Send-off for town­ship stars de­fended

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THE eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has de­fended a send-off break­fast for BET Award-nom­i­nated Dur­ban artists Babes Wo­dumo and Nasty C, say­ing there had been “no noise” when the city did the same for the Boks, Chad le Clos or Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo, among others.

“I tend to have a prob­lem when we can’t cel­e­brate a child from a town­ship tak­ing Dur­ban to the in­ter­na­tional stage. What’s wrong with Babes Wo­dumo? I don’t get it. She’s a typ­i­cal town­ship girl from La­montville who has made it in life through her tal­ent. It should be cel­e­brated,” said Dur­ban Tourism head Phillip Sit­hole.

Speak­ing at an eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing yes­ter­day, Sit­hole said this was part of their tak­ing Dur­ban to the world pro­gramme.

“It’s some­thing we have been do­ing all along. It will be known glob­ally that th­ese two are com­ing from Dur­ban, that’s the rea­son be­hind the break­fast.”

Sim­i­lar send-offs have been done for gospel group Ithimba Le Africa and the Cler­mont Com­mu­nity Choir.

Sit­hole said some peo­ple may com­plain about the dress code or per­ceived be­hav­iour of the two artists, but there was no tak­ing away that they were among the finest artists from Dur­ban town­ships.

Babes, real name Bongek­ile Sime­lane, 23, is from La­montville and Nasty C, Nsikaye­sizwe David jr Ng­cobo, 20, is from uMlazi.

DA coun­cil­lor Heinz de Boer said they had no prob­lem with Babes Wo­dumo and Nasty C, but be­lieved there were other ways to pro­mote Dur­ban through artists go­ing over­seas.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, he said they were proud of the pair, who would rep­re­sent the city in Los An­ge­les, where the BET Awards would be held on June 25.

“In­stead of hav­ing a break­fast where we are us­ing tax­pay­ers’ money, is there not a way we can ca­pac­i­tate those artists to fur­ther pro­mote the city over­seas?

“It’s just that we’ve got a cul­ture in eThek­wini that ev­ery time some­thing hap­pens, we want to have a may­oral break­fast or gala din­ner. We don’t be­lieve that’s al­ways the right way,” said De Boer.

Babes Wo­dumo

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