It was a night of Armilla Avondale, power couples and charity at the Salvation Army fundraising gala dinner. Sibaonga Sithole mingled with the generous set
The best social event of the week belongs to the Salvation Army fundraising gala dinner. It ticked all the boxes with an impressive guest list that boasted political heavyweights and captains of business.
Titled Building South Africa Together – the dinner-cum-fundraiser took place at the newly opened Maslow Conference Centre in Sandton, northern Joburg, on Thursday night.
The guests stuck to the dress code of black tie as high-fliers and high ballers of note mingled freely.
It was going to be difficult to get these luminaries under one roof with the guest list that featured Patrice and Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Tshepo Motsepe, Tselane Tambo, Basetsana and Romeo Kumalo, Johannna Mukoki, Zizi Kodwa, Augustine Masilela-Chuene and Kerishnie Naicker.
So the Motsepes pulled a no-show and Bassie came without her Romeo.
However, those who showed up did not disappoint in raising the stakes. Former presidential spokesperson Kodwa and wife Zama came out with guns blazing. He in a black suit and bow tie, and she in a tight-fitting black dress and cream heels. Zizi complained that Zama had dragged him kicking and screaming to the event and as partner and husband he could not say no.
ANC deputy president Ramaphosa made a true VVIP appearance, and was seen escorted by the organisers. He made a speech towards the end of the event.
Almost collided with a rushing Sonia Sedibe at the ballroom entrance – she too was dressed in a stylish black dress.
Deputy CEO of Standard Bank, Sim Tshabalala, was there, and so was KayaFM MD, Greg Maloka, who cleaned up nicely in a tux instead of his usual, drab shirts and jeans.
Naima McLean, the latest singing sensation from Durban, seems to headline every big occasion nowadays. Sadly, this night her performance was below standard, coaxing Lupi Ngcayisa to complain to his partner and former colleague, Power FM daytime host Azania Mosaka. Ngcayisa remarked that Naima should have paid a live band to help her out as a newcomer.
Her poem, I Wish, was also met with mixed reactions by a crowd that is used to clinching deals over a round of golf.
Top Billing presenter and ladies’ man Simba Mhere was the MC for the night and did what all MCs do – call the names of speakers and those who have to come up on stage and so on.
The drink of choice was Armilla Avondale sparkling wine, which guests slurped throughout the night.
The three-course meal included the classic (and dare I say tired) butternut soup with cinnamon croutons served with fresh bread rolls and Italian herb salad.
The main course was basil-crusted Scottish salmon with dill, crushed new potato, and for dessert guests nibbled on vanilla bean crème brule with orange sorbet and espresso. Delightful.
Guests brought their purses for the work being done by the Salvation Army and did their best for the community.
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