The Gov’ner’s marquee rocks at Durban July
Top politicians, high-powered businesspeople, music stars and actresses flocked to the Vodacom Durban July yesterday, dressed to kill.
To ensure he was seen by everybody, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula wore a purple top hat and purple pocket square with his grey jacket. In contrast, ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize wore a darker, more muted suit.
Cream was one of the day’s favourite colours, and was seen on actress and TV personality Sonia Sedibe, who looked lovely in a jumpsuit. Kwaito star L’vovo pulled off a long cream tunic.
One of the top five marquees at the event belonged to young Gauteng entrepreneur Reggie “Gov’ner” Nkabinde (31), who threw the mother of all parties at his Mabala Noise marquee.
Nkabinde is the co-owner of Emabalabala Entertainment, the label to which kwaito artist Mshoza is signed. For the first time in his fouryear history of hosting guests at the July, Nkabinde partnered with fellow record label Kalawa Jazmee Records at his marquee.
Nkabinde, who owns several other companies, said his marquee was not just like any of the others at the country’s most prestigious horse racing event, but was instead a “networking” marquee.
“It’s not about drinks and loud music; it’s about people exchanging their business cards and sharing business ideas,” he said. “This marquee also gives young aspiring musicians the opportunity to meet their favourite artists.”
Spotted in Nkabinde’s marquee were Isibaya actress Nomzamo Mbatha and Big Brother contestant Mbali Nkosi.
Nkabinde said he wanted his marquee to be different and unique. “This year, I believe I have achieved that,” he said.
Artists who performed in Nkabinde’s tent included Mshoza, Afro-pop star Busiswa, DJ Oskido, DJ Sbu, rapper K.O and kwaito singer Shumaya.
In March, City Press reported on a R2 million birthday bash Nkabinde threw himself in his home town of Westonaria. At the time, Nkabinde was in the running to be elected as deputy president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
Now the Free State chapter of the youth league has thrown its weight behind him, and City Press overheard two North West ANCYL members in Nkabinde’s marquee singing the host’s praises.
“Heh! This guy is very strong politically. They must just give him a chance. He’s going to take the ANCYL to the next level,” said one.
There may have been more politics than punting going on it Nkabinde’s tent, but Nkabinde, who had not arrived by 4.30pm, refused to comment about anything to do with votes.
“Sorry! I’m not going to comment,” he said over the phone. “The ANC structures will decide where they want me to be.”