Cape Town - Thursday will be remembered as The Battle of My 67 Beads.
The battleground: The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The warriors, nimble-fingered and determined to show no mercy, for a good cause.
The Beading Gogos and Tatas were back in full force for the Relate Trust's fourth annual beading challenge ahead of Mandela Day.
This year, the contest was a bit different. Instead of battling their former opponents, the seniors set their sights on one another.
Each paired up with a celebrity to bead a winning bracelet for an educational cause close to Madiba's heart: The Nelson Mandela School Library Project.
For Matthew Booth, Sox Georgiades (aka DJ Sox), and Quintin Goliath (aka Jitsvinger), it was not their first time facing the seniors. After two years to heal their wounds, still slightly scarred from their 2015 loss, they came back ready to compete.
Long-time Relate ambassador Tracey Lange led the battle as ringleader/master of ceremonies for the day. Fresh faces to the competition: Lindy Hibbard, Zoë Brown, Zola Nene, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Roxy Marosa, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Matthew Gold and Kamini Pather, had no idea what they were in for.
But it was, in fact, DJ Sox who won the day along with Mama Elphia Ngalo. Their team "the Busy Beads" created a bracelet aptly named "The Cell" which was made up of a 46664-bead pattern, representing Nelson Mandela's prison cell number.