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Amas­sive party with ball­go­wns and Cham­pagne: that is how TV star Bonang Matheba is go­ing to cel­e­brate her up­com­ing 30th birth­day in June. Matheba has a rea­son to go big. She is giv­ing her­self two big pre-birth­day gifts: a re­al­ity show and a book, both of which will be launched just be­fore her cel­e­bra­tion.

“It is go­ing to be a big party. Imag­ine you are go­ing to a wed­ding – that’s how mas­sive my birth­day is go­ing to be,” she said this week.

“I have three Jo­han­nes­burg venues in mind: Sum­mer Place in Hyde Park, the Saxon Ho­tel in Sand­hurst or the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in West­cliff. I want ev­ery­body to be in ball­go­wns. I want flow­ers ev­ery­where and Cham­pagne must flow the en­tire day.”

City Press spoke to Matheba at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel on Tues­day, on the side­lines of an event at which she was an­nounced as a brand am­bas­sador for French co­gnac Cour­voisier, along­side busi­ness­man Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe and fash­ion de­signer David Tlale.

Matheba’s re­al­ity show is cur­rently in the works and she has just fin­ished ap­prov­ing the cover of her book, From A to B: In­vest in Your Sparkle, pub­lished by Black­Bird Books, which de­tails some of her life.

“Peo­ple are go­ing to see the other side of me. I have un­packed el­e­ments about my per­son­al­ity, my life and the de­ci­sions I have made, and how I have been able to build brand Bonang and get to where I am,” she said.

She also writes about her childhood, spent liv­ing be­tween Mahikeng, the cap­i­tal of North West, and Four­ways in Jo­han­nes­burg, and the events that in­flu­enced her. “It is in­ti­mate and re­veals a part of my per­son­al­ity that peo­ple don’t know. It is a feel-good book and when peo­ple read it, I want them to be in­spired,” she said. She ad­mit­ted that, as a “very pri­vate per­son”, she strug­gled to share some of the more in­ti­mate de­tails. “It took over a year. The dif­fi­cult thing was find­ing time to stop and pen down my thoughts,” said Matheba, adding that she now felt whole, con­tent and at peace. “I have done ev­ery­thing I wanted to do as a young woman with my ca­reer. But turn­ing 30 means pay­ing it for­ward and giv­ing to other peo­ple so their lives can be great – be it through ed­u­ca­tion, char­ity work, giv­ing back or a bur­sary fund.” Matheba said she was at a point where her con­cerns lay with oth­ers, rather than just her­self. “It is all about em­pow­er­ing other peo­ple and push­ing them to be a bet­ter ver­sion of them­selves.” The idea for the Bonang Matheba Bur­sary Fund was born when she re­ceived a call from a lis­tener on Metro FM’s The Front Row, the show she co-hosts with Quin­ton “Naked DJ” Masina. A young woman called in, ask­ing for a bur­sary. A few days later, an­other woman wrote to her on Twit­ter, ask­ing for fi­nan­cial help with her stud­ies. “I said to my­self: ‘I can do this. After all, I make enough money and I have the right re­sources, and I know the right peo­ple to help me put this to­gether,’” Matheba said. The ini­tia­tive be­gan in Novem­ber and now 10 young women have been helped by the fund. All are study­ing at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. Last Sun­day, Matheba spent the day with them. “That mo­ment comes with ma­tu­rity and age. At a young age you are still par­ty­ing,” she said. “As you grow, you re­alise that all this great­ness can­not stop with you. All I want is to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.”

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