Blaque Conversations affair

2012-02-11 09:36

Social gatherings can be rather tedious as it’s often the same old thing – fake air kisses, small talk, loud music and much alcohol.

But on Wednesday, I opted for something more educational and engaging as I attended the Blaque Conversations Dinner at the Chateaux dÁx in Bryanston, one of Johannesburg’s posh northern suburbs.
The interesting part was that I didn’t know what to expect.

All I had been told was that we were going to have an open discussion on a topic raised by dancer/choreographer Somizi Mhlongo. And guests from all walks of life – from singer Unathi Msengana and her hubby Thomas and TV and sports personalities Lupi Ngcayisa and Mpho Maboi, to uber-businesswoman Wendy Luhabe – were to be involved in the debate.

My interest was piqued. As we arrived, everyone was welcomed with a glass of bubbly as we browsed the Chateaux dÁx store’s expensive furniture. Starters of beetroot with feta cheese and salmon were served as editor of Blaque, Monwabisi Thethe, began proceedings. A tasting of the French cognac, Bisquit, took place just before main courses of couscous with vegetables, chicken curry, roast beef, pumpkin and green salad were served.

And then the conversation began – on the topic of South Africans not investing in their own people and resources as much as they are willing to endorse foreign products.
Several people brought up intriguing points which had many chatting away.

The evening was a huge success, except for an awkward moment when a white man stood up and called everyone “black diamonds”. I laughed because I knew he meant it in the best possible way, but it seemed that the others didn’t take it so well.

I would like to do more of this. Partying for no good reason is getting stale.

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