Table Of Abundance

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 2005

The 18th of July, Mandela Day, is observed by remembering and continuing the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Together with UNISA’s Chance2Advance, the 2017 Mandela Day was used as a platform to reflect on the importance of collaboration between civil society, the corporate sector, institutions of higher education and governmental departments to address vulnerabilities and exclusion in the South African society. Participants were invited to engage with injustices and exclusions in the city through a Social Justice tour and by sharing a meal with some of the city’s most vulnerable communities.

The Social Justice tour took participants on a journey to engage and reflect on contested and exploited spaces within the inner city. The tour shared the journey of TLF with the city over the last 24 years and how TLF participated in creating an alternative narrative, re-imaging space that restored dignity to vulnerable people.

The day ended with a shared meal at the Table of Abundance with all participants (from vulnerable communities, people who are homeless, the corporate sector, institutes of higher education, governmental departments and TLF). The Table of Abundance provided an opportunity for people from various spheres of society to have true engagements and to share their lives with each other.