Nelson Mandela announces Johannesburg AIDS concert

  • 2 October 2007

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has announced plans for an international concert to raise money for his AIDS charity.

The event, which will include performances from more than 30 local and international musicians, is to be held on World AIDS Day in Johannesburg on 1 December.

Similar concerts have already been staged in South Africa, Spain and Norway by the 46664 AIDS charity.

It gets its name from Mandela’s old prison number and has been used for the past four years to highlight the fight against the disease.

South Africa has one of the world’s highest HIV prevalence rates, with more than five million HIV positive people in the country.

Mandela’s only surviving son, Mankato, died of Aids in 2005.

Announcing the Ellis Park Stadium concert, he said: 'I am very delighted that we are engaging the youth in schools, communities and through the media, breaking the silence and stigmas around HIV and AiIDS, and making them realise that the power to beat the pandemic, lies in their own hands.'

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