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Algoa FM Mandela Day
Algoa FM Mandela Day As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most iconic leaders… Former President Nelson Mandela…. Algoa FM asks you this simple question:

If you could dedicate a song to Madiba…what would it be?

SMS you choice to 41 851… first word Madiba… and then tune in on Mandela Day - the 18th of July - where your tribute could be played during 67 minutes of non-stop music to celebrate this great man. (VAS rates apply)

Spend your 67 minutes doing something amazing in honour of our iconic former president.

In honour of YOUR 67 minutes… we want to know what you’re up to. If you're having a fete, organizing a charity drive, a community project… or are just doing something great on your own – we want to know about it!

Tell us about it by sending an email to and your info could be promoted on air and right here online, for all of Algoa Country to hear and see what good you're doing for your country.

We'll also be uploading photos of you honouring Madiba on the day - so be sure to send those through to us!

Algoa FM, and you… celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day Events 18 July

1. The Eastern Cape Department of Transport

MEC Thandiswa Marawu will be painting street lanes in Umtata today. Minister of Transport Ben Martin’s entourage, with paint and brushes in hand, will be on the streets of Mthatha Town from 09h00, when they will spend time painting road markings in identified spots.

2. Nelson Mandela Big Card event at the boardwalk

The public are invited to gather at the Retail Lake Area of The Boardwalk on Wednesday 18th July, from 18h00 for 18h30. During the course of the evening they will be treated to live music by local artists, a fireworks display and the release of 94 white doves.

The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the largest birthday card for the world’s most famous person. Measuring 5m x 6m, the birthday card will contain over 10 000 signatures collected from people throughout Nelson Mandela Bay. The card will be unveiled by the Executive Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Richard Baloyi

3. Sandwich Jam in George

The George Herald and George Mini Ads News will be hosting a Sandwich Jam on Wednesday 18 July as part of their 67 minutes to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day and give back to the needy.

A Sandwich Jam is a fun-filled sandwich-making event where groups work together to try and make as many sandwiches as possible in a limited time. Afterwards, the sandwiches are distributed to the hungry.

In this event, the plan is to make 3 000 sandwiches and distribute them to underprivileged schools in George before their first break.

4. Cacacu District Municipality /Kouga Local Municipality

Executive Mayor and Mayoral Committee members of Cacadu District Municipality and officials and mayoral committee members of Kouga Local Municipality will be going to the Ethembeni Care Centre in Hankey. The centre runs a crèche and after-school programme for about 85 kids and also has programmes for people living with HIV/Aids and the elderly.

Together with Kouga Local Municipality, they are doing numerous things to brighten up the lives of these kids, including painting the interior of the classrooms and the patio area, fitting new windows, replacing broken toilet seats, adding swings on the jungle gym, a soup kitchen on the day, a food, clothing and toy collection, as well as repairing plumbing in the kitchen, fitting new taps in the kitchen, supplying new dishes and cutlery and supplying cleaning equipment such as mops and buckets.

5. SpringAGE Unites Youth Leaders in Qunu

Returning for the second time to Madiba’s birth place of Qunu on Mandela Day, SpringAGE will be targeting five schools… Umtata International School, Vela High School, Umtata High School, Umtata Christian School and Holy Cross… bringing together 35 high-potential pupils and those most motivated… to discuss and develop innovative ideas to create youth employment in 67 minutes. The projects born from these discussions will be directly sown back into the school system, with the option of wider school community expansion.

Other events on the programme include the 67-minute BIG walk Stepping Out for Education… and Discovering Your Strengths, a strengths-based leadership development programme for the Springers.

6. Buffalo City Metro

As part of Nelson Mandela Day celebrations, Buffalo City Metro will be spending 67 minutes donating books by Glasgow and BCMM to schools at the East London City Hall between 10h00 and 12h00. Executive mayor Zukiswa Ncitha will be doing the hand-over to 32 schools in Buffalo City Metro.

Also, a massive clean-up campaign, undertaken by officials and politicians, will be taking place across Buffalo City Metro (Inland, Midlands and Coastal regions) from 09h00.

