Madiba month

Do your bit for Madiba month

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be celebrating Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July, through various activations and campaigns to mark the international icon’s 95th birthday. SABC in partnership with J4Joy Foundation and Umhlobo Wenene FM have been involved in the reconstruction of Mpako Junior Secondary School in Mqanduli Village near Umthatha, Eastern Cape. The school is now complete and will be handed-over on the 17th July 2013 as part of the Mandela Day celebrations. The Public Service Broadcaster will also hand over a house to a destitute family in the area.

Meanwhile, SABC radio station Lotus FM has been collecting school shoes and raincoats in aid of underprivileged children. Lotus FM will host a telethon to collect as many school shoes and raincoats as possible on Mandela Day. All staff, listeners and viewers are encouraged to come down to the SABC KZN offices, address100 Old Fort Road - to dedicate 67 minutes by calling friends, family and corporate companies to donate towards this worthy cause. All raincoats and school shoes donated on Mandela Day will be distributed as part of Lotus FM’s Warm Hearts campaign. Your gift will help us to realize Mandela's legacy,” says station manager Alvin Pillay. If you’d like to donate school shoes and rain coats in honour of Madiba’s Legacy, dedicate 67 minutes by purchasing these gifts and drop them off at the SABC KZN Office - or give us a call on 031 362 5444 to register to be part of the telethon.

SABC Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago said, “The SABC is honoured to be associated and to celebrate the 95th birthday of South Africa’s World Statesman and the icon of our democracy. We believe that being involved in such activities is in keeping with the legacy of our former President Nelson Mandela through the restoration of human dignity for all South Africans. SABC News has already changed the lives of many South Africans and its continuing to do so through its TOUCHING LIVES initiative”.


Other SABC activities lined up for the Mandela Day are as follows:

Munghana Lonene FM:

Will hand-over a house on Mandela International Day – 18 July 2013. The station has made it a practice to make this a month for giving and making a difference in the lives of our communities. Munghana Lonene FM partners with different organisations or individuals in building houses (each year) for needy families among other activities. On the 18 July the station will hand-over a house to a child headed family in Botsoleni in the Malamulele area. The father died some time ago followed by the mother who got struck by lightning late last year leaving 4 kids to fend for themselves. The summer rains demolished one mud hut they used as their bedroom leaving one now used as both a kitchen and a bedroom.

Munghana Lonene FM is partnering with Botsoleni local church under the leadership of pastor Malungani (who is a religious contributor to the station). “Munghana Lonene fm has since 2009 built and handed over more than 15 houses to the needy. We will continue to work very closely with business people, the churches and communities on this worthy cause”. Said Munghana Lonene fm station manager, James Shikwambana.

Ikwekwezi FM :

  • On 16th July -School uniform donation in Witbank.

  • 18th July- School uniform donation & 67 minutes at an Orphanage Home – Witbank

  • 31st July 2013 - the station will donate old SABC computers to identified charity

Umhlobo Wenene FM:

  • 17 July - Official handover of a school that has been revamped in Mpako Village outside Mthatha. Joint venture with J4Joy Foundation

  • 18 July - Official opening of the Mvezo Bridge

  • 18 July - Painting of a school for the physically disabled – Thembalethu School in Gugulethu Cape Town

  • 18 July - Painting of Entokozweni Centre in Alexandra – Gym that Tata Mandela used during his sporting years.

Phalaphala FM:

Phalaphala FM in partnership with Cancer Association of South Africa, Sialom Hospital will have the following activates happening on Mandela Day:

  • Cleaning, de-bushing, washing of windows, mopping of corridors.

  • Screening for prostrate and cervical cancer

  • Screening for HIV and Aids

  • Test for none commutable disease

  • Entertainment by artist at Psychiatric ward

Radio 2000: will celebrate Madiba’s birthday and contribute towards 67 Minutes of Community Service, by hosting a CSI event in Joubert Park, Johannesburg on the 18th of July 2013 between 09h00 and 15h00. The initiative will be centered on restoring human dignity by giving food and blankets to the homeless and needy living in and around Johannesburg CBD.  The station has joined forces with companies like Joburg City Parks, Nedbank, Iskon Food for Life, Gift of the Givers, Aranda and Ulwazi Group who will  also be planting a tree and cleaning the park. The celebration of Mandela Day will be a fun-filled day with entertainment from artist such as Salaelo Selota, Moneoa, Press, Bheki, Ndou Dlamini, DJ Eltonnick and 2Fresh. Radio 2000 will be broadcasting its two shows live from the event  between 09h00 and 15h00: The Collective hosted by Mmatsheko Mosito and Angela Ludek between 09h00 and 12h00 and The Best of Both Worlds which consists of Lupi Ngcayisa, Bertha Charuma and Lebo Mabena between 12h00- 15h00.

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