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.