Years of magic

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M-Net threw a 30th birth­day bash sec­ond to none in a spe­cially built dome at the Mul­ti­Choice head­quar­ters in Rand­burg. Africa’s pi­o­neer­ing TV chan­nel dis­ap­pointed no­body on Thurs­day night when it came to big sur­prises and top en­ter­tain­ment for its more than 200 spe­cial guests.

It even pulled a rab­bit out of the hat in the shape of South African co­me­dian Trevor Noah. The host of US Com­edy Cen­tral’s The Daily Show ap­peared in a recorded stand-up act. He was present right through the evening, as a holo­gram pro­jec­tion.

Noah sang praises to the in­vest­ments M-Net had made in the lo­cal com­mu­nity by pro­duc­ing con­tent that South Africans re­ally want to see. He also did not fail to keep guests in stitches. The man proved that he has not lost his mojo.

The bash at­tracted the A-list of the coun­try’s stars and (sighs and yawns) politi­cians too, in the form of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi and the for­mer Nel­son Man­dela Bay mayor, Danny Jor­daan.

The mile­stone oc­ca­sion was fur­ther graced by the pres­ence of re­tired na­tional foot­ballers Benni McCarthy and Mark Wil­liams, not to for­get in­house sports an­chor Carol Tsha­bal­ala.

Other celebri­ties in at­ten­dance in­cluded ac­tress Jes­sica Nkosi, Idols SA 2015 run­ner-up Mmatema Moremi and Kaizer Chiefs mid­fielder Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala, who pitched with his fi­ancée, Bokang.

In­ter­na­tional Afro-pop sen­sa­tion and host Lira got the crowds sing­ing along in a me­mo­rial trib­ute to all the peo­ple who’ve con­trib­uted to M-Net’s magic over the past 30 years.

Leg­endary songstress Claire John­ston from Mango Groove took the au­di­ence down mem­ory lane with the iconic song Spe­cial Star.

And, on the culi­nary front, guests were treated to mouth-wa­ter­ing del­i­ca­cies wor­thy of a 30th birth­day party. The starters were lightly oaksmoked and laven­der-in­fused salmon trout, and Nordic shrimp served with cit­rus dill crème fraîche. My main course was sous-vide beef mignon served with pota­toes and veg­eta­bles. The meal was washed down with a most be­fit­ting Moët & Chan­don Cham­pagne.

Mean­while, per­for­mances con­tin­ued. Voice SA win­ner Richard Stir­ton, Khaya Mthethwa, Nige­rian singer 2face Idibia and the Par­lotones all de­liv­ered their level best.

M-Net is a proudly African com­pany com­mit­ted to bring­ing the best in­ter­na­tional and African sto­ries to its pub­lic, we were told. And the com­pany’s great­est as­set is “the re­mark­able and di­verse group of peo­ple who bring this en­dur­ing brand to life, in so many ways each day”, said M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle.

Well, what would great events be with­out the odd mem­o­rable speech?


BIRTH­DAY BASH From left: Di­neo Moeketsi, Lira, Bokang Mon­t­jane and Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala

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