#Evita&Co @TannieEvita @EvitaSePerron by @shenayobrien cc @buzpr @EmperorsPalace

Dear friends and other interesting people,

I have invited the very talented, @shenayobrien to join the #JoziGem team. She has very kindly accepted my offer to write a guest blog about the show Evita & Co and meeting up with the first lady of fabulous, Evita Bezuidenhout.

I wish you enough,


shenay and evita

On Sunday 10 August 2014, I had the privilege of attending one of the most inspirational, thought-provoking shows I have ever seen, by none other than the First Lady of South Africa, Evita Bezuidenhout.

The atmosphere was electric as young and old waited to go in to the “Theatre of Marcellus” to experience the words of the woman who has changed the face of politics and social affairs forever.

The performance started with a video montage telling the story of Evita in her younger years. Interviews with her husband, children, various politicians and reporters sharing how Evita inspired them and others. In 2014 Evita Bezuidenhout turned 70. The video included birthday wishes from icons like Pik Botha, Arts Bishop Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.  It is clear to see why she was, and still is, an integral part of our South African heritage.

Evita stepped on stage with  cheer and applaud from the audience. I am sure many others like myself couldn’t believe that she was standing in the flesh only a few meters away.

The show dealt with the controversy of Apartheid (that we still face today), safe sex, and Evita’s story how she endured and persevered in politics since the age of 22.  There were various character changes as Pieter Dirk-Uys portrayed some of the most loved and despised characters such as Evita’s maid Mrs. Peterson, the Sex-Guru, her sister Bambi Kellerlman (who in detail explained to us how to put on a condom with the help of her life-size “toys”) and former politicians FW de Klerk, John Vorster and Pik Botha.

Humour filled the auditorium, but a serious message was conveyed with all the laughter. We have to stand together as a nation. She referred to the younger generation “We have to look at children. Children don’t have a colour. Children are sweet and innocent, they are not racist”. We always have a CHOICE, be it Positive or Negative, but the Choice is ours, and we have to initiate that for the current generations and those to come.

As the show drew to a close, another video montage came up, as to give Pieter Dirk-Uys time to get back in to his beloved character. In this video it showed a much older Evita, with her most iconic photos and the inaugural of her own street the “Evita Bezuidenhout BLVD” in the town Darling where she is currently residing and running her Restaurant “Evita se Peron”. As she stepped back on stage, she thanked the audience and with a quirkiness said “I’m going up to the foyer, see you there and let’s take a selfie together”.

I had the honour of meeting this remarkable woman and upon taking our photo together she uttered the words “Jy lyk pragtig my skat”. I felt Loved, Accepted, Liberated and Free all at once. Truly one of the most treasured moments I will remember for a long time.





Shenay O’Brien is a young, energetic Actress, Singer, MC and Socialite. She has been in various magazines, television and theatre productions, and has now she has added Blogger to the list.  Talent, Brains and Beauty. Shenay is definitely one to keep your eye on!

Email: shenayobrien@gmail.com  Cell: 060 824 7484

Twitter: @shenayobrien  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shenay.obrien.1

Shenay is also available for appearances at private functions, corporates etc.

Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.’ @RobinWilliams #RobinWilliams

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

You were walking along soaking up your own details, getting by and then life events comes and kicks you up the ass… and  suffocates your heart.  Some of it pours out your eyes.

Sean: Do you have a soul mate?

Will: Define that.

Sean: Someone you can relate to, someone who opens things up for you.

Will: Sure, I got plenty.

Sean: Well, name them.

Will: Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Frost, O’Conner…

Sean: Well that’s great. They’re all dead.

Will: Not to me, they’re not.

Sean: You can’t have a lot of dialogue with them.

Will: Not without a heater and some serious smelling salts.
– Good Will Hunting

Do most of us know Robin Williams personally? Not so much.  Do we know how he made us feel? Hell yes.

Captain,  my captain… we have laughed and cried. Mostly doubled in laughed… many a truth is said in jest. Many a funny person needs that touch of crazy to be that funny. Only when you know your demons can you mock them.

I know about feeling lonelier in a crowd than being physically alone.  I have not done drug addiction but I have eaten my feelings all of my adult life. My outward failure for all to judge.

Do most of us know depression and the crappy gifts it brings? Many more than what makes you comfortable,  this I promise you. 

Did most of us know Robin Williams personally? Not so much.  Do we know how his death makes us feel? Hell yes.

Sometimes the demons wins. 

I love you Peter Pan,

PS.  Please NEVER write RIP anywhere near my death.  Stop it.

Posted from the second cloud on your left.

@PicknPay @TasteOfJoburg @Montecasinoza

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After announcing record numbers for last year’s event, Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “the Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

“We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action.

