Mixed reactions to #GlobalCitizenFestival

Social Media is buzzing with activity over of the ‘Mandela 100’ Festival organised by an International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen taking place on 2nd December at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA has since been trending on South African trends on Twitter since the announcement of the festival on Monday.

As anticipation brews, users have expressed mixed views, with many being excited at the all-star line-up of performers including Beyonce, Jay Z and hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest.

Facebook user Asunder Gasela says: “Beyoncé finally coming to SA! Kuzasobalit…I can’t wait!”

Instagram user @reakhoabane says: “2 December is a date with my faves.”

Tickets are free and those interested in getting them have to participate in initiatives to assist their communities.

While some are heeding this call, others feel it would be more practical if tickets went on sale and profits be handed over to various charities instead.

@NkanyeziKubheka says: “Can they just give us the ticket prices so we can purchase them? Our lives are way too hectic to be busy with other things for 6 months. We already washing dishes & cleaning windows at home.”

Other users have also slammed the festival, saying there are far bigger issues in the country to worry about such as petrol hikes and high levels of unemployment.

@A_simple_Sfiso says: perhaps we need to forget about concerts and focus on reducing the price of petrol.

Another Twitter user @thando_greatest expressed his dissatisfaction with the concert, saying: “Africa has a poverty issue and bringing International acts to SA isn’t solving it. What are the peers of Motsepe doing?”

The music festival is aimed a celebrating the life, work and legacy of late former president Nelson Mandela.

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