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How are you spending your #67minutes this Mandela Day? Here are a few savvy pointers

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Mandela Day is a call for South Africans and people around the globe to honour the legacy of former president and statesmen Nelson by giving 67 minutes of their time to worthy causes. If you’re still looking for something to do, we’ve compiled a list of tech-based resources that should help.

Technology — coupled with some ingenuity — is connecting specific, mutually beneficial parties with each other more than ever before. From seamless payments to forming communities, these tools are making real differences on the ground.

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Donate

While you probably won’t be sharing 67 minutes, a few bucks to any charity could mean the world. With the payment tools available these days.

South African tech company SnapScan, for instance, is doing a soup drive. It’s trying to reach a goal of R10 000 to provide 1 000 warm meals for the needy during South Africa’s chilly winter. Snap this QR code below, to donate:

If you want even less payment friction, support early childhood development, education and other causes by donating bitcoin. South African social impact organisation RLabs recently developed a bitcoin crowdfunding site for social causes, called mToto, enabling you to do just that.

There are various theories on why bitcoin donations are so advantageous like enabling organisation and donors to avoid high international transfer fees as well as the middlemen. At the end of the day though, nothing says “more tech savvy” than “I’ve just donated some bitcoin for this crowdfunding charity site in Cape Town.”

Volunteer

ForGood, furthermore, is connecting people with causes. You can search for causes this Mandela Day based on your location, which will just make the whole process easier.

On the site, you can choose to volunteer time or goods; from picking up litter, helping out with gardening to lending a hand at welfare centres for underprivileged children or rape victims.

Another neat crowdfunding and crowdsourcing site for social causes is Ripple. A spin-off of Thundafund, the platform lists numerous interesting social causes that can do with either your cash or specific goods and services.

Read more: Crowdfunding site for social causes Ripple launches, hopes to ride success of Thundafund

Still need to find something to do near your location? Well, Digital Publications is behind the so-called Uber for charities. It recently released a website and app called 67Minutes which connects volunteers and charities, NGO’s and welfare organisations.

The 67minutes app aims to help you locate types of events you have in mind as well as events that meet your specific budget.

The Mandela Day website encourages South Africans to spread the word on like-minded change-makers and discovering initiatives to volunteer or support.

So, what are you going to do this Mandela Day? Let us know about all your savvy good deeds this weekend.

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