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Snazzy affair winds up the year for the women's club

By Khanyisile Nkosi | 2009-12-07 00:00:00.0

It was another snazzy affair at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg when the Sowetan Women's Club hosted its end-of-year function on Thursday.

Dressed in their Sunday best more than 700 women and a few brave and supportive men attended the occasion.

After getting make-up touch-ups from the forever stunning Revlon ladies and glasses of Kahlua cocktails, the women got into the celebratory mood.

Celebrity chef Citrum Khumalo started the night by giving the women, some of whom had travelled from Limpopo, tips on how to host a party to remember this festive season by.

The highlight of the evening was when guest speakers Aids activist Angie Diale and actress Lilian Dube urged women to take stock and remember who they are when they go into the new year.

"Most of the time we live our lives for other people and lose ourselves in the process," Diale said.

"It's about time we change that. It is time we remove the mask and stop pretending. As we wind up the year we have to ask ourselves three important questions: that is who we are, where we come from and where we are going. We need to start focusing on ourselves for once."

Diale, who has lived with HIV for 17 years, also encouraged women to get tested.

"Get tested," she said. "If you are HIV positive, so what, it's the in-thing. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and find out how you can look after yourself and live a positive life. Be easy on yourself."

Dube, a breast cancer survivor and activist, reminded the women that HIV and cancer were not a death sentence.

"Have regular pap smears and mammograms," she advised. "Cancer can be beaten if detected early."

The speakers also urged women not to deprive themselves of sexual pleasures because of their health conditions.

"If he doesn't desire you anymore because you don't have a breast then he never deserved you in the first place," Dube said.

After the speeches and dinner the women walked away with Sowetan T-shirts, hampers, blankets, cellphones and shoe vouchers.

Afro-pop singer Ntando entertained the revellers who danced the night away.