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By unknown | Jul 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khangale Makhado

Limpopo entrepreneur Pule Monama's 50th birthday party over the weekend was a trip down memory lane as speakers traced his ascension from being a "rural boy" to a business man of note.

The bash, which took place at South Gate Motel outside Polokwane on Saturday night, was attended by friends and people from the business fraternity, including Sowetan and Sunday World editor-in-chief Thabo Leshilo and his wife Mapeu, and a coterie of Monama's former comrades in the Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo), including former presidents Khehla Mthembu and Pandelani Nefolovhodwe. Monama's wife Ntinana was also in attendance.

Mthembu, who was guest speaker at the occasion, told the 400 or so guests how Monama had contributed to the struggle for liberation.

Mthembu said he was amazed by Monama's debating skills. He said Monama was always the first to engage comrades (even from other political camps) in serious political discussion.

Mthembu said he was impressed by Monama's energy and intelligence so much that he (Mthembu) decided to give him a full-time job as an organiser of the Azanian Students Movement (Azasm) at a monthly salary of R250.

Speaking on behalf of Monama's friends, another Limpopo businessman, Molefe Maesela, said he had learnt a lot from Monama, both in terms of the intricacies of business as well as life's everyday challenges.

Maesela said Monama entered the hostile business environment when he opened a hair salon in Polokwane. When he realised that things were not working, he abandoned the idea and ventured into other areas.

Today he owns various properties in Polokwane. He is also the proud owner of an award-winning furniture manufacturing business.

Apart from the speeches , the guests were entertained to good food - a mixture of Western and traditional delicacies - musical hits from yesteryear that brought sweet and bitter memories to the partying crowd.

Of course, there were the "wells of waters of Babylon" (booze) that had party animals dancing the night away - a real party to remember.


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