FORMER Isidingo actress Lesego Motsepe, who shocked South Africans two years ago when she revealed she had the HIV virus that causes Aids, has been named ambassador for the Fezile Dabi District Municipality’s concert to raise funds for charitable organisations dealing with the epidemic.
The benefit concert is set for Abrahamsrust Resort in the northern Free State town of Sasolburg, with superstars Mafikizolo and Caiphus Semenya headlining the show.
Sifiso Ncwane, Dr Malinga, Selaeo Selota, The Soil, Thandiswa and Tshepo Tshola are also billed to perform at the gig.
Fezile Dabi mayor Moeketsi Moshodi praised Motsepe, 39, for agreeing to work with the municipality that has been staging the benefit concert for the past 10 years.
“We are very happy that she accepted the role of being an ambassador for the 2013 HIV and Aids benefit concert,” Moshodi said, adding he believed the television star’s popularity would help the municipality to convey a message of hope to all people infected and affected by HIV and Aids.
Motsepe, who starred as Letti Matabane in the SABC 3 soap Isidingo from 1998 to 2008, touched the hearts of many South Africans in 2011 during World Aids Day commemorations when she announced to the public that she had been living with HIV for 13 years.
“She has impressed all of us with her determination of coming out and telling the world about her status, this once again giving face to the faceless HIV and Aids,” Moshodi said.
Motsepe has applauded the municipality for its determination to change the lives of the less privileged and those affected by HIV.
“I am honoured to have been chosen and importantly to share a message of hope with those affected and infected by the disease,” the actress told the Free State Times this week.
Last year, proceeds realised from the Fezile Dabi HIV and Aids benefit concert saw 12 charitable organisations each receiving R100 000 from the municipality.
Moshodi said this time round more non-governmental organisations from around the district would benefit from the initiative.