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Causes to support for Mandela Day

Attempt a world record, walk amongst heroes, join a talk in Langa, laugh for 67 minutes + more


Last updated: Monday, 11 July 2022

In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread social justice and freedom for all, we’ve rounded up a few events you can support on the public holiday that celebrates him. Stand next to Madiba himself at an exhibition, take on a world record, join an informative talk in Langa and other things to do this Mandela Day.


Bring the whole family to The Twilight Run at Reddam House Constantia. Colourful powder will be thrown over you, so it works best if you are wearing old, white clothes. You are welcome to race the 5km route, or just take it slow and jog, walk (or crawl) to the finish line. Food and drinks will be on sale after the run. All profits raised will be donated to Royal Kids, a non-profit organisation invested in the well-being of children. They supply children with a warm jacket, a new pair of school shoes, socks, and a school shirt in under-resourced communities.

Date: Monday, 18 July 4.45pm - 7pm
Cost: From R67, book here

Reddam House Constantia | Reddam Avenue | Constantia | 021 702 2322 | Instagram: @reddamhouseconstantia | Image: Unsplash


Ladles of Love is attempting to break a world record for creating the largest mosaic made out of food cans. It is calling on people across Cape Town to help place and paint 110 000 food cans. All you have to do is purchase a 67-minute time slot, or buy food cans in primary colours. Every can collected will be donated to Ladles of Love’s beneficiaries, who provide meals to the hungry.

Date: Sunday to Monday, 17 - 18 July; 9am - 4pm
Cost: R20 per can or R150 for a 67-minute time slot



Take a selfie with Madiba, Winnie or Ghandi at The Long March to Freedom exhibition. It features 100 local and global heroes who fought against inequality and discrimination in South Africa. The statues are on a long green lawn and you can walk amongst the replicas of your heroes in life-sized bronze form. Stroll through the lawns and learn more about the people who fought for equality.  You can also take a guided tour while there. 

Date: Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm; Saturday 8am - 6pm; Sunday 9am - 4pm
Cost: R20

Century City | Cape Town | | Instagram: @longmarchtofreedom | Image: Long March to Freedom


Local city organisation Mensch will hold a "Lunch & Learn", a community day of action learning. You can help prepare a soup, chopping veggies grown locally by urban farmers in Langa, which will be distributed for Mandela Day to local communities in need. This will then be followed by a discussion with local farmers, social entrepreneurs and community organisers.

Date: Sunday, 17 July; 12 pm
Cost: Free Book here

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Join Cotlands, a non-profit organisation working in the early childhood development sector, at Hard Rock Cafe for 67 minutes of laughing till your belly aches. Featuring South African comedians Mel Jones, Phil De Lange, Rob Van Vuuren, Shimmy Isaacs and Yaaseen Barnes, all proceeds raised will be donated to children who don’t have access to play opportunities. Tickets for the live event inlcude a meal and drink from the selected menu. 

Date: Sunday, 17 July; 7pm - 9pm
Cost: Live event R300, Virtual R150, book here

Hard Rock Café | 85 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | | 027 21 007 4461 | Instagram: @hardrockcafecapetown | Image: Hard Rock Café



Read more about the history of South African icon Nelson Mandela.
Take a walk through The Long March to Freedom Exhibition.
Discover more things to do this weekend.


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