Shauwn Mpisane: How we became millionaires

By Drum Digital
30 March 2011

PRIVATE security guards dressed in black suits keep an eagle eye on the VIP guests entering the posh establishment where Durban tycoons S'bu and Shauwn Mpisane are hosting a party second to none. Their beady eyes are trained on a collection of Mzansi A-listers who have come to celebrate S'bu's birthday and the renewal of his vows to long-term sweetheart Shauwn.

The couple, dubbed the "mystery millionaires" by the media, have been planning these festivities for two months and judging by the extravagance of both functions, they've spared no expense. They're reluctant to divulge the cost of the events but we have it on good authority that event organisers were given an unlimited budget and some R300 000 was spent on sound equipment alone.This party is the crowning moment for a couple whose spectacular rise to wealth has been dogged by controversy. Back in 2002 S'bu was a traffic cop earning R15 000 a month, while his wife was a marketing executive at an oil refinery. Nine years later the couple have a fleet of luxury cars – including the brand-new Maserati that Shauwn bought S'bu for his 40th birthday – and live in a multimillion-rand mansion in Durban's upmarket La Lucia.

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