(Photo: Katy Perry, Supplied)
Mandela Day has rolled around again. This is a good opportunity for you to go out there and channel the struggle icon’s legacy. Phumlani S Langa lists the best events happening this week.
What: Marie Claire Power Summit 2018
Where: The Lyric, Gold Reef City
When: 18 July, 08:00 to 15:30
Cost: R980 at quicket.co.za
Featuring keynote speakers, one-on-one interviews and panel discussions, this summit will bring together the voices of a diverse range of women leaders, including Nomzamo Mbatha (actress and philanthropist), Redi Tlhabi (author and media personality), Terry Pheto (actress), Panashe Chigumadzi (novelist), Lindiwe Mazibuko (politician), Uche Pézard (chief executive of Luxe Corp and founder of Luxury Connect Africa), Aisha Pandor (co-founder of SweepSouth) and Panashe Chigumadzi (award-winning Zimbabwean-born novelist and essayist).
What: Katy Perry Witness: The Tour
Where: Ticketpro Dome
When: 18, 20 and 21 July, 19:15
Cost: R525 to R3 295 at computicket.com
I’m sure some of you have been waiting patiently for this. She’s here and the buzz is big. Catch the American pop sensation during her first visit to local land.
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What: Mandela Day Yoga
Where: Constitution Hill
When: 21 July 21, 10:00
Cost: R60 to R120 at webtickets.co.za
Tata was a very placid person. I’m not sure if he did yoga, but it is definitely a good way to relax and alleviate tension. This event supports the neighbouring organisation, Lefika la Phodiso, which uses art and play therapy to help youth affected by traumatic experiences.
What: Lucas Maloma – Live Recording
Where: The South African State Theatre
When: 21 July, 18:30
Cost: R200 to R500 at computicket.com
Pull through and stand a chance to appear as part of the audience at this live recording. I’m told this man is quite capable of providing an uplifting moment or two.
What: Friends of the Zoo Fun Walk
Where: The National Zoological Garden, Pretoria Zoo
When: 21 July, 06:00
Cost: R40 to R50 at fotz.co.za
Take an easy stroll through the zoo. It is a perfect outing for the children. There is always lots to see and the surrounding nature is a welcome sight.
What: 3rd Annual Long Walk/Run to Freedom 21, 10 & 5km
Where: Eco Boulevard
When: 21 July, 06:30
Cost: R45 to R91 at entrytime.com
Nelson Mandela was a big supporter of sports and an active lifestyle, and at one stage he was a boxer. Get yourself in shape in his honour by taking on this park run. It is a family-friendly event.
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What: Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Where: FNB Stadium
When: 21 July, 15:00
Cost: R70 to R170 at computicket,com
Shame, the World Cup is happening and these guys are still trying to catch games in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup. The teams will need support, so maybe you should head over to lend a helping hand in this regard. Ask yourself: What would Nelson Mandela do?
What: Soweto Poetry Workshops
Where: Eyethu Lifestyle Centre
When: 21 July, 10:00
Poets and fans alike should head to Eyethu for a workshop with prominent wordsmiths. Beginners are welcome.
What: To Think & To Act Mandela Day
Where: Othandweni Children’s Home
When: 18 July, 08:00
Cost: Free entrance
This seminar will examine how best to emulate Tata Mandela. It should be quite an eye-opening encounter, and it might even have an effect on your outlook about certain things. Couldn’t hurt, right?
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What: Gcina Mhlophe: My Travelling Bag
Where: Tina’s Hotel, Rhumbelow Theatre
When: 18 to 22 July
Cost: R150 at computicket.com
Mandela would have celebrated his 100th birthday on July 18. Why not invite Gcina Mhlophe, the famous South African anti-apartheid activist, actress, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author, to share a few of her memories of the man.
What: 5FM Live Loud Midyear Break
Where: Sun City
When: 13 to 15 July
Cost: R75 to R300 at computicket.com
The Super Bowl will be alive with the sounds of life being lived loud. Catch Mi Casa and the 5FM DJs.
What: The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
Where: Baxter Theatre Centre, Concert Hall
When: Until 5 August, 20:00
Cost: R160 to R190 at webtickets.com
This will be a fully loaded laugh session with some of the brightest stars in comedy. There will be plenty of food, drinks and music.I would hit this up.
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