Home > Projects > The Mendi Centenary Project 2017

The Mendi Centenary Project 2017

Through the arts and the academy, this project commemorates the sinking of the SS Mendi that occurred on 21 February 1917, during the First World War. It seeks to pay tribute to the South African Native Labour Contingent, and the men on the Mendi who died en route to fight for their dignity and human rights through service to the war effort.

The project will converse with Mendi centenary events organised for 2017 by the South African Department of Defence, and with the Mendi centenary parade hosted by the University of Cape Town in 2017.