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South African comedians are not only out to make money for themselves. They have again organised a two-week comedy festival to raise money for charity.
Known as the Just Because Comedy Festival, it started yesterday and will run until December 14 at the Market Theatre in Newtown.
The concept was introduced last year. It features Trevor Noah, Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga, Eugene Khoza and David Kibuuka, John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Mel Miller, Roni Modimola, Darren Maule, Kedibone Mulaudzi, Al Prodgers, Tshepo Mogale and Ntosh Madlingozi.
Khoza, who also took part in last year's festival, says the aim is to make the festival an annual event that will grow bigger over time.
"The aim of the festival is to raise funds, but most importantly, to perform together as comedians . We want to wrap up our 2008 calendar in style," he says.
Khoza says last year's festival was a big success and they expect this one to be even more successful.
"This is an initiative by South Africa's comedians coming together to perform for a common and charitable cause. It allows comedians to give back to the community that supports them. Our communities face numerous challenges and difficulties and we think that this is the best way to raise money for the less privileged during the festive season," Khoza said.
Last year about R40000 was raised. Tickets cost R50 and R80.