Celebrating Mandela Day in Cape Town


Every year, the world unites to honour a man who gave 67 years of his life in the struggle for human rights and social justice. For 67 minutes, on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, thousands of people engage in community service. And while it may not be equivalent to an entire lifetime, collectively, these acts are enough to set change in motion.

Be a part of the positive change and join the global celebrations on 18 July. Here are some Mandela Day activities happening around Cape Town.

Dance for Madiba (16 – 19 July)

Venue: Various, Cape Town

It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

Celebrate Mandela’s love for dancing by getting your groove on in the world’s biggest Madiba jive. The Dance for Madiba campaign aims to raise money for social development projects through dancing for 67 hours straight! Join in on the jive at numerous Cape Town hotspots, including the V&A Waterfront, NuWorld Music Festival and popular markets from Thursday morning to Midnight on Saturday.


Or, if you don’t have 67 hours to spare, you can still contribute to the Dance for Madiba campaign by pledging a donation and uploading a video of your own madiba jive.

Clean C Projects (11 – 19 July)

Venue: Various, Cape Town

We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela

Clean C is offering Capetonians multiple ways to share Madiba magic this Mandela Day. By devoting some of your time to any of their 2015 projects, you can help make Cape Town a better place for all it’s citizens through blanket drives, soup kitchens, community clean-ups, sports days and home makeovers to name a few. Email your preferred project to events@cleanc.co.za and the guys at Clean C will respond with the deets.

Ubuntu House Mandela Day Drive (6 – 18 July)

Venue: 1 Church Street, Cape Town CBD

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

Celebrate Madiba’s legacy this Mandela Day with a little contribution to uplift his favourite citizens – South Africa’s children.


The kiddies store Ma Se Kinners is running a donation drive for Ubuntu House Children’s Home this month. So stop by with a blanket or two, milk bottles, nappies or anything you can spare and help Cape Town’s kids in need.

Need a lift? Book a Rikkis taxi to get you to wherever your 67 minutes takes you.

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