Bonang’s Gianmarco Lorenzi heels to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy

2014-05-22 15:57

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The late Nelson Mandela is remembered for many qualities, but the one that has stuck with local celebrity Bonang Matheba is giving.

“I learnt that to be a great person, you have to give to the next. And the more you give, the more you get. That’s the one thing I learnt from him,” she said at the launch of her Queen B’s Gumtree Boutique in Joburg last night.

Matheba hosted a little more than a dozen journalists from various media houses to join her in the launch of her fashion outlet, which is in partnership with online classifieds giant Gumtree.

“I’m selling some of my favourite fashion items and some couture dresses. And the sales from the items are going to charity,” she said.

Matheba will put up about 30 clothing items for sale. “The hardest item to give away will be my Gianmarco Lorenzi heels, also the Gavin Rajah dress I wore to Prince Harry’s gala dinner and the white evening dress I wore to my 25th birthday celebration,” she said.

The proceeds will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which Matheba has supported for the past two years.

Claire Cobbledick, Gumtree SA’s head of marketing, said they hoped to bring other celebrities on board to make this an ongoing initiative.

Matheba said: “I want to see more female celebrities doing this. I know I want Jeannie D’s closet. I’d love to have Jo-Ann Strauss’ shoes and Lee-Ann Liebenberg’s dresses.”

The online store will be open to the public from June 2 to June 13.

Matheba said that apart from supporting the work of the foundation, she hoped that through her love for fashion, she could brighten someone else’s day.

“I promise you all these items will be gone by the third. So I think I might look for more things on the fourth of June,” she said jokingly.

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