Fikile Mbalula wants Beyoncé in SA

2012-06-18 10:42
Lesley Mofokeng
Beyoncé is coming to South Africa – if sports minister Fikile Mbalula has his way.

The politician announced in an interview with Joburg commercial station KayaFM that he will bring the American superstar here as the headline act for the second annual South African Sports Awards.

Not one to shy away from splashing out on American stars, "Mr Razzmatazz" – as Mbalula is known – brought a jarring mix of film and music stars that included Brandy Norwood, Vivica A Fox and Regina King to perform and present at last year’s awards.

'
Brandy’s my sister'

The event was held at the Sun City Resort in North West on August 21 and reportedly cost just shy of R46m.

Mbalula revealed his grand plans to KayaFM host Mo-G during his Top 40 show after the DJ asked if Norwood would be back this year.

"You can’t repeat one person all the time. Brandy’s my sister, she’s good. I think you guys can have her at Kaya for your show. She performed twice, now we’re going for Beyoncé man, Beyoncé!" Mbalula enthused.

On Thursday the minister would not be drawn into further discussion. However, on Friday his spokesperson, Paena Galane, confirmed that negotiations were under way to bring the Run The World (Girls) star to the awards, scheduled for
24 and 25 November.

He said the plan is to have a pre-awards party at a stadium where Beyoncé will perform on the Wednesday before the awards.

"We wanted her last year, but had to postpone because of her pregnancy," he added.

It is understood that Big Concerts has been roped in to facilitate the performance.

According to Galane, more information about the star attractions of the bash will be unveiled in August after the London Olympics.

While Galane would not reveal the figures, it was reported in 2010 that Beyoncé charged $2m (R17m) for an hour-long private gig for ­Hannibal Gaddafi, one of the late Muammar Gaddafi’s sons.

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Fikile Mbalula talks about his plans to bring Beyoncé to SA on KayaFM:


Comments

  • marcus.mokoena.9 - 2012-06-17 10:52

    ...there goes the taxpayers money down the drain. Another party and celebrations... Yet, these politicians keep saying there is not enough money to pay salaries for teachers in the eastern cape

      zanele.p.manzini - 2012-06-20 23:29

      I 2nd u bra, i can't believe this is happening, Some schools r shut down, others at Limpopo are still without Learning and teaching support materials. South Africans are failed by the government at all levels. Right now as we learn about these appaling news, students studying for a degree in education were told that they can't get bursaries from Funza Lushaka. The budget is not enough for people who wants to study, yet millions can be made available for Beyonce's one hour entertainment.

      zanele.p.manzini - 2012-06-20 23:30

      I 2nd u bra, i can't believe this is happening, Some schools r shut down, others at Limpopo are still without Learning and teaching support materials. South Africans are failed by the government at all levels. Right now as we learn about these appaling news, students studying for a degree in education were told that they can't get bursaries from Funza Lushaka. The budget is not enough for people who wants to study, yet millions can be made available for Beyonce's one hour entertainment.

  • Lakhy - 2012-06-17 12:52

    Our Men's Hockey team doesn't have a sponsorship but we can pay to bring Beyonce to Sports awards..Crazy Fikile

      zanele.p.manzini - 2012-06-20 23:16

      It or he is indeed crazy

  • bernard.bracka - 2012-06-18 10:47

    Screw you fiky...whats wrong with our own zahara or lira? Besides beyonce's last album was k#k.

  • ssmagwaza - 2012-06-18 15:12

    Well that is great news but it is not fair cause some of beyonce's fan will be writing exams and I'm sure lots of students will want to go that like a dream come true

  • Lulama - 2012-06-18 16:36

    For a moment I was excited since I'm a big fan of Beyonce. But after reading the below comments its true what's wrong with our local artists? Its tax payers money that will have to fund having Beyonce here when there are alternatives and much affordable options. Some other sports lack funding and developments skills instead of wasting those millions on one performance why not invest in our sports. Please Mr Mbalula we don't need Beyonce for the awards.

