Mandela Day activities and all your week's events, sorted

2018-07-15 00:00 - Phumlani S Langa
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(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

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

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.

SEE: Get your proudly SA #Madiba100 t-shirt and be part of these Mandela centenary celebrations in Mzansi


What: Mandela Day Yoga

Where: Constitution Hill

When: 21 July 21, 10:00

Cost: R60 to R120 at

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

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

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

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.

SEE: Quick guide to Madiba’s long walk to freedom: Discover historic heritage in Port Elizabeth



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?

SEE: #Mandela100: Celebrate Madiba’s centenary at these museums across SA



What: Gcina Mhlophe: My Travelling Bag

Where: Tina’s Hotel, Rhumbelow Theatre

When: 18 to 22 July

Cost: R150 at

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

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

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.

SEE: #Madiba100: Be a part of these Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations across SA

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