Sona blow for showbiz

The National Assembly in Cape Town PICTURE: Jason Boswell

THE Cape Town party scene was dealt a hard blow after the postponement of the state of the nation address (Sona).

A number of celebrities along with some of country’s top fashion designers lamented the decision as they were forced to count their losses after forking out hefty prices on hotel fees and high-end designer creations.

On Tuesday, music mogul Arthur Mafokate related his frustration at being met with resistance when he requested a refund for his hotel booking.

The Vuvuzela hitmaker was forced to give away his hotel booking to a lucky fan.

“Since #SONA2018 is postponed and Cape Town hotels refuse to refund us, can I get a person that would use my rooms for free. Can’t just lose that money,” Mafokate tweeted.

Durban fashion designer Thula Zaca who was Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba’s chosen stylist last year is counting his losses but said he will make up for it in the upcoming budget speech.

“My designs are mostly corporate which means they can still be worn in future. I am now firmly focused on the budget speech as I will be dressing more than one minister,” Zaca said.

Parliament has reassured South Africans that efforts are being undertaken to minimise the cost implications of the postponement of Sona.

“Negotiations with all service providers are underway to curtail the financial impact resulting from, for instance, cancellation fees and travel agency administrative charges. All efforts are being made to ensure that the overall spending on

the 2018 Sona remains within the budgeted R4.3m,” a statement from Parliament read.