Causing a stir: Tourism minister's cook-off with Somizi cost R150 000

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Somizi Mhlongo at Hang Awt Restaurant with Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane hosting a cook-off as the pre-buget speech event back in May.
Somizi Mhlongo at Hang Awt Restaurant with Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane hosting a cook-off as the pre-buget speech event back in May.
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Budget cuts were lamented during the past budget season, but Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane's department spent R150 000 of public money for a ministerial cook-off with local celebrity Somizi Mhlongo.

Last month, Kubayi-Ngubane stirred up controversy with the culinary marketing event to drum up publicity for her Tourism budget vote speech in the National Assembly the following day.

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