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Me­dia per­son­al­ity Sor­isha Naidoo threw a lav­ish 40th birth­day bash, de­serv­ing of the ti­tle Party of the Year, at the five-star Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel in Umh­langa in KwaZulu-Natal last week­end. Her busi­ness ty­coon bae, Vi­vian Reddy, sur­prised her with an im­ported R4 mil­lion black As­ton Martin DB11 last Sun­day – but not be­fore he had taken her on a pre-birth­day trip and party on a yacht in Mau­ri­tius with close friends and fam­ily. He even threw in a lim­ited-edi­tion Louis Vuit­ton bag.

Guests felt like roy­alty when they were wel­comed to the fes­tiv­i­ties with Moët & Chan­don on tap, while a five-piece marimba band got the party go­ing with its pul­sat­ing African rhythms.

As ex­pected, the lady of the mo­ment made a grand en­trance and turned heads as the Rolls Royce trans­port­ing her parked at the ho­tel’s en­trance. All eyes were on her, and for good rea­son. Her nude-coloured, hand-beaded dress de­signed by celebrity cou­turier Haroun Han­srot was a show­stop­per. Her daugh­ter, Kalina, stepped out wear­ing a match­ing frock.

Naidoo hap­pily posed for pic­tures and min­gled with her guests be­fore they were ush­ered into the main venue, where the party was hot­ting up.

Among the celebrity guests were me­dia per­son­al­ity and busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Ku­malo, Mrs “Gi­ga­byte” Noma Gi­gaba, Them­beka Cele, Uzalo ac­tress Nyal­leng Thibedi and her co-star, Nkosi­nathi “Nay Maps” Mapha­lala.

The Reddy fam­ily con­vinced the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel man­age­ment to in­stall a 15m by 20m mar­quee on its lawn. City Press was told this was a first. Although the for­mal­i­ties were held at the mar­quee, some guests opted to chill in a lounge bar, set up nearby spe­cially for the cel­e­bra­tions. It sported gold mir­rors en­graved with Naidoo’s ini­tials and cush­ion cov­ers em­broi­dered with the same.

Guests were treated to a choice of three spe­cial cock­tails: Sor­isha Slay, Sor­isha Se­cret and Sul­try Sor­isha.

There was also gin tast­ing on the go.

Reddy told guests that Naidoo was a very pri­vate per­son who wanted an in­ti­mate and sim­ple party.

“She means the world me. She is the most pos­i­tive, in­de­pen­dent, kind, en­er­getic and coura­geous per­son,” he said, ad­ding that his home had gone to the dogs since she came into his life – re­fer­ring to Naidoo’s love for an­i­mals.

The dee­jay then played the Bryan Adams clas­sic, Ev­ery­thing I Do, I Do It For You, to au­di­ence ap­plause.

Reddy said Naidoo was plan­ning to open a shisa nyama in Umh­langa this month.

With for­mal­i­ties out of the way, guests were pre­sented with at least three dif­fer­ent food sta­tions, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from sushi to schwar­mas to curry, to tuck into.

Nay Maps gave a sur­prise ren­di­tion of “happy birth­day” to Naidoo. What an im­pres­sive voice!

Then it was time to hit the dance floor and party on till the wee hours of the morn­ing.

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