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6 Ideas for Mandela Day

For those of you who haven’t checked your calendar recently, this Thursday, 18 July, is Mandela Day! Haven’t yet thought of how you’re going to spend your 67 minutes? Don’t panic…

What are you doing this Thursday?

What are you doing this Thursday?

On the 18th of July every year, thousands of people celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday by giving 67 minutes of their time to do something that will help make the world a better place in honour of the man who dedicated his life to fighting for human rights.

Ideas range from fixing potholes in your street, to helping someone with their CV so they can apply for a job, to spending time with the kids at a children’s home.There really is no end to the number of things you can do to be a part of this day. But if you’re stuck for ideas, we’d love to help you out!

Here’s a list we’ve put together of some ways you can get in on the action in Cape Town:

1. Lend a hand at Newkidz’s Siviwe House Revamp in Woodstock

2. Team with Living Hope and clear alien invasive plants!

From 10am to 3pm on 18 July, help clear alien invasive plants from a property so that it can be used for agriculture, training and empowerment in the future! This will be happening at Living Hope’s head office in Sun Valley. Contact Mario on 073 279 9190 for more info.

3. Join Stop Hunger Now’s food packing event at Canal Walk

4. Get gardening and help renovate a playground at Westlake United Church Trust

A group is needed of around 5-8 people to help reseal playground equipment and do some general garden maintenance at WUCT in Westlake. The sealer and brushes will be provided, but you’ll need to bring your own gardening equipment. Email us if you’re interested.

5. Help out at U-turn

U-turn has a number of volunteer opportunities available, from helping sort clothing for their second-hand store to, if you’re keen for some heavy lifting, moving filing cabinets! You could also drop off soup or stew in disposable containers, or get a team together to help chop vegetables for the soup kitchen. For more info, email U-turn.

6. Join the Mandela Day Human Chain!

On Thurs, 18th July, between 1-2pm, a group of people will be joining hands along Klipfontein Road to form a human chain to symbolize Nelson Mandela’s dream of a unified, non-racial South Africa.  The Human Chain will span between Rondebosch – Athlone – Gugulethu. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

And if you’re still needing help, read our list of 67 ideas for Mandela Day from last year!

So what are you planning on doing? We’d love to hear 🙂

Let’s talk about toilets

Did you know it’s World Toilet Day today? With more than 2.5 billion people not having access to a toilet, we think it’s about time we talked about them. 

Regardless of whether you call it the loo, the cloakroom, the lav or, excuse us but we’re going to say it, ‘the bog’, we all need to have access to a toilet, right? We might not want to talk about ‘them’, but can you imagine the chaos if we didn’t have any toilets? With seven billion people on the planet, this is not a pleasant thought to dwell on.

If you’re blessed to have a private toilet in your home (or maybe even more than one), you’re part of a select few who have access to such a luxury. More than 2.5 billion people do not have access to any kind of toilet at all, let alone one in the privacy of their home. That means that one in three people do not have a safe, clean and private toilet.

Many of us take the humble toilet for granted. After all, in the developed world there’s always one around the corner, even if you’re at the shops, a restaurant, or on the beach. And heaven forbid if it happens to be missing toilet paper, soap and an automatic hand dryer! But try and imagine for a moment if your only access to a toilet of any kind was a hole in the ground, where other people had also done ‘their business’, and for toilet paper all you had was a handful of leaves or some newspaper, if you were lucky.

Having access to adequate sanitation should be a basic human right, and it’s one that could prevent the unnecessary illness and even death of millions every year. According to the World Toilet Day website, “diarrhoeal diseases are the second most common cause of death of young children in developing countries, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and resulting in 1 death every 20 seconds.”

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5 Infographics We Heart

Getting informed about the facts of our world is so important if we are to respond effectively, but, and let’s be honest, statistics cause most of us to space out, right? That’s why we’re loving the new trend in infographics that provides information in a visually appealing way. Here are our current top 5:

1. The Impact of the Internet on Human Rights

2. Where is the Safest Place in the World for Women to Live and Work?

3. Education Levels Around the World

4. The Life of an African Child

5. What’s Wrong with our Food System?

For more great infographics, follow us on Pinterest!

Do you have any favourite infographics?

(Photograph courtesy of Melissa Deakin via

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