A taste of township social life, some smileys and The Parlotones

THERE are some big movers and shakers around town, Skinnerbek knows only too well. But what your Gossip Girl has come to really relish is how some of them know how to move and shake like MTV video stars when they’re enjoying time out.
Mandela Bay Development Agency’s Pierre Voges partied up a storm at Jeya’s Jazz Tavern on Saturday night.
Skinnerbek spotted the pale male (that mop of hair is really blond!) out with about 20 of his “honky” friends who were clearly bored with their mundane Walmer dinner parties and eager to get a taste of township social life.
And Pierre was certainly making the most of it – munching down on a smiley that had been specially prepared by Mama Jeya herself!
Granted, his posse did have some black back-up in the form of Mandela Bay Tourism boss Mandlakazi Skefile, UDDI’s Nomkitha Mona, Boardwalk general manager Clifford Ngakane and Yithethe maAfrika’s Nomawethu Mhlaba, among others, but those whities didn’t need much encouragement to start mingling.
At first the deejay seemed to make an extra effort to make these suburbanites feel at home – eish! playing ’80s Elton John classics – but then the natives got a bit restless and the deejay started getting into the groove.
And wouldn’t you believe it but Pierre and his mates were among the first to get busy on the dance floor, to the beats of Brenda Fassie nogal!
Even former ANC councillor Flip Potgieter was boogying down with some luscious local lasses (he may be a pensioner but that  man has more energy than a 20-year
Seems those suburbanites got a real bite of black culture – Mama Jeya even gave Pierre and a few of his adventurous mates some leftover smileys to take home!
And from shake, shake at Jeya’s to Chaka Chaka at a palace – where a kick-ass line-up showed (long before the TV show told us) that SA’s got talent.
“You are all beautiful, you are all magical” sang the Parlotones to the finalists at the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year awards at the weekend, and Skinnerbek agrees – the sole Eastern Cape finalist who was there, Sister Ethel Normoyle, certainly shines with inner beauty.
Apart from the amazing women honoured by the supermarket chain, the stars on stage at Emperor’s Palace included Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Proverb, Elvis Blue and L’Loyd Cele, Abigail Kubeka – wow, what a voice this diva still has – and Elana Afrika (wearing a dress showing every ample curve).
Most of the ladies’ eyes, though, were on Parlotones’ lead singer Kahn Morbee strutting his stuff – and if you saw Kahn and the boys in action at Kirkwood earlier this month you know how magnetic he is in his tight black jeans and gothic eye-makeup!
The Bay’s Style Award launch held at Shuggar Restobar was given a skip by quite a few of the nominees (must have been the weather), but those who did attend included Martin George, Thomas Sorenson, Ben Nyaumwe and our very own Eleanor Douglas-Meyers. They were treated to a fashion show featuring local models and designers – just a taste of what can be expected this Saturday at the gala event at the NMB Stadium.
The freezing cold didn’t seem to bother everyone though as quite a few young ladies showed up in what can only be described as the bare minimum – getting quite a few appreciative glances – but shame man, they must have been freezing their buns off!

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