Plat Africa Awards / Shine & Skitter Magazine 2016 edition launches in Johannesburg

At the Plat Africa 2015 Awards held on Thursday evening in Sandton, Anglo American Platinum Limited partnered with SHINE/SKITTER Magazine to unveil the latest jewellery and accessories trends for 2016, and launch the magazine’s 2016 edition to the public.

The annual PlatAfrica competition which has been running for 16 years, has become synonymous with excellence in platinum jewellery design and is an important aspect of Anglo American Platinum’s beneficiation activities. Platinum jewellery remains one of the most sought-after metals and South Africa supplies approximately 80% of global demand for this rare resource. The competition is open to students, apprentices and professional jewellers working in South Africa and the industry’s top achievers were recognised for their work.

The winner is student category was Karin Niehaus from Jack Friedman Jewellers, while top honours in the professional catergory went to Bhekithemba Ngema from Ben & Co Designs.

The A-list event also saw the launch of the 2016 edition of SHINE/SKITTER magazine – an annual glossy showcase of the world’s finest gems, jewellery designs and watches. The latest issue is bagged with the bumper December 2015 editions of FAIRLADY, True Love, Sarie and Grazia — a showcase of THE female glossy magazines in South Africa.

This massive reach makes SHINE/SKITTER the biggest luxury, jewellery and watch publication in South Africa, offering almost every woman in the country the opportunity to enjoy the very latest in exquisite accessories. Previous cover models of this prestigious annual magazine include international model Candice Boucher as well as the self-dubbed Queen of SA Media and TV presenter, Bonang Matheba.

This year’s editions of SHINE/SKITTER feature a quartet of TV presenters, each with their own spotlight on the four magazine covers: Expresso presenters Zoe Brown and Leigh-Anne Williams, Top Billing’s Jade Hubner as well as Afternoon Express host, Bonnie Mbuli.

Over 250 invited guests, fashionistas and local celebrities attended the prestigious event, including the likes of businesswoman Sonia Booth and her husband Matthew, model Candice Boucher, TV presenter Paul Rothmann, actresses Thembisa Mdoda and Krijay Govender, TV presenter and author Jen Su, Supersport anchor Elma Smit as well as soccer manager and coach, Eduan Naude. The evening’s VIP guests of honour were Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam (The High Commissioner of India), Mr Hitesh Rajpal (First Secretary Political & Cultural – High Commission of India) as well as Mr Randhir Jaiswal (Consul General – High Commission of India).

SHINE is published by Media24 Magazines’ Women’s Interest Division, with Yvonne Shaff at the helm of the SHINE/SKITTER advertising sales: “Once again this year’s SHINE/SKITTER project has been an incredible experience – working with some of the leading luxury brands in the world. We are so proud to be able to offer them a beautiful platform on which to showcase their products and designs to South African shoppers.”

“The ongoing support for SHINE/SKITTER in a challenging economic climate is proof that true quality and luxury will always endure.”

Editing SHINE/SKITTER this year, was veteran magazine editor Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly who, with her team, compiled the very latest in trends and news from the world of luxury and accessory fashion.

“SHINE/SKITTER is like no other magazine in the world. It is unashamedly luxurious and indulgent – with incredible advertisers who go to remarkable lengths to bring us beautiful designs and pieces for the pages of the magazine,” says Jacquie.

“Consumers are waking up to the fact that luxury is not simply an indulgence, but an investment in quality. The pages of SHINE/SKITTER 2016 reflect this appreciation of luxury and aim to inspire some exciting Christmas shopping!”

Source: SHINE/SKITTER Magazines and Media 24

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