This stylish councillor is dedicated to our city

WHILE many enjoyed a day off work and a braai in the Windy City, many public servants marked the public holiday on National Heritage Day in a more serious manner. Councillor Babalwa Lobishe, for example, spent the day in New Brighton at a Legends of Rugby tribute, instead of settling for family time at home.

Perhaps that dedication to duty explains why La Femme took months to pin down the woman in charge of the Nelson Mandela Bay’s mayoral committee portfolio of sport, recreation, arts and culture for a lunch date.

With such a wide-ranging portfolio under her fashionable belt, it was only last Friday that Lobishe managed to join La Femme for a lunch at Ginger – one of her favourite restaurants.

Over a delectable chateaubriand steak – flambéed by veteran maitre d’ Gino Faraglia – Lobishe relaxed and gave a glimpse into her busy life.

I have a soft spot for … Kids, the elderly and dogs.

I should have studied … Politics.

I’d love to party with … Zonke Dikana.

I’m listening to … Bob Marley and Zonke.

When I was 16, I wish I knew … How to save R50 a month. I would have been rich now.

I’ll know I’ve made it when … I have overcome an obstacle.

The person who has taught me the most is … My dear mother.

My fashion weakness is … Every nice clothing item.

I really dislike … Xhosa parents who do not speak Xhosa to their children at home.

Nothing makes me happier than … Planning and successfully achieving a programme.

Please never give me … Pork (I am allergic).

I am saving to buy … A farm.

I share my life with … My father, three siblings and two nieces.

I can’t go a day without … A smile and food.

My favourite places in the metro are … The Donkin Reserve and restaurant (I love its carrot cake) and Red Location as the city’s transformation pride.

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