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Thank you for celebrating with us! We are grateful for the support received from the public attending the wonderful day, as well as the partnerships from 702 and Spar

Thousands of families attended the concert while enjoying their picnicsThousands of families attended the concert while enjoying their picnicsAS always, this year's Mother's Day concert took place at the Johannesburg Zoo, one of the facilities run by the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, in Saxonwold, and was held in association with Spar. Again, good music and fun times were on offer.

The first Mothers' Day Concert was held in 1991, and it has been a yearly event since then, barring one or two years in which the concert was not hosted. Pippa Rowles, the public relations manager at 702, points out that the vast majority of the station's listeners love their mothers. This is something they have in common. So Mothers' Day was a great opportunity to bring together diverse people to celebrate their mothers.

FreshlyGround was the headline act this year. The group, with lead singer Zolani Mahola, was formed in 2002. The seven musicians in the band come from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. They are one of the South Africa's most recognisable bands and their fourth studio album went gold in 2011. And, of course, they performed Waka Waka live at the final game of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 in Joburg.

The crowd sang and danced with the performersThe crowd sang and danced with the performersAlso on the bill was the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra as well as Naz Holland, from the five-piece Afro Z group that came out of the first Coca-Cola Pop Stars competition. Singer Timothy Maloi performed as well. He has performed with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Electric Pops Orchestra, East Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Soweto Gospel Choir.

The concert attracts 10 000 people each year, and Rowles said that a similar crowd turned up this year. In addition to the concert, there were animal talks and feeding sessions, as well as guided tours of the zoo where visitors got close to and learned more about the wildlife at the reserve.

For a slideshow of the day's events, click here.

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