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Johannesburg – Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane paid R150 000 for the two-hour cook-off with media personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung a few weeks ago.
The event, which was billed as a showcase of the skills, and innovative entrepreneurial ventures critical in growing and sustaining the hospitality industry, was held at The Hang Awt 1632 restaurant in Endayini in Tembisa, Gauteng.
The Hang Awt restaurant is owned by entrepreneur and DJ Shimza, whose real name is Ashley Raphala.
Kubayi-Ngubane said the event cost R150 000, which covered the venue, mobile kitchen hire, event staffing, safety and event compliance requirements, the stage, sound system, food supplies, exhibition set-up, and publicity including live-streaming of activities.
However, she denied Mhlongo benefited from the cook-off.
“It is also important to state that there was no payment made to Somizi Mhlongo and the department notes…