The ladies had an un­for­get­table day. Here’s a taste of what went down at the first DRUM Live event in Dur­ban


T HE EU­PHO­RIA was pal­pa­ble as DRUM read­ers came to ex­pe­ri­ence the first DRUM Live event, aimed at em­pow­er­ing women and giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to net­work. The first in­stal­ment was held at South­ern Sun Elan­geni & Ma­ha­rani Ho­tel in Dur­ban and at­ten­dees couldn’t stop gush­ing about the cal­i­bre of speak­ers and the ex­cit­ing line-up of en­ter­tain­ers.

Money mat­ters are of­ten a sensitive is­sue, but Capitec brought a fun el­e­ment to deal­ing with fi­nances. The bank had a vir­tual-re­al­ity stand where read­ers could learn more about mak­ing smart fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions.

Capitec’s con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, Nicky Mbele­bele, en­gaged and ed­u­cated the au­di­ence about “re­think­ing credit”. While you’d think peo­ple might shy away from ask­ing about money mat­ters, they were free to ask ques­tions, thanks to Nicky’s open ap­proach.

Rice is a sta­ple in many homes and Spekko

rep­re­sen­ta­tive Zanele Van Zyl brought a creative el­e­ment to the ta­ble, which left read­ers want­ing more. She cre­ated a chicken and rice hot pot, which was just per­fect for the weather.

DRUM Food Am­bas­sador Liziwe Mat­loha cooked up a storm with a bean and pasta stew us­ing Cross­bow beans. Both Zanele and Liziwe left read­ers beg­ging for more as they tasted both dishes.

And to wash it down, they had a se­lec­tion of Delush wines. Delush am­bas­sador Nom­fundo Mlaba ed­u­cated read­ers about the wines as they en­joyed the se­lec­tion of rosé, red, white and sparkling wines.

Sis Dolly, ad­vice colum­nist at DRUM, mo­ti­vated read­ers to go out there and con­quer – no mat­ter what life throws at them.

The en­ter­tain­ment was su­perb with Naima Kay, Afro-soul singer Royal Son and DJ LèSoul getting guests on the dance floor. At­ten­dees min­gled and won prizes – such as vouch­ers, Spekko and IMBO ham­pers and Delush Wines – and one lucky reader walked away with R500, cour­tesy of Capitec.

The beat goes on at DRUM Live Pre­to­ria at the South­ern Sun on 27 July. See you there!

ABOVE: Read­ers en­joy­ing the treats on of­fer at the Delush carts. LEFT: Capitec’s Nicky Mbele­bele, IMBO’s Lolita Barends, DRUM’s Mathawe and DRUM beauty ed­i­tor Nthabiseng Makhokha.

BELOW RIGHT: Read­ers en­joyed a glass of Delush wine as they turned it up through­out the day. BELOW: DRUM deputy ed­i­tor and host of the event Mathawe Mat­sap­ola in­spired read­ers to never give up on their dreams. CIRCLE: Colum­nist Sis Dolly spoke to the women on the im­por­tance of self-love and con­fi­dence.

FAR LEFT and LEFT: DRUM Food Am­bas­sador Liziwe Mat­loha did a demo with IMBO and Cross­bow (ABOVE). FAR LEFT: Spekko hamper win­ners. BELOW and INSET: Chef Zanele Van Zyl cooked up a storm with Spekko.

ABOVE: Lucky read­ers won sev­eral prizes from Capitec, Spekko, IMBO and Delush. IMBO’s Lolita and DRUM’s Mathawe with one lucky reader. LEFT: Delush’s in­flu­encer, Nom­fundo Mlaba, gave the au­di­ence tips on what they can pair their wine with when cook­ing. BELOW: Capitec’s vir­tual-re­al­ity lounge.

FAR LEFT: DJ LèSoul, on the 1’s and 2’s, had the au­di­ence eat­ing of the palm of her hand with her mix. The read­ers also sang along as Naima Kay (MID­DLE) and Royal Son per­formed (LEFT).

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