DJ Mahoota’s R1m carnival birthday jam

2015-03-08 15:01

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 Friday’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’ll 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 nonprofit 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 Ga-Rankuwa.

“My dream is to change the world and change the lives of those who cannot help themselves,” he told City Press.

He wants to be sure it’s a good party that’s also about doing good deeds.

“This year is not just a normal party. I have booked more than 50 artists 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’d like to make his annual birthday bash an “international experience”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.