PRODUCTIVE: Seniors enjoy the challenge at The Battle of My 67 Beads at V&A Waterfront CREDIT: JACK LESTRADE

Local celebrities teamed up with a Beading Gogo from the Relate Trust in the annual Mandela Day event, The Battle of My 67 Beads.

Soccer star Matthew Booth, comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout, rapper Jitsvinger and food stylist Zola Nene, as well as radio presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen and DJ Sox stieked uit to see if they could beat the grannies known for their stunning beadwork.

They battled it out to see who could make the best and brightest beaded bracelet in honour of the late Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s senior citizens at the fourth annual Relate bead-a-thon.

The celebrity and senior pairs had exactly 67 minutes to plan, design and thread a bracelet. All the bracelets, including the winning bracelet, can now be won in a lucky draw to raise funds and awareness for education.

Among the fast fingers beading away were Cape Town singer Mathew Gold who named his bracelet Funky Fingers.

“Because the way we do our bracelet, it has funky colours and we do it quickly. I am happy to be part of this project because it’s a way of giving back before Madiba Day.”

Mathew was paired with Florence Msuthi and they finished three bracelets in 20 minutes.

Jitsvinger was paired with Gogo Etheline Ncana and says: “We chose Flower Power as our bracelet name and added cool colours of green, orange, blue, red and white.”

But it was DJ Sox and his gogo Elphia Ngalo who won the competition with their Mandela cell number 46664 bracelet.