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International Mandela Day in Joburg - Part 2


Now in its 10th year, find out where to join Mandela Day initiatives throughout Joburg and be part of this global movement in making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable. Through taking action, inspiring change and making every day Mandela Day, the last 10 years has seen global initiatives committed to uplifting the dignity of others.  Through commemorating the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world, focus on the next 10 year Mandela Day strategy will be aimed at mobilising governments, policy makers, corporates, civil society and individuals to focus on social justice issues  as well as addressing 2019 to 2029 Mandela Day Goals.    


#BeTheLegacy and join the Mandela Day Community in Johannesburg and using your collective power together create a global movement for good. Here’s more on what’s happening in the City of Johannesburg, Mandela Day Jozi events and how you can spend 67 Minutes in giving back this International Nelson Mandela Day 2019.


Register as a Blood Donor

With less than 1 % of South Africans registered as active blood donors, this Mandela Day join the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and commit to registering as an active blood donor. Where every unit of blood can save a minimum of three lives, make every day Mandela day,  find a Johannesburg  blood donation centre near you and spend 67 minutes once every 8 weeks helping to save lives.


Invest in Joburg’s Youth at Abraham Kriel Bambanani

Providing care and skills development for children and youth in need, Abraham Kriel Bambanani in Johannesburg invite visitors to assist with various donations or time and attention spent with resident youths. Providing shelter, physical care, rehabilitation and skills development to children subjected to trauma, abuse, poverty and neglect, the centre welcome donations that include; winter clothes (mostly boys), shoes and sneakers or food hampers and even something as simple as hot chocolate as a warming winter treat. Should you have a unique skill or are able to give of your time, cooking and baking lessons, crafting, knitting and sports are always a welcomed activity, paying attention and interest in investing in Johannesburg’s future.


Make and Donate a Sleeping Bag

Join Kingsmead College in Rosebank together with Community Hours and be part of their Make-and-Donate-a-Sleeping-Bag event this Mandela Day. Visitors are invited to join 67 minute time slots to put together sleeping bag parcels while raising awareness for Johannesburg’s homeless people. With a registration cost of R100 per person to cover the cost of materials, sleeping bags will be distributed to the Johannesburg homeless community and those in need. For more information, contact


Mandela Magic for Abandoned Babies

Having given 19 years of service, 1661 babies saved from abandonment and 701 adoptions facilitated, Johannesburg’s Door of Hope Children’s Mission opened their first “Baby Box" in 1999. They also run three care facilities as well as a children’s village for children that require ongoing and long term care. Caring for around 72 abandoned babies at any one time, on average 9 abandoned babies enter Door of Hope some via the baby box, and others through hospitals and the Johannesburg police services. Give a little bit of Mandela Magic to the babies in care at the Johannesburg Door of Hope Mission by delivering the following supplies in need; Nan Optipro 1 and 2, Long Life Full Cream Milk, Peanut Butter, Baby Hair and Body Wash, Tissues and Toilette Paper, and Nappies.


“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

With a host of Mandela Day Initiatives and events taking place throughout the city, these are just a few of and some of the simplest ways that you can #BeTheLegacy and give back this International Nelson Mandela Day. For more events find 40 Ways to Pay Homage - Ideas, Events & Activities this Mandela Day.