Day two of Vivian Reddy ‘s 60th birthday celebration was indeed a special day which saw 1500 guests from South Africa and all over the world all gathered in the marquee which was buoyed by 30 water tank ballasts each weighing 1000 kilograms, all thanks to the local organising team who had been appointed three months ago to make this day a success.
Guests seated in the marquee were delighted to see local SABC 2 anchor woman, Leanne Manas, who was master of ceremonies, introduce various high-profile speakers like King Goodwill Zwelithini, Minister Jeff Radebe and Premier Zweli Mkhize.
The occasion also marked the 35th year of business for Vivian’s company, Edison Power. A feat which Premier Mkhize said was achieved through hard work and dedication by the humble birthday boy.
Vivian, who also took to the podium, thanked all the guests and everyone else who were involved from the children from the homes, the caterers and the security team present at the function, for making such a special day for him.
Wearing his treasured R330 000 Franck Muller (Vegas) watch , a gift from his wife, Sorisha, he jokingly said that he was very grateful he had a rich partner who provided for him. Vivian, also added that he was grateful to his family for making the two-day birthday celebrations special.
He hopes to retire by the age of 65 and on doing so will give R100 million to the newly launched Vivian Reddy Trust Foundation. To date Vivian has given R10 million to the Trust.
Last but not least Vivian was thrilled to have spent the Saturday morning with 10 000 underprivileged kids at uShaka, some who had never seen the sea.
He also said the record-breaking cake which weighed 2,5 tonnes, and which took five days to create by The Baking Pan team, will be cut and distributed to all the homes for the kids.
Vivian also said that there was a diamond hidden in the massive cake and whoever found it, would be given the best education and personal mentorship from him in time to come.
After the formalities, kids were treated to a scrumptious high tea and light dinner, many partying it up till the late hours of the night.
Sorisha who looked stunning in a blue, sequined designer dress by her favourite designer, Haroun Hansrot, was glad everything went off without a hitch but also said she would do it all over again for her husband.
Vivian aptly gave guests a ‘Funsunzi', glitzy event which will remembered for a long time. Thanks Vivian for putting Durban on the map!