By Monique Lewis
Mthatha hosted a wine festival event on May 1 which turned out to be a disaster.
Highlife Productions is an organisation directed and founded by Siya who is from the Eastern Cape, Mthatha.
The wine festival was a fundraising campaign for underprivileged grade 12 learners so that they are able to pay their school fees and all the expenses that has to do with school post the pandemic and to also help unemployed graduates to expose them to companies for job opportunities.
Siya had said that young business people would meet over 200 CEO’s of companies and investors.
A young entrepreneur who wishes not to be named is in the baking industry and still finding her feet took the opportunity to showcase her business at the event that was to take place.
She said, “He told me that I would serve four to five celebrities for free then I would sell the rest of my stuff to the CEOs and Investors, he guaranteed me to go buy everything and I used my best stuff to showcase my business.”
On the day of the event nothing went to plan, there was no electricity, the organisers phone was off most of the time and the only people who were there at the event were the grade 12 learners about 50 of them.
The young entrepreneur further said, “He disappeared after an hour and I looked for him for about three hours and he was nowhere to be found. There were still no lights and it was getting dark”.
This event ruined many people’s businesses who were just trying to make a name for themselves. Siya has not been available to comment at the time of going to press.