The V&A Waterfront invites all Capetonians to join them in honouring Nelson Mandela on his 94th birthday on Wednesday, July 18.
The SA Navy Band will open the celebration proceedings at the Nobel Square at 11am, next to the V&A Hotel, followed by the Izivunguvungu choir singing the Happy Birthday Madiba song and continuing with their performance.
The public can see Mandela’s giant birthday cake, four metres by two metres wide, on display in Nobel Square until 12.15pm when the cake will be cut and handed out to visitors.
This year the V&A Waterfront and its tenants will be honouring Mandela by supporting the Mandela Day global call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mandela did.
They have chosen to a charity that does a valuable work for the City of Cape Town, The Homestead. The Homestead is a charity organisation that has been helping Cape Town’s Street Children for the past 30 years and offers them Street Outreach work, Drop-In Centres and an intake shelter. Children end up alone on the streets because of difficult situations at home and in the disadvantaged communities they come from.
For the past decade, the Homestead has been working towards its vision of building a multipurpose centre in Khayelitsha. It is close to reaching its goal but still needs R1.5 million.
Visitors to the V&A Waterfront are invited to leave a monetary donation in one of the tins that will be provided for this initiative, giving a legacy to the Homestead children on Nelson Mandela Day.
Mandela Day Proceedings on Nobel Square:
- 11:00 to 11:05 – Opening Proceedings
- 11:05 to 11:45 – SA Navy Band perform
- 11:45 to 12:00 – Royal Hospital School Band perform
- 12:00 to 12:15 – Izivunguvungu Choir sings the “Happy Birthday Madiba” Song
- 12:15 to 13:00 – Cake cutting
If it rains, proceedings will move to Barrow Court, with the SA Navy Band performing in the Forum Walkway.