67 Initiatives for Mandela Day

Date: Jul 11, 2016

Be More Madiba

  1. Donate blood, especially if you are group O, as the blood bank is dangerously short of blood at this time. If you are over 16 and weigh more than 50kg, go to  or sms your name and postal code to 31454 to get details on your closest blood bank.
  2. When shopping, buy extra female hygiene products and drop off packs, with a personalised message on each, to a women’s shelter for the abused:



  1. The SPCA welcomes volunteers and is always in need of help with kennel duties and skills in admin, legal and counselling functions.


  1. Sign up with Generation Earth and help your child start up a “Gen earth” committee at their school. They focus on carrying out green projects and educating their peers on environmental issues.



  1. Download the Sassi card to check that the fish you order in a restaurant is not endangered:


  1. Jacaranda children’s home is a non-profit shelter for abused and abandoned kids which is caring for 350 children. They also run a home for pregnant women and take in financially affected children. Ancha Smuts says they would welcome donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning equipment. You can also pledge money via SMS: or 012 800 4700



  1. Ashoka is a volunteer portal for individuals to sign up with their skills set and wait for opportunities to give back.


  1. Sponsor a guide dog by paying for the puppy training: or call 011 705 3512.



  1. Sign up as an organ donor – your body can save up to seven lives and many more with tissues like heart valves.
  2. Living seeds organisation, an organic seed company, is calling for volunteers to help their charities plant the gardens. They say time and expertise are needed as many of the beneficiaries are “soil illiterate”.


  1. Sign up as a regular donor to the Star’s Seaside fund. The charity gives underprivileged children the opportunity to have a fun-filled holiday at the sea – many of them have never seen the beach and the 10 days spent are a treasured time for them. Maggie Mosiane, who accompanies the groups to KZN, says: “Some of the kids hide because they don’t want to leave when the 10-day stay comes to an end.” Call Maggie on 011 633 2304.
  2. Log into to and sign up to follow a cause. Better still, begin a new one and get fund-raising.



  1. Qhubeka encourages rural residents to plant food gardens and trees and in return earn a bicycle, which provides a great amount of freedom for the children as they use them to travel the long distances to school. “We support it because it empowers the people rather than simply handing out help,” says Eleanor Mitrovitch, general manager of MTN Branded, the major sponsor of the initiative. Check out their work on


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  1. Read for Tape Aids for The Blind – if your voice passes the audition, you get to record a book. Call 011 786 6130 or


  1. Switch the TV off in the evening and talk to your children about starting a family charity – something you can all fund-raise toward that is important to all of you. If you register it at , you could win money for the cause.



  1. Get a My School card and register a rural school as the beneficiary:  or call 0860 100 445.


  1. Register with greater good:  and create a “giver” profile.



  1. Soccer outreach ambassadors in soccer (AIS-SA) welcome soccer enthusiasts to help them engage poorer societies throughout SA using the vehicle of soccer. Contact them on 012 348 0025.
  2. Cheese kids, who describe themselves as a “broad-based volunteer program”, are seeking volunteers on Mandela Day. Log on to their website and RSVP to their “Nelson Mandela day revolution” or donate by sms:



  1. Donate educational materials to Breadline Africa at the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower.
  2. Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity‘s International Mandela Day Build Week.



  1. Join the knit-a-thon at the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.
  2. Give Beth Uriel a call and find out more about becoming a mentor or tutor for the year.



  1. To commemorate former president Nelson Mandela and the sacrifices he made for South Africa and its people, FoodBank South Africa will be holding a meal and hamper packing day in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. These events will happen in 67 minute slots from 9 am to 3 pm on 18 July 2016. Contribute your time and show your appreciation for the great man who moulded South Africa into the rainbow nation it is today
  2. Cook soup for Meals on Wheels (countrywide)

There are numerous Meals on Wheels branches around the country, all of which would welcome donations and assistance. The Tygerberg Branch in Parow has a great need of soup, for example. You can cook it and donate it frozen, or deliver fresh or dry ingredients. The team there works very closely with counsellors and schools in the community to keep people fed. Another way to quickly help is to simply sms the word ‘meal’ to 39055 to donate R15

  1. TheEyeMakers and W1CLondon in partnership with The Star/Pretoria News will be distributing 10 000 pairs of reading glasses as part of Mandela Day 2016, valued at over R1-million.

