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By Mduduzi Dlamini and Patience Bambalela | Mar 08, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 73 ]

Giving youth new hope

THERE was a reversal of charity donations on Tuesday night when the Tim Tebeila Foundation announced its formal joint venture with Usher's New Look Foundation.

The event was hosted by energy and mining mogul Tim Tebeila's foundation, which partnered with sensational American R&B superstar Usher Raymond at a superlatively sumptuous gala dinner at the Tebeila's palatial homestead in Hurlingham, Sandton.

The singer is currently on a three-date tour of three cities - Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Usher's New Look Foundation is aptly named to inspire the youth with hope.

  • He arrived at the low-key, best-kept secret private gala dinner at an opulent household, where there was a veritable presence of exclusively eminent guests.

The private gala dinner was compered by media personality DJ Sbu Leope, who was dressed in a close-fitting deep purple two-piece suit, a striped shirt and black shoes.

Addressing the guests, Tebeila remarked on the need for Africans to have real engagement with Americans on an equal footing.

"We need to start giving as well as Africans. For they cannot respect us if we only go to them cap in hand," he said.

"We cannot keep on being the recipients of American charity as though we cannot do things for ourselves. For real respect and exchange to develop between Americans and Africans we need take our charity to them as well."

The illustrious guests included Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, former Miss South Africa Augustine Masilela-Chuene, singer and world Economic Forum-honoree Yvonne Chaka Chaka and her hubby Tiny Mhinga.

Also present at the function was the Limpopo-based Capricorn FM team, led by media and telecoms businessman Given Mkhari, which has worked with the Tim Tebeila Foundation on numerous charity projects.

Tim Tebeila Foundation and Usher's New Look Foundation have come together through the UNLF programme Peace is Powered by Service to assist young people worldwide.

The Peace is Powered by Service will take five South African youth in June to attend Usher's New Look Foundation's annual World Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US for five days.

After experiencing unexplained delays in arriving, Usher addressed the guests on his foundation and stayed clear of entertainment.

His speech was as formal as anything an alma mater will present before obedient pupils at their former school.

Usher then explained how he came to be interested in charity and his attraction to South Africa.

"I started my foundation to give hope to a worldwide youth. We formed a partnership with the Tim Tebeila Foundation because it is working with the youth to give them hope," said Usher, who was unusually coy and reserved for the wild performer he is on stage.

"It is by refocusing the youth to opportunities available to them in life that they can develop and make decision about career choices available.

"That we can produce youth with education that can sustain their future."

  • Meanwhile, soapie star and soul singer Motlatsi Mafatshe, the Isidingo actor who portrays Sechaba, will open for Usher on Saturday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

He is among the youthful musicians who were chosen to be part of the Hansa Festival of Legends.

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@ XHOSAGIRL
VUKA EZILALI UBONE UMBANI ,I WILL SEND MY CHILD TO COME ND SING FOR U USHER LATEST SONGS OMG

Mar 09, 2012 12:50 | 0 replies

@DJWinner, http://www.therichest.org/celebnetworth/celeb/singer/usher-raymond-net-worth/

"You have not mentioned how much his lifestyle costs."

I doubt his life style cost more than his net worth, to say his broke would mean he is living beyond his means, meaning he would have to blow money like Jackson and by Neverland ranch with roller coasters in it and all sorts of animals and turn the entire yard in a ZOO, for him to be broke he would have to pull a MC Hammer and bu.y a mention worth $140million and sell it for less the money, he would have to bu.y 5 G5 Jets and the rest of the money blow it on maintenance of the Jets, also remember Usher has sons which he would have to think twice before blowing all his money on a life style.

Mar 08, 2012 11:38 | 0 replies

Tabza325is
@DJWinner, hahaha, no Winner it's money he made last year which accumulates into money his been making since he got into the music industry, his net worth is over $200million. Example look at 50 cent when was the last time his album sold anything above 2 million copies and yet look into his net worth he is over $100million this excludes money his making from business, last year he sold part of his mineral water brand to Coca Cola and made over $90million, also remember the 50 cent video game which he made over $40million etc. Now if 50 cent's albums not selling does that make him broke.
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You have not mentioned how much his lifestyle costs.

Mar 08, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

KeRataBasadi
@ DJWinner

Usher is not broke, stop embarrassing yourself, you could say he doesn't have the same buzz he had a few yrs ago, just not that he is broke.
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No buzz, less money coming in, same money coming out. What happens if output exceeds the input_.

Mar 08, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

@DJWinner, hahaha, no Winner it's money he made last year which accumulates into money his been making since he got into the music industry, his net worth is over $200million. Example look at 50 cent when was the last time his album sold anything above 2 million copies and yet look into his net worth he is over $100million this excludes money his making from business, last year he sold part of his mineral water brand to Coca Cola and made over $90million, also remember the 50 cent video game which he made over $40million etc. Now if 50 cent's albums not selling does that make him broke.

Mar 08, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

I'm a fan of Usher I bought 5 tickets but to my suprise the concert is not for under 18 years and 3 were for my sisters children I'm so disappointed. Cause I personally introduced USHER to them but today they cant attend the concert what a shame. Or maybe Ushers fan are people over 18 yrs.

Mar 08, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

@ DJWinner

Usher is not broke, stop embarrassing yourself, you could say he doesn't have the same buzz he had a few yrs ago, just not that he is broke.

Mar 08, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

yha o popaye ya letheka le krom.kikikikiki

Mar 08, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

ke nna popae?

Mar 08, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

Sawubona, Galfrend.

Mar 08, 2012 10:47 | 0 replies

yha ka itse a kere ke lebella wena?

Mar 08, 2012 10:41 | 0 replies