Ronan Keating heading to South Africa for two special concerts

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  • Ronan Keating is heading back to South Africa for two special shows.
  • Keating has had a long-standing relationship with South Africa, annually returning to raise funds for local charities, including the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.
  • The Irish singer will perform in Cape Town and Pretoria on 3 and 5 March, respectively. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday.

Ronan Keating is heading back to South Africa.

The Irish hitmaker on Monday announced he would perform at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Friday, 3 March and at SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria on Sunday, 5 March. Tickets go on sale at 09:00 on Wednesday, 25 January and will be available from Webtickets.

Specialist wealth management company, Citadel, has a long-standing relationship with Keating and brings him to South Africa annually to raise funds for South African charities alongside golf legend Gary Player.

To date, Citadel, Keating and Player have raised R5 million to benefit vulnerable South African children. 

30 years later and still going strong

When Ronan Keating answered a newspaper advert to audition for a brand-new Irish boyband in 1993, he would have been hard-pressed to believe that nearly 30 years later, he would still be going strong.

Singer, songwriter, broadcaster, TV presenter, actor, philanthropist, loving husband and dedicated father... Keating has never felt more inspired by life, his multifaceted career, and his ability to make a difference in the world via his charity work. 

The Life is a Rollercoaster hitmaker's music career started with Boyzone in the early nineties. 

'South Africa has always been a special place for me'

Outside of music, Keating has always kept himself busy with other projects, and acting has started to feature more and more.  

But perhaps the project he is most proud of is his partnership with Citadel and Player.

"South Africa has always been a special place for me," Keating wrote on Instagram in March 2022. 

He added: "For the past 4 years, Gary Player and I have been raising much-needed funds for our chosen beneficiaries in partnership with Citadel."

During his trip, he also praised Cape Town for being "ridiculously beautiful," adding: "My family and I are in hook, line and sinker. You won't get rid of us easy."

During a 2019 interview with News24, Keating declared his love for South Africa, saying: "I love it. I love being here. Over 26 years, I've spent a lot of time in South Africa either touring, doing promotional tours, on holidays and even spent my honeymoon here."

He added:

"I love it. It's magic. It's the people, I guess. When you try and talk about any country, yes, there's beautiful sights and things to do, but it's the people that make it special. When I pulled up here, I felt like I was coming home the way they welcomed my son and my wife - it's just so lovely. So yes, I'm always excited to be in South Africa."

READ MORE | Ronan Keating on his deep connection to South Africa: 'I love it, it's magic'

Keating and his wife, Storm, tied the knot in Scotland in 2015. The couple spent their Honeymoon in South Africa at Sir Richard Branson's private game reserve, Ulusaba.

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