November 29, 2015
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“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of” – Nelson Mandela


July In South Africa is Mandela Month and this year’s celebration is bound to be its most important. This year is the first since Madiba’s passing and it appears that now that the time for mourning has passed it has transitioned into a period of understanding what it was that made the man so special and a celebration of his unique personality that endeared him to so many across the globe.

18 July, Mandela’s birthday, has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day. He was a firm believer in the goodness of a people and forgiveness as a source of national reconciliation. As part of that sentiment there are a number of events and volunteer initiatives taking place throughout he month that not only stress the importance of Mandela as an icon but also his passion for humanitarian work.

The message on Mandela day is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time supporting a chosen charity or serving their local community, a minute for each year Mandela spent fighting for humanity. However if you are a little stumped as to how and where you can give your support then that search will hopefully be a little easier with this list. Enjoy!


18 July (Mandela Day)

Stop Hunger Now:

The Stop Hunger Now campaign is seeking volunteers to donate 67 minutes of their time at Canal Walk to help package 250 000 meals that will go to needy preschools across the Western Cape. Members of the public are also invited to join in the final Meals of Memory event at Canal Walk Food Court to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s legacy. For more information visit

Ster Kinekor:

On Mandela Day Ster Kinekor is celebrating our former president’s birthday by making the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom available to the public at no cost. The screenings begin at 09h45 at selected Ster Kinekor  cinemas across the country and it is hoped it will inspire people to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. For more information visit

V&A Waterfront:

The Waterfront in partnership with Artjamming , the Lalela Project and Somerset Hospital is hosting an arts day where children of all ages are invited to donate 67 minutes of their time to create their own Mandela inspired artworks which will be used to decorate Somerset Hospital. The venues hosting the event will be the Clock Tower Square and Artjamming with the paint-off beginning at 9am. For more information visit

my67 Video Competition:

The my67 Video Competition being held on Mandela Day requires those who wish to participate to use their smartphone or camera and make a short clip of 67 seconds recording their 67 minute experience volunteering. The goal is to create awareness of the variety of social upliftment causes in South Africa inspiring others to help make a change. If you wish to participate visit for more information.

South African Jewish Museum:

This year in honour of Mandela the museum will donate all its entrance fees on the 18th to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 18 July is also the last day of the popular Mandela Remembered exhibition where Madiba inspired artwork is showcased. For more information visit

Lead SA:

Lead SA is providing a variety of methods for volunteers to contribute and donate on Mandela Day. To help curb hunger across the Western Cape and Gauteng Lead SA is setting up training workshops to teach members of the public basic gardening skills. It will also call on its Food Truck to collect food from different areas in the Western Cape to donate to the soup kitchens and other feeding schemes. For more information on how to volunteer your green thumb and where to donate food items visit

Make a Difference Campaign (MAD):

On Mandela Day the Make a Difference Campaign is asking its patrons to visit Wembley Square in Cape Town to donate children and babies clothes, toiletries, blankets and toys etc. They will personally ensure that those items donated are given to the charity of your choice.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum:

For those of you staying in and around Port Elizabeth the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is hosting a holiday family art workshop where parents and children can combine their creative imaginations to create collages. For more information on entrance fees and times visit


Mandela Month

Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG):

Located in the Company Gardens, the South African National Gallery is hosting a new exhibition entitled: ‘Brave New World… 20 Years of Democracy’.  The exhibition will host a range of works dating back to 1994 and incorporates a variety of artistic disciplines. The exhibition is running until the 1st of November. For more information visit

Mandela Day Marathon:

Through this marathon this organisation hopes to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. The race is divided into 42.2km, 21.1km, and 10km marathons. Participants will race through the beautiful landscape of uMgungundlovu District Municipality passing historic landmarks before ending at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. Completing the race will earn you a Nelson Mandela Marathon medal symbolic of South Africa’s democratic freedom. For more information on the date of the race and its entrance fees visit

Nelson Mandela Museum:

For those of you who can make the trip to the Nelson Mandela Museum you won’t be disappointed. Located in the Bhunga Building in Mthatha, the museum hosts an exhibition tracing Mandela’s legacy and showcases a variety of gifts bestowed upon him during his presidency. The museum is dedicating the whole month to the former statesman through three themes: The Humble Beginnings, The Freedom Struggle, and Human Rights Advocacy. For more information on its range of activities this month visit

Apartheid Museum:

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg currently has its Mandela Exhibition on display casting light on every stage of his struggle against apartheid. The exhibition is divided into six themes outlining Mandela as a character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and finally as a statesman. For more information visit


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I am currently a third year student at UCT and matriculated at Camps bay High School in 2009. My majors at UCT are English and History and for fun I go for regular hikes across the Cape Peninsula and can’t think of many trails or mountains I haven’t navigated within the area. I’ve traveled throughout the Western Cape by car for simple sight seeing and bird watching, including all the way up the West Coast and on a occasion to Graaff Reinet and Port Elizabeth.