Gift of the Givers Mandela Day Commemoration

The Gift of the Givers Foundation commemorated Mandela Day (18 July) in a number of ways.

South Africa

Gift of the Givers, in partnership with the Presidency and the Ministry of Social Development, will be hostied a luncheon for 1000 elderly persons at Ivory Park, Johannesburg on Saturday, July 18, 2009.
Special guests included President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Social Development, Ms Edna Molewa, Premier of Gauteng, Ms Mokonyane, and the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr Amos Masondo.

Gift of the Givers handed out 1000 food parcels,
1000 winter packages, which included two blankets, hats and scarves. Twenty five new wheelchairs were handed out to elderly physically challenged individuals at the event.

The GOTG feeding scheme site at Ivory Park Police Station Warning: No images in specified directory. Please check the directoy!

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Gift of the Givers feeds about 5000 people weekly through several feeding sites in the greater Johannesburg area.

In addition, Gift of the Givers, in symbolic recognition of the service-oriented concept of Mandela Day, did the following distributions:

Thursday, 16 July 2009

  • Distribution of 200 blankets in Welbedacht and Bayview informal settlements, in Chatsworth, Durban.

Friday, 17 July 2009

  • Distribution of 200 blankets in Copesville, Hanniville and Ezinketheni informal settlements in Pietermaritzburg with the Department of Traditional Affairs.
  • Distribution of 150 blankets in Wartburg informal settlements.
  • Launch of a new feeding site at Ivory Park SAPS with the feeding of a 1000 individuals.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

  • Distribution of 500 blankets, toys and 5000 seedlings in Impendle with the Department of Correctional Services.
  • Distribution of 350 blankets and 350 food parcels at Gerald Joseph Home for the Aged and at informal settlements in the Selbourne Rd area, Alexandra, Johannesburg. This was done in conjunction with the Mayor's office and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).
  • 500 people were fed at the GOTG existing feeding site in 3rd Street, Alexandra.
  • Distribution of 1000 blankets and 100 food parcels in Sekhukune Land, Limpopo, with the Limpopo Provincial Government.


  • In Malawi, GOTG handed over 5000 pairs of new shoes to the President's Office for the benefit of rural Malawians as more than eight million people in Malawi walk barefooted.
  • 1200 Jars of Sibusiso (a high energy and protein supplement) was handed out to HIV/AIDS and TB patients.
  • A brand new ambulance will symbolically be handed over to the Trauma Unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. This is the largest hospital in the country.