Cheesekids announce a new date for Mandela Day event


A new date for the Cheesekids Mandela Day event which was cancelled following unfavourable weather predictions for Sunday 15 July, has been finally announced.

The activation, which involves South Africans who volunteer 67 minutes of their time to community service in honour of former president Nelson Mandela, was supposed to kick-off on 15 July from three cities across SA but was cancelled due to the cold front that had gripped most parts of the country that weekend.

Cheesekids for Humanity, the NGO behind the Mandela Day 67 minutes campaign in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Brand South Africa and other organisations, has confirmed Sunday 29 July as the day which the event will take off at the three major cities as initially planned.

“As previously, the mechanics stay the same. Would-be volunteers [should] arrive at one of the three hubs in Cape Town (Grand West Arena), Durban (Peoples Park) and Johannesburg (Mary Fitzgerald Square) and from there [they will] alight shuttles to various sites of activities for anything between 67 mins and 6 hours,” said Cheesekids Founding CEO Shaka Sisulu in a letter addressed to DRUM.

However, Cheesekids is yet to confirm details about the Unity Celebration, an after-service music concert to be held at all three national venues featuring a star-studded line-up.

“Details of our Unity Celebrations, where applicable, will also be communicated as they become available,” Sisulu said.

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