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MBABANE – The Earth Hour show which was held at House on Fire, Malandela’s, saw Eswatini’s best performers entertain guests.

The artists who performed included; Gospel artist Nduduzo Matse, Velemseni, Bholoja and DJ MBO. There was also a short play by the Sisonkhe Drama group. The first performance was by Gospel artist Matse which lasted for half an hour. He was followed by the drama group. It’s worth mentioning that Velemseni performed just after the lights were switched off. She was joined by Bholoja on stage for the song titled ‘Falling in love’, much to the crowd’s excitement. When reached for comment, Bholoja shared with this publication that he worked with Velemseni on the songs, but she wrote o the lyrics. He went on to say this was not the first time they performed the song together. He shared that the rendition gets better every time. Bholoja performed after the songstress and local DJ MBO was the last act of the night.


The Earth Hour concept began back in 2007. It has been known as the ‘lights off’ moment, with individuals from around the globe switching off their lights to show symbolic support for the planet and to raise awareness of the environmental issues affecting it. On Saturday, the lights were turned off at 8:30pm and switched back on at 9:30pm. This was done by several Cabinet ministers including Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Moses Vilakati, Minister of Agriculture Jabulani ‘BuyCash’ Mabuza and Motshane Member of Parliament Robert  Magongo, among others.

People can use the power of the people to turn a single Earth Hour into thousands and millions of hours of action and awareness, creating a domino effect of impact that continues well beyond the 60 minutes. At the event it was mentioned that the next seven years are crucial to all our futures and we have to stay under the 1.5°C climate threshold to avoid irreversible damage to the planet, and we need to reverse nature loss by 2030; ending the decade with more nature.

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