Help Travelstart Fill 27 Suitcases This Mandela Day!

Mandela Day 2017

18 July 2017 marks the commemoration of yet another Mandela Day. Every year South Africans come together in a bid to follow in the footsteps of the great visionary and exemplary leader—the late, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.


“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela.


This legend may be gone, but his selflessness still flows deep in the veins of every South African who participates in Mandela Day activities.

27 Suitcases: A Mandela Day Initiative By Travelstart.

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This year, in the spirit of continuing to make a difference on Mandela Day, Travelstarters have decided to join hands in an effort to make a significant transformation. We aim to exceed the allocated 67 minutes by filling 27 suitcases – one for each year Mandela was in prison – and sending them across South Africa to 27 charities in dire need of clothing, food stuffs, toiletries and lots more. Our Travelstart core values symbolise showing compassion and lending a hand wherever you can, this is why we feel especially inclined to start early in order to make an even bigger impact on the lives of others this year.

Drop-Off Wishlist

  • Warm Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Pet Food
  • Non-perishable foods (rice, canned food etc…)
  • Toiletries (soap, sanitary pads etc…)
  • Reading books for children
  • Stationery
  • Baby supplies (Nappies, baby powder, wet wipes)
  • Baby toys

Travelstart Office Address (drop-off location)

Travelstart South Africa
Longkloof Studios, Block B
Darters Road
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa

A Free Coffee For Your Troubles

We know that we can’t do this on our own, that’s why we’re calling on the public to come through and donate anything on our wishlist, which is made up of key items especially requested by our chosen charities. We will be offering every patron a free coffee for their contributions.

Mandela Day 2017 Travelstart

We’re In This Together

The 27 Suitcases Initiative is gaining ground and we have seen an overwhelming response, not only from our Travelstarters but also from the public and other organisations. As soon as Sweepsouth caught wind of the donation drive, they pitched in with their contribution. Dedicated to keeping your personal living space clean and tidy and working closely with local woman, Sweepsouth has pledged to donate 10 packs of sanitary pads towards our 27 Suitcases Initiative, which would go towards helping organisations like Saartjie Baartman, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust and Choose Your Bruise. With your continuous help, we can change the world and build a greater tomorrow.

As Africa’s leading online travel agency, we aspire to make this the most memorable Mandela Day for the less fortunate and we know we can count on you to help us make this dream a reality.


Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi. When is the closing date for the 67 minutes Mandela Day donations for 2018? A Centre for intellectual impairment children and youth from Mdantsane, East London is interested to apply. Thank you

    • Hi Mandilakhe,

      Great to hear from you. Our campaign: “Help Travelstart Fill 27 Suitcases This Mandela Day!” was for 2017.

      We will be running a new campaign for 2018 and you welcome to keep a look out on our Social Media platforms to see what we will be doing this Mandela Day.

  2. This is a great initiative and I hope the suitacases are full today

    • Hi Judy,

      It was an amazing campaign we ran. all 27 Suitcases.

      It was so amazing to receive the generous donations from everyone.

  3. Dear Travelstart find a dropoff Joburg address in Greenstone and I volunteer to coordinate the collection for you.

    • Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for getting in touch and volunteering.

      As Travelstart is based in Cape Town I’m afraid we do not have a dropoff in any of the other city.

      Should you or any of your family and friends wish to dropoff / donate goods we have 27 charities. You welcome to pop us an e-mail at: with the city you living in and we will be happy to send you the charities names in that city where you would be able to donate.

      Thanks again for your help.



    thank you

    • Hi Zahira,

      Great to hear from you and thanks so much for wanting to contribute. This really puts a smile on our face and hearts.

      I’m afraid Travelstart is only based in Cape Town for the drop off donations.

      Thanks so much for wanting to take part in our donation drive we really appreciate this though.

      Maybe in the near future we might even have offices up in Durban and Joburg 😀

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