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Off Campus Res Season of Beauty Pageants: Mr and Miss Laboria 2017

IMAGE: Mr and Miss Laboria 2017 – Yakhani Xongwana [left] and Philasande Mnukwa [right]

The season for beauty pageants in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University off campus residences has yet again arrived for the year 2017.

Students almost all over the off-campus residence around Port Elizabeth have kicked started their much-anticipated beauty pageants. House Committees who are the student representatives for a resident are enslaving themselves to make sure that these events work out perfectly and are enjoyable, especially for first years as this proves as a big and important opportunity for them.

First years are both excited and anxious for the upcoming events as they embark the streets in towns. It is fascinating seeing them entering every shop at the malls looking for the best clothes to wear at the main events, as everyone wants to look their best, or as they say “dress to kill”.

Kicking off the beauty pageants this year and asca regular starter of these events in the past 2 years, was none other than the Terminus Rank based off campus resident, Laboria Residence.

The residence recently held their annual beauty pageant dubbed ‘Mr and Miss Laboria 2017’. In becoming the first off campus residence to host a beauty pageant, it means an advantage to the winners of Mr and Miss Laboria as they automatically become the VIPs in all the upcoming beauty pageants hosted by other off-campus residents – this, of course, proves to be a very exciting experience for the winners.

The event, themed, Saints vs Demons, was held this past weekend at  the  NMMU’S North Campus Auditorium. It started off at 18:00 pm until 23:00, with the after party kicking off right afterwards which took place at the newly opened club in Parliament Street called The Captains.

Being a part of the audience and the designated photographer of the event the whole night – it proved to be a night one would refer to as “epic”. The show was filled with a lot fun, exciting acts by the contestants, spectacular performances by the hip hop artists, ballet dancers, poets and not forgetting a vibrant host, who kept the crowd laughing at all times.

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IMGAE: Designs by Neliseka Colidiza

One of the highlights of the nights came in right after the dance, when Neliseka Kwanele Colidiza, an upcoming fashion designer and founder of the fashion brand ‘Milani’ who also resides at Laboria, showcased her designs for the first time using the contestants.

The consistence looked phenomenal in their striped black and white outfits with a blend of green. With everyone stunned by the Milani founder’s talent, Neliseka Colidiza, the event went on with more talent and performances by a local hip hop and house group from South Campus Residence who call themselves Medallions, with their club anthem ‘Skirt’ with the crowd singing along with them, this followed by Laboria’s very own rap artist Costa, who also did not disappoint with his entertaining performance.

The question and answer phase of the competition took place and the judges announced their top 3, with Xabiso Blayi coming in as Second Prince, Nigel Ndlovu as First Prince, while at the females side the Second Princess was Sesona Bay and Zizo Sikiti as First Princess. The new Mr and Miss Laboria 2017 was crowned by the judges which was second year student, Yakhani Xongwana (Mr Laboria 17) and first year student, Philasande Mnukwa (Miss Laboria 17).

Luzipho Yanela



Sam Jam Session
Pictured: Sam Jam Session (Facebook)

If anything, the Atheneum was ‘lit’ on Friday. Miss Jay Jennings, a local hip hop DJ in Port Elizabeth, hosted her first hip hop session, called Sam Jam Sessions, this past weekend. In an intimate space, full to capacity with avid hip hop fans – the event was off on a good start.

It did not only encompass Miss Jay’s work, but it also allowed hip hip DJ’s such as Adon Geel, Pablo and Beatology to showcase their take on hip hip music. As well, Ergo Zen‘s Nozuko Ngicizela, a fashion designer in PE also got a chance to promote her work at the event. So basically, the Sam Jam Sessions were a platform for emerging artists in the city.

Coupled with great music and company, the Atheneum was the place to be. And until Miss Jay graced the stage, we thought we’d heard it all – this couldn’t be further from the truth.

She through it back with Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Kana Uchema, and the floor went crazy. A mix of old skool hip hop, lacal is lekker, and a great crowd to bump heads and contort bodies – myself included, the event was nothing short of amazing.

Nondumiso Tshabalala



Pictured: Earthy Queens (Facebook)

Earthy founders, Zemvelo and Sesethu hosted an event they call Earthy Talks. The past Sunday at Pintxos Tapas and Wine Bar in Walmer, was abuzz with women rocking their hair in all kinds of beautiful styles – clearly there to indulge their eagerness about their hair.

Earthy Talks sought to decode ‘the science of hair’ and the many myths attached. The founders explored the idea of African hair in relation to healthiness and growth. Looking at how men and women, who prefer natural hair, could become experts at maintaining their own hair.

The event attended by a host of women kicked off with Zemvelo encouraging that each one introduce themselves and then mention what relationship they have with their hair. What came across as interesting is the fact that all women had a guide as to the many terminologies that explain hair – and so suddenly each one knew what hair type they had and its functionality (or lack thereof).

