Like braais, bunny chows, starry skies, wildlife, dancing and drums, rooibos and honeybush teas have always been a part of South African life. So it was great to hear that our Mandela Tea was used to celebrate this country’s Freedom Day on 27 April this year – in a country far, far away…

What does Freedom Day means for all South Africans?

Freedom Day marks the first occasion that every South African citizen was given the right to vote. For the first time in South Africa’s history, people of colour were allowed to vote for parties that just a few years earlier were still banned under the apartheid government. By the end, the African National Congress had won the election, and our beloved Nelson Mandela was elected president. It was 1994.

Every year, on 27 April, South Africans set aside time to reflect on what freedom means for those of us living in one of the most beautiful corners of the world. Much has changed since 1994 – so we mark the improvements, and reflect on the much that still has to be done. 2019 is our 25th Freedom Day celebration.

Freedom Day celebrated at home, and around the world

In the Eastern Cape, crowds gathered at the Miki Yili Stadium to mark ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy’ with President Cyril Ramaphosa. In Cape Town, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation hosted the launch of a unique Archbishop Tutu-themed art project.

South Africans visited the Union Buildings, Robben Island Prison, Soweto, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, District Six Museum, and the Apartheid Museum. Runs were run, friends got together, and families gathered for meals.

South Africans abroad celebrated the day by casting their vote for the upcoming elections to be held on 8 May. Streams of our countrymen queued outside embassies around the world, from the Netherlands and London to Taiwan and Mumbai. They Tweeted, they posted, they texted – the mood was high.

And the occasion was toasted with Mandela Tea in Palestine, where Malose Kola (pictured), a member of the ‘The South African Representative Office of the State of Palestine’, celebrated 25 years of freedom in Madiba style. High-profile dignitaries at the event were presented with gifts of Mandela Tea – the perfect end to a good day.

The unveiling of the statue was done in honour of Mandela in Ramala, Palestine in 2016.

Easter saw some exciting visitors to Plettenberg Bay, in particular to Kurland Farm, where Mandela Honeybush Tea is grown. It was a great privilege to welcome Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and her family, who came to explore the estate. They were over the moon to find out more about the tea and the expansion of the brand that bears her family’s name. It’s clear that Nelson Mandela’s descendants have inherited his generous spirit.  

Zaziwe Manaway is the founder and Director of the Long Walk To Freedom Brand, which serves to continue the legacy of her grandparents, Nelson and Winnie Mandela. ‘I was really happy to see the tea and hear about the future prospect of a tearoom on the farm,’ she said. It’ll certainly be the perfect place to sample honeybush products, to admire the estate, and to breathe in deeply the honeyed fragrance of the bushes.

Mandela Honeybush Tea is 100% organic, 100% local and a powerhouse for health. It contains minerals essential to health and wellbeing, including iron (which helps prevent anaemia), potassium (for fluid balance and normal cell function), calcium (for healthy bones), and manganese (vital for bone, muscle and nerve function). It’s also rich in antioxidants, which help your immune system fight off molecules that threaten healthy cells, and keep your brain active and alert.

Education is the most powerful weapon…you can use to change the world.’

Nelson Mandela’s far-sightedness shows through in this quote – educating our children is the only way to save the world. Here at Cape Tea Co,  we uphold his belief that education is vital. It’s a basic human right that should be accessible to everyone, and we feel that it’s the responsibility of all South Africans to ensure that future generations receive a basic level of education. We highlight our commitment to linking South African business and sustainable education by donating a percentage of the profits of Mandela Tea to the Mandela Day School Library Project. We’re investing in the future of this wonderful country.

The unveiling of the statue was done in honour of Mandela in Ramala, Palestine in 2016.