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Monday, March 30, 2009

Lionel Richie plants trees in Jozi

Scores of fans shoved and pushed, desperate to catch a glimpse of legendary singer Lionel Richie, who was at Zoo Lake yesterday to plant five trees.

The trees were planted in honour of his family, as a symbolic gesture of support of City Park's Greening Soweto campaign. The campaign is aimed at transforming Joburg's dust bowels into green corridors.

"I think the Greening Soweto campaign is an important initiative and I have been part of many similar ones," Richie said during the tree-planting ceremony.

City Parks' managing director, Luther Williamson, said the five trees represented the final staging of the greening campaign. These trees brought the number of trees planted as part of the extensive greening project to 20 000, he explained.

After planting the trees, Richie signed a few autographs and promised the ecstatic crowd that he would return to Joburg for another visit.

He is in the country on his Coming Home tour, organised by 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 Kfm and East Coast Radio. His first concert performance in Joburg last night was sold out. It was "stunning" and well worth it, according to morning callers to local radio stations.

He is performing again tonight, again at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate. Richie has already performed a single concert each in Cape Town and Durban.

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The painting is by Alfred Glendening

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