Great Initiatives To Be A Part Of

Not sure how to get involved this Mandela Month? Not to worry! We have compiled a list of great initiatives you can be a part of, not only for Mandela Month, but some, for as long as they run. Help make a difference by getting involved!


JAM International

JAM International has a division in South Africa that was established in 2004 and provided school meals to SA students. Once the SA government took over the school feeding in 2008, JAM began providing meals to pre-school students. The programme has grown into a holistic Early Childhood Development programme that includes teacher training, infrastructure development and feeding. Now JAM SA provides daily meals to more than 84 000 pre-school students and is supported by KFC Add Hope among others.

For more information about JAM SA, visit their website.

Bjala Organisation

Be part of a social urban enterprise with Bjala Organisation. Their aim is to deliver the second phase of their urbanisation plan. This multi-disciplinary organisation’s focus lies with human settlement challenges, pioneering innovations in urban solutions aimed at low income earners, combating inequality, proactively aiding in job creation and educational opportunities.

For more information about Bjala, visit their website.

67 Minutes Of Laughter

From 14-18 July at 20:00, be part of this great initiative by simply buying a ticket to the comedy show, “67 Minutes of Laughter“. A portion of these proceeds will go the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. You are merely a good laugh away from changing a child’s life. Catch the show at the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

For tickets and more information about 67 Minutes of Laughter, visit the Ticket Pro website.

Change Coffee

If you want ‘helping’ to be as easy as buying a cup of coffee then you’re in luck with this amazing initiative. What’s even more astounding is how the price of a single cup of coffee once a year can change a child’s life! Change Coffee assists all coffee lovers, coffee drinkers and cafe owners take a proactive stance in alleviating poverty as an act of justice not charity. So get involved by buying your coffee as usual and placing a donation the same price as your coffee, or more.

For more information of Change Coffee and how to get involved, visit their website.

Dance For Madiba

Dance your way to change with the Dance For Madiba initiative. All you have to do to be part of it is record yourself dancing, make a donation, upload your dance video on the Madiba Jive site, and you even stand a chance to win, courtesy of Pam Golding. Half of proceeds you win will go to a charity of your choice and you keep the other half. Runner-up contestants are awarded a Get Smarter short course for themselves and another person from a disadvantaged background. There has never been a better reason to dance before.

For more information on Dance For Madiba and how to get involved, visit their website.

FSP Mandela Sports Day

Join Football Solves Problems this Mandela Month by joining their annual event, the FSP Mandela Sports Day. Geared at helping the youth make a difference and take responsibility in initiating change and progress – this initiative is also filled with fun, laughter and amazing memories to be made. Held on 16 July at Crawford College in Lonehill at 09:00 for only R67 to enter; it’s a great way for you and your family to get involved.

For more information on FSP Mandela Sports Day, visit their Facebook page or website.

67 Blankets

Make your pledge to knit or crochet a blanket for Nelson Mandela Day with 67 Blankets. During the winter months we all want to be warm and snuggled up in our blankets, in front of a heater at home. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be as warm as they’d like to be in the cold seasons – so do your part by getting involved in this initiative to keep fellow, less fortunate citizens warm this winter.

For more information on 67 Blankets and how to get involved, visit their Facebook page or website.

Cupcakes Of Hope

Join Max Executive Apartments together with Cupcakes of Hope on 15 July. Cupcakes will be on sale from 09:00 till 15:00 at 5 Rivonia Road in Illovo. This initiative is geared at, 4 Kids with Cancer, by raising funds and awareness for children who need medical assistance, through the sweetness of cupcakes. Show your support by being part of this sweet sale and you could save a life!

For more information about Cupcakes of Hope, visit their website.

My 67 Beads Campaign

If you want to be a part of the start of a global campaign for literacy then you want to be part of the My 67 Beads Campaign. South Africans from all walks of life get the opportunity to sit together and make Mandela Bangles that are sold at R67 each, supporting the Mandela Schools Library Project. This is a fun and interactive way to get involved, all while doing it for a great course.

For more information about #My67Beads, visit the Relate Bracelets website.

Show Your Sole For Mandela Day

Join Planet Fitness to put shoes on 15 000 feet this Mandela Day. Although most of us hardly ever think about shoes in terms of protecting us from harmful bacteria, germs or hookworm, among other severe infections – those who cannot afford shoes face this safely hazard daily. Donate your old shoes, in good condition at your nearest Planet Fitness Club.

For more information about #ShowYourSole, visit the Planet Fitness Facebook page.

Know other great initiatives to get involved in not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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