The Star/Pretoria News is calling on old age homes or welfare organisations around Johannesburg and Pretoria who are in need of reading glasses to email and to motivate.

  1. The aim of the Nzalo Mentorship Programme and appeal to you to support this half day initiative is to empower our 67 learners (high school and undergraduates) on career, leadership and personal development skills. This is a full year programme structured to benefit both the mentors and mentees and ensure sustainability. Mentors and mentees will be trained on how to start and continue the relationship past Mandela day. We are building the future leaders of Africa.
  2. Give back and get fit with a special Mandela Day yoga session at the historical site of Constitution Hill (South Africa). Steven from Yoga Works will guide you through 27 yoga poses (one for each year Madiba spent in prison) and will challenge you to hold each pose for 67 seconds. Sponsor a student from Alexandra to join you in the yoga session, and afterwards go for a guided tour of Constitution Hill.
  3. Come along and support The Chaeli Campaign in our Mandela Day Challenge. Sponsor a stationery kit for R150 or donate various stationery items. Make HOPE bracelets and pay R67,00 and donate your time. Help us make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.  Get your community involved. All proceeds go towards our Early Childhood Development Programme which helps our children successfully enter the education system.
  4. The Amy Biehl Foundation: Changing Lives. Help us change a life today. Get involved! Read a book, cook a meal, kick a ball, sow a seed.
    The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non- profit organisation that specialises in programmes to develop and empower youth (5-25 years of age) in the challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape. The programmes place a focus on the creative side of the children’s brain, and supplement the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa.
  5. Supporting early childhood development in the Overstrand: Giving a pre-school child the best possible education - especially an education with an environmental slant - means having a wonderful teaching team, and excellent resources. Flower Valley Conservation Trust is supporting 5 such centres in the region. But we need help this Mandela Day - from resources (building material, paint, dry walling material etc), to the hands to put all these things together. Join us at one of our five pre-schools on 18 July for 67 minutes.



  1. Back to School For A Day: Through our Back to School for a Day programme we are inviting all individuals and corporates to go back to school for Mandela Day, to help enrich the lives of disadvantaged learners by sharing their time, skills and knowledge. This year our main activity is a stationery drive. By signing up to support a school, you will be providing that school with resources it needs for day-to-day learning. Go to: and participate during the week of 15 - 22 July 2016.
  2. True North Mandela Day Preschool Building Project: Be part of Local Cape Town NGO True North’s Mandela Day #handinhand Preschool Building Campaign and help them reach their goal to raise R5 million by Mandela Day to build three preschool facilities for over 400 underprivileged preschool children from the Vrygrond community. 70% of children in Vrygrond do not have the opportunity to receive a preschool education. You can change this by being part of this life changing fundraising campaign. Sign Up Today:
  3. Cosmo City Clean Up: Come spend 67 minutes to help serve the RDP area in Cosmo City ext.4 to clean up all the litter in the streets and parks. Help children have a safe and clean environment to play and grow in, while offering the community points for their garbage collection which they will swop for donated items at the swop shop on the day! Let’s clean up the city and install pride in the environment this Mandela Day-Saturday before actual Mandela Day so all can participate.


36.  Mandela Day Kennel Building for the pets of Khayelitsha. Spend your 67 minutes with the Mdzananda Animal Clinic as we build kennels for the pets of Khayelitsha.
Public groups: 16 July 10AM- 2PM
Corporate groups:  18 July before 1pm.
Space is limited. Contact Bring along: Hammer, Measuring tape,Pencil, Paint brushes
Cost:R67 / R167 you choose which donation you wish to make towards.Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account number: 075595710, Branch: Rondebosch, Branch Code: 025009, Reference: KennelBuild+


  1. Instead of spending on a meal at a restaurant, put together a food parcel for someone at work who has fallen on hard times.
  2. Commit to sorting your trash at source to make life easier for the informal recyclers who rummage through the garbage.


39.  Support Sparrow schools: Sparrow is a non-profit outfit that educates children with learning difficulties to grade 9 and then puts them through a tertiary program to develop skills so that they are employable, like floor laying and hotel schooling. Karen Lancaster, fund-raising manager, invites corporates in particular to partner with them in development programs. “It enables the company to reach their BEE score and our kids get jobs!” Call them on 011 673 4410.


