Celebrating Mandela Day

Celebrating an African Superhero at Suncoast

Durban’s premier entertainment destination, SUNCOAST, hosted 100 children for a special viewing of Black Panther at the Suncoast Cinecentre on Thursday the 12th July, as part of their support of Mandela Day and the centenary celebrations.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) arranged for children from the Lihle iThemba teenagers support group at Ithembalabantu Clinic in Umlazi, as well as youth from the Mariann Coordinating Committee (MCC) to attend this event.

Young people were a priority for Nelson Mandela and they are a priority for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation who work on the front lines of the HIV epidemic. AHF is acutely aware of the tremendous obstacles faced by South African youth, burdened with high unemployment, high HIV infection rates, gender-based violence and poverty.

“This partnership with Suncoast allows us to reflect on Mr Mandela‘s legacy of hope and give these girls and boys an opportunity to dream and have fun.” says Larissa Klazinga, AHF Regional Policy and Advocacy Manager, Southern Africa, “Many experienced a movie on the big screen for the first time and the fact that they watched Black Panther, a film depicting a hopeful and heroic vision of Africa rising led by principled leaders and young women of science, could not be more apt for the occasion.”

The children were also introduced to Ntokozo, a young woman living with HIV who gave a brief presentation on the Power of Youth and Hope for the Future.  This was the lead up to Ntokozo presenting at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.

“We feel privileged to partner with AHF and Suncoast Cinecentre who have made this initiative possible,” says Louise Howell, Suncoast Marketing Manager, “and what better way to celebrate a real South African Superhero with the positive aspirational influence of the fictional character, Black Panther.”


Influenced by the Art Deco style of Miami South Beach, SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is Durban’s most loved entertainment destination. It boasts an unparalleled atmosphere from its location on Durban’s stretch of palm-lined beaches known as the Golden Mile and is within walking distance of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.

SUNCOAST is an integral part of the Durban entertainment scene and is currently undergoing an expansive refurbishment that will see the expansion of the gaming floor with 1,850 slot machines, 71 gaming tables, opening of a number of new restaurants, The Barnyard Theatre as well as the launch of The Suncoast Globe, a multi-purpose eventing venue.  The jewel in the Suncoast crown is the new Salon Privé situated on the upper level with 180-degree sea views with its opulent Art Deco design creating a world-class gaming experience.

With a choice of everything from the finest cuisine, to fast food and laid back coffee spots, Suncoast offers Durban dining for every taste. Catch all the latest blockbuster movies on the big screen at Suncoast Cinecentre with eight movie theatres to choose from and the largest 3D screen in KZN, the Supernova. There is more great family entertainment on offer at The Magic Company where the kids and young at heart can enjoy hours of fun with modern and classic arcade games.

Attached to the SUNCOAST complex is the luxurious Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast hotels which offer superior accommodation for the discerning leisure and business traveler.  A stay at the hotel would not be complete without a signature treatment at the Balinese-style spa located on the 9th floor. The stylish Jeera Restaurant located in the hotel is also a must for a culinary experience never to be forgotten.

SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is owned by Tsogo Sun Gaming.


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