Mandela Day 2022 Events in Gauteng


Whether you plan to do your 67 minutes or prefer to make a donation, these Mandela Day 2022 events in Gauteng have got you covered. There are a variety of fun activities and worthy causes to suit everyone who plans to engage this Mandela Day.

There are so many organisations participating in Mandela Day, internationally and locally. Mandela Day is being marked across the country, with plenty of events in Cape Town and other cities. But Johannesburg and Pretoria will also be taking initiative on Monday 18 July. Take a look at what Gauteng’s organisations have got planned…

Break a World Record with Ladles of Love

Ladles of Love’s charity efforts of giving soup to the homeless began in Cape Town and now have blossomed into a variety of programmes taking place throughout the country.

This Mandela Day, Ladles of Love aims to raise over R3 million to provide food to people in poverty-stricken communities. They’re making a giant mosaic of Nelson Mandela in Cape Town but they certainly haven’t forgotten about Gauteng!

They plan to create the South African Flag in Johannesburg by calling out to you, individuals, families and corporate companies. They’re attempting to break the world record for the largest mosaic made out of food cans. 

You can donate food cans to contribute or book a slot to actively participate in breaking the World Record.

Break the World Record

As Ladles of Love is known to host extraordinary events and break records on Mandela Day — why not join them on what might be another record-breaking event? Have a look at the details:

  • Location: Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Time: 09:00-16:00
  • Cost: R150 to book a volunteering slot. R20 to donate a food can.
  • RSVP: buy tickets on Webtickets

Experience the South African Guide-Dogs Association

“This Mandela Month we are offering an exclusive experience with our Assistance Dogs and O&M practitioners where you can experience 67 minutes in the shoes of a visually impaired person,” says Yolande van Rooyen, Events Manager at the South Africa Guide-Dogs Association.

Yolande goes on to say that their aim is to raise R67 000 in order to provide their clients with the assistive devices and training needed to make their dreams come true.

The South African Guide-Dog Association is marking Mandela Day. Image: supplied.

Many South Africans may be familiar with the South African Guide-Dog Association as a provider of guide dogs to the visually impaired. However, many people are still unaware of the Association’s other life-changing services, such as providing guide dogs for the blind and service dogs to people with physical disabilities, autism support dogs to children on the autism spectrum, and teaching people who are visually impaired how to use a long cane and other daily life skills.

This Mandela Day, the organisation will give volunteers the experience of being in the shoes of a visually impaired person.

Walk in the Shoes of the Visually Impaired, with a Guide Dog by Your Side

This will be a day filled with learning and fun for dog lovers. The details are as follows:

  • Location: 126 Wroxham Road, Paulshof, Sandton
  • Time: 09:00-15:00
  • Cost: R550 per person
  • RSVP: 

Join The Johannesburg Children’s Home for a Day of Fun and Giving Back

The Johannesburg Children’s Home, which is celebrating 130 years since its establishment, is hosting an open day. With a variety of things to do, this is surely one of the most hands-on Mandela Day 2022 events in Gauteng!

There will be an exhibition of the children’s art that is for sale and a stall available of the bottled products from their kitchen. Other activities like painting, gardening, helping with chores, purchasing from their tuckshop or making donations.

“We still want to honour Madiba’s legacy,” says managing director Annette Brokensha. “And we still feel that is a very valid space in our society for people to emulate his lifestyle and to be passionate about giving back and especially to children, which was his passion.”

Come for a Day of Fun!

Book your 67 minutes of fun below:

  • Location: 59 Urania Street, Observatory, Johannesburg
  • Time: 09:00-16:00
  • Bookings: email Fiona at

Do It For the Love of Babies!

Established in 2020, For the Love of Babies packages baby essentials made up with love for mothers and children.

“My main goal with the charity was to make sure each mom and baby we help know that they are important, they are someone and that they matter! They need to know that their children are blessings and they have a responsibility to care for and love them,” says founder Mart-Marie Uys Terblanche.

For the Love of Babies’ first goal is to secure donations of nappies, new clothes and educational toys. Sponsors are also invited to be part of the cause as they hope to host a fun carnival party to celebrate the moms and babies.

Donate, For the Love of Babies

If doing your 67 minutes is an obstacle for you this Mandela Day, simply send donations.

  • Contact:

Calling All Running Junkies for the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Houghton Run

Founded by Nelson Mandela himself, one of the founding principles of the foundation is the promotion of and engaging in of philosophical activities, including discussion regarding issues pertaining to human rights and democracy.

This Sunday is time to engage physically by joining the 8km Mandela Day Houghton Run. A run through Joburg’s scenic suburbs, while simultaneously supporting a great cause, will definitely get your endorphins going. Not to mention that there will be an appearance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo…

Runners can use their hobby to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Image: leah hetteberg on Unsplash

The starting point for the race will be Virgin Active Houghton, with the running route passing by Madiba’s Houghton home and then past Mandela Sanctuary. All proceeds will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Book Your Running Spot

How about you try a different route when you run this Sunday morning, by running past landmarks of significance to Tata Madiba?

  • Location: Virgin Active Houghton
  • Time: 8am on 17 July
  • Cost: R200
  • RSVP: buy tickets on Ticketpro

Participate in these Mandela Day Events 2022 in Gauteng

With so many fantastic events and initiatives to celebrate Mandela’s birthday and public service, there’s never been a better time to be an active citizen in South Africa.

Whichever you choose of these Mandela Day 2022 events in Gauteng, you can be sure that you are making a difference in your community and in our country at large.

Buphe Ndaba

Buphe Ndaba is an all-around creative, who has explored an array of artistic disciplines. Her constant dibbling and dabbling led to her suddenly becoming a photography graduate. However, writing has always piqued her interest, as she finds it a suitable avenue for expressing exactly what is on her mind that is forever curious.

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