City Press celebrates 30 years in style

2012-04-28 09:58

I’d like to state for the record that this week I’m completely subjective about an event.

On Tuesday night, the only place worth being spotted at was this paper’s birthday bash, which was held at The Bus Factory in Newtown, Joburg.

Here at City Press, we’re quite a laid-back (but often crazy) bunch, so I expected the party to be the same. Instead, we had a party good enough to host royalty and ­presidents.

Guests were driven by chauffeur to the venue from the parking – good thing because my shoes were not exactly made for trekking more than a metre.

At the venue, guests were greeted with flashing camera lights, canapes and some bubbly from roving waiters.
As soon as the meet-and-greets were done, outside in a red-and-white-decorated cocktail area, guests were ushered inside to their respective tables.

MC for the night was Redi ­Tlhabi.

As for the calibre of guests, you couldn’t ask for a more fun-loving bunch, or “funsters” as Editor ­Ferial Haffajee named them during her speech.

Anyone who was anyone was there – my crazy colleagues; the editor of the paper, who was wearing a pretty Sun Goddess black dress; CEO of Naspers Koos Bekker; former City Press editors Khulu Sibiya, Mathatha Tsedu and Len Kalane; Media 24 CEO Esmare Weideman in a little black dress; UDM president Bantu Holomisa;

Arthur Mafokate and Chomee; CEO of Cell C Alan Knott-Craig; Metro FM’s Criselda Kananda; businesswoman ­Ayanda Mbanga; senior vice-president and MD at MTV Networks Africa Alex Okosi; editor of Destiny Man and former City Press columnist Kojo Baffoe; trend forecaster Dion Chang; branding professional Thebe Ikalafeng; and fashion designers David Tlale and Paledi Segapo.

Top Billing’s Lorna Maseko looked radiant in a cream dress, while actress and Real Goboza presenter Pearl Thusi looked sultry in a black-and-white number dressed up with red lipstick.

Also spotted were former Miss SA Teen Zizo Beda and her Selimathunzi crew, who were doing interviews. Zandi Nzalo looking svelte in a red dress and heels ­despite a swollen ankle.

There were also many brave-hearted government department chiefs. You know you have a clear conscience when you attend a party hosted by a newspaper notorious for outing corruption.

The speeches were minimal – thank goodness – and took place between the delicious courses served. That salmon main course is still one of the best I’ve had.

The night started picking up when Lira took to the stage to belt out her hits, which had most of us on our feet, singing and dancing along.

That was the last time anyone saw their seats because straight after her, Mi Casa really kicked off the party stage.

There was even a guest who went up on stage to get up close and personal with the lead singer, J’Something, and gave us her version of a strut. She’s got a lot of courage, I can tell you that! At least she got a peck on the cheek for her fun stunt.

After Mi Casa, the party was moved to a makeshift dance floor where Blackcoffee manned the decks for guests to party the night away.

So, if you missed the party, make sure you start making nice with this newspaper so you can finagle an invite to the big four-oh. It’s bound to be epic.

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