Plan to put Nelson Mandela Bay on global map announced


The City of Champions, a Mandela Legacy Project, and the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Word, are pleased to announce their collaboration in bringing a weekend of festivities in honour and celebration of the late icon and city’s namesake.

Celebrations are set to commence on Wednesday, 15 July through to Saturday 18 July at the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Word.

Proceedings will kick-off when Neil Barker enters a mock prison cell where he will remain for 67 hours. This challenge is to raise awareness of Mandela’s plight of 27 years imprisonment and the 67 years he dedicated his life to campaigning for unity, freedom and justice to all.

The festivities hope to raise six tons of school equipment over a 24 hour period, which will be presented to 15 underprivileged schools in Nelson Mandela. This collection will take place on Friday 17 July. Members of the public are encouraged to drop off any donations throughout the day. Should this be achieved, it would break the current world of 4 571 kg set by the Alanoud Alzaid and Nama Charity in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 5 March 2015.

Furthermore, the public are encouraged to join Barker in the prison cell for short periods over the three days, getting a vivid idea of what being imprisoned feels like. Funds raised from this initiative will be used for various animal shelters around the city.

The next record attempt is to get the larger number of people walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers and stone. Used as far back as 1 200 BC, it is today used as a means of motivation, encouraging the walker to shed their fears and commit. Currently, the record, set by New Zealand in 2012, stands at 608 people, thus a total of 670 people are needed to break and set a new record.

Ticket for this event, which takes place on Saturday 18 July, are priced at R100 with all proceeds going to Reach for a Dream.

The final record will be an attempt to gather the largest number of people wearing a Madiba t-shirt, whilst doing his famous dance.

“The City of Champions is a unique opportunity for the Nelson Mandela Bay to showcase its talents, gifts and to mobilise stakeholders in keeping with the Mandela legacy and spirt,” the organisation’s Mazizi Masutu said.

“When the celebrate Mandela Day, the whole world looks at South Africa and starts asking about Madiba. As the only city named after him, we decided to take all the values he stood for, and put it together in this project. We are about creating a city that can join with its citizens in becoming the biggest breaker of records in the world. We want to foster social cohesion in the name of that Madiba magic, and are convinced that we would succeed.”