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July 08, 2009

Ubuntu Festival celebrates diversity and Mandela


July 18 will see the launch of Mandela Day, a celebration of the life and work of South Africa’s beloved former president. The event coincides with Mandela’s 91st birthday and is organised by 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. According to www.mandeladay.com, the global event is an opportunity for citizens of the world to “to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them”.

Events that celebrate Mandela’s legacy will be held across the globe on July 18, with New York City as the centre of all activity.

The city of Cape Town will host the Ubuntu Festival, which aims to celebrate the diversity of the Cape and unite its residents through ubuntu – “the essence of being human”. Activities will run for a week in mid-July at the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa.

From July 14 to 16, business-oriented individuals can attend a number of workshops which will enable them to deal with cultural, religious and generational clashes that may occur in the office.

Facilitators will use fun activities such as industrial theatre and story-telling to help participants increase their levels of tolerance and acceptance in the workplace.

A seminar will take place on July 17, in which esteemed speakers like Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Mfuniselwa J Bhengu will discuss bringing the spirit of ubuntu to the workplace. Bringing ubuntu into the corporate sector is sure to build healthy relations within companies and improve the productivity of workers. The three-hour seminar is guaranteed to be of great benefit to business owners and corporate executives.

The festival will also feature a dinner on Mandela’s birthday that celebrates his legacy and pays tribute to his life and work. The evening’s eclectic menu will feature cuisine created by Cape Town’s top restaurants, including the famed Synergy Restaurant and Bar and the new Ikhamba. Between courses, guests can enjoy festive music, song and dance, celebrating both the spirit of Cape Town and ubuntu.

The workshops, seminar and dinner can be attended at a cost, and bookings are essential.

Members of the public can attend certain events of the festival for free. From July 18 to 19, visitors will be able to celebrate the spirit of the Cape by tasting the foods of the region, participating in jazz sessions and experiencing the culture of the Cape’s diverse community. The events will take place between 10h00 and 18h00 in the area surrounding St George’s Mall and Church Street.

The Ubuntu Festival is Cape Town’s salute to Mandela. The five-day festival will allow everyone to celebrate the legacy of South Africa’s former president and embody the spirit of ubuntu.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting the host venue, the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa, on +27 (0)21 481 4000 and more information is available on the SA Ubuntu Foundation website.

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