Steyn City brand ambassador and broadcasting heavy-weight, Thabo (TboTouch) Molefe, has stayed true to his promise of making the lifestyle resort’s charity drive – Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot – bigger and better, by hosting his inaugural Touch Invitational golf day at the prestigious Club at Steyn City.
The Touch Invitational Golf Day is a vibrant, strictly exclusive premium golfing experience for like-minded industry game-changers. The cream of the crop was invited to spend a day on the perfectly manicured greens of Steyn City, where various holes featured unique activations and branding. Players were spoiled with a full body massage from the Saxon Spa, cheese and wine featuring wines from the prestigious Warwick Estate, premium cognac and a lavish dinner. Touch’s vision was to create a full golf day that would set the stage for the ultimate networking experience.
This is the fifth year that Steyn City will drive its annual charity initiative, which aims to inspire and motivate primary school children in Diepsloot. “Every year, at Christmas, we give the children schoolbags brimming with sweets, stationery and toys,” Touch explains.
The initiative has gathered momentum every year: during 2015, it reached more than 9 000 children. Sponsors like Auto & General, Kellogg, Croxley and 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day made the campaign a massive success; while the giveaway of Repurpose Schoolbags was a major highlight.
However, Touch voiced his determination to see the project achieve an even greater impact this year. “We are focused on our goal of making this year’s charity drive bigger than ever. It’s not only about reaching more children, although that is obviously a big part of our objective. We’re also excited about bringing them new products,” the radio star enthused. His main aim is to include school shoes in the year-end package. “Education has been identified as the key to helping our country overcome obstacles to development. However, the reality is that for many children, a sound education remains just out of reach. So many things make their school life difficult – you’d be surprised at the impact that something seemingly insignificant, like not having school shoes, can have. But consider that for most children, there is no way to get to school besides walking – then, the need for the proper apparel becomes clear.”
Touch was pleased by support shown by sponsors, with major companies like Audi South Africa, Touch Warwick Wine, The Saxon Hotel, Jenna Clifford and the Safari Guys stepping up to make the event a resounding success.
Steyn City is once more in the spotlight, with Musa Sukwene – South Africa’s 2013 Idols winner – and songwriter/producer Robbie Masinga filming the music video for their current hit single, Mthande, on the lifestyle resort.
Musa, who hails from Witbank, recently launched his second album, Mr Serious. Described as ‘African soul’, the album was produced by Robbie and released by local record label, Universal Music AFRIKA.
Mthande is the third track off this album; a romantic ballad about love, honour and commitment. It’s a catchy rhythm, made all the more irresistible thanks to Musa’s vocal talent.
The music video depicts an ideal date: the young man woos his love with a picnic and a romantic walk in the park, followed by a riverside meander. Steyn City’s remarkable landscape forms a fitting backdrop for the date – after all, it’s a place you can easily fall in love with.
Robbie revealed that the song was inspired by the difficulties facing so many South Africans at present: at a time when unemployment, strikes and violent protest action are rife, we need optimism more than ever. For Robbie, love provides complete motivation. He also believes that commitment is more important in these hard times than ever before.
The 47-year-old industry stalwart has been Musa’s mentor for some time. Their long hours together have resulted in a bond that goes beyond friendship – and one that forms the basis of their music. “Music is spirit, and you need to understand the individual’s spirit to make magic,” Robbie says. Understanding Musa as he does, he is able to produce the kind of melodies that speak to the singer’s soul.
Musa, meanwhile, is a romantic through and through; a soft-hearted young man with irrepressible charm.
He admits that his three-year journey through the music industry has been challenging at times. It has helped to have Robbie mentor him through the tough times – and to remind him that music is a business, not a hobby. “You have to learn to match your passion with a business mind in order to succeed and make a sustainable career,” says Musa. He admits that winning Idols made a huge difference to his career; helping to raise his profile and make the right connections.
Musa’s advice to other aspiring musicians? “Believe in who you are and work hard. Everyone has a purpose or destiny. Go look for it; it will find you.”
Robbie’s looking forward to a new era of South African music, ushered in by the introduction of quotas requiring radio stations to ensure that 90% of their content is locally produced music. “It’s good news,” he maintains. “It will improve the quality of local music. We welcome criticism, because it will help us to move forward.” He adds that it will be great to see the local music industry receiving financial support.
Did you know that Steyn City’s Nicklaus-design 18 hole championship golf course is open to the public? After the launch of the lifestyle resort in March 2015, due to the demand we took a strategic decision to open up the course for a limited period to all golf enthusiasts. Why not take advantage and book your usual four-ball for a new challenge at one of the country’s top courses?
Golf bookings contact the Pro Shop 010 597 1030
Even more good news for non-residents is that you are also invited to make reservations at Nineteen (XIX) restaurant at The Club, owned and managed by The Saxon. Bookings are essential.
Nineteen (XIX) Restaurant reservations: email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 010 597 1019