7. Siyazingca Ngenkcubeko Yethu Project

Zonwabele Tshayana, a Program Officer for the NGO Africare based in Queenstown, is assisting a CBO in Rwantsana, a deep rural area in Lady Frere, called Siyazingca Ngenkcubeko Yethu Project. Their Mandela Day Celebration includes the handing out of food parcels to the elderly, orphans, vulnerable children and the destitute. Zonwabele will be assisting Siyazingca and the Rwantsana youth with the preparations and will be mentoring them.

The Patuleni family in the area happens to include a 112 year old lady, who stays with her 80-year-old son and his wife. The youth would like to donate their time and energy to painting the Patuleni homestead and a group of colleagues from Africare have pledged to buy a celebratory cake for the old lady. Zonwabele is also canvassing for donations for her.

8. Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature

The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, sponsors and the local community will roll up their sleeves to participate in activities aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning at Healdtown Comprehensive High School in Fort Beaufort. Recognised as a historical site, the school is under-resourced and its condition is deteriorating. The lack of facilities and resources prompted the school to embark on a fundraising campaign to establish an Educational Resource Centre, comprising a library, museum, computer centre and reading rooms to be named after Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

9. PE Yuvak Mandal group,

This is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to uplift the community through Seva volunteer work. For this year’s Mandela Day they have selected the Protea Child Care Centre, which provides temporary accommodation for children between the ages of 3-12 years. The group will be volunteering their time and helping with school stationary, bedding, toiletries, food, toys and furniture.

10. Life Mercantile Hospital

Life Mercantile Hospital will be feeding an informal settlement in Malabar on Wednesday morning with a team of CIP (Community Involvement Programme) Committee members, who have donated from their pockets towards the soup kitchen.

11. Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT)

NMBT is setting the example of how to spend International Mandela Day as they invite everyone to join in a two-headed community uplifting initiative on Wednesday.

They will start their two-part outreach programme with the ceremonial hand over of a cheque to the Linge Tots Development Centre in Kwazakhele, the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) having already donated funds for much-needed infrastructural upgrades at the centre. The Linge Tots Development Centre provides therapy and basic pre-school education for physically and mentally-challenged children between the ages of 0 and 12 years and currently caters for 30 children from surrounding communities.

The other community group benefitting from NMBT’s 67 minutes initiative is the Sukume Museum and Cultural Centre in Walmer, where the team will assist an HIV ladies’ support group to establish a vegetable garden. NMBT is inviting everyone to don their gardening clothes and help their team break and turn the soil to start the garden.

Mustangs Soccer Club will also donate soccer balls, jerseys and socks to the kids from the aftercare centre, enabling them to participate in league games in future. This will be followed by a soccer clinic and games.

12. IEC Eastern Cape

To celebrate Mandela Day, the IEC Eastern Cape will paint an orphanage in Ngqeleni which is in Nyandeni Municipality in the OR Tambo Region. The Mzomtsha Children's Home has 60 children ranging in age from six to twenty years. They also plan to issue blankets and toys to the children at the orphanage.

13. Albany Museum in Grahamstown

Each year the Albany Museum in Grahamstown celebrates International Mandela Day with learners from the farm schools of Farmerfield and Manley flats.

The museum has adopted these schools and the museum will donate books, toys and clothes and blankets collected from the community of Grahamstown.

The Bankies Junior Secondary School near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape is based in a rural community. They will be building a new kitchen for the school.

If you would like to make a contribution to this effort, contact Nozipho Madinda on 046-6222312.

14. Woodridge School

Their Grade 1 to Grade 7 classes will be spend 67 special minutes making bracelets to save the rhino. Approximately 300 people will participate in this project… and funds raised will be donated to local rhino conservationists. They are very excited about the project, as they are passionate about saving the white and black rhino. They are our heritage, and we must all fight to protect these majestic creatures.

15. Pinnacle Point Soup Kitchen

Located at the Alma Clinic, Kwa Nonqaba, Mossel Bay, they will be handing out soup and bread on Wednesday, 18 July between 09h00 and 13h00. If you have some time to spare, please make a turn and if possible, donate a blanket, perhaps old shoes, jersey's, clothes etc.

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