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By Louise McAuliffe | Jul 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

WHETHER you want to celebrate by partying up a storm with local musicians or give 67 minutes of your time to a community project - here are a few suggestions on how to feel closer to Madiba on Mandela Day:

lVisit Mandela's Orlando home:

Nelson Mandela and his family lived here from 1946 into the 1990s.

Venue: Vilakazi Street, 8115 Orlando West, Soweto

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Entrance fee: Adults R40, Pensioners, scholars and students R20. Soweto residents pay half price if you take your water and lights or rates account along with you.

lVisit Nelson Mandela's exhibition at the Apartheid Museum:

Exhibition named Mandela - leader, comrade, negotiator, prisoner, statesman shows Madiba as the world icon and as an ordinary man. The exhibition runs until November this year.

Venue: Apartheid Museum, corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Joburg.

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

Entrance: Adults R60 and R30 for seniors and students.

lTake a walk across a bridge:

Stroll over the 284m-long Nelson Mandela Bridge that spans across central Johannesburg from Braamfontein to Newtown.

Open: All hours

Entrance: Free

lVisit the Nelson Mandela National Museum in Mthatha:

The historic Bhunga building accommodates an exhibition outlining Mandela'sjourney.

Venue: Nelson Mandela National Museum, Bhunga Building, Nelson Mandela Drive and Owen Street, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm; Saturday and public holidays 9pm to 12.30pm.

Entrance is free.

lTake a drive to Qunu, Mandela's birthplace:

Christian name

At Qunu, the young Rolihlahla assumed the name Nelson, as a Christian name was the custom at the missionary-run school he attended.

Attractions worth visiting are the church in which he was baptised; the streams in which the young Mandela swam; the pastures where he herded cattle and sheep; the Mandela family graveyard and the retirement home of Nelson Mandela.

lTake a boat to Robben Island:

Walk in Mandela's shoes as you explore the island and see the cell that he used to bunk in.

Boats depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, frequently.

Cost: Adults R180 and kids R90.

lRegister at your local library:

Read Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

lTake your children to Nelson Mandela Square:

Nelson Mandela Square will be hosting a free 67-minute children's concert hosted by Ed Jordan and accompanied by Veronique Laouette, the dancing Hippo, who will be singing the best of the Beautiful Creatures' numbers.

Venue: Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Joburg.

Concert starts: 12.30pm

Kids entertained from 11am to 3pm.

Entrance: Free

lParty on Mary Fitzgerald Square:

Mandela Day will be commemorated by entertainers including Chomee, Arthur, Zamajobe, Kwela Tebza, DJ Sbu and Stoan Seate at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Joburg tomorrow.

Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Joburg.

Performances start: 9am.

Entrance: Free

lMovida Mandela Day concert:

Concert features Evolver, Voodoo Child, Heroes Wear Red, Son of a Thousand Blues and others. This annual event is designed as a celebration of Nelson Mandela's birthday and proceeds from the event will go to charities supporting children's causes.

Venue: Movida, Rivonia Crossing, Sunninghill , Johannesburg.

Time: 7pm.

Entrance fee: R100


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