Radio 2000 and Channel Africa commemorate Mandela Day by devoting 67 minutes of community service @Radio2000ZA @channelafrica1

Radio 2000 and Channel Africa commemorate Mandela Day by devoting 67 minutes of community service @Radio2000ZA @channelafrica1


Radio 2000 in partnership with sister station, Channel Africa will commemorate Mandela Day by “devoting 67 minutes of community service” to the homeless in Johannesburg CBD. The stations plan to feed the homeless and donate blankets to keep them warm during the winter months. Radio 2000 will return to Joubert Park for the fourth consecutive year on Monday, 18 July 2016. On the day of the event, Radio 2000 will be broadcasting from the park between 9am – 3pm with live broadcasts of two shows; Emlanjeni with KG Moeketsi (9am – midday) and Lunch on 2000 with Bertha Charuma (midday – 3pm).

The programme on the day encourages the homeless living in and around Johannesburg CBD to commit 67 minutes of community service to clean heavily littered areas in Joubert Park so that public spaces can be enjoyed by communities in the surrounding area. The station would like to encourage Radio 2000 listeners to support this great initiative by donating non-perishable food items so that Radio 2000 can distribute these to the homeless on the day. These food items can be dropped off at the Radio 2000 studios located at the SABC offices in Auckland Park. To end off the day’s activities and celebrate Mandela’s ideals and to promote his legacy the station has arranged music performances in the park.

The Mandela Day event is well supported by various sponsors and the event would not be as successful without their continued support. The key sponsors include:

Joburg City Parks to donate the venue, mobile toilets, refuse bags and refuse trucks,
EMS Joburg donates one fire engine, an ambulance and manpower on the day, Aranda Blankets and Rotary Club to provide the blankets for the homeless, Nedbank donates non-perishable food items to those in need, Coca-Cola Beverages sponsored water and soft drinks, Gift of the Givers, Market Caters, Iskcon Lenasia and Fhulufelani donate warm lunches to all volunteers, Venus Security to arrange security personnel for the event and RBJ and Pure Deal to set up the sound system requirements.

“The Mandela Day event is Radio 2000’s flagship event on the marketing calendar and the station is fully committed to keeping Mandela’s legacy alive for the month of July by encouraging our listeners to be active in their communities and to give back to those less fortunate. The station also has great sponsors on board that sincerely want to make a difference in their communities and through this great event our partners can be true to their brand’s higher purpose.” says Puleng Thulo, Station Manager for Radio 2000.

“As Channel Africa we will be partnering with our sister station Radio 2000 in this initiative whereby we will be celebrating Madiba’s life and legacy. Tata has spent 67 years of his life making the world a better place – we owe it to him to support his legacy by devoting 67 minutes by offering a helping hand to those in need in our communities: the homeless, children without parents, the elderly, the list is endless. As Africans, we say the hand that gives is the hand that receives –the more people we reach, the more lives we touch. Make a difference and offer a helping hand”. Says Mr Solly Phetoe, General Manager for Channel Africa.

Nelson Mandela Day:
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 by unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. The day marks an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and acts as a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make an imprint to do something good to help others.

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