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Motsepe Foundation gives Global Citizen Fest green light

Thousands are set to the attend the festival at the FNB stadium this weekend.

Minister Jeff Radebe led the IMC media briefing on the state of readiness for the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival on 30 November 2018. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Motsepe Foundation says it's encouraged by the overwhelming commitment of young South Africans to change the world they live in leading up to the Mandela 100 Global Citizen Festival.

Thousands are set to the attend the festival at the FNB stadium this weekend.

The foundation says many people did work through the City of Johannesburg’s A Re Sebetseng campaign to earn tickets, while others continue to serve their communities.

The foundation held a meeting in Sandton on Friday to discuss the festival.

Patrice Motsepe says this festival is about achieving certain goals set out by the United Nations.

“It’s so beautiful throughout the world and it’s so wonderful that all of us can hold hands and make this world a better place for all our people.”

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the Global Citizen Festival gives ordinary people a voice.

“Global Citizen is the first thing that I’ve seen that harnesses the power of individuals and puts it into a community that encourages people in power to do things we all care about.”

Ten world leaders are among those attending this weekend’s festivities.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)