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.”

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