  • nkateko.malungana - 2012-06-18 19:34

    I'm not against Beyonce but we have many talented musicians in the country, if we do not support our own content,no1 will...they never invite our own to US sports awards..doesn't make sense y we shud support them..Beyonce has more than enough cash in the bank..SA musicians are struggling

  • ncmfunda - 2012-06-19 07:08

    I am shocked beyond comprehension that Mr Fikile is so passionate about bringing international stars to perform at the awards whereas we have local bright stars and icons in Mzansi...not even from around Africa atleast,come on!

  • maxwell.mpunga - 2012-06-19 07:20

    If this statement is anything but tru, the minister is out of order including those who agree or support such ideas. It doesn't matter if 40million South Africans support that, it is not right. There's a number of outstanding Sports Personalities in this country who can be uplifted trough such events. STOP the childish \raz mattaz\ attitude and build our youth.

  • zanele.nxele.5 - 2012-06-19 09:07

    Mmfiiiimmmmm Fikile!

  • zanele.nxele.5 - 2012-06-19 09:08

    Mmfiiiimmmmm Fikile!

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-06-19 13:04

    This is the biggest joke i have ever had in my life,someone tell mbalula aka ramatazaz or whatever that he will meet the same fate as hannibal gaddafi if he continues this way.......Lol

      buyisa.mayekiso - 2012-06-19 13:49

      Why is this man indulging his need for a lavish lifestyle with the tax payers money? What has B got to do with the sports awards and why should we pay that much when we could have Zonke / Lire / Zahara / Toya De Lazy / Thandiswa performing at this event? What happened to building sports courts and fields on our school for youth development what happened to building sports facilities in communities that need them most to get these kids off the streets? what happened to sponsoring the mens hockey team? Fikile you're behaving like a spoilt brat and maybe you and your colleagues are spoilt brats as we the public allow you to get away with it by continiously voting you into power. Donate that 17 Million to the Roads agency for the e-toll- buy school books for Limpopo's children (the list of positive sustainable things you could with that money is endless)

  • sharkwav - 2012-06-19 14:59

    where's this money coming from

      zanele.p.manzini - 2012-06-20 23:02

      Taxpayers money bra...

  • tutu.puoane - 2012-06-19 15:53

    I am kindly going to ask Beyonce on her fabook page to decline Fikile Mbalula's invite. Ask her to tell Fikile that the money should be spent where it's needed most.

  • lerato.m.masilo - 2012-06-19 16:16

    I think this is utter nonsense, we can get top South African perfomers like Zonke, Lira to perform at a fraction of the costs and donate some of the money to South African charities. Enough wastage of tax-payers monies for non-sensical events and performers.

      zanele.p.manzini - 2012-06-20 22:59

      120% correct, i can't blieve so much abuse of taxpayers.

  • thulani.nkomo - 2012-06-19 16:41

    I'm not sure if this its a good idea, how 'bout the hungry/school children in our country for Beyoncè?

      zanele.p.manzini - 2012-06-20 22:51

      Ungaz' uphinde usho. Kuyangwa ngabantu e SA.

  • mcunukelwa - 2012-06-19 17:18

    Bhuti Fikile, cancel her NOW! U know this is so wrong!! You know it! Yimali yethu ye tax le udlala ngayo!!

  • cebo.sbiya - 2012-06-19 19:17

    it wl nyc 2 c queen b in south africa hpful sh wl do wht sh do bst singing n dancing

  • refiloe.madela - 2012-06-19 21:44

    Ok point taken! But how often do we hav international artists come to recognize the remarkable performance and achievments our country has brought forth? Beyonce has an extremely HUGE fan base that woul gladly support any appearance or performance by B. Please bring the star!

  • mpho.a.matshaba - 2012-06-22 13:33

    Like hell wi we let that happen.I mean there are lot of things that are needed in South Africa,now the goverment workers are in negotiations for increase they are saying they dont have money to meet their demands.Local schools dont have proper sports facilities,27 schools in Eastern Cape are closing cause of poor buildings and no teaching materials,e-tolling system caused a fortune now we have to pay that debt.Mbalula wants to give a Beyonce 17million to buy Jay Z a pair of sneakers....HELL NOOOOOOOOOOO.....We have good South african artists who need that money.

  • masimba.patrick - 2012-06-24 08:21

    i would love to see Beyonce here..lets get it on.

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