JOHANNESBURG: Rumours are rife that the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will announce on Monday that pop sensation Beyoncé will perform at a free concert.
The festival will celebrate the centenary year of former President Nelson Mandela, honouring his legacy in the fight to end “extreme poverty”.
The Global Citizen Festival: Year of Mandela will serve as a key culminating part of South Africa’s official program to mark 100 years since the birth of the struggle hero former President Mandela.
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe is expected to participate in the Global Citizen Festival launch on Monday.
To be held at Circa Gallery in Johannesburg, Radebe will attend the launch of the festival in his capacity as the Chairperson of 100 years’ centenary of both Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.
The Global Citizen’s policy objectives include ending hunger and reducing rates of stunting in South African children, reducing HIV/AIDS transmission rates in sub-Saharan Africa and promoting gender equality.
The public launch of the festival which will get underway at 6 pm will help build a buzz and activate South Africa’s young, millennial activists and music fans ahead of the festival.
The launch is expected to be attended by Chief Executive Officer of Global Citizen Hugh Evans and the Mandela family, among others.
Mandela, who died on 5 December 2013, at the age of 95, would have turned 100 years on 18 July had he lived. The last time Beyoncé performed in South Africa was as part of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert in 2004