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CityPress - - News - BINWE ADE­BAYO binwe.ade­bayo@city­press.co.za

n one of the less sani­tised Women’s Month events on the cal­en­dar, Fairlady Mag­a­zine played host to celebri­ties, public fig­ures and the media at its Women of the Fu­ture Awards at The Maslow ho­tel in Sand­ton. The event, chaired by TV per­son­al­ity, mo­ti­va­tional speaker and com­pe­ti­tion judge Gerry Rantseli-Els­don, brought to­gether women in­volved in small and medium-sized en­ter­prises. But this was no busi­ness af­fair. Rather, it was a de­lec­ta­ble three-course lun­cheon and a chance to min­gle.

Be­fore the event be­gan, the red car­pet was abuzz as com­pe­ti­tion en­trants mixed with such celebri­ties as Di­neo Ranaka, Jen Su and Claudia Henkel. There was par­tic­u­lar ex­cite­ment about the pres­ence of Public Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela, who was one of the judges of the event.

Madon­sela was im­mac­u­lately dressed in a black pants suit, ac­cen­tu­ated by a gold state­ment neck­lace and neon-or­ange chunky heels.

Fairlady editor Suzy Brokensha gave an em­pow­er­ing speech at the be­gin­ning of the event about the chal­lenges women con­tinue to face.

“The goal is equal­ism, but fem­i­nism is the way we get there,” she said to rous­ing ap­plause. In the end, it was the win­ners who most en­joyed the event. An award was given to Afrilink HealthCare’s Boi­tumelo Nt­soane and another to Amy de Cas­tro of suc­cess­ful watch brand Bam­boo Revo­lu­tion. The 100 or so guests were treated to won­der­ful ser­vice by The Maslow staff. All in all, the event was a great suc­cess and a great

cel­e­bra­tion of women’s achieve­ments.

UP CLOSE Jen Su and Simphiwe Ma­jola

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