By Lungani Zungu
Ever dreamt of having dinner with the country’s first citizen?
Well, your dream may become a reality but it does come at a heavy price.
The presidential gala dinner will be held on 15 December, a day before the ANC conference.
The price packages for sitting next to President Cyril Ramaphosa will set you back between R95,000 and R200,000.
This is not an unusual occurrence for the cash-strapped ANC as the party has used gala dinners to prop up its ailing finances lately.
Such gala dinners are organised by the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) and the bookings are now open on the forum’s website.
It appears that the prices have not changed compared to what it cost at the party’s gala in December last year in Limpopo ahead of the party’s 8 January birthday celebration.
The gold package comes at R95,000 for each person, R165,000 for the platinum package and R200,000 for the top-of-the-range, titanium package.
For a group of six people wanting six seats at the first main table, the cost is R1.2 million per table, which is R200,000 per person.
This package comes with a table for which the company can nominate seven guests; five company representatives can participate at all the business breakfasts over the period of the conference; and a 3mx3m exhibition stand complete with a table and two chairs and also a plug point.
The platinum package at R990,000 per table includes six seats at the second main table; a complimentary table for which the company can nominate seven guests; four company representatives at all the business breakfasts over the period of the conference; and a 3mx3m exhibition stand.
The gold package at R760,000 for three people includes benefits such as sitting at a table hosted by the ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe, treasurer-general Paul Mashatile or Gauteng ANC chairperson Panyaza Lesufi.
This also comes with a 3mx3m exhibition stand with a table with two chairs and a plug point for the duration of the conference.
The ANC will elect new leaders in December at Nasrec in Johannesburg.
Pictured above: President Cyril Ramaphosa
Picture source: @PresidencyZA