How to find simple ways to make a big difference on #MandelaDay

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Whether or not donating 67 minutes or more towards a worthy cause truly can be called activism, is a debate for another time.

But for now, for those who do want to get involved in doing something for charity on Mandela Day, but don’t know where to start, there are a few places you can look to for help.

Tuesday, 18th July, will mark International Mandela Day. It’s also the day late former President Nelson Mandela would’ve turned 99 on this day and since 2009, South Africans and others around the world have been encouraged to follow in the example Mandela was with regards to selflessness and help those in need around them.

Below are a few good platforms that can help point you in the right direction.


forgood is an online directory of sorts which matches South African non-profits in various categories with volunteers and donors.

You can choose whether you’d like to give your time, money or even expertise, depending on each cause’s needs.

At the moment, forgood is running a campaign this month where you can shop its online pop-up store. Every sale made will earn income for one of the causes listed on forgood.

GEM Project

The GEM Project is a mobile platform that allows you to find causes in and around your area.

The platform features activities throughout the year and not just on Mandela Day, so you can become an active participator beyond 18th July, should you wish to be.

Users also earn themselves personal rewards known as GEMs, which can be redeemed for airtime, prepaid electricity, data or movie tickets.

You can download GEM via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1 # or as an app on Google Play or iTunes.

Stop Hunger Now SA

This one is specifically for corporate organisations

Stop Hunger Now SA, a volunteer based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009, will be hosting Meal Packing Events around the country starting today until Tuesday.

Events will be held in Johannesberg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizebeth, East London, Pretoria and Pietermarizburg.

Corporates wanting to participate will send a team of 20 volunteers to their prefered venue to pack meals for 67 minutes.

Each team will pack around 3 200 meals in their time slot which will feed up to 15 children, five meals a week for an entire year.

To enter a team in thiss years Mandela Day events, please contact Stop Hunger Now SA for a registration form. The cost per team is only R12 000.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit which strives for the provision of adequate and affordable shelter, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will be building 67 homes for 67 families, in Orange Farm, south Gauteng.

You can join them by signing up on the Habitat for Humanity website.

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