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Entertainment: Your favourite celeb will record a personalised message!

Established less than a year ago, local startup myFanPark received a large boost from lockdown as people looked for new ways to celebrate birthdays and special events, says co-founder Wouter Lombard.

The idea behind the service is simple, pick your favourite celebrity, and they will record a personalised message to your specification. The celebrities set their own prices, and can refuse your request if it’s inappropriate.

So, say your significant other has a birthday coming up, and they’re big fans of Bryan Habana or Faf de Klerk. Well, you can get them to send a personalised happy birthday to the special person in your life.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete a form asking your chosen celebrity to record a message. You can give direction on the reason for the message, and what you would like to have mentioned.
  2. For South African celebrities, prices range from R150 to around R2,500.
  3. The celebrity will record the message in seven days.
  4. myFanPark will send you the message via WhatsApp and email.

 It’s been so successful that the company expanded to Germany two months ago, and is soon opening in India and Nigeria. Altogether, says CEO Joy des Fountain, the company hopes to be in ten markets in the near term.

The most popular German celebrities on the service are footballers Roman Weidenfeller and Jens Lehmann

The company says that, in the first few weeks of lockdown, the number of users on the platform increased nearly six-fold and revenue almost quadrupled. Some celebrities were suddenly flooded by requests: actor and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout, for example, saw a 500% increase in orders.

Des Fountain believes that during lockdown myFanPark taps into people’s desire to connect to each other during a time when they couldn’t leave their houses to visit friends and family.

The platform has also helped local celebrities who have had it hard during lockdown. “All artists have suffered losses,” says Lombard. MyFanPark gives them an extra source of revenue when they can’t film, perform, or play sport.

So they set their own prices and join the platform. Some don’t have a lot of free time, says Lombard, so they charge more. While others, like Casper de Vries, just really enjoy having fun with the service, he says, and have more “accessible” prices.

Des Fountain says they’ve had very creative requests. Bezuidenhout was asked to do a gender reveal announcement to expectant parents, for example.

There was also a couple in the UK, who due to lockdown was forced to celebrate their wedding via the videoconferencing app Zoom. They were hugely surprised when Jean de Villiers gave the wedding toast, and Kurt Darren played the couple a song – both messages pre-recorded and arranged through myFanPark.

Some requests just really hit home, says Lombard. One came from a woman in Japan, who requested a message from Faf de Klerk for her disabled son. Her family was so inspired by the Springboks during the 2019 Rugby World Cup that they just wanted him to say some encouraging words to her son.


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Source: Business Insider

Photo Credit: myfanpark



Sebastian “Bas” Newman’s delectable Rooibos and fig pavlova drizzled with a simple Rooibos syrup.

Considered by many as a superfood, Rooibos tea, is becoming a popular ingredient in food and drink.


To demonstrate its versatility, celeb foodies, Kamini Pather – MasterChef SA winner and Sabastian “Bas” Newman – well-known pastry chef – will be experimenting with the tea over the next few weeks to add some sparkle to lockdown cooking.


Pather says she’s always been passionate about cooking with local ingredients and often uses fynbos in her dishes.


“Rooibos is unmistakably South African and a versatile herb at that!

It gives dishes a warm, earthy tone, while its caramel flavour also complements sweeter treats and desserts.


“Since it’s a base note flavour, the tea enhances an array of flavours from citrus to warm and spicy.

In fact, I’d challenge anyone to volunteer a type of food that Rooibos doesn’t pair well with,” she says.


To Newman, it’s Rooibos’ natural sweetness that drew him to it. “When it comes to baking, it complements sweet and nutty flavours really well.

I love the combination of Rooibos and white chocolate – one of my absolute favourite desserts is a Rooibos Creme Brûlée.

The tea’s natural sweetness adds to and enhances the sweetness in dessert rather than overpowering it.”


Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says while Rooibos is known for its health benefits due to its abundance of antioxidants –

when we think about cooking with it, many just don’t know where to start.


“That’s why we roped in Kamini and Bas to show home cooks how it’s done.

It’s really easy and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of Rooibos when eating too.”


One of the best ways to infuse Rooibos into a dessert is to make a simple Rooibos syrup.


According to Newman, a basic syrup consists of a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water.

“When making a Rooibos syrup, add one cup of sugar to one cup of water, squeeze in juice from half a lemon and add eight Rooibos tea bags to a saucepan.

Simmer on low heat until a syrup starts to form. Don’t boil, as you want the flavour of the Rooibos to have time to infuse into your syrup.

Once cooled, remove the tea bags and store in a jar or glass bottle in the fridge and use as desired.


“This simple Rooibos syrup can be used in creams or brushed over freshly baked vanilla sponge cakes to keep them moist while adding a touch of Rooibos flavour to it.

It can also be incorporated into breakfasts by stirring it through plain vanilla yoghurt served with muesli and fresh fruit or you could end off your day by adding the syrup to a refreshing homemade lemonade. For cocktail lovers, this syrup works equally well in gin. The possibilities and combinations are truly endless,” he says.


Watch Pather demonstrate how to make finger-licking Rooibos lamb riblets and spicy Rooibos Chicken Satay, while Newman shares his take on a simply irresistible Rooibos and fig pavlova in a series of cooking videos posted on https://www.facebook.com/rooiboscouncil/.

Kamini Pather’s scrumptious Rooibos lamb riblets, braised in Rooibos tea, garlic, ginger, black pepper corn, star anise and bay leaf broth and her spicy Rooibos chicken drumsticks served with a lip-smacking peanut butter sauce are sure crowd-pleasers!


Source: Meropa Communications on behalf of the SA Rooibos Council

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