Gettin’ down to business

2013-03-03 10:00

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Tuesday night’s gala dinner, hosted by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane as a debriefing of her provincial address, was a welcome relief from the party scene overrun by starlets in “freak’em” outfits.

The private space at the Rosebank Hyatt Hotel, Joburg, was teeming with ladies in safe black and muted colours, two-piece skirt suits and dignified hemlines. The hostess, Mokonyane, being a daring dresser, was in bling frothy pink and white down to her nails.

The dress showed some leg while the jacket sported diamante embellishments on the stitching. Her pixie hairdo is growing on us too.

Businesswoman Carol Bouwer made a rare appearance. She hasn’t aged at all, but that bubble black-and-white dress is another matter.

Guests enjoyed home-cured salmon for starters and sipped JC Le Roux sparkling wines, which made them loose enough to even dance later to Idols

diva Tshidi Tenyane’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know.

Funny man Kedibone Mulaudzi was the MC and had the crowd in stitches. However, I propose a bill be passed against long speeches

at government events.

When we finally tucked into the grilled beef fillet, herb-infused mash and sautéed mixed vegetables, we were starving.

At least the premier cracked some jokes as she poked fun at some of her comrades. Spoken-word performer Lebo Mashile was rocking a suicide blonde hairdo and a blue dress. Her poetry is still spellbinding.

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