South Africa

Ngiyanemukela / Welcome!

The South African Cultural Association of BC is proud to sponsor the South African pavilion again this year! Visit the South African pavilion for arts and crafts including sculptures, paintings, baskets and containers.


July 18th, 2018 will mark what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday. The Centenary Celebration this year would coincide with Mandela Day.  The United Nation information centres around the World are organizing events and activities to commemorate his Centenary starting on July 18 throughout the year. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is also dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.

  • UN General Assembly Meeting
  • UN Headquarters, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • The United Nations General Assembly will mark Nelson Mandela International Day with an informal meeting. It will be webcast live here:

Public Service Activity

UN staff and the diplomatic community will be invited to join a public service activity in cooperation with the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs.

September 24:

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

In General Assembly resolution 72/243, adopted on 22 December 2017, UN Member States decided to convene a high-level plenary meeting, to be known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, focusing on global peace, in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The event is scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters on 24 September 2018.

There’s a growing number of South Africans in the Metro Vancouver including Surrey area who would like to see the City joining the rest of the World and other cities in Canada to see the legacy of Nelson Mandela been celebrated. Please join us this year in celebrating his enduring legacy… not with words, but with action. Honour his Legacy in the Year of His Centenary.

We are therefore asking the public to come and  visit all Pavilions of the Nations  including  the South African Pavilion during their visit at the  Surrey Fusion Festival.   Also, to enjoy music performances around the Festival including the  SFU Celebration Stage while celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela, born on July 18th, 1918 spent his life fighting for justice and freedom as an anti-apartheid activist and politician. In 1994 he was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. He was a lawyer, establishing South Africa’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo. He was a prisoner, spending 27 years of his life in jail after being sentenced in the Rivonia Trial for conspiring to overthrow the state. He was a father, grandfather and husband. And even after his passing in 2013, he remains a source of inspiration for generations of future leaders.

Youth leaders, business leaders, and longtime activists are calling for a return to Mandela's values. Elsewhere in the world are calling us to hear perspectives about leadership today from the U.S. , Canada, Europe  and South Africa.



  • Curried Chicken Stew – chicken and rice served with greens (Kale -cooked with onions and tomatoes)

  • Curried Goat Stew – Served with rice and greens (boiled Kale and mixed with onions and tomatoes)

  • BBQ Peri-Peri Chicken – BBQ chicken marinated in South African Chili Spices

  • Chilibites Biltong – South African Beef jerkey (Spicy style) – made out of dry beef meat

  • Rooibos tea – Caffeine-free cold tea served with lemonade and crushed ice

  • Boerewors South African Sausage Sausage (beef and pork meat) – served with hot dog bun with bottled condiments (mustard, chutney,shot sauce, ketchup)

  • Corn on the Cob with butter – melts your tonque

  • Vuvuzela Fusion Punch – South African Mango, Guava, Orange, Lemon & Stoney Ginger Beer

  • Chakalaka – Beans,Carrots, Red & Green Pepper, onions and pepper spiced and all mixed together in a sauce
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We couldn't do this without the generous support of our sponsors. If you're interested, we'd love to chat. We look forward to working with companies and organizations ready and excited to share their love for the community!


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