67 DAYS TRAVELS FROM CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO FOR EDUCATION
An educational documentary through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, told for the first time by young black South Africans.
We are 4 South Africans and 1 American (travelled with us up to Botswana), who believe in the bigger vision of uniting Africa and providing hope and inspiration, through education, to the next generation for the future of Africa and our world. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s declaration on his birthday that everyone should spend 67 minutes giving back to others, we decided to take this to another level and pledged to spend 67 days traveling from Cape Town To Cairo overland spreading compassion and promoting unity, whilst putting together a documentary about our journey.
Our goal is to build 10 Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVETs), 1 in each of the countries we have visited, using 100% recycled materials by 2029. Our first 67 Day journey from Cape Town to Cairo overland is designed as a research project to identify communities in need of educational assistance. Along the way we have been documenting our experiences from a perspective of non judgement, whilst integrating and staying with the many accepting and beautiful communities we have been lucky enough to meet. The laughter, the tears, the smiles, the frowns, the heartache, the struggles and the utter beauty that radiates from every country, city, town and village we have been to, has inspired us more than we could have ever imagined and we want to share that with the world.
Our journey began in South Africa at Ngobi Village, Hammaskraal, where community members identified land where the school is going to be built. After this initial land was identified, our official 67 Day journey commenced and our ambitious initiative was launched in Cape Town, 18 July 2018.Through each country we travel through, our intention is to share the values and beliefs of one of the world’s most peaceful and powerful icons, Nelson Mandela, whilst promoting love and unity for the world.In return the countries we visit show us compassion in their own way. The kindness of complete strangers in foreign places has been one of the most humbling and inspirational part of this journey for all of us. When we have thought that we wouldn't find a place to stay or food to eat, the beautiful people of Africa come to the rescue and shower us with love and compassion. In Botswana we were fortunate enough to travel by Land Rover. While this heightened the experience it was not without its own challenges. At one point we broke down in a national park and were helped by local people to get going again. It served as another example of the kindness shown by complete strangers towards our journey.
Pretoria News - is a daily newspaper established in South Africa. ENCA - is a 24-hour television news broadcaster in South Africa Radio 702 -is a commercial FM radio station based in South Africa. The Sowetan - the largest national newspapers in South Africa Diamond TV - national Television in Zambia. Capital FM -is urban music radio station in Kenya. TransAfrica Radio - online Radio Station in South Africa. Touch HD Radio -is cosmopolitan and urban online radio station.
Kgomotso is an entrepreneur who is passionate about Traveling, Music, Education & Community Developments. His passion for traveling led him to Walt Disney World in Orlando, USA where he served as a Cultural Representative of South Africa. He gained his international experience working for companies like HBO, Disney, Boca West, Fairview Country Club, Harbor Ridge all in the US and IHG (Qatar). Travelled over 20 countries across the globe. Kgomotso’s entrepreneurial spirit saw him bootstrapping Linking Up Media a Creative Digital Agency and Home Lounge, a creative music space made of 90% recycled material.
Vincent has worked as DP (Cinematographer) in the South African Music Video, Television Commercial and Film industry. He has irreplaceable experience as a freelance DP for 3 years working on Feature films, Music Videos, Documentaries, travel shows and Corporate Videos. He recently worked on a travel show with South African tourism and also boasts having shot a whole season of one of the most popular Reality TV show in South Africa Dineo’s Diary. He loves working with high end big boy Cameras to a one man crew, “gorilla style” with hand-held DSLR cameras, or any location in any culture. He has worked for high end South African TV broadcasters and corporations namely but not limited to: VUZU, DSTV , SABC AND NIKE.
Pako is a self-motivated person, who lives for sports. His professional life has seen him leading and being involved in various Sports and Culture and Development projects such as: Ponedi Trading and Projects, Optic fibre installations (Tshwane free WIFI project for schools in the township). Currently sub-contracted to build a reservoir in Mabopane (near Morula Casino]. Die Weldt Ann van Dyk cheetah centre to bring wildlife to under privileged schools that are not able go and experience wildlife at the zoo themselves. Over and above these he has a level 2 coaching certificate , that’s allowed him to coach soccer, cricket and athletics at Assumption Convent Primary School. He is the co-founder at Home Lounge, a creative music space made of 90% recycled material.
Pule Mqhedlane is theatre practitioner by profession Film and television maker by passion (Film Direct) in the South African Theatre, Film and television, His first love is story telling using form of theatre, music and dance. ‘’ when young people keep away from school due to many contributing factors, they begin to use drugs, get involved in crime and prostitution cannot be ruled out of this equation”” Pule has been doing a theatre festivals in free state Nyakallong to flourish talent and give young people in disadvantaged communities a chance, from 2002 Pule has been involved in community development through theatre and ventured into film and television 2007 through movie tech film and television college Johannesburg.
Mike went to School Engineering but soon changed his focus to the customer service industry where he has enjoyed helping and meeting people from all over the world. He has worked for The Walt Disney Company where he has learned, as well as facilitated how to exceed customer expectation and surpass standard customer service. His passion for travel has him now working for American Airlines where he has visited over 30 countries. He loves that he is able to see the world while continuing to meet people and learn new cultures. He plans on continuing to help others in need through volunteer work both domestically and abroad.
The trip is inspired by the Iconic Global Hero , Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s 100 Years legacy was celebrated this year, The team was honouring him by traveling for 67 Days, as being part of his 67 Minutes call of action.Mandela Day [18 July] is a global call of action that celebrates the idea that each individual worldwide has a power to transform the globe and the ability to make an impact.
We are now in South Africa. We started our journey with no money apart from help from some of our friends and family members, but we knew that what we were doing was right for us, and right for the people of Africa, so we took off. We intend to get our documentary edited. We are pledging for funds to edit the most important documentary in Africa being filmed by 100 % Africans film makers.