Mercedes-Benz Sandton was tasked with launching the All New C-Class, a vehicle that embodies creative excellence, and in that vein decided to celebrate the creativity of our incredible continent at the same time. Mercedes-Benz has become renowned for investing in the local economy; in particular their East London plant with a further R3 billion investment following the launch of the New Generation C Class model (this after their R10 billion injection in 2018) as commitment to the revival of the South African economy and the socio-economic development of the region.The automotive industry currently contributes 7% towards our GDP annually, and with this East London plant manufacturing the C-Class right here, this adds a significant contribution both locally and abroad. 

Mercedes-Benz Sandton is one of 14 flagship retailers around the world and the largest in Africa. It is the stage where 500 people bore witness to the pioneering spirit of both South African creators, and Mercedes-Benz cars. This echoes the historic purpose of Mercedes-Benz, which is, “first move the world”. For Mercedes-Benz it has always been about the deeper meaning behind their work; it is what drives them, and it is their reason why. It means pursuing more than what is immediately achievable, the pioneering spirit that is part of their DNA. From this, “Eyethu” was born. 


The C-Class is a culmination of art, passion and history; all which are reflected by the emerging creative talent right here in South Africa.

THE EVENT LOGO ITSELF WAS CREATED BY LOCAL ARTIST & CURATOR SAMURAI FARAI.

Samurai Farai

“I wanted the artwork I designed for the release of the new Mercedes Benz C-Class to represent a marrying of my own creative style alongside the intention and symbolism of what the release of this car represents. A community, a culture, a unity of individualism that represents the collision of beauty and power. The boldness to be great, as well as the boldness to be colourful and unapologetic. I attempted to convey a sense of elegance and sensuality through the strong black lines and intentional use of the newly released colours that the car is available in. This portrait, essentially symbolises the strength and unity of the creative community, as well as the community of people behind the construction and development of the new C-Class. Individuals all working in symmetry to achieve a greater goal – the goal of moving towards the future, together.”

NOT ONE, BUT THREE C-CLASS REVEALS AWAITED GUESTS,TO CELEBRATE THE NEW ICONIC COLOURS.Spectral Blue,High Tech Siver & Opalite White.

The reveal
Spectral Blue
High Tech Siver
Opalite White

In attendance were celebrities dressed by local designers, including one of our featured runway designers, IMPRINT ZA, and CLARIS by Gerrit Pienaar designs. 

Local Celebrities dressed in local designs

Some of these A-listers included previous Miss SA Tansey Coetzee, Runway models Andiswa Manxiwa, The Frenchise Twins, Tumi Tums, Harmony Kutulondi, The Real Brinnette, Gugu Khati, Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala, Sipiwe Tshabalala, Kgomotso Seboko, Pamela Mtanga, and none other than the trending Mr Smeg.

It was a collision of beauty and power as Tansey Coetzee wore a bespoke CLARIS by Gerrit Pienaar Designs gown draped over the all new C-Class which was ‘walked off’ the vehicle in dramatic fashion.

Former Miss SA, Tansey Coetzee

MC Palesa Tembe then ushered guests into the AMG lounge where they were treated to a performance by Joburg Ballet’s senior soloist Ruan Galdino. This dance formed part of a second C-Class reveal for the night where Ruan pulled the cover off while guests indulged their tech obsessions on the PlayStation Grand Turismo Simulators and enjoyed the technical prowess of the night’s resident Ice Sculptor. 

PALESA TEMBE

If this was not enough, things heated up with the arrival of a fire dancer and a giant, burning three-pointed star Mercedes-Benz logo at the entrance to this iconic location. This was the cue for the East Rand dancers, a passionate local dance crew, to lead an energised audience up to the first floor of the retailer where the party would begin.

#ANightToRemember
Mercedes-Benz Sandton

The decks were opened by Nomcebo whilst a third Mercedes-Benz C-Class was revealed underneath a cloud of electric blue confetti. Thereafter guests partied the night away thanks to DJSabby, Esona, Lady Du and Zakes Bantwini.

Nomcebo
Dj Sabby
Zakes Bantwini
Lady Du
Esona

This event was supported by numerous local brands including the Theo Baloyi’s success story Bathu Shoes, the emerging cult beverage ZAR Beer, Khumalo Wines, ASA Magazine, celebrity chefs: David Higgs and Baby Chef, and even international brands wanting to make their mark in an exploding local creative scene, Valdo Prosecco and Swatch Watches.

ZAR Beer
Celebrity Chef,David Higgs & Baby Chef
SWATCH

The event played testament to the fact that brands and creatives can create platforms to work together for mutual elevation. In a world where creatives seem to be our future, this is certainly a move in the right direction for Mercedes-Benz Sandton and all of its inspired creative artists and brand partners. 

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