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People love socialising around the breakfast/lunch/dinner table.

When the food is good, the conversation tends to follow.

There’s something special in the interaction of strangers when they share a meal.

It’s the perfect way for people to get to know each other and build friendships.

This fact, and the sacrifices of South African women, is the inspiration behind Roxanne and Naushad Khan’s brainchild Humanity Lunch Table (at the Artscape) - bringing Capetonians together over a hearty warm meal on Women’s Day.

The first Humanity Lunch Table was in 2014.

Last year more than 3000 people attended.

One of the project’s aims is to feed 4000 women and children, for free.

Chicken Biryani, Vegetarian Biryani and Dhal and a variety of cooldrinks are on the menu.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, email Naushad (editor@48hours.co.za).

The event takes place next Thursday (Women’s Day, 9 August) from 12:00 pm at the Artscape.

There is no cost for those attending the festival.

Click here for more information.

Pippa Hudson interviewed Naushad (Founder of Next48 Hours) about the event.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

It’s a free event. People come from all over. There’s even free transport for people coming from Ceres, Wellington, Stellenbosch… It embraces so many people… it’s the kind of event that bridges divides…

Naushad Khan

If someone comes to my home for a meal, I’m won’t serve them a hotdog or a sandwich…

Naushad Khan

It took us 24 hours to raise everything we need… I send one email on a Sunday evening and by Monday afternoon we’re ready to go!

Naushad Khan

The biggest kitchen in Africa is the Convention Centre, so they raised their hands to cook for us.

Naushad Khan

Everybody is invited. The men will serve on the day… everybody eats…

Naushad Khan

We need about 50 volunteers.

Naushad Khan

There’s a whole series of talks, exhibitors… There’s a free concert… The lunch is free… we start serving by 12, we’ll be done by 2pm.

Naushad Khan

It’s a holiday, you’ve got free time… it costs you nothing, come and enjoy!

Naushad Khan

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Have a free lunch with a stranger at 12pm on Women’s Day at the Artscape

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