Boycott Soweto comedy fest – comic

2012-08-25 18:45

Comic Kedibone Mulaudzi is one angry black man.

The popular stand-up comedian has issued a ­rallying call to Gauteng residents, urging them to boycott the Nando’s Soweto Comedy Festival.

And he’s not joking.

Mulaudzi is the creative director of entertainment company Nubreed, which stages the annual Soweto Comedy Festival in Mamelodi, northeast of Pretoria.

He is now up in arms over the planned Nando’s Soweto Comedy Festival organised by entertainment house HuntaLive and sponsored by pay TV operator DStv and Graça wines.

In an angry email he sent to members of the media, Mulaudzi ranted that his trademark had been ­“infringed” and that HuntaLive’s Sam Hendrickse deliberately stole his concept.

Speaking to City Press, he said: “HuntaLive is deliberately imitating us, thus undermining trademark rights and black small businesses.”
In his strongly worded email, the comic pulled no punches.

It read: “Hendrickse is notorious for bullying small black businesses from previously disadvantaged ­areas and it is with strong belief that Nando’s and the other sponsors are endorsing Hendrickse’s actions by supporting this phony show.

“This is not the first time that Mulaudzi’s company has suffered from the shady dealings of Hendrickse.

“It’s an open secret that the wealth of the country is still in the hands of a white minority and the likes of Hendrickse have a mind-set to ­disrespect small black businesses.”

Nando’s marketing manager Thabang Ramogase said Mulaudzi was jumping to conclusions with regards to his accusations that they (Nando’s as a sponsor) are making black businesses worse off.

“If there is going to be a fight, it’s a fight between (HuntaLive and ­Nubreed). We are conducting a trademark search and should it be found that Hendrickse was not forthcoming about its ownership, he will have to do right by ­Mulaudzi.”

On Friday ­afternoon, ­Hendrickse scrambled to do damage control. “We didn’t check the Cipro (now Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) registration, hence we didn’t know that Soweto Comedy Festival was registered.

“We’ve now changed the name to Nando’s Comedy Festival.”

However, Mulaudzi is still not a happy chap as he argues that the sponsors of the “counterfeit” Soweto Comedy Festival knew about his company’s plans to host the event in October at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani.

“I found out on August 16 and ­immediately called my attorneys, only to find out that they represent DStv as well and so would not be able to represent me.

I will be taking legal action, but I can’t afford a lawyer now and will have to explore other ­avenues to get this sorted,” he said.

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