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Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula must really like US R&B star Brandy Norwood. Just two months after bringing her to the country to perform at the SA Sports Awards, he’s brought her back at the weekend for his birthday party – along with another American R&B superstar, Keri Hilson.
Mbalula’s spokesman Paena Galane said Brandy had promised to return for Mbalula’s 40th birthday bash.
The celebrations were arranged for Saturday night because Mbalula’s real birthday, on April 8, clashed with preparations for May’s local government elections.
Galane said: “Keri Hilson is his favourite artist, but Brandy is a friend now and has a special relationship with the minister, which is not commercial – she is family”.
Party organiser Nadia Valente said only the hottest names in politics and entertainment cracked the nod for invites. On the guest list of invitees were Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, billionaire businessman Robert Gumede, Generations actress Winnie Modise, former Miss SA Joan Ramagoshi, former Bafana Bafana players Lucas Radebe and Phil Masinga and Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza.
Purple, gold, black and white and royal blue were all colours chosen for the decor.
Valente said “mostly sponsors and friends” of Mbalula were footing the bill – and she declined to reveal who they were.
On the menu, starters included three bean salad, roasted beetroot and orange salad with feta and pine nuts, sun-dried tomato and rocket salad with a basil dressing on a bed of penne pasta.
The main course included pap and chakalaka, Cape Malay chicken curry, lamb shank, butternut pasta and African baked trout with chakalaka.
Desserts include malva pudding, chocolate brownies, milk tarts, ice cream and fruit.
AFRICA is Amazing! Happy Birthday to Minister Fikile Mbalula. And thanks @4everbrandy for bringing me along! It was Truly life changing!
- On our way to South Africa for a private bday party! Excited because this is @rayj 's first time! Shout out to @RobbiRogers and the crew:)
- South Africa is AMAZING!!! I had a wonderful time! The love here continues to be overwhelming. Can't wait to come back!!!!
- Excited! On my way to attend & perform at Minister Fikile Mbalula's birthday celebration!!! Let's make this a night to remember, Jo-burg!
- Africa is the origin of beauty. It was only right for the Pretty Girls of SA to rock w/ me @ Minister Fikile Mbalu http://twitpic.com/77unr4