Stars lined up for Mandela Sports Day

12 August 2013

Award-winning artists including DJ Black Coffee, Zahara, Toya Delazy, Mafikizolo, DJ CNDO, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Salif Keita and the Mahotella Queens will be part of the line-up at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Other artists include David Jenkins, the Mahotella Queens, Umoja, Gcina Mhlophe, DJ Alessandro, Wouter Kellerman, Naima Mclean, Elvis Blue and 1st Project, and Kurt Darren.

Announcing the lineup on Monday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile called on South Africans to continue to celebrate Mandela’s life “in order to re-commit ourselves to the ideals he dedicated all his life towards achieving.

“It is these noble values that continue to guide us as we seek to build a national democratic society that is truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous,’ Mashatile said.

Mandela, who turned 95 on 18 July, is making a “slow but steady improvement” in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted over two months ago with a recurring lung infection, although he remains in a critical condition, the Presidency said on Sunday.

“As Madiba lies in hospital, we continue to keep him in our prayers and thoughts,” Mashatile said.

The day will begin on Saturday with a football match between the South African Masters against the Italian Masters at 11am, followed by an international friendly between Bafana Bafana and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) runners-up Burkina Faso at 1:30pm.

The Springboks will then tackle Argentina in the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, kicking off at 5pm.

Former Bafana Bafana captain and captain of The Legends, Lucas Radebe, said he was looking forward to the soccer match. “Music and football play a great role in unifying the country. As a country, we are lucky to have Mandela with us as our icon,” Radebe added.

Tickets for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day are on sale at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets across South Africa. The proceeds will go towards building the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter