Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
22 Apr 2022
9:07 am

Local businesses Kelly Rowland supported during her SA visit

Kaunda Selisho

These three local businesses contributed to making a recent visit to South Africa a memorable experience for Kelly Rowland.

Bontle Modiselle and Kelly Rowland at Bontle's dance studio in South Africa | Picture: Instagram

While it remains unclear exactly why American musician Kelly Rowland was in South Africa, she did use the interest in her visit to put the spotlight on a few local businesses.

Although The Saxon hotel needs no marketing help, Kelly indicated she may have been resting there during her stay in the country.

The Saxon is favoured by major stars such as Trevor Noah and Kelly’s lifelong friend, Beyoncé Knowles Carter and her husband Jay Z (Shawn Carter) due to its premium privacy and security.

According to recent posts on her Instagram, when she did leave her hotel, she ventured out to some local businesses.

Here’s where Kelly Rowland went while in South Africa.

Les Creatifs Restaurant in Bryanston

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Kelly Rowland and acclaimed Chef Wandile Mabaso at his Les Creatifs restaurant in Bryanston South Africa | Picture: Instagram

Kelly posted a picture of herself and Chef Wandile Mabaso at his Bryanston restaurant where she said the food was “stunning.”

The Citizen recently say down with Mabaso after he won his first culinary award in South Africa when he was named Chef of the Year at the Luxe Restaurant Awards. 

He spent over a decade overseas, working in many top restaurants across the globe. He has also cooked for Kelly’s friends, Beyonce and Jay Z. 

Bathu

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A custom-designed pair of Bathu shoes gifted to Kelly Rowland | Picture: Instagram

Shortly before she left, Rowland was gifted a custom pair of Bathu sneakers. 

Bathu is a homegrown sneaker brand and the brainchild of Theo Baloyi – a qualified accountant who founded the brand in 2015.

It now has 15 flagship stores around the country. Last year, he spoke to The Citizen about how the brand’s turnover grew by 73% in 2020. 

The Bontle Modiselle Dance Studio

Earlier this year, seasoned dancer Bontle Modiselle announced she had finally taken the huge step of launching her own dance studio.

She teased the launch by posting a series of seductive dance tutorials for the month of love (February).

Modiselle appeared in a video on Kelly Rowland’s feed where Rowland called Bontle “the most brilliant, honest and authentic brown South African beauty” and said that she had just given her “the most amazing dance lesson of her life.”

Sunday World reports Rowland was in the country to film an advert with the alcohol brand Brutal Fruit. 

Brutal Fruit recently launched its own fragrance called “You Belong” but it is unclear if she would be promoting the alcoholic beverage or the fragrance.