What I love about my friend...

FROM WIS­DOM, WIT AND GEN­EROS­ITY TO THEIR MOVI­ES­TAR LOOKS, THERE ARE MANY REA­SONS WE LOVE OUR CLOS­EST FRIENDS. WE ASKED EIGHT WOMEN FOR THEIRS

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…her gen­eros­ity

ANANDA BOOY­SEN, 30

LAW LEC­TURER AND AT­TOR­NEY

‘Sa’diyah de­votes an ex­tra­or­di­nary amount of time and at­ten­tion to her friends. Her car­ing na­ture is truly un­par­al­leled. I once phoned her when I was hav­ing a re­ally bad day and she slipped away from work to bring me a cute teddy bear and the yum­mi­est cup­cake. She treats me like fam­ily and I know that she will al­ways care for me. Sa’diyah loves un­con­di­tion­ally. Her gen­eros­ity and self­less­ness have taught me that the act of giv­ing it­self is re­ward­ing.’

...her sense of mis­chief NOBUNTU MQULWANAMHLAMBI, 31

SINGER, WRITER

‘Any mo­ment with Ayanda holds po­ten­tial for a good laugh. She’s sassy. She says the things that most of us are think­ing but wouldn’t dare say. Sit­ting next to her at a din­ner party means se­ri­ous chuck­ling, as with the re­runs in my head on the drive home. Vi­brancy sur­rounds her like a bright, glow­ing light. I think it has to do with her be­ing so com­fort­able in her own skin.’

…her fear­less­ness

SA’DIYAH SAMROD, 28

AT­TOR­NEY

‘Ananda con­fronts her chal­lenges and fears. She is not afraid to ask for help when she needs it be­cause she recog­nises her abil­ity to be vul­ner­a­ble as a sign of strength, not weak­ness. She ac­knowl­edges and tack­les her fears, and then moves on. I ad­mire that she be­lieves ig­no­rance is not bliss, but self-de­struc­tive. She is a fine ex­am­ple of strength, de­ter­mi­na­tion and op­ti­mism.’

...her spon­tane­ity

ROSHNI BOS­MAN, 27 OC­CU­PA­TIONAL THER­A­PIST

‘One Fri­day af­ter work we were chat­ting about what we were keen to do that weekend. Ran­domly, Whit­ney de­cided we should go some­where out of Jo’burg. We laughed at the idea, then stared at each other and shouted: ‘Why not?!’ We packed a bag, made book­ings at a B&B, and off we went. With Whit­ney, a chilled af­ter­noon can turn into an un­planned and fan­tas­tic road trip.’

…her hot­ness JEANNE-MARIE VAN ROOYEN, 39

SELF-EM­PLOYED

‘Jea­nine looks a lit­tle like An­ge­line Jolie, which has its perks. When we were younger we were al­ways es­corted to the front of the queue at clubs and got the best ser­vice in restaurants. We met when we were 12, liv­ing on neigh­bour­ing farms. Now, go­ing into our 40s, she’s even more beau­ti­ful than she was back then.Yet she man­ages to re­main hum­ble. She knows me in­side out; that helps to keep you hon­est with oth­ers, and more im­por­tantly with yourself.’

...her cre­ative spirit

AYANDA DYASI, 29 AT­TOR­NEY

‘NoBuntu doesn’t need any­one to put their stamp of ap­proval on her. She does what she be­lieves in and she’s fear­less when it comes to pur­su­ing what she wants. She isn't afraid to speak her truth. She is a laid-back free spirit. When we met seven years ago I was fas­ci­nated be­cause she doesn’t par­tic­i­pate in Jo’burg’s rat race. It made her dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­one else I knew; that at­tracted me to her.’

…her op­ti­mism

JEA­NINE VILJOEN, 38 AD­VER­TIS­ING SALES EX­EC­U­TIVE

‘The glass is con­sis­tently half full for Jeanne-Marie. She’s al­ways will­ing to give people a chance. She’ll see right through me; she can tell when there’s some­thing I’m keep­ing from her.’

…her am­bi­tion

WHIT­NEY JA­COBS, 26

MAR­KET­ING OF­FI­CER

‘Roshni is fu­ture­fo­cused. She un­der­stands that the best things in life aren’t al­ways easy; she’s will­ing to work hard and make sac­ri­fices to at­tain her goals. She still keeps up with the lat­est celeb gos­sip – a trait that I find sur­pris­ingly in­for­ma­tive and a lit­tle scary!’

ANANDA SLEEVE­LESS COAT, ZARA; CHECKED SHIRT,TOP­SHOP; LEATHER JOG­GERS, TOM TAI­LOR AT EDGARS.

ANANDA & SA’DIYAH SA’DIYAH JUMP SUIT,

ZARA; NECK­LACE,

EGAL­ITY.

NOBUNTU COAT, PEN­CIL SKIRT WITH

ZIP, BOTH TOP­SHOP; VEST, STYLIST’S OWN; NECK­LACE,

ZARA.

ROSHNI & WHIT­NEY ROSHNI TAR­TAN JACKET AND SHORTS, BOTH ZARA; VEST, STYLIST’S OWN; NECK­LACE, EGAL­ITY; BOOTS, HER OWN. WHIT­NEY

BLACKAND-WHITE

PRINTED SKIRT AND TOP, BOTH

ZARA; SHOES, HER OWN.

AYANDA TWEED

COAT, EDGARS; SHIRT,TOP­SHOP; LEATHER SKIRT,

FREE 2BU AT EDGARS; GOLD

NECK­LACE WITH PEARLS,

TOP­SHOP.

NOBUNTU & AYANDA

JEA­NINE DRESS, LEATHER

JOG­GERS, BOTH ZARA; NECK­LACE, EGAL­ITY;

SHOES, HER OWN. JEANNE-MARIE & JEA­NINE JEANNE-MARIE DRESS, ZARA;

NECK­LACE, AND BOOTS,

HER OWN.

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