JOHANNESBURG – Trompies star Zynne “DJ Mahoota” Sibika will spend R1 million on his 52nd birthday party. He will rent a Sandton nightclub and book more than 50 acts to keep his guests dancing all night long.
Sibika, who has been throwing elaborate birthday parties over the past five years, is also using today’s extravaganza to celebrate 23 years in the music industry – and raise funds for charity.
His parties attract celebrities and high-profile politicians, although he was coy about who would feature on the 300-strong VIP guest list when City Press interviewed him this week. He said it was a surprise.
That was the only thing Sibika was shy about: He proudly disclosed that, for the second year running, his party theme would be “Carnival” – and that he would be forking out R400 000 for production costs, R300 000 for marketing and advertising and about R300 000 for the venue, performers and 40 event hostesses.
The party’s celebrity hosts, aside from the birthday boy himself, would be Pearl Thusi, Lootlove and Stoan Seate. If you’re considering committing a similar amount of cash to your next birthday party, Sibika’s secret is simple: Find partners and sponsors to make it one in a million.
The businessman is working with the department of tourism, Channel O and the SABC to help cover the bills, and the party is open to all clubbers for a R150 cover charge.
Some of the night’s takings will be donated to a non-profit organisation called Maitiso Abagolo, which is based in Soweto. Sibika said proceeds from last year’s carnival were used to donate 300 school uniforms to Hlokomelo Primary School in Limpopo, 300 food parcels to Maitiso Abagolo and 40 iPads to Rantailane High School in GaRankuwa.
“My dream is to change the world and the lives of those who cannot help themselves,” he said.
He wants to be sure it’s a good party that is also about doing good deeds.
“This year is not just a normal party. I have booked more than 50 artistes and DJs. There will be three different dance floors and every dance floor has its own theme.”
What about him using the same theme for the second year in a row?
“I have attended carnival parties in African countries such as Angola and Mozambique, and that’s where I got the inspiration from. I then decided to bring the idea home.”
At some point in the future, he added, he would like to make his annual birthday bash an “international experience”.
– City Press