The large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

I have tickets to giveaway to join in this culinary festival.  Please answer this question and leave your answer in the comment section.

When does Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg take place?

I wish you enough,

Posted from the second cloud on your left.

Giveaway! :) @tannieevita #Evita&Co @EmperorsPalace @ZeldalaGrangeSA

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Evita Bezuidenhout and Zelda la Grange, the most famous two white women in South Africa, will top the bill at the Theatre of Marcellus on Woman’s Day – a special tribute to courage, reconciliation and humour.

Pieter-Dirk Uys will present EVITA & CO for 2 days only, with three exclusive performances – 5pm and 8pm on Saturday 9th August and 3pm on Sunday 10th August.

EVITA02 Photographer Crispian Plunket 2

The Company that Evita brings with her remarkable life will include her family, Pik Botha, PW Botha, Hendrik Verwoerd, Connie Muler and Piet Koornhof on the old NP side and Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Patricia de Lille, Cyril Ramaphosa, Julius Malema and Helen Suzman in the democratic side of our eternal struggle.

With humour as his weapon of mass distraction, Uys will also include Mrs Anna Petersen who worked for Mrs B during the 1960s, as well as Bambi Kellermann, Angela Merkel and Nowell Fine.


Zelda will autograph copies of her book after the Saturday shows and Evita will pose for special selfies after the show on Sunday. (I had a fabulous selfie with her sister, Bambie Kellermann not to so long ago!)

A great way to salute the wonderful women in our lives and encourage the men to join in the fun. Come to the Emperors Palace over Womans Day weekend and enjoy yourselfie!

Catch one of the three performances of EVITA & CO at the Theatre Of Marcellus, Emperors Palace. Tickets start at R100 and there are two performances on Saturday 9 August at 5pm and 8pm, and one on Sunday 10 August at 3pm. Bookings are at Computicket. There are also dinner, show, stay and play packages available. For more information or bookings, call 011 928 1297.

Follow Tannie Evita on twitter @tannieevita and Zelda @ZeldalaGrangeSA

I have tickets to give away for all three shows. Please answer this question in my comment section and make sure your e-mail address is correct and let’s get you celebrating Womans Day! Please do indicate which show date and time you prefer.

What is Tannie Evita’s sister’s name that I took this #selfie with earlier this year?


I wish you enough,

“Delightfully fabulous!” @Budmarsh_Lodge

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
@SirNoid and I was most fortunate to be invited in spending some time with.
Budmarsh Country Lodge is the perfect get-away for those seeking a tranquil, warm and inviting time away from the buzz of the City.

The rooms are large, the bed very close to heaven and the bath that you can do the backstroke in, purely delightful. I was also thrilled to see the size of the shampoo, lotion etc was big enough for two and not of inferior quality which is so often the case. I loved the sticker with the logo on the toilet roll! :) Attention to detail is a win for me. The coffee facility in the bedroom was a surprise. A proper filter coffee with home made biscuits. Loved that.

Naturally the ducks, pond and adult size swing where even my African hips fitted in was awesome! I loved it.

The food is absolutely delectable. Executive Chef, Chris is an artist in taste, value and presentation. Every six course meal is a journey and one I looked forward to at every meal. Perfect combinations and absolute joy. I highly recommend any dish coming from Chris’s kitchen!


The venue is suitable for couples or those traveling alone. It is in close proximity to Johannesburg and you are poorer for not visiting, and especially not dining!

My only negative was that Wi-Fi could only properly connect in the lounge and not in the bedroom, but then it reminded me that in that setting I should not be needing contact with the outside world!


A visit to add to your bucket list. Check out my album with pictures: HERE

I wish you a visit at Budmarsh!


As posted on Trip Advisor.

I am an emotional creature. @VictoriaT99 @EmoCreature @UJArtsCentre #EmoCreatureSA

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I invite you to read my guest blogger, my just turned 15 year old, daughter @VictorisT99’s  take on the provocative, brilliant play “Emotional Creatures“.

Walking into UJ Theatre and hearing the mumbles from grumpy teenagers and the grunts from late parents. Finding my seat, I start watching the show.

Genital mutilation, rape, slavery – all horrible subjects,

A girl walks onto the dimly lit oval shaped stage. She is from the Congo and has been there for two torturous years ever since she was kidnapped. She was only a young flower starting to bloom, she was only 15. Forced into slavery, raped every day. Three times a day for those two wasted years. She speak of the informed rules and regulations HE put down.

She starts to choke as the tears pour down her face, cracks as the tears roll down her face… slowly dripping. She spoke of her treacherous escape after finding out that he had invaded her body and created a child. She leaves on a big boat across the blue lake that she has travelled once before. She can have her life back now and carry on.

She was finally home.

I wish you enough,