Celebs baroque the night away at lekker shindig

AFTER a well-deserved break, your Skinnerbekkie had a busy week with a birthday bash for our very favourite gent topping the charts. The unveiling ceremony gala of the giant birthday card for Madiba on Mandela Day saw me reach for my stilettoes and frock for a night out in honour of this icon.

This initiative was also to raise funds for Mandela Bay Cares and the Bay peeps signed the card in numbers raising a lot of money for the charity.

After doing my 67 minutes of goodwill, I was ready for a great party with Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels.

Bumped into a few familiar faces Clifford Ngakane and Liz Prins. This man about town told me they had been dating for a while, you could see they were positively smitten. They cut a nice Prins Ngakane outfit with coordinated attire of grey silk with red accents.

The puzzle of the night was Seki Mandaba’s outfit of lime green skinny jeans paired with a cream wool jacket very arty but totally out of place at this glam shindig. Our ex-Miss PE Chuma Myoli was a sight in blue isishweshwe, and she has now settled at Transnet.

Someone needs to tell speech-writers to keep speeches short and to the point especially when it is a school night – MC Buli G had her hands full trying to control the programme, which also started late. The buffet we were served was great but queuing for my meal has never been my strong point.

Songstress Charmaine Allison – mom of one of our three South African Idols finalists, Melissa Allison – also stepped up to sign the card, in a red dress with a neckline that plunged to Antarctica and back. Still, if you had not heard her before, now you also know where Melissa gets that voice.

Am sure you also were glued to the TV on Sunday evening to see PE gals Melissa and Thabs Mhlakulwana do their thing in the top nine female line-up in Idols (Jean Huisman sang on Saturday, with the final nine guys). Here’s hoping they all go through!

I had been looking forward to my next event ever since I received my invite for the reopening of Cubana; it was like taking a trip back in time, the place abuzz with glamour girls and debonair people. Roland Williams sported a red shirt accessorised with a colourful bow-tie, his beautiful date in a red dress, I do not know who dresses whom here but I have not seen Mr Communication looking so good in a while.

Skinnerbekkie also had the honour of seeing our speaker of council Maria Hermans and deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi sipping on a few fine cocktails. Also at the invitation only shindig was newly elected president of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Mandla Madwara, who’s turning out to be quite the socialite or in business terms, networking extraordinaire.

I was bummed that I could not get a seat outside as it was beautifully warm for a chilly evening. Well done to the new owners, Cubana’s outside deck is usable even in winter.

I rounded off the week at Isango Gate boutique hotel in Summerstrand where the delectable Dr Neil Littelton and Algoa FM presenter Lauren Mungur rocked the launch of the Igazi Red Ball.

With a theme of “Baroque and Roll” they gave party-goers an idea of just what to wear at the charity event. Mungur wore an OTT creation by Heinz in Style, and the designer said he would be auctioning off the sumptuous gown at the ball on September 15. If the ball is anything like the first held last year at the Radisson, it will be THE social event of 2012. See you there!

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