Braced for sexy sports gala

2011-08-20 15:24

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is ­“bringing sexy back to sports” – and he isn’t lying.

Mbalula and his department ­will be hosting the South ­African Sports Awards at the ­lavish Sun City resort in the North West today, where hundreds of guests have been invited to fill the ­Superbowl concert venue.

Sports stars will rub shoulders with celebrities, captains of ­industry, politicians and international guests Sugar Ray Leonard, Brandy Norwood, Regina King and Vivica A. Fox.

Speaking to City Press ­Mbalula’s spokesperson, Paena Galane, confirmed that the event was worth “millions of rands” – mostly from sponsors.

“The event is not paid for by the department entirely but we have sponsors that are giving ­millions as gifts for the awards. Nothing is being given in cash,” said Galane.

Yesterday some guests enjoyed a golf day challenge at the resort’s world-class course while Mbalula took a select few to Port Elizabeth by private jet to watch the ­Springboks vs New Zealand ­Tri-Nations rugby match.

Tonight guests will be treated to a gala dinner that will be ­addressed by North West Premier Thandi Modise before heading to the Superbowl for the start of the award ceremony at 8pm.

“The event will be broadcast live on SABC1 as they have given R8 million worth of advertising and broadcasting and on ­SuperSport, who also gave ­R7 million worth for broadcast,” said Galane.

All the nominees will be dressed by sports boutique Sedgars while each of them will scoop R10 000 worth of unit trusts from Old Mutual and an Andrew ­Mlangeni green jacket specially designed?for the event.

“The category winners will get R50 000 cash while the overall Sports Star of the Year voted for by the public will get R250?000,” said Galane.

According to Galane, the winner will also get a Lexus from ­Barloworld and a year’s sponsorship from True Religion jeans.

Guests will be treated to music by US singer Norwood and locals including Zakes Bantwini, Thandiswa Mazwai and Zinhle.

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