Mandela Day at Viva

Mandela Day Volunteering Opportunities for Individuals, Groups and Companies

As always, we do Madiba Day big at Viva and this year, it will be no different.  Companies, Groups, Schools and Individuals are all welcome to come and spend time at Viva on Mandela Day. 

18 July 2019 - Viva Village, Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East. Focussing this year on the Arts, Poverty Alleviation, Viva Kids and Viva Village Independent School.

Activities will include:  Painting, Gardening, Cleaning, Cooking and Feeding the kids, Art Workshop, Music, Play, Small-Business Consulting etc. 

If you cannot give time, please consider donating, or sponsoring a child. 

We do not require a large donation. From $35/Euro30/R450 per month per child per month in Viva Kids, or in our Independent School in the Alaska Informal Settlement [$110/Euro100/R1600 per month] or make a once-off donation by using the donation function on this website. 

Please let us know if you want to assist us this year by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thank you!
The Viva Team 

Viva Township Art Festival Mamelodi

Viva Township Art Festival Mamelodi - Youth Day 15 - 16 June 2019
Street Art, with Viva's got Talent Music Competition 

For an unforgettable Township Experience, join us for the annual Viva Township Art Festival, Mamelodi on Youth Day this year.  Transform shacks into works of art, join in the drumming circle, sleep over in the township at the Viva Village and help us promote the arts in the Alaska Informal Settlement.  

For updates closer to the date, please take a look at the Facebook Page

The vision of Viva is to be instrumental in transformation and we believe that Art is a transformational force.  We therefore invite artists to join us in transforming one informal settlement with Art. We transform shack homes, walls and streets with art and are in need of much assistance to make a true impact.  The Art uplifts.  It attracts.  It inspires.  Our dream is that the Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East, will be transformed in a Living Art Gallery.  This was our idea from the start and it still is. When Viva first started the Living Art Gallery, there was nothing like it anywhere.  It is living, because unlike an Open Air Gallery, people actually live INSIDE the art.  No two photos of a piece is the same, as there will be children playing, people walking, working and living in the frames.  Others have followed and we see beautifully transformed structures in cities and townships now.  Viva's Township Art Festival and Living Art Gallery, will never be about big budgets and commercial endeavours.  We keep the art pure and authentic and respect the spaces of our community.  This is not gentrification.  It is bringing art to people who are too poor to visit an art gallery, to purchase art, or to receive tuition and art mentorship.  We are promoting the arts, because it is also affords extremely under-privileged people access to the economy.  When you have nothing, but you can sing, or dance, or paint, or act... you can make a living, particularly with a little help from your friends! 

Fine Art, Graffiti, Street Art, Cartooning... if you are a bona Fide artist and want to get involved in doing a mural at the Art Festival, please let us know. 

Artists, lovers of Art, volunteers and visitors are welcome!  We will also be serving soup in the community and have our Viva's got Talent showcasing dance, drama, poetry and music acts from the surrounding areas.