted into a single one, covering the sprawling lawns of the Union Buildings, seat of the South African government.

Guinness World record officials verified the record. The project was started by Carolyn Steyn last year to knit 67 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, on which South Africans engage in some form of community service to commemorate the 67 years of his life before being freed from  prison to become the country's first democratically-elected President.
"It snowballed beyond my wildest dreams imaginable!" said an ecstatic Steyn as the Guinness World record officials announced the result.
The blankets will now be distributed to the needy as the often harsh winter sets in across the country. Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, welcomed the good news amid week-long xenophobic violence in parts of the country.
The South African army has been deployed to areas that remain volatile after a spate of attacks targeting immigrants. "This is a very proud moment for all involved and it shows we can survive anything that comes our way, including inequality and xenophobia," said Hatang.

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