Some serious style on view in red carpet action for awards at the Opera House

IT was the “Community Oscars” in Nelson Mandela Bay at the weekend, and Skinnerbek can never resist a moment to catch a piece of the red carpet action whenever she can.
The Herald GM Citizen of the Year awards has always been a big calendar entry in the Bay but this year – revamped, revitalised and fully revved – it drew a sizeable throng of peeps, wanting to honour those special souls among us who go the extra mile. Let’s make that an extra hundred miles!
In this case, of course, it was the who’s who of the Bay who arrived at the Port Elizabeth Opera House on Friday night – some dressed stunningly to the nines and others dressed for the mines.
Kidding! The invitation did say “smart casual” so of course that misnomer for some is sommer jeans and T-shirt.
But generally the fashion police could take the night off ‘cos there was some serious style out there, folks.
And the emcee Riaad Moosa was something else. Skinnerbek can tell you the man just has to open his mouth and you are already canning yourself – he’s the kind of perfect host who makes you feel immediately comfortable that he’s not going to dry or something.
The gags just kept on coming. And the moves and music from the New Afroteens, DeJaVu, the NMMU Choir and Genesix were equally up to scratch.
Among the luminaries your Skinnerbek thought were utterly charming were education finalist Nomaxabiso Mkencele – who looked exquisite in her colourful, traditional outfit – and Proteas cricketer and sports, arts and culture finalist Johan Botha who was all smiles as he chatted to well-wishers ahead of Sunday’s big match against the Oz lads at St George’s Park. And those wishes obviously worked!
Suave municipal communications chief Roland Williams was spotted by Skinnerbek – once again with the very attractive and slender, sandy-brown-haired companion who has been seen by his side at Finezz on a previous occasion.
They really make a darling, handsome pair. Could it be getting serious?
Talking about our cricketers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were spotted having a drink at Coco De Mer on Friday night. (Don’t worry – well before Sunday!) They happily signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans who recognised them.
The two were in a super-relaxed mood and seemed to enjoy the music of Bay band Gifted, who made their big debut on Friday night.  Gifted are just that – and they wowed the crowd with a spectacular performance.

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