Plot for a premiere
SHWA put on her smart hat and went out to mingle with some dignitaries at the premiere at the Hyde Park Mall Nu Metro in Joburg.
It s a political documentary about the role Frenchman Jean-Yves Ollivier played in the liberation of Mzansi.
Although it was a celebratory occasion, the flooding back of apartheid-era memories was unavoidable I bawled my eyes out.
Present was the protagonist, Jean-Yves, who could not be missed in his royal blue jacket.
There was popcorn, mineral water and lots of biltong, but moi headed straight for the champagne and strawberries. After all, a girl has a figure to maintain.
Shwa watched in awe as freedom fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her tormentor Pik Botha, smiled, hugged and chatted like old pals, burying the ghosts from the past. How touching.
The ageing but still gorgeous Winnie was regal in black Xhosa traditional headgear and a German print-inspired frock, accessorised with colourful beadwork necklaces. A fawn, red and brown check scarfblanket over her shoulder completed the ensemble. This gogo has style that her daughters clearly didn t inherit. Zindzi, who accompanied her mom, was wearing a boring black top and slacks.
Jean-Yves quickly separated
…mom from daughter for a photo session with the struggle stalwart.
Not to be outdone in the fashion stakes were IT billionaire Robert Gumede and his wife, Portia. They were the best-dressed couple. Money doesn t always buy style, but it helps. He wore a navy casual suit, which made him look younger and, dare I say it, yummy! Portia s cream white designer suit with a cape-like jacket turned heads.
Where has Lunga Williams been? Remember him?
During the dark days of apartheid, he was one of the first presenters to be on our darkie SABC TV screens. Lunga, wearing a safari-designer suit, was spotted with Barbara King on arrival.
Soon he was so close to Winnie and Zindzi you would swear he was their bodyguard.
It was great to see executive banker Pholushi Malesa. Attend events more often, Pholu, it was so refreshing seeing you.
ANC treasurergeneral Zweli Mkhize was his usual smiling self. He wore a grey suit and a pink shirt and tie.
Zweli was with former treasurer Mathews Phosa, in a black suit and red tie.
The Republic of Congo s ambassador, Leonard Ognimba, looked confident as he sauntered in, as Shwa would expect from a dapper African man.
Apartheid mercenary Wynand du Toit was there, too.
The night would not have been complete without a dinner fit for the famed then I remembered my diet. Damn!
…SHWA believes that when greatness is in the room, it should be acknowledged. Well done to M-Net for doing just that. The broadcaster paid tribute to actors, musicians and its creative and business partnerships for making it millions.
Good thing we were all dressed up, because in our fabulousness we had to wait for two hours for the show to start. The invite said 5pm for 5.30pm, but it started way after 7pm.
That s an insult to African time So we spent the time mingling, assessing one another and doing whatever bored people do at black tie events.
To add insult to injury, we were made to stand up when Gauteng Premier David Makhura and his government entourage entered.
A little bird whispered into Shwa s ear that MultiChoice could not start the show without the dignitaries.
Shwa thinks the celebs were a bit underwhelmed. It was just the celebrity class in the room. No fans, no groupies just Khanyi insisting on taking pictures with everyone. We know that you had no partner missing your handbag, Tebogo but you didn t need to keep busy like that. Poor Khanyi looked tired and sad. Yes, the smiles were there, but we could see those sad yes. The eyes don t lie, even in a red wig.
Nonhle looks old! Like a fairy grandmother. Too much makeup? Shona and Connie Ferguson are, however, ageing very well. They looked stunning.
Music legends Hugh Masekela, Ali Katt, Steve Kekana and Johnny Clegg took us back in time alongside a younger generation of artists. Magical collaborations!
But let us talk about the Sara Baartman moment. Among the backup singers was this beautiful African queen with a titanic posterior. We all love to see some booty, but Shwa, in all her bootyliciousness, was offended by the parading of this lady.
Gavin Hood took a break from his busy Hollywood life to come and be honoured. Shwa just wanted a word with him on Shwa can t forgive him for that! Why was Kabelo Mabalane wearing knee-high boots?
Spotted Vusi Kunene in a tux, looking fabulous.
Marketing gurus Thebe Ikalafeng and Happy Ntshingila were also there, trying to get noticed. But
actress Kopano Denise Zimba stole the show; almost every man wanted to take selfies with her.
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