Gl­itches and glam­our at much-hyped life­style event

Some jaded Joburg­ers failed to be im­pressed by Cape-style cater­ing and en­ter­tain­ment

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za @Zwane_2li2ls

You had to buy your own drinks… not very VIP

IT WAS billed as an event that would show Joburg­ers a new lux­ury life­style; but some pa­trons who at­tended the Le Kap Life­style Fair were less than im­pressed with their so-called VIP treat­ment.

The event, which took place at Steyn City – a multi­bil­lion-rand life­style re­sort north of Joburg – promised pa­trons a VIP ex­pe­ri­ence at the eques­trian cen­tre, filled with food, drinks and value-packed per­for­mances.

The Le Kap Life­style Fair is a bench­mark for those who em­brace the finer things in life; how­ever, sev­eral guests in at­ten­dance be­lieved that the fair could do bet­ter.

Hellen Phaleng-Podile, one of the in­vited guests, told The Star that her short ex­pe­ri­ence left a lot to be de­sired.

Ac­cord­ing to Phaleng-Podile, the cater­ing was lack­ing and the space was rather cramped. “Con­sid­er­ing the amount of money we paid, they can do bet­ter,” said Phaleng-Podile.

An­other guest of the VIP Lux lounge, Ol­wethu Libala, said: “The only thing I am not too happy about is the fact this is sup­posed to be VIP but, in terms of drinks, you still need to buy your own. I don’t think it’s very VIP.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence might not have mea­sured up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of some, but other en­thu­si­as­tic guests found the fair to be one-of-a-kind and just needed some mo­men­tum to grow.

“I think the fair was re­ally nice. It’s very re­fresh­ing that there is some­thing like this in Joburg. Ob­vi­ously we have the same things hap­pen­ing all the time, and the fair is some­thing new. In an op­u­lent place, it brings a spot­light on some­thing fresh in Joburg,” said Mu­vhango ac­tress Buhle Sa­muels.

“Be­ing a Joburg girl, I think it is re­ally cool. As the years go by, the fair will grow from strength to strength and gain mo­men­tum, which I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing.”

The fair had much-an­tic­i­pated high­lights as it made its de­but in Joburg after be­ing hosted suc­cess­fully in Cape Town for the past three years.

The event of­fered a “bestin-class” ex­pe­ri­ence with a rich ta­pes­try of fash­ion, fine wines, ar­ti­sanal cock­tail bars, de­li­cious din­ing, live mu­sic, VIP lounges, a lux­ury ve­hi­cle dis­play, dres­sage and showjump­ing.

Among those who at­tended the glam­orous event were Bo­nang Matheba, who was flown to the eques­trian cen­tre; Pearl Thusi and Robert Marawa; and the flam­boy­ant TouchHD founder Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe).

Be­sides the few gl­itches that were ex­pe­ri­enced, guests en­joyed such things as ex­clu­sive chef per­for­mances hosted by MasterChef SA judge Benny Masek­wa­meng.

There was also a lav­ish fash­ion show with top de­sign­ers, such as Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge, Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee and Jac­ques LaGrange, show­cas­ing their sum­mer col­lec­tions.

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