  1. Drop off a soft toy at the Johannesburg central police station – the toys are kept at the victim empowerment centre to hand out to abandoned and abused children when they come in for counselling.
  2. **Sign up for the 94.7 and begin collecting sponsorships for a charity of your choice. Use  to manage the pledges and offer your supporters transparency.
  3. Johannesburg General Hospital Parktown:  Our team will facilitate your Mandela day events so that your team are able to continue your all important work. Our team are experienced handy men, painters, project coordinator, supply of packs (food, stationary) procurers and packers. We have many years of experience in dealing with the public and will oversee your Mandela day projects. Our NGO charges your cooperate a fee to oversee the day. Makes sure that the project is done well, all mess is cleaned up and completes the project if the team does not get to finish it.
    Come and experience a day with us and see our team in action. Call Nicole Heiman on 084 284 6452 or email
  4. Hospital Painting Project:  We are looking for corporate teams who wish to give back to the community throughout the year as well as on Mandela Day.
    Our NGO does mural painting as well as painting in NGO
    Our team does all the preparations and asks the corporate to cover the cost. Call Nicole Heiman on 084 284 6452 or email
  5. Knit a teddy bear: GRIP always needs teddy bears to comfort survivors.Please contact our offices on 013 752 4404 or send us an email at if you’d like to work with GRIP on Mandela Day or if you have other ideas about how you’d like to get involved
  6. GRIP: • Spend 67 minutes doing maintenance at the Nelspruit Police Station Care Room. The Nelspruit Care Room is in a state. With broken  tiles, broken couches and the walls in dire need of a repaint, you can spend your 67 minutes giving the care room a makeover.  You could also donate paint, couches or money towards the care room. Donate R67 to GRIP: R67 may seem minimal but each rand is another rand the GRIP programme didn’t have before. Come around to   GRIPs offices at 17 Ehmke Street and put R67 into our donation box.


46.  Men’s Winter Clothing Warmer Collection for Friends of Valkenberg Trust - contact


  1. Appetite, the mobile app that helps users order food, is doing its part for Mandela Day 2016. We are pledging to users and restaurant owners/managers to pledge food and blankets for this year’s drive. Our staff, along with other hands, will distribute the donated items on 18 July to our areas of operation. Main areas include:  Benoni/Boksburg, Midrand/Kyalami, Soweto, Alberton, Pretoria. Email:
  2. Packing #RareCare Hospital Packs for Rare Disease Patients: Many rare disease patients spend numerous days and hours in hospital and are often admitted unexpectedly. We’d like to pack as many #RareCare hospital packs as possible for distribution to these patients in hospitals around South Africa.Rare Diseases SA will provide bags to be decorated by participants and we ask that the 6 required items be collected and packed into these bags on Mandela Day. you’ll be leaving a legacy long beyond those 67 minutes #Care4Rare #RareDiseasesSA.


49.  Help Build Container Libraries for Schools around South Africa
Breadline Africa, an internationally recognised non-profit organisation, in association with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, is seeking to combat the country’s poor literacy rates by building container libraries in deserving primary schools. This year’s aim is to build 20 of these innovative, inexpensive structures and corporates are invited to join the cause by providing financial support, sponsoring books and other educational materials and encouraging employees to volunteer to help paint and furnish the libraries. This project is taking place the whole month of July so interested companies are encouraged to support even after Mandela Day. To find out more and get involved, contact Tim Smith, the director of Breadline Africa by mailing or phoning +27 (0) 21 418 0322.


