10 Ways To Get Involved: Mandela Day 2019

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Whether you’re looking to take part in a Mandela Day event as an individual or as part of a bigger group, here are just 10 of the many ways you can get involved around 18 July 2019, from painting schools in Joburg and Cape Town to building kennels for animals in need.

Food Can Mosaic

LEAP Science and Maths School, in partnership with Clearwater Mall, is aiming to build a food can mosaic of the Nelson Mandela Day logo, using 27 000 cans of Rhodes Quality food.

When: 18 July 2019, from 12pm – 3pm

Where: Clearwater Mall, Roodepoort

For more information, visit leapschool.org.za.

Habitat For Humanity Build

Help to build homes in the community of Palm Ridge. The aim is to complete 3 000 houses as part of the project.

When: 15 – 19 July 2019

Where: Palm Ridge, Katlehong

For more information, visit habitat.org.za.

SA Chefs Association Initiative

The SA Chefs Association is teaming up with Nedan to feed 6 700 children in five feeding centres in Zola, Alexandra, Pimville and Kathlehong.

When: 18 July 2019

Where: Zola, Alexandra, Pimville and Kathlehong (Ntuthuko School in Twala and Khumalo Primary School in Ngema)

For more information, email daniella@sachefs.co.za or call 011 482 7250.


Join WWF South Africa, SASSI, Twyg, Two Oceans Aquarium and Smile 90.4FM presenter Kia Johnson on Twitter for a 67-minute chat sharing knowledge about going plastic free and discussing 6/7 plastics you can give up.

When: 18 July, from 12pm – 1pm

Where: On Twitter, using #PlasticFreeMzansi.

Penreach Books in Homes Campaign

Educational NGO Penreach is encouraging the purchase of 67 early literacy books for R200.

When: Books must be purchased before 31 July 2019.

For more information, visit penreach.co.za.

FoodForwardSA Mandela Day Food Drive, in partnership with Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay and FoodForwardSA are aiming to gather 500 tons of food for the underprivileged. You can buy product online or at selected Pick n Pay stores and it will be donated to communities in need.

When: You can purchase food items until 14 July 2019. On 18 July, you can help with packing.

Where: Packing will be taking place at venues in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Joburg, Durban, Rustenberg and Port Elizabeth.

For more information, visit pnp.co.za and webtickets.co.za.

SPCA Mandela Day Kennel Building

Help build a kennel for animals in need or donate R500 towards the building of a kennel.

When: 18 July, from 9am – 5pm

Where: Cape of Goodhope SPCA, corner of 1st Avenue and 1st Road, Grassy Park, Cape Town

For more information, visit capespca.co.za.

Operation Smile Teddy Bear Drive

Operation Smile is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive, asking for donations of soft toys, which will be distributed to patients.

When: 18 July 2019, 9am – 3pm

Where: Operation Smile South Africa, The Waverley Business Park, Unit 17-103/4, 5 Wyecroft Road, Mowbray, Cape Town. Donations are welcome from across the country, to be delivered to the Cape Town Operation Smile office.

For more information, call 021 447 3608.

SAME Foundation School Painting

The SAME Foundation will be painting the outside of both the Blair Atholl Primary School in Lanseria, Gauteng and the Zimasa Primary School in Langa, Cape Town.

When: 18 July 2019, from 9:30am – 3pm

Where: Blair Atholl Primary – Farm School, Lanseria, Gauteng and Zimasa Primary School, Langa, Cape Town

For more information, visit samefoundation.org.za.

Cover Books with Common Good

Common Good will be covering 670 library books for school children. All materials will be provided.

When: 18 July 2019, from 9am – 5pm

Where: 21 Nelson Road, Observatory, Cape Town

For more information and to sign up, click here.