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CityPress - - News - RE­ABETSWE MASHIGO re­abetswe.mashigo@city­press.co.za

he Women of Sub­stance Awards were hosted by the African Women Char­tered Ac­coun­tants at The Fo­rum in Bryanston on Thurs­day.

The crème de la crème at­tended, which made for an event with women dressed to the nines in cov­etable tra­di­tional en­sem­bles.

A glitzy red car­pet led women into the venue and the beau­ti­ful women of sub­stance had their five-minute Hol­ly­wood turn on it.

It was also there that we plebs re­ceived our welcome drinks, which set the tone for the night. It was Cham­pagne and more Cham­pagne – even the French would have been proud.

The sound­track to all the Cham­pagne was plenty of jazz, which gave the func­tion a so­phis­ti­cated and el­e­gant edge.

UN deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka gave a warm key­note speech in which she high­lighted women’s unity in mov­ing for­ward by stand­ing to­gether.

Public Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela was the star of the show in a tight, blue, off-theshoulder dress that ac­cen­tu­ated her curves. Her hair and make-up were flaw­less. She re­ceived the 2015 Women of Sub­stance Award for ex­cel­lent ser­vice to her of­fice.

We were treated to a three-course meal that I’m still crav­ing right now. Who knew fried feta would tan­talise my taste buds? What a way to start Women’s Month.

PHOTOS: LUCKY NXUMALO

AFRICAN QUEENS From left: Thuli Madon­sela, Pa­tience Kgetsi, Le­bo­hang Mashinini, Sindi Mabaso-Koy­ana and Wendy Luhabe at the Women of Sub­stance Awards

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