50.  Help Create and Fill Care Packages with the Rape Crisis Trust
This Mandela Day, you can join the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, a  South African organisation that supports the recovery of rape survivors and seeks to bring about change in communities, to help create care packages for survivors. Those eager to participate are encouraged to bring along items like underwear (any size for both children and adults; male and female), toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, soap, body wash, face cloths, sanitary pads (not tampons) and nappies to fill the special care packs (please only donate new items). Volunteers will decorate and fill the care packages at the Mowbray Town Hall. Those not able to attend on Mandela Day are more than welcome to still donate items (or cash) before the time – contact Shahida Rahman on +27 (0) 21 447 1467 to arrange delivery.
Mowbray Town Hall | Mowbray | Southern Suburbs | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 1467


  1. Free Walking Tour:  Hosted by Footsteps to Freedom, a company dedicated to organising historical walking tours, this two-hour excursion, which starts at 10am at the Taj Hotel lobby will serve as a trip back through history and will retrace part of Nelson Mandela’s walk from prison to president. Do note that there are only 20 spots available, and those wanting to participate can book directly with Footsteps to Freedom (
  2. Book Drive at the Iziko South African Museum: While trotting about in the city, visitors can make their way to the Iziko South African Museum, which will not only be featuring a Mandela-inspired exhibition titled Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation, but will also be collecting old books to donate to an underprivileged community library. Novels can be dropped off at the museum’s reception desk. Those who have already visited the museum can gain free entry to explore the Iziko South African National Gallery on the day too.
  3. Make HOPE Bracelets for the Chaeli Campaign
    The Chaeli Campaign, a non-profit organisation that offers support to children living with disabilities, will be at the Blue Route Mall in Tokai from 10am to 5pm for their Mandela Day challenge. For R67, shoppers can make and purchase HOPE (Helping Other People Every Day) bracelets – all the charms, beads and twine will be provided. Volunteers will get to make three pieces of jewellery: one to keep for themselves, one to pay-it-forward to someone else who might appreciate the gesture and the third to go back to the Chaeli Campaign. Email for more information. 
    16 Tokai Road | Tokai | +27 (0) 861 242 354
  4. Join the Million Meal Challenge by Stop Hunger Now
    Stop Hunger Now, an NGO that seeks to eradicate world hunger, is muscling up and gathering forces to pull off a daunting task on Friday, 15 July (the day before Mandela Day): packing 1 million meals for Early Childhood Development Facilities in under-resourced areas in South Africa in one day. If successful, this will be a world first! This initiative is nationwide, and in Cape Town, will take place at the Food Court in Canal Walk on Friday, 17 July. While volunteer spots have already been filled, there is still room for corporates to contribute to the challenge in the form of cash donations. For more information, visit or email the NGO’s CEO, Saira Khan, on
    Canal Walk Shopping Mall | Century Boulevard | Century City | +27 (0) 21 705 6278
  5. Agape Seeds: The Agape Seeds projects donate fruit and vegetable seeds to needy individuals through a network of churches to provide sustainable source of food for underprivileged communities.  Sydney Braam 082 330 1473
  6. Child Welfare South Africa, the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, eThekwini Municipality and the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be holding a dinner at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, where a 67-minute pledge session will take place. Guests will use this time to dedicate 67 minutes to a community service programme of their choice. Dasarath Chetty: (031) 260 8007
  7. Delta Park vegetable tower: The Delta Park Vegetable Garden Club is encouraging people to grow vegetables by spending 67 minutes establishing, planning and starting to grow vegetables. When the vegetables or seedlings are fully grown they are then distributed to clinics, schools and soup kitchens in Johannesburg. Pam Fletcher (011) 787 6430\
  8. Ehlanzeni Ubuntu baBantu Mandela Day Reach-Out Programme. Municipality staff will visit disadvantaged communities, providing food parcels and blankets. David Gabonantho 073 875 8061
  9. FoodBank South Africa will launch the 67 Minutes to end hunger in South Africa campaign as part of the Mandela Day celebrations on July 18. Visit  on Mandela Day to increase awareness of hunger in South Africa. Claire Winson (021) 462 0416
  10. Great Park Synagogue. The Chief Rabbi and Ma’Afrika Tikkun are hosting a 67 minute drive to collect blankets, clothes and non-perishable food at the Great Park Synagogue on Sunday July 19. (011) 485 4865
  11. iLembe District Municipality. The District of iLembe is home to many senior citizens but unfortunately most of our senior citizens live below the breadline so civil servants will be donating blankets, walking sticks and seed packs for subsistence farming. The municipality will also be holding a medical check-ups as well as a soup kitchen. The municipality will also be providing assistance to people with disabilities and the vulnerable children.  Ernest Shozi (032) 437 9504/14


