Mandela announces 46664 bash for Jozi

HONOURED: Former president Nelson Mandela and Robben Island prisoner number 46664 announces a World Aids Day awareness concert. Pic. Schalk van Zuydam. 01/10/07. © AP.
HONOURED: Former president Nelson Mandela and Robben Island prisoner number 46664 announces a World Aids Day awareness concert. Pic. Schalk van Zuydam. 01/10/07. © AP.

The City of Johannesburg will stage a 46664 HIV-Aids awareness concert on World Aids Day, former president Nelson Mandela announced yesterday.

The City of Johannesburg will stage a 46664 HIV-Aids awareness concert on World Aids Day, former president Nelson Mandela announced yesterday.

Speaking in Houghton, Mandela said the concert, which will take place on December 1 at Ellis Park Stadium, will be supported by various international and local artists.

"Johannesburg has long asked for a concert to be held here; we look forward to be joined by the artists. With strong support, 46664 will continue to use celebrities to speak to the youth about the Aids pandemic . and breaking the stigmas and silence around HIV and Aids. I hope to see all of you at Ellis Park," Mandela said.

The concert will be supported by the City of Johannesburg, the SABC and Highveld Stereo.

Mandela was accompanied by Johannesburg Mayor, Councillor Amos Masondo.

"I feel honoured to be in the presence of the mayor," Mandela remarked.

Masondo said Johannesburg was a city in which the former president had spent a lot of time, and was happy that he - Mandela - had seen it fit to hold such a concert.

"This concert will indeed reach out to humanity . The Johannesburg Aids Council works together with non-governmental organisations, and continues to raise funds," Masondo said.

The concert will be broadcast on SABC2 and SABC Africa, and will also be available to international broadcasters.

"We want to show the world 46664, and will channel the proceeds towards the project. This concert is going to be very different and will be the biggest one to date," said event organiser Tim Massey. Previous 46664 concerts had raised in excess of R20million. - Sapa

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