The highly anticipated sixth annual Consular Ball took place on Saturday 18 November, and proved to be another stellar success. 250 guests consisting of diplomats, honorary consuls and friends from the business community from 25 countries gathered at Kelvin Grove in Newlands to raise funds for the Consular Corps' chosen charities.

This year the Corps raised a record breaking amount of R950 000 - an increase of R250 000 on last year's ball. The four local charities that benefited are the The Durbanville Orphanage – the second oldest orphanage in SA; the Independent Newspapers Bursary Fund for underprivileged young people, Proud Partners – a NGO who focuses on disadvantaged children’s development and Operation Smile South Africa, who gives surgical care to underprivileged children suffering from cleft lip.

This year's MC was the very capable, charming TV-celebrity Dr Michael Moll. The guests were welcomed at the glitzy stylish ballroom by a beautiful girl in a fairy-tale dress. Throughout the evening they were entertained by the ever popular, feet-tapping a capella group Navi Redd, who flew in from Gauteng especially for the night, as well as Hendrick Loock's  World Champion 60 voice Tygerberg Children's Choir, whose magical performance took everyone by surprise as they weaved through the guests. The Cape Jazz Ensemble​ entertained the guests until late into the night.

The spectacular auction items have always been a trademark of the Ball and this year was no exception. "We’ve involved the best in their fields – chefs, artists, financial gurus, winemakers - to create incredible auction items,” says Isabel. These unique items cannot be bought anywhere. The highly successful auction were again led by SA’s leading female auctioneer and multiple award winner Ariella Kuper of Clear Asset. Some of the unusual items that was auctioned off included:

-  A chance to take part in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race on 24 November at the Cape Town leg of this international yacht race.

- A traditional candle-light Transylvanian dinner for 8 people hosted by the Romanian Consul General where he will entertain the guests with legends and truths about Dracula and the Balkan history. Guest of honor will be Braam Malherbe, the famous adventurer, who will enrich the evening with his gripping stories.

- A four day magical Namib experience for 4 people, including flight tickets on Air Namibia to Windhoek. The guests will spend each night in various wildlife lodges and hotels while getting to know the wild life up close with the help of experts like TV personality Marlice van Vuuren.

- A visit on Turkish Airlines for 2 people to Slovenia for a week to meet the world's best female chef Ana Ros at her guesthouse and have a dinner at her restaurant. This includes a night in Istanbul. The week in Slovenia will be spent in their capital Ljubljana where the highest bidder will be driven on various day trips to the jaw-dropping Postonja caves, the medieval Bled Castle, and the 500-year old Gothic Church in the middle of Lake Bled.

- A 6-course  gourmet experience by celebrity chef Bertus Basson, including a special dish made from the highest bidder's favorite ingredients.

- A very exclusive dinner for 18 guests inside Distell's magnificent Bergkelder wine cellar in the company of a wine master.

- A private tour for 8 people by the Russian Consul General Roman Ambarov of one of Cape Town's oldest and most beautiful buildings, followed by a  Russian vodka and caviar pairing.

- Raclette for 10 people at the residence of the Consul General of Switzerland, Andreas Maager. This typical Swiss dish is similar to a South African braai, but with cheese instead of meat.

- An enchanted evening of art, nature and music: Internationally acclaimed artist, Dylan Lewis, will accompany 25 guests on a walk through his incredible Sculpture Garden outside Stellenbosch while being entertained by the World champion Tygerberg Children’s Choir.

- An Out-of-Africa weekend for 4 persons, organised by the Consulate of Romania. It entails 2 nights at a guesthouse in the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in Mpumalanga, where they will be allowed to touch and feed baby rhinos.

- 6 Magnums of different collector vintages by the Warwick Wine Estate – most of them older than 10 years. It includes a VIP wine tasting for 12 people led by “The First Lady” of South Africa’s wine industry, Norma Ratcliffe.

- Eight guests will join Prof. Mervyn King (ex-chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa) and business tycoon, Dr Christo Wiese at a private lunch at the 5-star Taj Hotel to discuss the business landscape and related matters, as well as two one-day training sessions on directorship.

- A tapas-style Spanish lunch for 6 people, hosted by the Consul General of Spain Jose Tablo Alzina and his wife at the pool of their residence.

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Video shown at the ball featuring Proud Partners
In  The  Media
Ariella Kuper leading the auction
MC  Dr Michael Moll in top form
The Tygerberg Children's Choir gave a magical performance
Conductor Hendrick Loock
A capella group Navi Redd had the guests on their feet
The Cape Jazz Ensemble​ entertained the guests untill late into the night
Prieur du Plessis (Hon Consul General: Slovenia) & wife, Isabel Verwey
The tombola tickets get drawn

David & Joan McLeod, Heidi & Geoffrey Ashmead (Hon Consul: Slovakia)
Cosmina & Andrei Zaharescu (Consul General: Romania)
Elmarie Neilson, Osi Raviv, Braam Malherbe, Alderman Ian Neilson, Cosmina Zaharescu
Dr Anton Ferreira & Dr Susan Vosloo
Eloise Liebetrou (Air Namibia), Charmaine Thome, Theo & Kristina Grunewald (Consul General: Namibia)
Grace Constable Davies, Elsabe Stoffberg & Mukhtar Joonas (Hon Consul: Mauritius)
Isabel Verwey, Gerrit Wissing, Dr Gerald Wolman (Hon Consul: Georgia) & Piet Matthee
Harvey & Margaret Foster
Lesley Williams, Andrea Brewis, Warren Brewis, Zenariah Barends & Almarie Williams
Kenan and Funda Ince (Turkish Airlines)
Lydia Indrianjafy (Consul General: Madagascar), Jean Vavara & Antonio Indrianjafy
Mansoor Jaffer, Mrs Rehmat Jaffer, Zenariah Barends & Noel Daniels​
Naziema Jappie (Hon Consul: Maldives) & Prof Ntobeko Ntusi
Nikki & Jonathan Jacobs (Hon Consul: Sri Lanka)
Pedro Ortiz, Mario Bertolini, Georgy Sokolov, Vasily Kaliazin, Ann Sofie Rickby, Enrique Jaramillo-Douat (Hon Con: Columbia) Mirella Kruger (Hon Con: Paraquay)
Prof Jan De Groof, Justice Albie Sachs, Vanessa September, Judge Christine Schuurmans
Sharna Fernandez (Speaker of Western Cape Provence Parliament) & Mark Edwards
Samantha & Johnny Philippou (Hon Consul: Cyprus)
Taisiia Rylovan, Roman Ambarov (Consul General: Russia) & Alena Vereshchagina
Tracey and Adv. Glenn Babb (Hon Consul: Turkey)
Olivier Buchbinder & Laurant Amar (Consul General: France)
Zephnie Viljoen & Shona Pittaway (Perfect Destinations)