- Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo will be hosting a cookoff event with Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
- While the socialite is an avid home cook, he's not a qualified chef, which has many social media users upset
- Mzansi's concerned the star may be unduly benefiting from his celebrity status and took to the comments section to share their thoughts
With the recent state of declining tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's no wonder social media users are a little triggered after the Department of Tourism just shared it would be hosting a cooking event with local media personality, Somizi.
The choreographer and Idols judge has some major chops in the entertainment industry, but many social media users feel that the government money allocated to pay the star could have been better spent investing in some younger talent.
Mzansi boasts a talented arsenal of qualified chefs, many of whom were not at all impressed by Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane's choice of celebrity cook.
One user wrote:
"There’s professional chefs who have dedicated their entire livelihoods to this, gone to school & sitting at home with no platform for them to showcase their skills, they will not benefit at all from this, this event is out of touch."
Mzansi social media users definitely shared a similar sentiment of disapproval. Check out some of their comments below:
"Minister, how does this event help rebuild tourism?"
"Those that are politically connected are benefiting while the poor live in poverty."
"We could easily turn South Africa into a culinary tourist destination but sometimes it feels like we professional chefs are on our own in fighting to do that. With the pandemic, so many skilled and talented chef students are sitting at home. They could easily have been showcased."
"How do celebrity cook shows being a 'trend globally' impact the millions of South Africans in the sector who have lost jobs ??? How does this improve hotel occupancy or restaurant seat turnover????"
"The rich get richer while the poor live in poverty."
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Sunday night responded to the unexpected backlash. She had this to say:
"I will hosting this event with @somizi & actually request those who criticise this event to go and check Celebrity Cook shows, which is a global trend. We commit to work with all SAns in rebuilding the Tourism Sector #TourismRecovery"
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that Somizi has been very vocal about his life on social media. Although he has stayed mum about the state of his relationship, he has thrown enough hints for people to put two and two together.
In his latest motivational Instagram post, Somizi chatted about ancestors and how they watch over us. He made it clear that he does not worship ancestors and only worships God. He said that ancestors, instead, served to guide us through life.
What really stood out from his chat was when he mentioned that ancestors can warn people about the intentions of their partners.
“Growing up we realise why certain things do not happen, why we don’t get certain jobs, or why certain people we thought are going to be with us for a lifetime, either friends or relatives or partners, they leave us or we leave them.”
“There is something that we take for granted, that your ancestors will fight your battles, they will guide you, protect you, enlighten and that happens when we lose certain people that we thought they are our rides or die because our ancestors see what we can’t see with our naked eye…
"They see the plots, the connivingness, jealousy and hate that our so-called either friends or soulmates hide from us.”
He then called on people to be in tune with their spirituality so they can have a full understanding of these concepts.
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Source: Briefly News