Skinnerbek bounces from art galleries to soccer matches

Bigwigs from the Bay and far beyond would have wanted to crack the nod for the Edge Finance Group’s 15th anniversary celebrations, held at the GFI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth’s Park Drive last Thursday.

Led by Nelson Mandela Bay’s iconic Gutsche business family, whose members attended Edward Gutsche’s celebration from far-flung corners of the continent, guests – ranging from business people and investors to managing directors and politicians – were dressed to the nines, tens and elevens.

Well-planned and finely orchestrated, the glittering event treated the likes of Bay mayor Athol Trollip, businessman Stephen Dondolo, Mandela Bay Development Agency marketing head Luvuyo Bangazi and even The Herald and Weekend Post’s editor Brett Horner, to a smorgasbord of the finest eats and a dizzying list of beverages, ranging from high-end wines and craft beers to single- malt whisky.

What an impressive jol this was … in fact the rest of the weekend paled in comparison;

Your Skinnerbek decided to kick off last Friday’s recovery mode with a chill session at Finnezz – their virgin cocktails are great when you’re trying not to overindulge!

DJ Biggs and Dee-Cap Le Fun were there, having a blast as usual. Speaking about Biggs, I can’t wait to catch his first indoor beach party to be held at Kwa Ngqoko some time this month.

In the meantime, ladies and gents, start working on burning those calories and remember we can’t all wear bikinis.

On Sunday, I went to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the soccer match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United. Fans showed up in their numbers, which was encouraging.

I especially enjoyed the love by the likes of kwaito star Professor and Shwi Nomthekala.

Is it me or is DJ Xceedo gaining a little excess weight? Perhaps he just looked weird without the usual makeup.

Umhlobo Wenene Fm presenter, Mafa Bavuma, looked handsome in his smart-casual outfit, but perhaps sports gear would have been a more appropriate choice.

After the game, all roads led to Dopparoz in KwaZakhele. As usual, the place did not disappoint.

The vibe was spot-on and they played some nice slow jams, giving the lovebirds a chance to reconnect.

SuperSport soccer commentator Baba Mthethwa was also there, looking very snazzy. He was agreeable enough to pose for pictures with the fans before buying two bottles of expensive whisky.

Would you believe I bumped into former president Kgalema Motlanthe sporting a Nelson Mandela look at the Port Elizabeth airport?

However, I did not even get a chance to greet him as he was surrounded by security.

And finally, Skinnerbek would also like to congratulate Umhlobo Wenene’s BEE presenter, Putco Mafani, on receiving the Honorary King Sigcau Award.

Ciao, darlings, I’m off to another pressing social engagement, so let’s catch up on the weekend goss next Friday!


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