Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Citi is co-host of SS Mendi Aniversary

By Marthe van der Wolf
30 October 2007

The City of Cape Town will co-host events to mark the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi and Remembrance Day. The City will host this together with the Department of Arts and Culture and the Western Cape provincial government.

The Commemmoration of the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi tragedy will take place at the Grand Parade on the tenth of November.

"The public will be able to take a look at the new SAS Mendi as the ship will be docked at the Waterfront. After the visit, there will be a symbolic march of soldiers from Adderly Street to the Grand Parade," says spokesperson of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mack Lewele.

On the 21st of February 1917, 616 South Africans lost their lives when the SS Mendi collided with the SS Darro near the Island of Wight in the English Channel. The South Africans were on their way to France to be part of the Allied Forces during the First World War.


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