MINI Mandela Day – Amakhaya Home

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  Mandela annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July (on Mandela's birthday...and mine!!).  The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, since then it has been celebrated every year worldwide.   MandelaDay   MINI Drivers SA organised a Charity event for Mandela Day together with all the crazy MINIacs out there on the 20th of July 2013. MINIacs from all over South Africa gathered on Saturday morning at Auto Alpina MINI in Boksburg.  Thank goodness for the warm fresh coffee and the muffins, because it was a bit cold that morning.   MandelaDay   At about 10:00 we all left in a big convoy on our way to the Amakhaya/Rethabile Children's and Community Project, situated in Lenasia Johannesburg.  The Home is managed and founded by the retired couple Joyce Naicker and her husband.  The home was founded in 1994 as a NPO that would take in children who are in need, due to various circumstances.  


There are currently 16 children at the home aged, between 3 and 22.  The organisation depends on donations from the local community and was overwhelmed with all the food, clothes, fruit, toys, blankets and all the other goodies that they received from all the MINIacs.

On arrival the event was opened with a prayer followed by the National Anthem.  Everyone put their hands together and painted the bedrooms for the boys and girls, whilst other fired up the grill to feed all the participants and the children 🙂


Click here to watch a video on MINI Drivers SA's website of some of the MINI's travelling to Lenasia.  Remmone from MINI Drivers SA said the aim was to break the record of the largest parade of MINI's in Africa.  We were only 91 MINI's, that's just 9 away from the breaking the close!!!

At the Amakhaya home they work with orphans, vulnerable children and women with drugs and alcohol abuse problems. The organisation also works with the community focusing on building stronger families so that they can build better communities.  Joyce also said the mission of the home is based on Isaiah 58:12 which reads: Go out and rebuild the community, restore, repair and unite...and that is exactly what Joyce and her husband are doing.

Auto Alpina MINI also had a competition for Mandela Day on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The facebook winner was @Big_Kabz and the twitter winner was...*drum roll*.....ME....yay!!! Thank you Auto Alpina for having the competition!!

If you want to view some of the photos of the event, go check out Skye Photography's facebook page....lots of pics!!

It was a lot of fun driving around town with all the MINIacs whilst putting charity first!

Until next year 🙂



MINI Paceman Launch and #ManDAY

MINIPaceman   Yesterday (20 May 2013) was ManDay, for those of you who don't know what ManDay was, it was the official day to go test drive the new MINI Paceman!  Yeah!! On the 9th of May 2013 MINI South Africa held the launch of the new Paceman at Krameverville, Sandton.  Just like the MINI Roadster Launch this was also a night event, filled with fun, lots of  manly games, good food, DJ Fresh, Gold Fish, Euphonik, 5FM's KB and then of course the one and only MINI Paceman. Arriving at the launch, we were warmly welcomed with a mojito (Virgin of course, or Nojito, if you want) and juice, with a nice sunset view of Sandton City in the background, perfect, like everything else MINI does!     Later the evening, it was time for the big surprise, the unwrapping of the MINI Paceman.   MINIPaceman   Excited to see what's underneath, everyone helped unwrapping this baby, it was like Christmas, wrapping paper and sellotape all over the place.     Now for the most important thing for all the MINI petrol-heads out there,  the specs.  This beast has some manly specifications, it comes in the Cooper, Cooper S, All 4 and the John Cooper Works.  
Cooper Paceman
Cooper S Paceman
Cooper S Paceman ALL4
Transmission6-Speed, manual6-Speed, manual6-Speed, automatic with Steptronic
Output90 kW @ 6,000 rpm 135 kW @ 5,500 rpm135 kW @ 5,500 rpm
Max. torque/revs160 Nm / 4,250 rpm240 Nm / 1,600-5,000 rpm 240 Nm / 1,600 - 5,000 rpm
Acceleration (0-100km/h)10.4 s7.5 s8.2 s
Top Speed192 km/h217 km/h207 km/h
Unladen weight (DIN/EU)1,255 / 1,330 kg 1,305 / 1,380 kg1,395 / 1,470 kg
  As you can see the MINI Paceman is seriously impressive and will fulfil all your manly needs. Everyone had a chance to test drive the Paceman, on a route they had worked out for us in Sandton, driving down Rivonia, we turned a lot of heads, and saw some people pointing at us, as if we were celebrities driving down Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 🙂   MINIPaceman   After the fun drive they opened up the dance floor and we started dancing to the tunes of Gold Fish.   GoldFish   Once Gold Fish was done with their show, which included their new hit single "One Million Views", it was time for Mr Big a.k.a DJ Fresh, who continued to keep the dance floor alive into the late hours of a working day.  


  A BIG shout out goes to MINI South Africa for arranging this unforgettable event, and bringing the Paceman to our door step!   #MINIQueen