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CEOs brace themselves for a cold night on the streets

The country’s top business leaders are about to get a taste of what it feels like to be homeless.

CEOs will sit around these fires and use their cardboards chairs as beds for The 702 Sun International CEO Sleepout in Sandton. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Temperatures are taking a dip as CEOs brace themselves for a night on Sandton's streets to raise money for Girls & Boys Town.

The 702 Sun International CEO Sleepout is underway with the country's top business leaders about to get a taste of what it feels like to be homeless.

As corporate executives continue to arrive for the event, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says he's excited to be part of the initiative and to lend a hand to those less fortunate in society.

Tau has joined more than 200 CEOs who are expected to brave the cold this evening.

He says such initiatives should be expanded across all provinces.

"I think we should mobilise as many people as possible, particular senior people in our society, captains of industry and leaders in the public service to contribute in their own way; particularly in the major urban centres."

Some CEOs called on other cooperate executives to follow suit and help those in need in the country, and these CEOs say South Africans should start adopting a culture of giving:

"Apart from CEOs experiencing the pain that people experience, the money that's going to be raised is going to a very good cause," said one businessman.

"I think it's a wonderful event, and I think it's extraordinary the amount of money that's been raised," said another.

#CEOSleepOutZA @GautengProvince Premier, David Makhura dressed in SA colours with @Radio702's @PheladiG. pic.twitter.com/g3i8m9rBZk

#CEOSleepOutZA Primedia Broadcasting CEO @TerryVolkwyn telling @brucebusiness R24m raised pic.twitter.com/K4IKZhDH8B

#CEOSleepOutZA some CEO's braving the cold and walking barefoot. pic.twitter.com/iEnO15JmZk

#CEOSleepOutZA Company CEO's in their "natural habitat" ... very few women and black CEO's here! pic.twitter.com/lwvJCwyWNX

Eskom donated 100K while it needs all the help can get! Smh Charity begins at home! Shud stop playin #CEOSleepOutZA https://t.co/aS7Hgi8jzu

Rallying around our @MillionThrills CEO Graeme Stephens to brave the cold for a good cause #CEOSleepOutZA pic.twitter.com/dAwF4vWmDM

#CEOSleepOutZA Primedia CEO Roger Jardine showing @BBCAfrica how he'll be sleeping out tonight. pic.twitter.com/QwQxLIuuaf