The annual Consular Ball proved once again to be a highlight on the Mother City’s social calendar. It was a glittering affair that took place at the Pigalle Restaurant in Green Point on October 19.

Tony Leon was the guest speaker at this black tie event that was attended by representatives of consulates from 18 countries as well as their friends and business associates. Well-known TV presenter and actress Elsabe Daneel was the MC and an entertaining speech was given by the guest speaker Tony Leon, former leader of the DA and Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. The Artscape Wellington Youth Band entertained the guests with their feet tapping music. The interior was expertly done by  Anton from Tonette's who based in the Paarl.

This year also saw the introduction of a Tombola where guests could purchase tickets to win adventurous and fun prizes.

The main event - the unorthodox auction, was handled by M.C. du Toit from the Claremont Auction Group in collaboration with rugby legend and TV personality Toks van der Linde.

The Consular Ball raised R330 000 which was donated to four charities that focus on the youth: Durbanville Children’s Home, Cape Times Bursary Fund, I am living Trust and Proud Partners.

Some of the unusual items that was auctioned off included:

- A signed racquet from tennis legend Roger Federer.

- Tea with Tutu – Archbishop Desmond Tutu took the highest bidder for tea at the acclaimed Mount Nelson Hotel.

- Premier Helen Zille hosted a dinner for two people at her home in Leeuwenhof.

- An evening with famous sculptor Dylan Lewis, who accompanied a group of 20 people through his sculptor garden in Stellenbosch.

Video shown at the ball featuring Proud Partners
In  The  Media
Toks van der Linde
Master of Ceremonies Elsabe Daneel
Isabel & Tony Leon
Main Speaker Tony Leon
The Pigalle Restaurant’s Band
Dean of the Consular Corps Jorge Fonseca
The Artscape Wellington Youth Band 
Ian Smit, leader of the Artscape Wellington Youth Band
Isabel & Elsabe present the Tombola prizes
Marlene Le Roux presented Isabel with a book on the Kaapse Klopse
Mirella Kruger  (Hon Consul: Paraguay) & Jose M Marinez (Ambassador: Paraguay)
Joe Emeran & Laetitia Thomas (Hon Consuls: Morocco)
Barry Emanuel Rafatrokaza & Jean Noelson Vavara (Consuls: Madagascar)
Jonathan & Nikki Jacobs (Hon Consul: Sri Lanka)
Dimitri & Natalia Zubarev (Consul General: Russia)
Mukhtar & Soraya Joonas (Hon Consul: Mauritius) 
Roger & Anna Bughen (Consul General: Belgium)
Apoloinario, Maria Pereira & Paulo Jorge (Consul: Angola) 
Geoffrey & Heidi Ashmead (Hon Consul: Slovakia)
Gerald & Berenice Wolman (Hon Consul: Georgia)
Amelia Zandamela (Consul General: Mozambique)
Val Kalomoh & Birga Ndombo (Consul General: Namibia)
Lars & Renato Jakobsen (Hon Consul)
Cacho & Molly Gabral (Hon Consul: Chile)
Prieur du Plessis & Isabel Verwey (Hon Consul: Slovenia)
Christian & Maren Brendel (Hon Consul: Vanuatu)
Carina & Derrick America
Jorge Fonesca, Carien & Leon de Lange, Isabel Verwey
James & Bernice Louw, Victor Goncalves
Dr & Dr Verheye, Sir & Lady Simoen
Jorgen Dahl, Sandy Naude, Almarie & Les Williams
Miets Steyn & Christoph Schmocker
Caresha & Jesper Boll
Christian & Maren Brendel, Migul & Anja Tambusso-Ferraz
Elsabe Daneel, Leon & Carine de Lange
Miets & George Steyn, Wessel & Wande Kriek, Prieur du Plessis
Jacqueline Vincent, Roger & Anna Bughen, Antoine Mostade
Peter & Sheila Gastrow, Renate & Christoph Schmocke
Janine Myburgh & Fred Jacobs
Jonathan & Cathy Horne, Caresha & Jesper Boll
Donne Mayaya & Deni
Dabing & Yumei Chen, Carol & Ruben Richards
Debetri & Mary Lou Qually, Shaun & Shireen August
Alta & George Ohle
Peter Wanliss & Dragana Jevtovic
Michal & Tony Leon
Marlene le Roux, Elsabe Daneel & Isabel Verwey
Hilton & Desiree Moodaley, Anthea Cupico, Bryan & Dineen Willats
Jonathan & Nikki Jacobs, Rushdi & Waheeb Harper
Hadley Europe, Anthea Cupido, Shanaaz & Yagieya Taliep
Dr. Elsa, Isabel & Louw Verwey
Elsabe Daneel & Isabel Verwey
Toks & Annelize vd Linde
Leoni & Jacque Jordaan
Almarie & Les Williams
Anne & Robyn Brown
Peter & Petra Moolenschot
Robbie Kleinschmidt & Sandy Naude
Christine & Peter Vermeulen
MC & Juanita du Toit
Jacques van Rensburg & Jana Cilliers
Craig & Natalie Brown
Andrea & Warren Brewis
Jacques van Rensburg, Jana Cilliers, Lynn Tamberger, Anna Sloan, & Johanna Strauss