It is all systems go for a Charity Fair to remember. Tongaat Child Welfare’s Charity Fair 2014 would be held from 26 March to 30 March 2014. The Charity Fair is in its twenty fourth year and is the highlight on the social calendar of the community of Tongaat. This years Charity Fair has been dedicated to our icon the late Nelson Mandela.

On Wednesday, 26 March 2014 between 9h00 to 14h00 is a programme dedicated to the senior citizens, the only Charity Fair to have such a programme.

The Edufair Programme would be on Thursday, 27 March for primary school children and Friday, 28 March for our secondary schools.

Friday night kicks off with a Kwaito extravaganza featuring local Kwaito artists like Bricka, Hetto Boi, Dramatix, Smbrero and Ghetto Squad. The headline act being Bha and Msawawa.

Saturday promises a feast of entertainment starting at 1 pm with the Amazing Dog Show, Ascot got Talent, Jasantha Dance Academy and Verona Naidoo. Prakash Orchestra hails from Ladysmith and have been entertaining audiences for the past  67 Years This popular  Eastern Band performs songs in Hindi, Tamil and Chutney. As one of South Africa’s oldest Eastern Band they had audiences on their feet with their repertoire of old and modern Indian Music.

Saturday night comes alive with the Battle of the Bands featuring the ever popular bands Magnets and Tyles with the Karou Charou adding some spice to the Battle of these epic bands. The first of its kind in more than 20 years , the show featured two of KZN’s most well known and long serving bands – The Tyles from the north coast and The Magnets from the south.  With the shows all being sold-out at the Sibiya Casino, many hundreds were disappointed not to have had the chance to witness this musical masterpiece.

However, we have engaged the promoters to revive the show and have it staged in its entirety at the Tongaat Charity Fair on Saturday, 29 March. Lovers of old school live music will be taken on a musical journey .

Saturday night comes to an end with biggest Old School versus Bhangra Party featuring  DJ Reckless and DJ E.

The showgrounds open at 1pm on Sunday with the BMS School of Music featuring our local children. For lovers of Gospel Music and R & B we are proud to bring for the first time to Tongaat Loyiso Bhala. This singing sensation has wowed audiences all over world. He has performed alongside artists like Jamelia, Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend, Brian McKnight, Elton John, Will Smith, Alicia Keys, Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and Akon. He has also performed for some of the highest dignitaries, such as Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and more.

The highlight of our Charity Fair, the Mandela Tribute Concert featuring PJ POWERS. , PJ’s musical career has spanned several decades and crosses all barriers of both age and race. Famous since the eighties when “Hotline” was the largest selling band in South Africa, her solo career has contained many highlights. She has recorded 17 albums. She has sung with many of the greats: Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Eric Clapton, Joan Armitrading and Harry Belafonte. But, perhaps the highlight was receiving a letter from the late former President Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison. It was Madiba who asked her to sing the “World In Union” in 1995 when South Africa won the Rugby World Cup, and again he honored her, asking PJ to write the special song for his 85th birthday, which she sang in front of a celebrity filled room including the Clinton’s and Oprah amongst many others. She also sang at the inauguration of Mandela as the first democratic President. In 2009 PJ’s rendition of the “World In Union” was featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Invictus”.

In the 80′s PJ was named Thandeka, the Loved One by the people of Soweto when she sang one of her biggest hits, “Jabulani” at the stadium of that name. A prolific song writer, some of her best known hits are, “You’re So Good To Me”, “There Is An Answer” and “Feel So Strong”.

The curtain closes on yet another memorable Charity Fair with another local band that has made a name for itself; Shackles.

Entertainment for the whole family with Eddie Chetty’s Fun Fair and a variety of stalls selling an array of merchandise.  Our food stalls have over years received its best ratings from the critics that matter, the patrons of our Fair.

The Tongaat Child Welfare Charity Fair is the place to be where best value entertainment for the whole family is our motto. See you at Charity Fair 2014.