Local talent is indeed lekker
Oh what a week! The Bay social scene is getting busier.
I kicked off my weekend at the New Brighton Ward 14 Patrollers’ Awards where unsung heroes who try to keep the streets safer were recognised.
While it was a rather unusual scene for Skinners, the event was quite necessary considering how crime-ridden New Brighton seems to be becoming.
The recipient of the Patroller of the Year award was a 63-year-old man who said: “Now at least at home they will appreciate me, they always mock me about this patrolling business – I am so proud of my self.”
If it counts for anything, Skinners appreciates anyone who keeps the streets safer so she can party harder, and if any place needs 24/7 surveillance, it’s New Brighton.
If you have not heard (or read of) of the most recent attack (robbery) on The Herald journalists over there, then in the words of Cassper Nyovest, “just buy [the paper] bruh!”
Anywho, Skinners moved on to the first Nelson Mandela Bay Music Awards at Nangoza Jebe Hall, where there were a handful of guests and the event started three hours late.
As if that was not enough, the cherry on top was when Vusi Nova, said to be the guest speaker, did not pitch.
Are you upset yet, my loyal readers? Because, behold, Skinners has more for you: Some of the nominated artists themselves were no-shows too.
At least the MC managed to keep the few guests entertained and performances by some of the winners were the highlight of the night. Organising company 041 Events did promise to make a comeback with the event in 2019 though.
All I’ll say is, good luck! We also hope the event will actually be marketed to the whole of the Bay next time around.
Sadly, Skinnerbek’s plans to make a turn at Alfred Adriaan’s Dating Life comedy show were ruined by the wasted time at the awards but I’m told the gent held it down quite well.
I was impressed to hear he kept the language clean and still had people in stitches.
Your gossip gal dashed off to the Roof Garden Bar for the Home Grown Comedy Show on Tuesday where comedians like Julie Coetzee, Soso the Banker and TD Jokes proved that local is indeed lekker. The vibe was real and Skinners was impressed that TD Jokes pulled in with some new material.
The show attracted the likes of well-known comedian Ntosh Madlingozi and musician Ifani and I couldn’t help but melt at the sight of nationally recognised personalities showing up for locals.
Only a few may have recognised Ifani, though – I almost missed him myself in his shorts looking like he just returned from soccer practice.
Does somebody want to check on him? I spotted him wandering the streets of Central just recently and got a bit worried.
I also saw some local folk at the “do” like musicians Thoko Makamba and Ndu from the Clan, as well as photographer Loyiso Mali who was not there for snaps this time around.
Jenni Gault held her traditional pre-Christmas jewellery launch this week, where man of mystery Brendon Peel and Boost Creative Solutions’ head diva Niqui Cloete-Barrass entertained the crowd.
For someone who is recovering from breast cancer, Jenni sure is looking all sorts of amazing and my minion who was there also thought her buddy Niqui was in great shape. Both were glowing, I’m told.
Was it the bubbly or your keep fit routine working its magic there, gurrls?
TICKLING THE FUNNY BONE: From left, Roch-Le Bloem, Courtney Blignaut, Elri Horner and Tarquin de Vega were snapped at Roof Garden Bar ahead of the ‘Home Invasion Comedy Show’ on Tuesday eveningBRAND AWARE: Guests Chanielle Manley, left, Makhoya Mongo and Terri Moorhouse mingled at the launch of Italian shoe brand Duca del Cosma at Delbro Premium in Westbourne Road last Wednesday
TRENDSETTERS: Delbro Premium representatives, from left, brand ambassador Theo Klaas and owner Hashik Dullabh, joined Duca del Cosma’s South African CEO Adolf Stoffberg and Bay guest Petra-Ann Palframan at the launch of the Italian brand at the store in Westbourne Road last Wednesday
SPARKLERS: Style squad, from left, Debra Young, Ashleigh Parkin and Thato Ruselo enjoyed the Jenni Gault International Jewellery Design Christmas party at Dolphin’s Leap on Tuesday SO BUBBLY: Jenni Gault, left, and Niqui Cloete-Barrass toast to summer at the Jenni Gault International Jewellery Design Christmas party at Dolphin's Leap on Tuesday
FAMILY FUN: Allan, Janu, 5, and Rachel Bosch enjoy the Mzansi Super League cricket tournament between the NMB Giants and Jozi Stars at St George’s Park on Sunday
MARKET PALS: Maxime Portail, Clara Bernines, centre, and Hannah MansonKullin attended the Christmas in the Home gift and craft market at Walmer Park Shopping Centre on Saturday
FAMILY FUN: Tyrique, 14, left, Jaden, 7, and Nawhaal Blaauw were at the Transnet National Ports Authority People’s Port Festival at the PE harbour at the weekend
BUBBLY PERSONALITIES: Zandile Ntlangwini, left, and Megan Hayward were at the JC Le Roux Vibrazio stand at the Eastern Cape Wine Show at the Boardwalk Convention Centre last Thursday
PALATE PLEASER: Denzil Lundall-Sauls, left, and Braemore Lundall-Sauls, right, catch up with Erick Sikhosana of Valdo Prosecco at the Eastern Cape Wine Show at the Boardwalk last Thursday
FESTIVE FEVER: Unam Jacobs, left, and Siyanda Njombolwana enjoyed the Transnet National Ports Authority People’s Port Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the harbour
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Friends, from left, Mandie Haw, Tania Bras and Rabia Kahan were at the Christmas in the Home gift and craft market at Walmer Park Shopping Centre on Saturday