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Workers' Day is a national public holiday in South Africa and since 1994, it has been celebrated on 1 May of each year. It has its origins within the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions internationally for solidarity between working people in their struggles to win fair employment standards and more importantly, to establish a culture of human and worker rights.

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But, Workers’ Day is not only celebrated in South Africa… Internationally known as Labour Day or May Day, Workers’ Day represents how far workers have come. Historically, hard labourers were servants and were exploited by a higher power. Men, women and children were forced to live in terrible conditions and were taken advantage of through a discriminatory wage system. Labourers used to work between ten and twelve hours per day. After years of rallying and protesting, workers finally rose against this relentless exploitation. Strict Labour Laws were put in place. This struggle indicates the origins of Workers’ Day. Presently, workers are able to form trade unions and are given the opportunity to contest seemingly unfair treatment – a huge step forward from the cruel, inconsiderate and inhumane treatment of workers dating back to the times of slavery. So, count your blessings. You will never have to go through the exploitation that our previous generations had to fight and endure. Exercise your rights in the workplace. Treat your fellow workers as you would like to be treated; and don’t discriminate according to colour, creed or gender. Remember our past and celebrate Workers’ Day. H

Mainly, the history and significance of Workers’ Day of South Africa is very different compared to that of the USA (New York). The laws that were implemented during the apartheid regime in this country were not conducive for the black and coloured people of this country. The treatment of most black workers was filled with hate and cruelty. Today we view Workers’ Day as a remembrance of the freedom that Trade Unionists fought for. As we reflect on the painful past, there were cases where working as a garden boy or a domestic worker would entail addressing your employer as “madam or boss”. However today, Workers’ Day is more of great importance as we celebrate the equal opportunities for all. Workers in this country see this day as of great importance, because of improved Labour Laws that provide all workers equal rights to be protected when necessary. The purpose of us going to school is to acquire skills in order to be employable. It is essential for everyone to know their rights at work and should also be literate. Those that do not make education the focus of their lives are at a disadvantage of being taken advantage of. So I encourage the young people to be aware of the importance of education. It is the only weapon to achieve freedom at work anywhere. H By Goodman Lepota grade 12A JIYANA SECONDARY SCHOOL

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South Africans celebrate Workers’ Day in response to their historical struggles as exploited workers during Apartheid. Workers and trade unions fought for solidarity between workers to achieve fairness in the employment place. Fairness in terms of standards in the workplace as well as human and worker rights. Workers’ Day symbolises the resistance to the Apartheid government and its racial policies.

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magine yourself as a young child, making your way to a textile mill. Your father has passed away and your mother’s income is not enough to support your family. You become a worker at the textile mill at the age of four. You wake up at 4:30 and work until the late hours of the evening. You are only given two meals a day. You are paid less than 10% of an adult man’s salary. Day in and day out, you wake up at 4:30 when it is still dark. You begin to work and only stop for meals, which are gruel that is not even of a good enough standard to feed to an animal. This is the only break in the working day you are allowed. During the day, you work in factories with dangerous machinery where you see many of your fellow workers, as young as four years old, get ill and die. If any worker steps out of line, the consequences are fatal. Masters beat workers to death for disobeying them. You stop for a second meal later in the afternoon. Again you are fed with food that makes you ill rather than nourishes you. After dinner, work resumes. Work only finishes at 9 in the evening, if you’re lucky. Sometimes you might work late into the night. This is a typical day. Now think about your typical day. We usually don’t want to wake up because school is a drag and sometimes we don’t like going. We sometimes complain about teachers and have fights with friends. But, school is mainly a place where you get to see friends and you get to learn. School means opportunity. So despite the fact that we all have hardships at home or at school, remember on May 1st that you could have been working in a textile mill in the 1700s. Or you a young black teenager, subjugated in the Apartheid regime, paid a peasant’s wage and discriminated against as a worker because of your colour. But you are not. You are living in the new South Africa and you have the right to be treated as an equal in the work place. You can look back at the hardships workers had to endure to get you to where you are today. Let us celebrate the struggle and embrace the new right that is our responsibility to exercise. Let us celebrate Workers’ Day.

From that simple wage pay, working under harsh conditions, no protective clothing, working long hours, no days off, no maternity leave, all sorts of abuses, for not being allowed to join a union, no pensions, and to a hand-to-mouth wages. The workers all over the world have to celebrate their liberation from oppression and contribution in making the world what it is today. Workers in the society, celebrate Workers’ Day on the 1st of May every year all over the world. Workers have a contribution to the economy and the development of every country worldwide. CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) of companies, government officials and people in the street make sure that people in the society are provided with good services needed. South Africa has a history of workers.

