Durban July: Fun despite the cold


Horses compete with fashion, marquees, bubbly and celebs at Vodacom Durban July

In spite of the unusually cold weather, the 2016 Vodacom Durban July, which took place at the Greyville racecourse yesterday, still drew hundreds of people, both badly dressed and well turned out.

Model Win Wheeler and her husband Mike at the 2016 Vodacom Durban July
Mamantsoe Mokoatle, (left) and Sboniso Maphanga at the Vodacom Durban July Pictures: Siyanda Mayeza/City Press
Jadine Pitout at the Vodacom Durban July

This year’s event even had President Jacob Zuma in attendance. He wore a simple white shirt, jersey and dark suit.

He was joined by First Lady Thobeka Madiba Zuma, who looked lovely in a red ensemble.

Other high-profile politicians who attended were Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize.

As usual, it was the battle of the marquees. Some of the best ones included the Mabala Noise Entertainment marquee, the same people who had one of the Mother of All parties.

It even had two storeys to ensure there was sufficient space to accommodate the rather large crowd gathered inside.

Their guests – who included Khanyi Mbau, Nomzamo Mbatha, Pearl Thusi, Jabu Pule, and DJs Chynaman and Bongz – enjoyed eating, drinking and dancing the afternoon away.

Record label Afrotainment celebrated its 10th anniversary with a fancy tent, decorated with glittery chandeliers and table centrepieces.

Their Fact Durban Rocks after-party had heavyweights such as AKA and Black Entertainment Television award-winner Black Coffee attending.

As always, the SABC marquee hosted the most popular faces in the country. Large groups of excited fans were hanging around outside, hoping to get a glimpse, a hello or a selfie with their favourite presenters and celebrities on the box.

As expected, the horses played second fiddle to the fashion, the music and the glam.

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