Scene City: The good life in Mzansi

2012-03-10 13:15

You know pockets are deep when a local donates money to an American superstar’s charity foundation.

This is what happened on Tuesday night when energy and mining mogul Tim Tebeila’s TT Foundation made a donation to R&B star Usher’s New Look foundation at an exclusive dinner held at Tebeila’s house in Hurlingham, Sandton.

“It’s time we met our American counterparts on an equal footing,” said Tebeila in his toast.

“As Africans, we also need to start giving. For real respect and exchange to develop between Americans and Africans, we need to take our charity to them as well,” said the multimillionaire.

And just in case Usher wasn’t sure of the calibre of the guests, Tebeila let it be known that he was sitting among some of South Africa’s wealthiest people, who control multimillion-rand budgets.

You wouldn’t be surprised if you saw the gigantic three-storey Tebeila mansion with lift, cinema, spa, butler, land-scaped grounds and kitch monogrammed wooden furniture.

Guests were fetched from the gate in a Rolls-Royce and dropped at the imported 200-year-old door.

The local who’s who were decked in their finery, including newly married Zizi Kodwa and his wife, Zama; power couples Given and Ipeleng Mkhari, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Dr Mandlalele Mhinga; Madiba’s former lawyer, Bally, and his ex-TV presenter wife, Augustine Chuene; and model Lee-Ann Liebenberg with hubby Nicky van der Walt.

Doris Msibi, who recently gave birth to her third child, looks fantastic post-baby. Even the premier of Gauteng, Nomvula Mokonyane, was there to meet the former teen heart-throb from the US.

Designers Thula Sindi and Craig Jacobs attended to support their friend and fellow designer, Gavin Rajah, who organised the event.

The guest of honour arrived three hours late looking dog tired, which is understandable considering he had only just landed.

During the three-course dinner, the singer briefly explained: “I started my foundation to give hope to a worldwide youth. We formed a partnership with the Tim Tebeila Foundation because it is working with the youth to give them hope.”

Good to see that aside from belting out sexy songs and entertaining us with his dance moves, Usher still takes time to give back – and have pictures taken with the throngs of businesswomen turned Usher groupies who forgot they were with their husbands.

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