At home with Shauwn Mpisane

By Drum Digital
05 August 2014

Millionaire businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane has invited us to this lush rural homestead in Umbumbulu on the south coast of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal


Shauwn is tall with broad shoulders and she has a determined air about her.

WITH a warm smile she invites us inside ?her late parents’ home. “Both were ANC ?activists,” she says pointing to portraits hanging on a wall. “Unfortunately S’bu can’t join us as he’s busy with our lawyers to try and reclaim our cars, properties and cash that were seized,” she says, referring to her husband, a former Durban metro policeman turned businessman. (When we conducted the interview charges against her of fraud had just been withdrawn)

The imposing face-brick double storey house has a huge lounge and a TV area both decorated in light blue and white, while the reception area boasts warm earth colours with wooden finishes.

“Since this morning our phones have been ringing non-stop with well-wishes from business associates and total strangers,” she says as she offers us a drink to cool us down in the humid Durban weather.

“I like fashion and I’m a sucker for a good pair of shoes,” she says as she selects a few of her favourite designer dresses for the photo shoot. They include creations from well-known fashion houses overseas as well as local designers such as Francois Vedemme, David Tlale and Zarth by Zama Mathe.

It’s not just the expensive dresses which are displayed in her closet. There’s exquisite designer jewellery, too, and she selects pieces by the likes of YSL, Hublot Genève, Simon Carter, GaGà Milano and Franck Muller for her DRUM photo shoot.

“Will these match?” she asks. “These shoes are by footwear designers Christian Louboutin, TaylorSays, Betsey Johnson, Privileged and Dolce & Gabbana,” she says, putting them all to one side.

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