On February 14, 2008, Celine Dion met Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Celine Dion was accompanied by Rene-Charles, her mother, Rene Angélil, and Patrick Angelil. The meeting lasted about twenty minutes.
In the evening, Celine Dion gave her very first concert for the Taking Chances World Tour, at the Coca-Cola Dome, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The italian singer Niko Congiu did the opening act.