SABC announces a line-up of activities for its radio stations for Mandela Day


The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will celebrate Madiba Month under the theme, 'Do Your Bit of Good in Honour of Madiba, #LiveHisLegacy '.

In preserving and honouring Mandela’s legacy, Lesedi FM in partnership with SABC2 has for the past twelve months built and renovated a science laboratory in Soweto at a school called Diepdale Secondary School. Lesedi FM will officially hand over the science laboratory on Wednesday, 26 July.

SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, says, "The SABC is honoured to be associated and to celebrate Madiba Month. We believe that being involved in this project is in keeping with the legacy of our late former President, Nelson Mandela, through the restoration of human dignity for all South Africans." 

SABC activities lined up for International Mandela Day are as follows:


  • Metro FM

Metro FM and McCain will host a cook-off on Mandela Day at the Frieda Hartley Shelter for destitute women and children in Bellevue Johannesburg. Many of these women and children have suffered from abuse and are there because they have lost their jobs or have no one else to turn to for help.

Presently, there are 22 women and 17 children at the shelter. The women are accommodated for approximately three to 12 months. During this time, they receive counselling, life skills, work skills, and are motivated to regain their independence. 

Metro FM and McCain will offer volunteering services at the home, which will include planting a vegetable garden and refurbishing their existing structures. On the day, the volunteer teams will revamp the crèche, and teams will paint and brighten up the area to create a reading and play section for the children. Metro FM on-air personalities will participate on the day by offering their services and by collecting items that will be donated to the home.

  • Phalaphala FM

Phalaphala FM will devote 67 minutes on Saturday, 22 July by painting the administration block of Kutama High School. The station will also donate food hampers to elderly people around Ha Kutama village.

  • Munghana Lonene FM

The station has three house projects that will be handed over during the month of July as part of their Mandela Month initiatives. Three families have been selected and will be benefactors of a house in the following areas; Giyani Section E, Phaphazela Village in Malamulele, and Makutu Village in Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge (compliments of Munghana Lonene FM and its partners). 

Munghana Lonene FM will also donate food parcels to poor families in Ward 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. The station will again partner with NHC (National Heritage Council) to donate food parcels, blankets, and mattresses to pre-schools in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces. 

  • truFM

trufm will be visiting Lulutho Grooming School, which is a school created for teenagers from less-privileged communities to help them understand their full potential and assist them in developing their leadership skills. Station presenters will give talks about gender-based violence and the importance of education. The presenters from the station’s religious shows will conduct imvuselelo (spiritual revival). 

  • Lotus FM

Lotus FM will create a call to action to collect items for the Durban and Coast Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).The station’s line-up will broadcast from the SPCA in Durban where they will interview staff and encourage listeners to support the course. Listeners across South Africa will be encouraged to visit the SPCA closest to them to hand in their contribution. 

  • Radio 2000

Radio 2000 will celebrate Mandela Day by devoting 67 Minutes of community service on Tuesday, 18 July from 09:00 to 15:00 by feeding and donating blankets to the homeless living in and around Joubert Park, Johannesburg CBD.

  • Channel Africa

The station will celebrate Mandela Day by visiting Yeoville community school and donate some school essentials, such as stationary and clothing, for students in need. The school hosts some of the children of refugees from other African countries and teaches in African languages such as Kiswahili and Chinyanja, of which the station broadcasts in. The station will also host a live broadcast where they will conduct interviews in the said languages. Channel Africa staff will spend 67 minutes working in the school garden.

  • Thobela FM

Thobela FM will start Mandela month with the call '# Di ka matsogong a rena' campaign from Saturday, 1 July to Friday, 14 July. The campaign encourages donors to donate a new wheelchair or wheelchairs to those in need. The handing over of the wheelchairs to the recipients’ activation jointly with Polokwane Rotary Club, DPSA, and Pick n Pay Soshanguve will be on Tuesday, 18 July in Polokwane. 


  • Lesedi FM

Lesedi FM will donate groceries to the Ha Re Tshawaraneng Ho Ba Thusa Orphanage that provides home-based care for orphans and vulnerable children and is based in St Norbert Catholic Church, Theunissen, and the Free State. The station will broadcast and discuss challenges of the orphanage and call for help from Lesedi FM listeners through its programme, Mathemalodi, on Wednesday, 12 July. 

In conjunction with the SABC Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, Lesedi FM will be building houses in Orange Farm from Monday, 17 July to Tuesday, 18 July. The station presenters will take part in building the houses, which will be handed over on Friday, 21 July to their beneficiaries. They will also be donating groceries to a child-headed home by a 17-year-old girl who is parenting three children. 

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