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By unknown | Feb 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

It was a birthday of a different kind when businessman Sello Rasethaba celebrated his 50th.

Most people would prefer to have a private gathering with family and close friends, but not Rasethaba.

First, he chose the venue that was designed and built by colonialist Cecil John Rhodes - the Rand Club in central Johannesburg.

And beautiful women were dressed to kill.

The party was hosted by Africa Heritage Society and the who's who of the corporate world obliged.

The society is a Pan-African, non-profit organisation whose members are corporates and individuals.

According to their website, the society's main aim is to put Africa and its various interests at the centre of business strategy.

Society director Mutumwa Mawere said it was the fourth such birthday to be hosted by the organisation to honour Africans for excellence.

Mawere pledged R10000 and challenged guests to match him to throw parties for the needy. No one challenged him.

Speakers described Rasethaba as a man with a big heart who put other people's interests before his.

Rasethaba told guests how he had risen from poverty to be a successful businessman. He started his own business when he was 20 years old in Mokopane.

He also spoke about how he was investigated by the police about his relationship with controversial murdered mining magnate Brett Kebble.

He said it was frustrating how they would come to his office.

"And when driving home they would follow me. When I got home, my wife would ask me 'are you sure you are not implicated'?" he said in jest.

Among the guests were television presenter Vuyo Mbuli and his wife.

Rasethaba's niece, actress Florence Masebe, proposed the toast.


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