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The City of Joburg's Community Development in collaboration with the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz brought joy and all the smiles to about 300 elderly people in Soweto.
Clad in their colourful green T-shirts and packed at the Uncle Tom's hall in Orlando West, the elderly people couldn't hide their love for jazz as they danced to their favourite jazz songs on 4 June 2014.

They danced to their old time favourite songs like "Meadowlands" by the late Miriam Makebe and the soothing sounds of Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa to mention just the few.

The event is part of ongoing Jazz Cares initiative which brought a special concert in Soweto. This community outreach project success has been seen throughout Gauteng, the first one being at Newton followed by Alexandra, Sedibeng (Vaal) and Diepsloot in 2013. Performing on the day were two development bands from Soweto - South West Gauteng College and TNE.

Event producer Peter Tladi of T-Musicman explained: "The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Community Outreach Programme Jazz Cares has always been my token of appreciation towards the communities that continue to support us throughout the years. We believe in ploughing back hence we engage with community stakeholders in uplifting the lives of our people. We hope to demonstrate that entertainment is for everyone. It is an active experience that reminds us that everybody belongs to a community and forms part of it."

Sibongile Khumalo, described as South Africa's first lady of song made a surprise visit to greet the pensioners and was welcomed by ululation and much fanfare. Khumalo who was born in Orlando West told the attendants that she was overwhelmed by the love she received coming back home.

"For those who don't know, I am actually from Orlando West and I'm happy to come back home. In fact I never left home. I appreciate the love I have received coming here," said Khumalo.

Community Development's Executive Director Dudu Maseko said: "We want to thank the Joy of Jazz for this day. In Community Development, I work with all categories of people from the elderly, the youth, the early child development and everyone in our community."