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    July 18, 2016

    Cape Town celebrates Mandela Day with 67 minutes of service in Church Square

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    Bandwidth Blog joined forces with HYVEMobile and hundreds of volunteers in Cape Town to pledge 67 minutes of service during Mandela Day.

    Each year on the 18th of July, South Africans around the country celebrate the life’s work of Nelson Mandela – anti-apartheid revolutionary and the first democratically elected president of the nation – on Mandela Day.

    Annually, South Africans commit to an act of service set to span 67 minutes; the same number of years which Mandela dedicated his life to as an anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner, and later president.

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    To celebrate the occasion, Bandwidth Blog teamed up with HYVE Mobile and hundreds of other volunteers under the banner of Ladles of Love – a local soup kitchen organization – to man an impromptu soup kitchen in Church Square, in the Cape Town City Bowl.

    HYVEMobile is a company that provides turnkey content and platform services to mobile audience owners.

    Bandwidth Blog's Editor at large, Theunis van Rensburg, at Church Square.

    Bandwidth Blog’s Editor at large, Theunis van Rensburg, at Church Square.

    Ladles of Love began as an Art of Living initiative and is one of the largest soup kitchens in Cape Town, serving over 800 homeless people three times a week.

    Ladles of Love collected over 800 jackets and jerseys to redistribute at the event.

    At the square, volunteers kept charge of long lines and distributed clothes and food to the needy who flocked to the center.

    Volunteers, who were tasked with wearing a red shirt, not only made fresh bowls of soup but further handed out and redistributed articles of clothing.

    The soup kitchen was a success, serving many of the needy and homeless with food and clothing to keep warm for the cold winter days ahead.

    Take a look at some of the images we captured today, as the HYVEMobile team and volunteers distributed food and articles of clothing:

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    What did you do this Mandela Day? Be sure to let us know in the comments below – be sure to share pictures, updates and more if you have an initiative you’d like others to contribute to!

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