Musicians show they care

GRATEFUL: Doc Shebeleza and dignitaries donate gifts to the Thanduxolo Special Schools. Pic. Munyadziwa Nemutudi. © Sowetan.
GRATEFUL: Doc Shebeleza and dignitaries donate gifts to the Thanduxolo Special Schools. Pic. Munyadziwa Nemutudi. © Sowetan.

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Local musicians proved to be worthy role models when they heeded a social call by donating food and wheelchairs to the poor and disabled in Witbank, Mpumalanga, on Tuesday.

Known as African Musicians Against HIV-Aids (Amaha), the singers made donations at the launch of the SABC Ekasi S'vukile Social Responsibility HIV& Aids National Tour Project at Emalahleni Municipality.

The tour, to be duplicated in other provinces, is aimed at raising funds for charity.

Amaha donated 60 wheelchairs with the help of Northcliff Rotary Club. They also donated tons of food to poor families in the area.

Nissan Company joined the party by donating two Nissan Navara bakkies, while MTN donated R50000.

MEC for housing and local government Jabu Mahlangu said: "Our dedicated artists and sponsors took an initiative with only one thing in their minds, to make a difference in someone's life."

The executive mayor of Emalahleni Municipality, Linah Malatjti, said the partnership between the SABC and Amaha would give people hope.

Veteran musician Ray Phiri said: "I have been in the music industry for 38 years and I can tell you musicians do care. We tell our stories through music. We use music to talk to our people. Musicians are the hearts and ears of the nation."

Amaha chairman Doc Shebeleza said their organisation had fed 10000 families in three months. He said the initiative had brought a lot of relief to many.

The Amaha Ekasi S'vukile Social Responsibility HIV & Aids National Tour Concert kicks off tomorrow at Sy Mthimunye Stadium, Witbank.

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