SATURDAY’S Thank You SABC concert was a massive flop after organisers failed to pull a crowd of 20 000 and fill Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Many artists failed to show up for the event. And the concert, scheduled to start at 10am, kicked off two hours late to an empty stadium. Although some people enjoyed themselves and danced in front of the stage, others were angry.
Ntombzodwa Sibiya (28) said: “They told us we would be paying R100 for 100 artists but I don’t see 100 artists here.”
Another disappointed fan, Zanele Sibisi (25), said she had come to see her favourite artists like Emtee, AKA and Mafikizolo.
“I’m disappointed not to see them here,” she said.
The People’s Poet and organiser, Mzwakhe Mbuli told Daily Sun the concert was meant to thank the public broadcaster for playing 90% local content.
“We saw it wasn’t enough to say thank you by e-mail, card or a six-minute song.
“We wanted a public thank you. The only problem is we didn’t have sponsors,” said Mzwakhe.
Legendary gospel singer, Rebecca Malope, said she felt the SABC’s initiative was wonderful.
“Now our artists will no longer die hungry.”
Maskandi singer, Simphiwe Madondo said: “It saddened us to see a lot of money going out of the country while we got nothing. This has brought a smile to our faces.”
Mzwakhe said the organisers were saddened by rumours that Mandoza – whose real name is Mduduzi Tshabalala – had died and that was why they booked him.
He surprised many when he appeared at the stadium late in the day.
Speaking before his performance, the kwaito veteran thanked fans for their prayers and support.
“You know, without you guys I wouldn’t be here, but I’m here to tell you I’m still alive.”