KWAITO bad boy Sthembiso Kula shares a birthday with a special man – former president Nelson Mandela – and this year he will be doing something different to celebrate.
Better known as Mathousand, the New Brighton-born musician, who turns 35 on July 18, is dedicating his birthday to the Phila Nathi Community Development Centre in Motherwell.
July 18 has also become internationally recognised as Mandela Day, a day on which individuals donate 67 minutes of their time to help others. The 67 minutes are symbolic of the 67 years Mandela dedicated to serving his community, country and the world.
Mathousand said it was a blessing to share his birthday with Mandela, 94.
“I am trying to follow in his footsteps by giving back to my community.
“I have three performances lined up for this month. I will [donate] a certain percentage from the entrance fee … to the centre. I was touched by the plight of these children.”
Motherwell resident Portia Letsie started the Phila Nathi Community Development Centre in 1999 with her own money and feeds orphans and the needy in the area.
Mathousand is performing at Kilimanjaro in Addo on July 19 and Kwa Chillax in Walmer township and Emashwemeni in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, on July 20. The Uitenhage venue on July 21 has not been confirmed. Entry to all the concerts is R10. He will be supported by artists from Baainar Records.
He is also appealing to good Samaritans to collect shoes for the centre.