The largest global AIDS organisation in the world, is holding a March and free concert in Durban this weekend!

After 15 years, the International AIDS Conference (IAC) returned to South Africa this July and in commemoration of this fact, the non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) brings the Keep the Promise 2016 (#KTP2016) march and concert to Durban on Saturday 16 July, followed by a free concert at the city’s Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.

SEE ALSO: AIDS Healthcare Foundation celebrates 15 years of saving lives in SA

The #KTP2016 weekend will start on Friday, July 15th, as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host a media tour of AHF’s People’s Hope Clinic in Umlazi Township that provides medical care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS.

The clinic, which opened in 2002 has been a beacon of hope to many people living with HIV in KwaZulu-Natal.

It began with 100 patients in an old office building, and now offers care to about 15 000 patients, including children born with HIV.

AHF will then host a “March” and free concert on Saturday, July 16th at Durban’s Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, a 17,000-seat venue located directly across from the International Convention Center where the International AIDS Conference will be held.

The march will begin at 12 PM at Kingsmead Stadium and also conclude at the stadium.

The #KTP2016 concert will start at 4 PM and feature live performances by South African musical artists as well as international headlining major artists, Queen Latifah and Common!

Did we mention that it’s 100% free!

Local acts Mi Casa and Big Nuz will also be performing at the concert, with Proverb and Ayanda-Allie Paine acting as MCs for the event. Plus guest keynote speakers will inspire the audience and the world to “keep the promise” to fund HIV/AIDS.

“Keep The Promise” was launched in the United States in July 2012 when hundreds of HIV/AIDS advocates and featured speakers including Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Al Sharpton, television personality Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornel West, comedian Margaret Cho descended upon Washington, DC for a March and rally on the National Mall.

#KTP2016 is an empowering advocacy platform organised by the Aids Healthcare Foundation, partners, and CSOs to accelerate the fight against HIV/Aids.

“I am excited to be part of the Keep The Promise Concert in Durban, South Africa.”

“It’s my first time in South Africa and it feels good to be going for such a great cause,” Latifah said in a statement.

AHF’s event in Durban builds upon the organization’s “Keep The Promise” campaign, an advocacy initiative that calls for:

  • Increased and maintained global funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and care;
  • Pharmaceutical companies to reduce AIDS drug prices;
  • Support for HIV prevention programs;
  • Support for healthcare reform;
  • Decriminalization of HIV/AIDS

We’re so excited to welcome Queen Latifah and Common to South Africa! And for such a great cause.

You can find out out more about the event using the hashtag, #KTP2016 on Twitter or visiting their Facebook or Website.

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