Cough up dosh and nosh with min­is­ter

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LYN­NETTE JOHNS

THE REDS are show­ing they’ve learnt a thing or two from their cap­i­tal­ist brethren and are see­ing green.

The SA Com­mu­nist Party is on a fundrais­ing drive and has planned a deca­dently ex­pen­sive party. You could be there if you’re pre­pared to shell out up to R200 000 for a ta­ble hosted by a se­nior min­is­ter.

The SACP has in­vited the wealthy to a net­work­ing ses­sion, jazz and din­ner, on Septem­ber 11 at the up­mar­ket restau­rant Moyo’s at Spier, near Stel­len­bosch.

Cheap­est tick­ets are R3 000 a head for din­ner and jazz only – no net­work­ing.

Those with deep pock­ets, who want to bend the ears of min­is­ters Blade Nz­i­mande, Pravin Gord­han, Rob Davies, Tina Joe­mat-Pet­ters­son and Ge­off Doidge, will have to cough up R200 000 for a ta­ble of 10.

But if the re­ces­sion has hit your pock­ets, for just R100 000 you can choose be­tween deputy min­is­ters Yunus Car­rim and Jeremy Cronin.

Lesser amounts – R30 000 to R50 000 will get you into the din­ner and jazz, but you’ll miss the dis­cus­sion if you spend only R30 000.

West­ern Cape SACP sec­re­tary Khaya Ma­gaxa re­fused to say how many tak­ers there had been and to dis­cuss the level of in­ter­est.

But ac­cord­ing to an in­vi­ta­tion sent out by the SACP, dis­cus­sions will take place with key min­istries, fol­lowed by din­ner and jazz. The party has billed the event as a “unique op­por­tu­nity” for peo­ple in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to in­ter­act with SACP min­is­ters”.

“The ob­jec­tive of the event is to pro­vide a plat­form for these sec­tors to en­gage on is­sues of the econ­omy, crit­i­cal scarce skills and higher ed­u­ca­tion, and to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships.”

Those shelling out R200 000 can choose which min­is­ter four of their 10 guests will have as a din­ing part­ner. The other six will sit at other tables. And R100 000 en­ti­tles the buyer to have three of their 10 guests at a deputy min­is­ter’s ta­ble.

If you feel you have to be there but your cash re­serves are run­ning a bit low, then R50 000 will secure two of your rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the ple­nary and eight guests sit­ting with an MP or NEC mem­ber.

For those scrap­ing the barrel, R30 000 will only get your 10 peo­ple to the din­ner.

TOP CUT: For R200 000 you can sit at the same ta­ble as Blade Nz­i­mande.

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