  1. Non-profit organisation Mindset Network will be donating a digital library system to 67 underprivileged schools around South Africa as part of its Mandela Day contribution. The digital library provides educational content for the physical sciences, mathematics, English, mathematical literacy, information technology and other critical subjects, and consists of more than 280 hours of video lessons and 96 interactive multimedia lessons, with support softcopy worksheets. Goodman Chauke 086 100 6463
  2. Phumlani Dube and Gift of Givers: Phumlani Dube and Gift of Givers will hand out food hampers and community support packages to 2000 people in Umlozi, Durban.  or



  1. Neotel Food Gardens for Nelson Mandela Day

Organisation/Company Name:  Neotel

Location (Province, town):  Three regions, Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN

Activity: In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July 2014, Neotel will be dedicating time to helping develop food gardens in various regions around South Africa.

This will be done through Food & Trees for Africa - the first and only South African social enterprise that develops, promotes and facilitates greening, climate change action, food security and sustainable natural resource use and management.

As part of this initiative, Neotel has partnered with the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which encourages corporates to get involved in the schools that they are supporting and ensures that such projects continue well into the future.

Neotel would like to invite you to join them in making a difference to the lives of many school children where the gardens will be developed.

Contact details: email


  1. Bokamoso Community Outreach: Johannesburg , Gauteng

Activity: The Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme was established in 2007 by a group of young professionals who wanted to make a change in the country. We are a mentorship program that seeks to achieve a holistic development of high school learners.

For the 2014 year, we have identified a school whose learners are participating in the programme. Kwena Molapo High School is situated Lanseria and the learners are mainly from the Diepsloot, Thabo Mbeki informal settlements and surrounding Lanseria plots.

As part of the 2014 Bokamoso Social Outreach Programme, we will be refurbishing and repairing these mobile classrooms. The mentors and mentees on the programme will be painting the classrooms and erecting the classroom prefab structures into place. The other activities on the day involve cleaning the school and also stocking up the library with books donated by the mentees and mentors of the programme.

The day highlights the need and responsibility to serve wherever possible. The social responsibility day is often one that stands out in the year and one that we are proud to host at Bokamoso.

Contact details: email or call Tshepo Hlongwane 082 553 1971, B  usi Sibanyoni 082 758 4037 and Arnold Mokoena 072 615 2387.

  1. Cleaning the Monwabisi Old Age Home in Nyanga with Springboks Bryan Habana and Tebobo “Oupa” Mohoje

Organisation/Company Name:  South African Rugby Union (SARU)

Location (Province, town):  Monwabisi Old Age Home in Nyanga, Cape Town

Activity: Cleaning the Monwabisi Old Age Home in Nyanga, reading for the children, TAG Rugby, children entertainment (jumping castle, face painting and balloon sculpting), and live radio broadcasting.

Locals are asked to join Springboks Bryan Habana and Tebobo “Oupa” Mohoje as well as 60 children on the TAG Rugby Association programme in Nyanga and approximately 200 children from the community.

Contact details: email:

  1. City Parks and The Joburg Zoo go big for International Mandela Day

Organisation/Company Name:  City Parks and the Joburg Zoo

Location (Province, town):  Parks in the City of Johannesburg

Activity: The Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) are cleaning the city’s parks and taking a bus drive in and around the city with the Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Clr Mpho Parks Tau as part of Mandela day 67minutes celebration.

The entourage will take a tour in a branded “Mandela Bus” which will be pit-stopping and participating in cleaning at various Mandela Day activities throughout Joburg.

The bus will arrive at 8:10am at the Johannesburg Metro Centre in Braamfontein departing at 8:30am to its next destination Joubert Park, Inner City at 9am. Join the Mayor as he participates alongside the community members in cleaning activities and handing over blankets at Joubert Park.

We’ll start in Joubert Park where approximately 200 homeless people will be cleaning the park, receiving a bite to eat and the distribution of blankets. The nearby crèche will receive a paint job and goodies handed to the children.

Citizens are asked to join hands with the Mayor as he helps celebrate Tata Madiba’s legacy of Ubuntu with the MMC for Community Development Clr Chris Vondo, the Managing Director of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo Mr Bulumko Nelana by doing their part, either through clean-up, clearing of illegal dumping sites, river clean-up or anything which will be impactful to their environment.

Contact details: email


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