Maps Maponyane, South African actor, model, presenter, philanthropist and entrepreneur – celebrated his 28th birthday weekend at Val de Vie Estate.

Fourty of Maps’ closest friends attended a stylish birthday bash on Friday 16 March in the Val de Vie Pavilion Polo Club restaurant, coordinated and hosted by Val de Vie Events. Oversized black lollipop balloons and a vinyl print artist’s rendition of Maps’ face lined the entrance where Korus acapella group welcomed guests who enjoyed a glass of GM & Ahrens MCC.  Gold and black accentuated the long dinner table, lined with slick black chairs and topped with bulky lampshades. NConcepts created the flower arrangements and Something Different the lighting installations.

Maps is known for wearing spectacles, and this fine touch was not only incorporated into the table placement décor, but also with the surprise pre-launch of his own MCC, called ‘Spectacle’. ‘Spectacle’ has been developed over the past four years with the team from GM & Ahrens and renowned bubbly makers Gerrit Maritz (founder) and Albert Ahrens (founding partner) were also in attendance to witness Maps sabrage his MCC a couple of minutes before midnight.

Guests were treated to a four-course dinner paired with Val de Vie Polo Club Wines, and Basilei fudge as dessert. Heartfelt speeches from Maps’ close friends and girlfriend Nomzamo Mbatha were an indication of the love and admiration of all in attendance.

Maps is a keen golfer, and on Saturday morning he scored a birdie on the 11th of the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Val de Vie Estate. Guests not playing golf enjoyed treatments in the rasul chamber and massages at Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate.

On Sunday the festivities were finalised with a brunch overlooking a polo match on the pristine polo fields of Val de Vie Estate, followed by a wine tasting in the L’Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque.

On Maps’ social media platforms he described his birthday as “one of the most incredible experiences of my life.”

Absolute Transfers took care of transport requirements of the guests while they stayed in the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis for the weekend.

Photos by Ramie, Stephen Fourie and Chantelle Janse van Rensburg



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