Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the World African City is about to host the biggest Pride festival in Africa after Jo’Burg Pride.
11 June 2014 was the day Founder of the newly born Pride Festival MZANSI PRIDE, Cino Shearer announced that the second largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg will be the host of this new pride festival that will see thousands of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Straight (LGBTIS) communities from all over Africa come together to embrace their inner pride.
“To me the route paraded by the participants has a deeply spiritual connotation it symbolizes the difficult route gay people have travelled in their lives respectively” – said Cino Shearer
The newly born idea that will see majority of LGBTI organizations in Africa unite in making the MZANSI PRIDE vision work will come together to make this event a success was founded by Mr. Cino Shearer who is an international South African philanthropist, publicist guru and one of the 130 most influential people on the African Continent.
The romantic City of Jo’Burg will see a number of LGBTI individuals from all walks of lives participating in a long week of edutainment festivities from workshops, fashion show, movie screenings, book clubs etc, amongst other activities. Related Pride Activities will happen in variety of LGBTI & other safe venues throughout the city. The pride will also focus on giving the transgender people a chance to express themselves with different activities and host educational workshop for visibility within the LGBTI community and the communities they live in.
“The entire nation should join in together to share in the diverse people whom make up our country. 2014 Mzansi pride will be dedicated to our brothers and sisters in UGANDA who are unable to express the love that comes so naturally to them from one to another .We wish to highlight that gay people in some parts of the world still suffer Discrimination and Hate Crimes all due to a patriarch system” Added Cino Shearer
CS Media House will be the organizers and owners of Mzansi Pride and is associated with the Cino Shearer Foundation that’s a non profit organization that specializes in Education and Skills Development nationally.
The Cino Shearer Foundation has established to Anti Drug centres in two provinces, this year alone it has funded bursaries worth 2 million to students in universities Nationwide, the foundation has also done a National savings campaign in partnership with Nedbank where the foundation helps school students to safe got their future studies in doing so these kids 4000 nationwide take lead of their own destiny.
Anyone who would like to have suggestions and work together with the Pride committee is invited to come through. Full Pride details will be announced at the website and media launch soon.
Being different in society ends to be celebrated and not frowned upon – Cino Shearer.
Should you need to interview Cino Shearer or for questions related to Mzansi Pride feel free to contact me.
Prepared by Yaya Mavundla on behalf of Cino Shearer