Celine Dion is to play her first-ever shows in South Africa to start her 2008 world tour. The vocalist will make her live debut in the country Feb. 14 with a corporate gala banquet at the Coca-Cola Do

Celine Dion is to play her first-ever shows in South Africa to start her 2008 world tour. The vocalist will make her live debut in the country Feb. 14 with a corporate gala banquet at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. This will be followed by two shows in the country's capital city, Pretoria, set for Feb. 16-17 at the Loftus Versveld Sports Stadium.

Dion will then move to the ABSA Stadium in the coastal city of Durban on Feb. 20 and will also play the EPRU Rugby Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Feb. 27. Shows are also scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West.

Dates in Belgium, France and Switzerland follow as part of a world tour that will see Dion perform more than 100 shows. The artist's five-year residency in Las Vegas ends on Dec. 15.

In other Dion news, Columbia/Legacy will on Oct. 16 reissue the 1998 holiday album "These Are Special Times" with a bonus DVD of the artist's CBS television special from Thanksgiving of that year. The show featured duets with Rosie O'Donnell and Andrea Bocelli as well as performances of hits like "Power of Love" and "My Heart Will Go On."

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