Last night four of SA’s top personalities brought their hustle to STATUS, where respect is made along with the scent of success 
Words: Nadine Oosthuizen


Last night, the men of Status were announced during the new hustle campaign launch, which took place at Rockets in Bryanston  Johannesburg.


The four Men of Status include top South African football player George Lebese, award-winning entrepreneur ProVerb, and world-class music duo Bandile and Banele Mbere from Major League DJz.  This quartet of cool and confident men hustle hard and have unlocked the game in their respective fields.


“Through their infectious and unstoppable energy, each of the four self-made achievers have put in the hours, persevered and got things done. Together they embody the collective attitude of what it means to hustle. At Status, we understand the high-pressure, high-risk environment of the hustle. It’s why Status is an integral part of the mental and physical preparation for the hustle,” says Angel Musoni, Senior Brand Manager: Personal Care at Tiger Brands.


Other super star guests spotted includes Cassper Nyovest, a long time Major League friend and collaborator.



As Major League DJz, Bandile and Banele Mbere are the DJ duo pushing the boundaries of South African dance music, mixing elements of hip-hop, jazz and percussion which, along with their extraordinary live performances, place them on the cutting edge of the hustle. The dynamic duo took to the stage at the event to bless the attendees with their unique brand of local dance music.



Bandile Mbere brings his innate sense of confidence to Rich Ebony, a sensual fragranced deodorant for the gentleman who has an eye for the finer things in life, while Banele Mbere’s unstoppable spirit to live every moment to the fullest inspired the insatiable scent of Fierce Spirit.


As the scent’s name implies, Pure Endurance is everything Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star George Lebese wakes up for. Born in Mamelodi and now in his eighth year with the Glamour Boys, the fierce left winger’s masterful and courageous spirit has inspired a fragrance only fit for those men who are in it, to win it.



“For me, it’s about moving up, it’s about believing in yourself, especially when others don’t. I like to get stuck in and put in the hard miles, the hustle. I want to be the last man standing, work up a sweat and smell great doing it!” says Lebese, who also recently launched his own non-profit foundation to serve children, youth and communities through education, sport and empowerment projects.



Like the man himself, the crisp and fresh Strong Legend fragranced deodorant takes its inspiration from entertainer extraordinaire ProVerb’s courage to chase and live his dream, no matter what. The self-proclaimed “hungriest head in hip hop” and South African Hip Hop Award-winning “Hustler of the Year”, put his money where his mouth is and went from humble beginnings in Kimberley to a 5-album artist with a flourishing broadcasting career. As co-owner of SIC Entertainment, ProVerb now supports other African talents producing shows such as Miss SA and Face of Africa. The night saw PrpVerb embrace dual roles as STATUS ambassador and MC for the night

As if all this wasn’t enough ProVerb embraced the dual roles of STATUS ambassador and MC for the night. Easily showing why he was the perfect fit for the brand and Strong Legend.



The four New fragranced deodorant variants will be launched in stores in October, along with a new look for the brand’s other top selling variants such as Wild Ivory, Respect, Aztec Jade and Spiced Musk.


“The STATUS deodorant re-launch is significant in that it symbolises the rebirth of an iconic brand, ” says Tracey Rowles, Marketing Manager: Personal Care at Tiger Brands. “The four Men of Status have that special something that sets them apart: respect, and that doesn’t just come from owning things. It comes from respect for others, for the community, for hard work and for one’s self. There’s an inspiring new dynamic in SA right now. Motivated individuals are not waiting for breaks anymore, they’re creating them for themselves the Status way.”

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