Charitable pop singer Beyonce Knowles has pledged to donate proceeds from her tour to Nelson Mandela's 46664 global AIDS initiative.

The sexy CRAZY IN LOVE star - currently in the midst of her LADIES FIRST TOUR with Alicia Keys and MISSY ELLIOTT - will set aside 50 cents (28 pence) from each ticket sold to benefit the charity launched by the iconic former South African leader.

And Mandela is delighted Knowles is continuing to support the cause following her appearance at last year's (03) benefit gig in Cape Town, 46664: THE CONCERT.

He says, "By pledging to donate part of her tour receipts to our campaign she is showing her commitment again. Her leadership, and the involvement of the people of America, is critical in our mission to raise global awareness of HIV/AIDS, as well as funds to help us support those affected by AIDS and prevent the further spread of HIV in Africa.

"I wish her well on the tour, and thank her and all the 46664 artists for their incredible continuing support.".

46664 was named after the prison number issued to Mandela at Cape Town's Robben Island prison, where he was held in captivity for 18 years.

28/04/2004 17:23