South Africa’s rich history can never be written without the iconic former first gentle of the country, Nelson Mandela. Several activities have initiated to always remember him for his fight for a country that was facing a civil war in the apartheid era were colourism was at its peak. One such event is the 67 Blankets for National Nelson Mandela day, establish six years ago, it is used to raise awareness and throw brighter light on the works of Madiba.

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On March 31, 2019, selected cities in South Africa will play host to the 67 Blankets For National Nelson Mandela Day, where all blankets made this year will be exhibited and laid out from 9am to 1pm with all citizenries. Following the Magical Moments 4 Mandela event, the blankets will be distributed to those in need. This year the blankets will be delivered earlier to ensure that recipients are kept warm from the first chilly morning to the last late frost.

In Johannesburg, the blankets will be laid at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton at both the Nelson Mandela Statue and the newly unveiled 1m-tall replica of the Nelson Mandela Statue, which is located close to the original. The replica is modelled by the original artist and sculptor Kobus Hattingh and designed specifically to allow the visually impaired to experience the statue in their own way. For this 67 Blankets will be working closely with the Johannesburg Society for Blind.


While in Cape Town, similar activity will be hosted at Pringle Bay, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Durban, organizers are calling on donors to submit their blankets by March 22, 2019, to Ambassadors in the area.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day invite all South Africans to join us on 31 March to celebrate Nelson Mandela. Supporters are encouraged to bring crocheting, knitting;  family and friends. At 10 am sharp all knitwits and friends gathered at the various 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day sites will sing the National Anthem

Photograph: John Hogg/67 Blankets.


Below are the venues for March 31.


Nelson Mandela Statue, Nelson Mandela Square

and at the 1M Mandela Statue, Nelson Mandela Square

Cape Town

Chess Road Field in Rondebosch

Port Elizabeth

Hobie Beach, grass patch, Humewood

Western Cape

Pringle Bay Town Centre


Nelson Mandela Statue at the Union Buildings


Nelson Mandela Statue at Naval Hill


New Pier, at Bay of Plenty

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