Further, into the talk, Zemvelo spoke about five fundamental steps to maintaining natural hair:

  1.  Love – one should appreciate their hair for where it is first.
  2. Moisturize – drink enough water to feed your hair and wash it often enough.
  3. Protect – refrain from using cotton to cover your hair at night, it dehydrates the hair of its moisture.
  4. Cleanse – use natural products like castor oil and coconut oil after a great wash
  5. Love – pay attention to having healthy hair before worrying about length

The interactive talk explored the different strands one’s hair might encompass, ranging from straight and much more spacious strands to the extremely curled ones – talking about (among other hair obscurities) porosity – which is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. Additionally, Zimvelo’s almost ‘open lecture’ explored hair texture, curl pattern, learning about the shapes of hairlines and how to maintain healthy ones even after extreme hairstyles.

Sesethu told us about the hair products that the company offers, a combination of natural products. These result in a combo of Liquids, Oils, and Creams (@R350) – all meant to treat and repair natural hair. A ticket cost R150 inclusive of great food and mingling.

In addition to all of the fun facts that were shared, the guests were treated to a makeup showcase by Naso and Aluve, who also run their own beauty blog. Fashion designer, Visiswa, also showed off her range from VJJ’s Jungle gym line for plus size women. To say the least, all the women who found themselves at the presence of such enlightening information and entertainment, left happy and full.

Nondumiso Tshabalala




Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday

The friendly city is abuzz with lifestyle and entertainment activities for vibrant personalities to indulge. Sundays, henceforth, will not be the same with the introduction of a fashion event which aims takes over the last Sunday of each month.

The Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday had its first installment on the 26th of March and is said to have been a major success, with an attendance of about 100 people. The show was launched by the team which executed Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week last year.

In a press release, the founder and Project Manager, Llewellyn Williams said that the event will alternate between Roof Garden Bar (33 Chapel) and an undisclosed location in the township.

Designers Mooi Mooi by Lauren Gravett, Kira Van Heerden, Thembani Selani, Phathiswa Madiki and Austin Lee wowed the crowd dressed to the theme: Dress to Impress with their vibrant tailor-made outfits at Roof Garden Bar in Chapel Street.

NMBFW organiser, Siphosethu Martins said that ‘the Show went according to our plan, we didn’t experience any glitches in terms of models, designers and production guys. Out of the few models we were interacting with, some of them say they have never worked with a team that is as united as we are, where everyone does their part.”

The full NMBFW team consisted of:

Llewellyn Williams – Founder, Project manager

Siphosethu Martins – Chief Financial

Njabulo Ntombela – Chief Operations

Nduduzo Mjaja – Chief Risk

Toronto Malawu – Head of Media and content curator

Kagiso Gqadu (Kiso Metsi) – Official NMBFW photographer and photography/art director

Sanelisiwe Mdashe – Demand creation manager

Lwethu Tenge – Head of model management and training

Lihle Mtya – Model Trainer

Yonella Nobaza – volunteer

Headline Sponsor: Amarula

Makeup artist and make up sponsor: Woolworths SA (Walmer Park)

Sponsor: Score Energy Drink

The next Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday is confirmed for 23 April 2017 from 2pm at Roof Garden Bar

Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday

Baakens Food Truck Friday

7After a day filled with lectures, best thing before any exciting weekend plans is to kick back and relax with the three F’s: food, friends and fun.

The best thing to happen for the whole Nelson Mandela Bay community is the Baakens Food Truck Friday, a monthly event that offers everyone something.

The event’s concept was initially started and conceptualized by the owner of Design & Build collaborative, WERK_. His name is Jan du Plessis. He had the idea to bring Lower Valley Rd to life on a Friday night with just about 5 or so trucks. Today they have 20 trucks and growing, which is really great, and interesting to see PE catching on this trend and concept event.

With the organizers du Plessis, Grant Foong (owner of Foong’s Asian Street Food) and his daughter Tayla along with few sponsors like Gardmed Ambulances, DKZ Cleaning Services, Redbull, Skip Solutions, ECSD Signage, Strategy Advertising and Eikon Investments, they play an important role in making sure the event run smoothly each month.

The event rounds up in excess of 20 food trucks, trailers and tuk-tuks parked along Brickmakers Kloof Road, offering a unique variety of their signature dishes. All food is priced under R45 so visitors can enjoy an evening out without breaking the bank.
Locals can look forward to a bountiful street feast with everything from Belgian waffles, vegan eats and Asian food to halaal-friendly meals, artisanal pizzas and

The market invites friends and family to gather on the lawn with their picnic blankets and deck chairs, enjoying live music from Eastern Cape bands and djs. Kids of all ages are also catered for and can be entertained with pony and pedel go-kart rides, jumping castles, soft-play for toddlers, arcade games and more. For the thirsty, bar facilities will be available from Fratelli Foods, Benn Koppen and the Richmond Hill Brewing Company.

So this Friday, 10 March 2017 from 4pm to 9pm, head down to Lower Valley Road and experience this amazing, fun-filled event. Also follow them on Facebook at Baakens Food Truck Friday.



By: Thandokazi Magopheni | Pictures courtesy of: Marc Herve and Kgosi Motsepe