Prayers, politics, big cheques and a dream
FACT: when the name Nelson Mandela is mentioned, the world sits up and takes notice.
That ’ s exactly what Shwashwi did on Tuesday morning, but not in an elegant way. The sitting up was courtesy of yours truly being startled by the shrill ring of the alarm clock at some witching hour because she had a breakfast to attend. Shwashwi does not do mornings. Ever. But the name Nelson Mandela was being bandied about, so off we went to the Emoyeni conference venue in Parktown, where Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was hosting a select group at a breakfast to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
The MC was the delectable Andile Khumalo, investment entrepreneur and notable tweleb. His pretty face and commanding stance kept us from succumbing to morning yawns.
Spotted at a table in the front was Madiba’s honorary granddaughter Basetsana Kumalo, former radio personality Thabiso Sikwane, PowerFM ’ s Azania Mosaka and activist and motivational speaker Criselda Kananda. The ladies were decidedly less glam in their morning threads as they tweeted away and sipped hot beverages to chase away the morning winter chill.
Thabiso – that ’ s Mrs DJ Fresh to you – had a turn at the podium to talk about why she’s supporting the venture.
Some of us were a bit taken aback when she asked Nomvula to say a little prayer. It seems this has become a fad, one that some of us are not too keen on as we believe that people should indulge in their religion and/or spirituality in their own time. Ramming it down our throats just makes us choke.
But Nomvula obliged and deftly managed to fuse religion and politics in her three-minute prayer session. While we’re on Nomvula, Shwashwi does not know what the lady’s using but damn! she epitomises the “black don’t crack” adage. Mama Action was looking haute in a deep red suit and pearl accessories, and for the first time in a long while resembled a politician instead of a ghetto queen.
Thank heavens she finally found a proper hairstylist, because she owns that pixie weave. Love it!
An emotional moment came in the form of Anice Kruger, mother of burn victim Pippie.
The two were the guests of honour, and while Pippie was playing up for the cameras (bless her), Anice had us choking back tears as she recounted the horror of finding a medical facility that could accommodate her toddler. It was so moving that Louis Vuitton purses were opened and pledges made.
Nomvula got the ball rolling with R10 000, followed by some individuals and companies. But it was Tim and Pollet Tebeila who made us gasp when they “bought a bed” for R5-million, with R1-million up front in the form of a giant cheque.
Shwashwi also donated something with a one, but fewer zeros.
But hey, every cent counts, right?
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