Athlone concert for fire victims

2018-11-01 06:00
The Soil is one of the groups that are going to perform at Athlone Stadium on Saturday during a benefit concert for the SST and Vrygrond fire victims.

The Soil is one of the groups that are going to perform at Athlone Stadium on Saturday during a benefit concert for the SST and Vrygrond fire victims.

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Some of South Africa’s top musicians will come together on Sunday at the Athlone Stadium to raise funds for the more than 2500 fire victims from Khayelitsha and Vrygrond.

Legendary musicians such as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Yvone Chaka Chaka, Sibongile Khumalo, Anton Goosen, DJ Ready D, to mention just a few, will be joined by the likes of Kwesta, The Soil, Zolani Mahola, Jimmy Nevis and Emo Adams in a quest to generate money to assist the victims of the recent fires that devastated SST informal settlement and Vrygrond, near Muizenberg.

According to the City of Cape Town a total of 304 structures were destroyed by the fire in Vrygrond on Friday, leaving scores of people homeless.

The fire came a week after another inferno destroyed shacks at SST informal settlement, in Khayelitsha.

About 1 300 people were left homeless by the fire and a 31-year-old man Sango Nqeneka died in the blaze.

Since the fire broke out, support has been pouring in all over South Africa for the victims, but a lot is yet to be done.

Event organiser Gabriel Le Roux from the Trade Union for Musicians of South Africa said the fire had a devastating effect on the lives of many poor people and urgent support was needed.

“You have to strike while the iron is still hot,” he said. “In two weeks people would forget about Khayelitsha.”

Le Roux said the artist have pledged to perform for free and all the proceeds from the event would go towards assisting the victims.

Chairperson of the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) Ndithini Tyhido said they were “highly honoured” and “grateful” to those who organised the event and all the musicians who freely availed their services for the benefit of Khayelitsha community.

He called for the three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) to join hands in support of the victims.

“This is no longer about what happened in SST or Silver Town, but it is about mobilising society against fires that continue to ravage the informal settlements in the townships, particularly Khayelitsha,” he said.

“We are truly grateful for all the support, but disappointed by the behaviour of the residents who opposed the concert in their area.”

The concert was initially scheduled for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, however, according to organisers local residents objected to it, forcing organisers to find an alternative venue. The concert starts at 2pm. Tickets cost R150 at computicket and gate.

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