International advocacy organisation Global Citizen today announced that DStv, SABC, Viacom’s MTV International, Canal+, MSNBC and iHeartMedia will be the broadcast partners for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 airing a combination of live, highlights and exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the epic event held in Madiba’s honour.
Mandela 100 is a free-ticketed event, which will take place on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The broadcast will be transmitted in over 180 countries across six continents.
DStv will broadcast the event live to all its satellite customers throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa on a dedicated channel 199. It will also serve as host broadcaster, feeding the telecast to our media partners around the world. SABC will carry the show live across South Africa on SABC1, the nation’s leading terrestrial broadcast channel. Canal+ will broadcast the show to its audience across Francophone Africa. The live broadcast will include select performances by Beyoncé and JAY-Z.
Said Global Director of Public Relations for Global Citizen, Andrew Kirk “Global Citizen has received an incredible welcome here in South Africa in this most special year. Our final earned tickets have now been awarded and we can’t wait to greet those tens of thousands of fans and activists at FNB on December 2nd. Through their action-taking, those Global Citizens have earned their way to see the full performance inside the stadium. Those watching at home will see most – but not all – of the show, which starts at 2pm SAST on SABC, DStv, and Canal+ including some special behind the scenes content.”
MTV International will bring the festival to fans in nearly 180 countries and territories outside the US, from Australia to Argentina and beyond, mixing edited highlights with live performances from Johannesburg. MTV Base will also debut a two-hour, “best of” special in the days following the initial broadcast for its audience in South Africa and nearly 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
In an intimate open letter to @NelsonMandela –– featured exclusively in @SowetanLIVE –– @Beyonce Knowles-Carter said, “You made it possible for so many people like me to reject impossibilities and understand our capabilities in making lasting change in the world”. pic.twitter.com/4MCJjx5PtF— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) November 28, 2018
An edited down version of The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will air in the United States on MSNBC on Sunday, December 2 from 9 pm ET to 12 am ET. The broadcast will be hosted by MSNBC’s Reverend Al Sharpton and Joy Reid.
iHeartMedia will broadcast from FNB Stadium on Sunday, December 2 from 9 pm ET to 12 am ET and will air on 150 radio stations across the U.S. and stream on the iHeartRadio app. Charlamagne Tha God – multimedia personality, best-selling author and co-host of iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club, the popular morning show syndicated on Hip-Hop and R&B stations nationwide – will be on site and will host the iHeartMedia broadcast.
The collective reach of its broadcast partners will deliver the largest reach of any television broadcast of a Global Citizen event to date.
YouTube and Twitter will also bring the Festival to a global audience via their channels, presented by Johnson & Johnson.
The first ever Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa will headline:
- Beyoncé & JAY-Z
- Black Coffee
- Cassper Nyovest
- Ed Sheeran
- Eddie Vedder
- Femi Kuti
- Kasey Musgraves
- Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin
- Sho Madjozi
- Tiwa Savage
Trevor Noah will host the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 with co-hosts:
- Naomi Campbell
- Dave Chappelle
- Danai Gurira
- Sir Bob Geldof
- Gayle King,
- Bonang Matheba
- Nomzamo Mbatha
- Tyler Perry
- Anele Mdoda.
Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address at the Festival remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
Leaders set to address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include:
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals
- President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana
- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, chair of the African Union
- President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya
- His Excellency Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria
- Mrs. Graca Machel, UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
- The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
- Dr. Jim Kim, President of the World Bank
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women
- Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
- Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
- Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development
- David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme,
- Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Board Director of The Power of Nutrition
- Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Coca-Cola SA
- Big Concerts
- House of Mandela
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers
- Eldridge Industries
- Associate Partners, HP and Microsoft.
The December 02 event is the culmination of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year. Over the course of the campaign, Global Citizens have taken an unprecedented number of actions to apply pressure on world leaders to make commitments at the Festival around the issues associated with:
- Extreme poverty
- Gender equality
- Food security
- The environment
- Global health.
Since 18 July, Global Citizens in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, have taken over 5 million actions, through which they are then rewarded with free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100.