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