Aimless party week in chilly Jozi

2012-06-23 10:27

With our resident Liker Of Things, madam Mokgadi Seabi, galavanting with Usher in the US this past week, the incredibly difficult task of mingling with Jozi’s social set fell on my already overburdened shoulders.

Like the trooper that I am, I banished all thoughts of curling up on the couch next to a roaring log fire and indulging in my favourite series. The heels came on, the red lips glimmered and off I went.

» Tuesday evening saw the launch of the latest “miracle” phone, the Nokia Lumia 900, at Turbine Hall in Newtown, downtown Jozi.

The launch, in conjunction with cellular operator MTN and software company Microsoft, was themed around the latest Batman movie, The Rise of the Dark Knight, which opens at local cinemas at the end of July.

Because we haven’t seen the movie yet, its significance and relationship to the said phone was lost in translation as I found the whole theme quite random.

As for the guests, I spotted not a single usual suspect.

Instead, it was wall-to-wall media and technology industry people in monochromatic and earth-toned outfits.

The food – potato gnocchi and wild mushroom starter, seared fillet of beef with sundried tomato soup for mains and canapés for dessert – was definitely the highlight.

I was home by 9pm and no, we didn’t receive free cellphones.


» On Wednesday evening, Metro FM threw the random-party-of-the-week at EmoyeniEstate & Conference Centre in Parktown.

Basically, the DJs were having an uber-stylish magazine shoot.

Only they invited the media and arbitrary “likers of things” who obviously have a morbid fear of staying in at home.

The ladies of Metro were all dolled up and looked pretty as they sashayed around the venue trying desperately not to appear bored or impatient.

After waiting 20 minutes for an Appletiser – and with a bowl of my favourite food waiting for me at home – I hightailed it out of there.

» Thursday evening was supposed to be Phuza Thursday at Tebogo Lerole’s African Gangsta birthday party.

But after loitering in a near-empty venue manned by waiters and bouncers who insisted people “buy a bottle” before they got seated, we gave up on the non-event after 11pm.

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