South Africans Will Unite For Madiba On 17th August

On the 17th of August, all roads in South Africa will lead to FNB Stadium, Soweto, for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport And Culture Day. For Mandela, who is currently in hospital, soccer, rugby and music will unite South Africans... and the world (in spirit), to celebrate and honor the man and his legacy. 

On that day, in an unprecedented show of unity, South Africa's national soccer and rugby teams will both play international friendlies in the same stadium.

Bafana Bafana will play against Burkina Faso, while the Springboks will play Argentina at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

Then a star-studded music concert will take fans into the night.

Some confirmed artists include Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Black Coffee, DJ Antonio, Toya DeLaze and Mali's Salif Keita.

Other artists billed to perform on the night are will include:
- DJ C’ndo
- Kurt Darren
- Mahotella Queens
- David Jenkins
- Wouter Kellerman
- Elvis Blue
- Umoja
- Gcina Mhlophe
- DJ Alessandro

Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu will entertain guests at a pre-event gala dinner on 16 July.

Spearheaded by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Arts & Culture, the aim of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day is to celebrate our former president's vision of sports as a unifying force in society

On the 17th August 2013, the events will run as follows;

  • 11:00AM – The day will begin with a football match between the SA Masters against the Italian Masters.
  • 1:30PM – Bafana Bafana will play a friendly against Burkina Faso.
  • 5:00PM – The Springboks will take on Argentina.

Tickets for the day's events range from R220 – R550 and are on sale from Computicket.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, only the second pediatric hospital in southern Africa.

Hope to see you there!!!

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