On Sunday night we made our way to The Ballroom in Monte Casino for The Mkhaya Migrants Awards. These awards are to honour outstanding migrants residing in South Africa, as well as South Africans working abroad who are dedicated to the development of the African continent through their work.
Because of the important people that were attending, Security was tight, I felt like I was at the US Embassy or something. Even the invites were not transferable. Heheheh! Usually at events we are welcomed and directed by promo girls/guys, this one we were ushered by cops (SAPS). Lol
This event is the brain child of the Department of Home Affairs so the Minister Malusi Gigaba had to be there. Here kwi Red Carpet waiting to be interviewed.
He is such a pleasant person, umuntu wabantu for sure. He was there greeting people, laughing, socializing and even taking selfies. Thank you Minister for being you.
The dress code was Black Tie or Traditional and The Gigabas nailed it.
Norma was also very friendly shem. When I approached her I didn’t know what to expect because of my JC kids and what y’all have said about her in the past. But she didn’t make it an issue, she was happy to pose for us. 🙂
Another happy couple that was there – The Tshwetes, Mayihlome and Zizo.
The beautiful and never ageing Khanyi Dhlomo was there with her hubby. She presented an award.
Mam’ Yvonne Chaka Chaka was also there with her Doctor
Booty on fleek
It was good to see Babalwa Mneno out and about. It’s been long
A mother of two but the body is still slaying most of us.
Sophie Ndaba with Carolyn Steyn
I am sure we’ve all heard about Steyn City. For those of you who don’t know her, this is Mrs Steyn. Outside of being married to a Billionaire, she is involved in a lot of charities and she is the Founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. I accidentally saw her giving a tip to one the waitresses and I almost fell off my back. I came this close to befriending the Waitress. It was a lot. Lol
Sizwe Dhlomo was the host together with Ayanda Allie Payne.
Sadly this is the best I got of Ayanda. I didn’t see her around to get a proper pic
I bugged Melody and Norma for a pic.
And they made me not regret it. Look at them.
Dineo Meko, the winner of the biggest award that was presented by the Minister himself – The OR Tambo Award.
I had a TJO moment when I saw the spelling of ‘winner’ kwi autocue. Written in bold nogal. Lol
We had a moment to watch a video message from Pearl Thusi. Yeah, she is flying the SA flag in the USA.
Then it was time to have fun and dance with DJ Zinhle doing what she does best.
DJs at work – Zinhle and Fresh
uMama Kairo nobuhle bakhe.
*More about the awards*
- ARTS AND CULTURE
- CIVIL SOCIETY AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION
- OR TAMBO
- MOST INTEGRATED COMMUNITY
ARTS AND CULTURE (2016 Winner = Delfina Ester Raimundo Munguambe)
This award honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the area of Arts and Culture in South Africa, promoting unity, tolerance, integration, and inspires progressive dialogue that enhances social cohesion.
BUSINESS (2016 Winner = Bliss Chemicals – Shoaib Iqbal)
This category celebrates an individual whose business is aligned to the South African National Development Plan and encompasses the key focus areas of Economic development and Job creation.
CIVIL SOCIETY/ NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION ( 2016 Winner = Abdikadir Khalif Mohamed )
This category honours an individual who works in civil society to advance the development of the community, thus contributing to a united and developmental South Africa.
SPORT (2016 Winner – Khama Billiat)
This category celebrates an individual who has impactfully used their role in Sport to unify communities and significantly contribute to nation building.
OR TAMBO (2016 Winner – Dineo Meko )
The category honours the prominent role of a distinguished South African working beyond the borders of the country to provide aid, particularly in areas of need, strife and during times of crisis and disasters, embodying the spirit of Ubuntu.
MOST INTEGRATED COMMUNITY (2016 Winner – Thembelihle Crisis Committee )
This category honours communities or individuals who spearhead initiatives that demonstrate the Spirit of Ubuntu towards migrants and foreign nationals by actively promoting tolerance, integration, unity and social cohesion.
Thank you to LM Relations and the Department of Home Affairs for hosting us. It was indeed a great night.