A special lunch to remember Mandoza

Clothing brand spoils his family. 

The family of late kwaito legend Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala were spoiled with an intimate lunch in celebration of the artist’s life. His wife, Mpho Tshabalala, and their two children, Tokollo and Karabo, were surrounded by close family and friends to commemorate three years since the passing of their loved one. They were treated to an elegant, special lunch at Social in Bryanston on Wednesday, the third anniversary of his death. The lunch was sponsored by sports apparel brand Le Coq Sportif. The Nkalankatha hitmaker died on his wife’s birthday in 2016 after a two-year battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer affecting the upper part of the throat. He died a week after his last performance in Orlando, Soweto.

Tshabalala said she always had mixed emotions when the day came because she felt selfish for celebrating her birthday on the anniversary of her husband’s death.

“I am so grateful and thankful to the brand for making this day so special. It feels like yesterday when I lost my husband.

“Being here to see that people still love and remember him makes this day easier. I am so happy that his name is remembered this way,” she said. She said on the first anniversary of his death she had visited the ward in which Mandoza drew his last breath at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and had launched the Mandoza Foundation in partnership with the Cancer Association of SA. The foundation aims to raise cancer awareness around the townships.

“As part of commemorating Mandoza’s legacy this year, Le Coq Sportif made special T-shirts to raise funds for the foundation last month
and they donated R100,000. This can help a lot of people suffering from cancer.

“The company understood that and that’s why they had this small lunch for us, and I appreciate that they did not only support us when he w as alive, but continue to support us and the foundation even when he is gone.”

By Boitumelo Kgobotlo

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