Meet and taste South Africa
H.E Ms Nomatemba Tambo, the South African Ambassador residing in Rome, hosted the 20th year celebrations of South Africa’s freedom and democracy in Malta recently.
A South Africa National Day gala dinner was held by the pool at the Grand Hotel Excelsior. A South African performer, Thandy Ndlazi flew to Malta especially for the celebrations. Ndlazi started her music career at age of 18 as a back-up vocalist for South African musicians. She has performed for different occasions such as national days, Africa Day and the FIFA World Cup. She entertained thousands of fans at FIFA Fan Fest 2010 in Rome’s Villa Borghese by singing traditional South African songs.
Two South African celebrity chefs who were brought especially for this event toured Malta and Gozo, cooking with local chefs at different locations. A film crew from South Africa filmed all the events, including the master cooking sessions. They also interviewed the Minister for Tourism Dr Edward Zammit Lewis, H.E. Ms Nomatemba Tambo and Ms Esther Bajada, Director for Tourism & Economic Development at the Ministry for Gozo. The Malta footage was featured on a 30-minute programme and shown on South African TV. Celebrity chef Jade Sullaphen from Durban in Kwa-Zulu has made his name through his work in the hotel industry and cooked for international heads of state. He has represented South Africa as a cooking ambassador in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Brazil, and also participated in TV cooking programmes like Ready Steady Cook and Chopped South Africa. Master Chef Vusumuzi ‘Vusi’ Ndlovu, 23, who won the title of Gauteng Junior Chef last April, will compete in the Concours International des Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs in September.
Jeremy Maggs, who hosted the programme, flew to Malta to join the TV crew. Mr Maggs is one of South Africa’s most trusted journalists and a senior anchor on South Africa’s first 24-hour television e-News Channel and co-hosts its flagship programme News Night.
The celebrations closed with a Braai, a traditional South African barbecue, with food specially selected and created by the two South African chefs in collaboration with Excelsior Head Chef Roderick Vella and his team. The chefs prepared on-the-spot food using typical South African ingredients, rubs and spices. As an accompaniment, a selection of South African wines like Savannah and KWV were served in specially designed 20th anniversary wine glass which guests could keep as a memento of this event.
Emphasising the South African culture, there was live music by Ndlazi and her six-piece band throughout both events.
All the events and logistics were co-ordinated by 20:Twenty team which recently re-branded to reflect its fresh vision for the future destination management. On the final night the Ambassador thanked Ivan Mifsud, Managing Director and Darren Lewis, Sales & Operations (MICE) for the succesful conceptualisation of the Braai event and all the team for the quiet behind-the-scenes work that put all the pieces seamlessly together to create two magical nights.