On July 9th, international advocacy organisation GlobalCitizen announced that Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
Today, Global Citizen is back with some exciting news for South Africans keen to attend this festival.
Trevor Noah, Dave Chappelle, Kacey Musgraves, and Nomzamo Mbatha will join the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.
Trevor Noah is confirmed to host the Festival and Dave Chappelle and Nomzamo Mbatha will join the lineup of co-hosts including Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.
Multi-Grammy award winner Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Festival alongside headliners Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.
K Naomi, Lucas Radebe, Nandi Madida, Pearl Thusi, Somizi, and Zakes Bantwini will also join as Global Citizen: Mandela 100 Advocates to support the campaign against extreme poverty.
This announcement kicks off Action Journey 1, the first opportunity for fans and activists to earn their tickets to the event. Actions include:
Ask Nigeria’s State Governors to invest in water and sanitation
Urge Zambia to help children live free from hunger and malnutrition
Call on the Finance Ministers of Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya to lift millions from poverty by raising the agriculture budget
- Ask Rwanda to help end neglected tropical diseases and improve nutrition across Africa
In addition, Global Citizens can call on the President of South Africa to #BeTheGeneration to End Extreme Poverty. Here are some of the asks for President Ramaphosa:
1. Good Nutrition: President Ramaphosa, please ensure all South Africa's children grow great - commit to achieve zero stunting by 2030 and invest ZAR 6.8 billion ($52M) to get there.
2. Sanitation and Hygiene: President Ramaphosa, please invest $113 million to ensure free sanitary napkins, menstrual health education, and quality toilets in all schools (still working on financial ask for the quality toilets piece).
3. NTDs: President Ramaphosa, please commit to reaching the 2.9 million people left behind and suffering without treatment for neglected tropical diseases in South Africa and investing in an African Union NTDs Fund to reach 620 million people suffering from NTDs across the continent.
4. Education: President Ramaphosa, please commit to address the education crisis and high drop out rates in South Africa by prioritizing early grade learning and reading (SDG 4.1.1(a)) and increasing South Africa's budget from 6% of GDP to 10% of GDP in 2019.
5. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: President Ramaphosa, please commit to addressing the HIV/AIDS crises among adolescent girls and achieving universal access to comprehensive SRHR services by 2030 as outlined in the Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030) by 1) increasing South Africa’s health expenditure from 13.5% to 15% of total government expenditure, to meet your commitment to the Abuja Declaration; and 2) ensure accelerated investment in provincial health allocations by X% of health spend to improve the targeting of SRHR services that serve poor and vulnerable adolescent girls and communities. (still working on the financial ask with partners, including UNFPA).
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