Bling on the holidays

2016-12-11 06:01
Vivian Reddy with his wife Sorisha Naidoo. (Supplied)

Vivian Reddy with his wife Sorisha Naidoo. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Gone are the days when Vivian Reddy and his wife, media personality Sorisha Naidoo, used to surprise each other with expensive gifts.

Now they have graduated from showering each other with bling to focusing more on essential quality time.

“We are not as flashy any more. We are not trying to outdo each other or win each other’s heart. We know each other and we are in love,” says Naidoo.

The last gift she bought her husband was a R500 000 custom-made watch from Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller.

And, two years ago, her gift wish list comprised a MacBook Air, a Chanel bag and a holiday in Mauritius – all of which she got.

But now, she says, she does not need anything for Christmas as her birthday present more than made up for it. “Vivian paid for our nanny’s knee surgery in a private hospital and she had the best care for three weeks. Unfortunately, she passed away from renal failure last year.”

This year has been one of Reddy’s busiest and the couple have carefully planned a 20-day holiday to maximise family time.

“Vivian has been busy with business and I have been filming a reality show, Divas of Jozi. It has been a traumatic year for us as the kids have suffered in terms of being deprived of our time.

“So, spending quality time with the kids will be the best thing ever,” says Naidoo.

Last year, the family spent their Christmas in Thailand, but this year they are doing what their children – aged six and eight – want to do. Their holiday will start with a six-night Disney Cruise, followed by a 12-day trip to Disney World.

Christmas will be spent in Dubai, where the family is looking forward to visiting the Mall of the Emirates, where the annual retail extravaganza, the Dubai Shopping Festival, is held.

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated back in South Africa with family.

Naidoo says her ideal vacation would be on an island “anywhere” where she doesn’t need to worry about further travelling or how she looks. “You just unpack once as you get there and you can have bad hair, bad skin and no makeup. Just sit on the beach with your kids,” she says.

Reddy started the year developing construction projects worth R12 billion in Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal.

These include his much-vaunted Oceans Hotel and a mall, which will house the country’s first indoor snow park. Both will be launched in December next year.

He has also introduced a shareholding platform, enabling anyone to trade in shares.

“This is the best Christmas present I can give to the people of South Africa. I am hoping employers will be encouraged to purchase some shares for their maids,” he says.

NOMA AND MALUSI GIGABA, AKA ‘THE GIGABITES’

IT specialist Noma Gigaba, wife of Home Affairs Minister Malusi, says she will surprise her man with a “great book about the global or domestic political economy” for Christmas.

“He loves reading and buying him a book will be the best gift for him,” she adds.

Although Noma believes they deserve a holiday after their hectic year, what she wants most is quality time with her husband, who is often away for work.

She will start with makoti duties in his hometown of Mandeni in KwaZulu-Natal, after which they will move to her family in Umzimkhulu.

They will continue their journey to Durban, before heading for the Western Cape and their final destination: Knysna.

In Umzimkhulu, their two children will enjoy horse riding and, while in Durban, they will take their two children to uShaka Marine World. As for Knysna, “it is a breathtaking holiday spot,” says Noma.

“It has a beautiful coastline, it is private and has plenty of activities for kids such as swimming, enjoying nature, walking the cheetahs and so on.

"It is an all-in-one destination. Above all, we will be enjoying Mzansi’s finest holiday spots. What could be better?”

The Gigabas’ youngest child turns four on Christmas Day, making it a double celebration for the family.

BUSINESSMAN TIM TEBEILA

Businessman and the CEO of Sekoko Resources wouldn’t reveal what he's going to buy his wife, Pollet, as a Christmas gift. 

All he would say was: “I’ll keep that as a surprise. Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected surprises.”

He added that he knew for sure Pollet loves surprises because she always says ‘surprises are great fun’.

As for him, he’s not expecting any gift, because Christmas means giving without the thought of getting. “It’s about forgetting self and finding time for others,” he says. 

The Tebeilas are going on holiday though, and they’ve planned it only at the eleventh hour because of their hectic schedules. They will be visiting a private island in Mozambique and although it sounds glamorous, it wasn’t their first choice.

Initially, their holiday dream destination this year was visiting Machu Pucchu in Peru, to experience the wonders of nature and an ancient civilisation.

But they didn’t leave enough time to plan the holiday, so their daughter – a good organiser, he says – took the reins and made sure they have a holiday this year.

“She has a fun-filled pack of adventurous activities and sight seeing arranged. Every day has it’s activities – but I’m not sure this will allow me to rest though,” he said.

Even though it will be a bit more hectic than he’d like, Tebeila says it is worthwhile because spending time with the family is the most precious thing to do, especially away from home.

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