Champagne nationalists, Gucci communists

2010-02-21 09:40

IF you are harbouring ambitions of throwing a party like a new-money politician, you had better get used to lighting your cigars with R200 bills. This is how much it will cost you at some of the hot spots preferred by South ­Africa’s public representative.
Roof Top at Hyatt Regent Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg

This is where the ANC held most of its “young brigade” parties during its election campaign last year.

Package per person – R1 500. Includes a customised menu, local bar and soft drinks, tent and lounge furniture and parking.
Beverages – A bottle of Chivas Regal is R990, Johnnie Walker Blue R6 300 and gold tequila R475.

The Venue, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
Venue hire – R17 500
Food – R175 a person and R35 000 for 200 people
None-vintage Moet et Chandon– R857 a bottle
Imperial Moët et Chandon – R990 a bottle
Chivas Regal – R26 a shot
Hennessey XO – R150 a shot
Johnnie Walker Blue – R155 a shot

Taboo nightclub, Sandton, Joburg
Venue hire – R46 000
Food – R215 a person and R43 000 for 200 people
Chocolate fountain – R3 000
DJ hire – R5 000 plus R500 an hour after the first five hours
Moët et Chandon magnum – R4 800
Other premium champagne – R3 500
Johnnie Walker Blue – R170 a shot
Shot of Hennessey XO – R150 a shot

Karma Lounge, Camps Bay, Cape Town
This is where Jacob Zuma’s ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa held one of the legs of his birthday party recently.
Minimum spend at the bar – R100 000. No venue hire amount
No catering
Resident DJ costs R2 500 for two hours, thereafter price is negotiated
Bottle of Dom Perignon – R4 500
Moët et Chandon and Veuve ­Clicquot – R850 each

Cubana, Green Point, Cape Town
This restaurant is a favourite with politicians and young business people when they are in the Mother City.
Buffet – R120 a person
DJ hire – R3 000 for about three hours
Dom Perignon – R2 100 a bottle
Veuve Clicquot – R900 a bottle

Afro Lounge, Morningside, Durban
This venue is owned by the popular DJ Tira, who is one of the celebrity “in” crowd that hangs out with the ANC.
Venue hire – R7 000
Minimum bar spend for function – R25 000
No catering
DJ hire – R10 000 for three hours

So if you’ve got the money to burn you now know where to burn it.


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