Social – Sleepless in Joburg

2013-09-15 10:00

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Wednesday night was the busiest on the Joburg social calendar as the party set hobnobbed across the city for several engagements.

Festivities began at the Jet summer range launch at 03 Desmond in Kramerville, Sandton, hosted by man-about-town Proverb.

Glamour girl Lerato Kganyago was the star of the night despite not being on the ramp or really doing anything substantial.

Presenter Mark Lottering enthrals the audience by doing a cheeky butt jiggle

She has been travelling the world – LA last month, London last week, Joburg this week – and she looked amazing in her black-and-white number.

Freedom Hadebe, who was once a 7de Laan star, made a rare appearance.

He said he is now a businessman who owns a hardware store.

What’s more is that he is getting married in December to his sweetheart with a charming name, ­Willow.

He mingled happily with his industry peers after so many years out of the limelight, gushing that this was not planned as he was just there to collect his ­fiancée and ended up seeing old friends.

Idols stars Monde Msutwana and Dominic Neill sat together.

The reality TV alumni also bragged about their new singles, which have just hit the radio waves.

Teboho Pheko, one of the head honchos at Edcon group looked casual and hip, and expressed his happiness with the showcase of this summer’s must-haves.

»?Then it was off to the MasterChef SA finale at the Southern Sun Hotel in Hyde Park.

Capetonian Kamini Pather was revealed as the winner, beating ­Leandri van der Wat from Mahikeng.

She actually won the competition back in February but the episode was only broadcast this week.

So it’s been seven months of suppressing her excitement and a massive delayed reaction to all those who were in on the secret.

Chef Benny Masekwameng, who is now a bona fide celebrity, brought his gracious wife Purity along.

He told me that she’s the one who does most of the cooking at home.

The sushi starter was on point and was followed by a succulent beef fillet, and a spread of sweets for dessert.

»?My heart almost stopped when I saw Khanyi Dhlomo and her husband Chinezi Chijioke dining outside The Grillhouse in Atholl, the venue for AKA’s listening session.

Could it be the businesswoman is secretly a fan?

It turned out to be a private dinner for the couple.

Inside, it was a dark and smoky affair.

Revellers were decked out in hip-hop gear and addressing each other in hip-hop speak while bobbing their heads to the music.

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Things got under?way after 10pm when the prince of hip-hop played his tunes to a good reception.

»?The Strictly Come Dancing finale was a highly charged and emotional affair after the axing of Thapelo Mokoena just before the finals.

While ­Zakeeya Patel is a deserving winner, the crowd felt let down when their favourite, Lalla Hirayama, settled for the runner-up position.

Earlier on, former Scandal! and The Wild actor Shona Ferguson and daughter Alicia were there to support his wife Connie.

But he also indicated that he was rooting for fellow actor Thapelo Mokoena.

“That’s my guy,” he chuckled.

Fitness enthusiast and SuperSport presenter Stacey Holland indicated that she would love to take part in the next season of Strictly Come Dancing and in between her support for Patel, she dished out diet and health tips.

Entertainment and music industry guru Randall Abrahams said he was there mainly “to have a good time and enjoy the show”, and was not rooting for anyone in particular.

He did his bit – occasionally clapping and standing when the need arose. – Additional reporting by Siyabonga Sithole

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