Chante's show flops
THE organisers of the Chante Moore South African concert and women's mentorship conference failed because sponsors had pulled out.
The American singer was supposed to lead a conference and perform at the weekend, but fans were disappointed when it was cancelled.
The organisers cancelled the show two days before the concert was supposed to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The event was organised by Dr Mukandila Kalenga, of Masbulele Trading.
He said: "We had numerous encouraging meetings with the sponsors, but then we got confirmation of them declining two days before the concert".
Kalenga claims his company could not be blamed for the cancellation. "There was nothing we could do. They [the sponsors] promised to assist, but it's unfortunate that they had other arrangements."
Kalenga claimed the cancellation caused a loss for the company and affected their reputation. However, he apologised to fans.
"We're very sorry about this. As an events company, we'll carry on with our business, but we have things to carefully look into, so as not to experience this again."
The company could not say how many people booked for the concert.
Fans were looking forward to a live performance and a discussion themed "Reclaiming your power". The songbird would present her success story as a single mother and how she was abused as a child.
She also went through two difficult divorces, becoming one of the most popular singers in the world today.
The conference was aimed at inspiring and empowering women on subjects such as leadership and finance.
Tickets for the concert were sold for R450 each, while those for the conference were R1,500. The company is currently refunding fans.
Moore visited South Africa last year as a guest judge for the singing competition Idols.