Tycoon turns 50 in most lavish way

LIMPOPO businessman Gabriel Meso celebrated his 50th birthday in Lebowakgomo at the weekend with a party attended by the who's who in the province.

Politicians, church leaders and businessmen came from all corners of the province to attend the event, with most of them clad in pink colours as in terms of the dress code for the party.

Whisky flowed from the time the party began on Saturday until Sunday afternoon, when everybody was ready to leave.

Even the counter-attraction of a soccer tournament involving Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, Wits and the visiting Danish team Bronby at the newly built Peter Mokaba Stadium did not deter people from attending the party.

Meso, who the is managing director of Matebele-Dinare Construction, threw arguably the mother of all parties.

He also shared his wealth with two churches by donating R100000 to them. He gave R50000 each to the Dutch Reformed Church in Lebowakgomo and Potters' House Church in Polokwane.

Among other things Meso also helps two students from disadvantaged families with bursaries.

One of them is studying medicine at the University of Cape Town and the other engineering at the Tshwane University of Technology.

Molemole municipality spin-doctor Timothy Molopa, who was the programme director, unleashed a stream of jokes to keep the guests entertained.