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July 14, 2010

67 minutes of community cooking for Mandela Day

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Chefs Veronica Njobe, Craig Andersson, Gavin Jethro and Thembalani Dyabaza start preparations for their 67 minutes of volunteer work to celebrate Mandela Day

As the preparations for Nelson Mandela’s 92nd birthday gain momentum, the Ubuntu Festival is getting ready to offer you an opportunity to volunteer some of your time, as part of a worldwide celebration of Madiba’s special day and his many years fighting for freedom in our country!

The festival runs from July 16-19, in the heart of Cape Town, stretching from Mandela Rhodes Place across St Georges Mall and along Church Street, from Wale Street to Longmarket Street.

Doing 67 minutes of community work in honour of Mandela Day has never been easier! Join us on Saturday July 17 in the Atrium of Mandela Rhodes Place, St Georges Mall. Chefs from the Three Cities Hotel Group will start the ball rolling at 10am, cooking for various shelters in our city. Craig Carmichael will lead his chefs in preparing the food, generously sponsored by Shoprite, and you can help them keep the pots boiling! All you have to do is arrive, and our chefs will give you tasks like dicing vegetables, preparing food, stirring pots or simply being part of the vibe.

We’re planning to keep the pots on the boil throughout the day; you, your family and your friends can help us to help others. All of the Three Cities chefs are donating their time – why don’t you? To add to the fun and excitement, the Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris, will also be joining us from midday. Join in this fun community cook-off, and let’s make sure that our shelters get some great meals.

The Ubuntu Festival epitomizes Mandela’s philosophy of ubuntu and the festivities take place in a vibrant and historic part of the city. The Ubuntu Festival aims to recreate the sense of unity experienced by Capetonians during the FIFA World Cup™ and continue building the legacy that this successful tournament left us with.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up to assist a host of NGOs and charities at the festival, including Street-Wise, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), FEET, the South African National Tuberculosis Association (SANTA) and Beautiful Date.


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