Am­bas­sadors of event were no page-turn­ers

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

The Na­tional Book Week launch was hosted at the Emoyeni Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Park­town at 10am on Thurs­day. Sadly, the event was a yawn fest. Guests and mem­bers of the media were treated to cof­fee and bran muffins – that was it. The event started an hour late and peo­ple were fam­ished. There was no time to hang around for lunch – sched­uled for 2pm. No one trusted it would be served on time.

Ac­tress and model Pearl Thusi was ex­tremely late, as usual, but the celebs who were punc­tual – in­clud­ing the likes of for­mer Bongo Maf­fin mem­ber Stoan Seate – looked ef­fort­lessly dap­per. Thank good­ness there was some­thing good to look at.

Just a tip for Na­tional Book Week am­bas­sadors Thusi, Seate, so­cialite Lupi Ng­cay­isa, Metro FM news­reader Re­filoe Mpakanyane and TV per­son­al­ity Aaron Moloisi: in fu­ture, come early, and you won’t have your heads bit­ten off by hun­gry jour­nal­ists.

Mpakanyane mas­tered the chilled-out look. Her grace and hu­mil­ity ra­di­ated through the room. She’s such a calm soul.

Singer and song­writer Nancy G was also there. She could have saved the day with her di­vine voice – there was no en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer.

The event wrapped up with the un­veil­ing of a bus, which will tour South Africa to pro­mote read­ing. I won­der whether they’ll get the mes­sage across with­out putting peo­ple to sleep af­ter a launch like that. Claps once!

LOVE TO READ Deputy Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture Re­joice Mabudafhas­i at the Na­tional Book Week bus un­veil­ing

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