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Ed’s Letter Hi guys April has been a mad month what with all the holidays – I know you are not complaining – but boy has it been hard to get any work done. amawinna magazine wishes all Matrics “Good Luck” with the exams. Before you know it you will be welcoming in a new year full of hope and excitement. These exams will determine your future. Remember that only hard work and commitment will get you the results you desire. The Mother’s Day competition sponsored by Sun City has been a huge hit with the learners and entries are pouring in. Thank you to Sun City for an amazing family prize. Look out for the Father’s Day competition which I am sure will be as well accepted as the Mother’s Day was so be sure to get your entry in soonest. Look out for our Hamper Competition which will contain a number of goodies valued at over R1 000.00. Our Avira Antivirus software competition is certainly a hit and the best news is that Avira are offering an 80% discount to schools purchasing their Avira package. amawinna magazine was lucky to be invited to the SAMA Nominations Party at Monte Casino. What an evening. We had an absolute blast. Rubbing shoulders with the cream of South African Music talent. We cannot wait for the SAMA Awards in a few weeks time. Keep reading your amawinna magazine for all the latest news and gossip as well as Life Coping Skills. Send us your questions and suggestions or go to our website (www.amawinna.co.za) to upload articles or designs – we may publish them in amawinna magazine. You can enter our competitions online or SMS your entry. Look out for the June issue of amawinna magazine and remember to send us your suggestions and articles. With Love LYNN XXXX

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he “working world”. It is a large component of that big, scary place known as “The Real World” of life after school. You swop your school reports for a salary slip, assembly for staff meetings and exams for performance appraisals with the Human Resources department. The only way to conquer this new adventure is to be prepared, investigate as much as you can and gain a good idea of what you can expect. Apart from the job shadow you have to complete for school, try and gain experience over school holidays in any working environment. Get creative in approaching companies – try approaching business organizations such as the Black Management Forum or Businesswomen’s Association, community policing forum, your local Rotary Club or Lion’s Club, public library or even the ward councillor in your area.

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he South African Constitution protects every person’s right to choose a trade, occupation or profession freely, in Section 22 of The Bill of Rights. If you think about the history of our country and how certain jobs were “reserved” for certain races, how pass laws restricted people from working in certain areas and how women were excluded from select occupations, it makes sense that this right is constitutionally protected. The Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Justice Sandile Ngcobo, summarized why this right is so important in a Constitutional Court case: (Affordable Medicines Trust and others v Minister of Health and others, 2006 (3) SA 247 (CC) “Freedom to choose a vocation is intrinsic to the nature of a society based on human dignity as contemplated by the Constitution. One’s work is part of one’s identity and is constitutive of one’s dignity. Every individual has a right to take up any activity which he or she believes himself or herself prepared to undertake as a profession and to make that activity the very basis of his or her life.” The Bill of Responsibilities suggests that our responsibilities in ensuring the right to work include that we must “work hard and do our best in everything that we do”. We must “recognize that living a good and successful life involves hard work and that everything worthwhile only comes with effort.” However, these rights “must never be used to expose children to child labour”. Child labour is defined by UNICEF as “work that exceeds a minimum number of hours, depending on the age of a child and on the type of work. Such work is considered harmful to the child and should therefore be eliminated. Ages 5-11: At least one hour of economic work or 28 hours of domestic work per week; Ages 12-14: At least 14 hours of economic work or 28 hours of domestic work per week; Ages 15-17: At least 43 hours of economic or domestic work per week.” H


BELOW: Geared for Life learners used the March school holidays to gain work experience. Marketing learners job shadowed at ORT South Africa’s offices. Two of the matric Paralegal learners, Koketso Kekana and Mathapelo Masenya, spent the day Webber Wentzel law firm. Twelve other learners from King Edward VII School, Alexandra High, Sandtonview High, Waverly Girls High and Sandringham High Schools attended a Legal Research Skills workshop at Bell Dewar law firm.

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ournalism is not for the faint-hearted or the conventional, so I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to encounter a candidate with such a piercing in the media world. I would be a bit surprised if they chose to wear it to an interview on their first day though, and might question their level of professionalism as a result. Piercings could make potential or new employees appear unprofessional and unkempt. They can also raise concerns about how the person would be perceived outside of the company, while at a press conference or out in the field to cover a story. Piercings are not overtly frowned upon in the media industry. Journalists are known for not being the most conventional or formal of dressers! The Eyewitness News team, for instance, is comprised of a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds, so there’s a more relaxed approach to personal appearance – as long as our staff look professional and presentable.” H Camilla Bath, Deputy News Editor: Eyewitness News

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would initially be put off but would still consider the candidate’s qualifications and assess the ‘performance’ in the interview to fit the role profile and team dynamic. If the candidate was applying for a client facing role, it would be unacceptable in our industry, so there would need to be a willingness to remove the studs for those interactions. We are in the financial services industry looking after client monies for their retirement and as such, a professional image is required. If the candidate was the best qualified for the job and was willing to remove the studs for client interactions, I would hire them.” H Claire Sherwood, Absa Consultants and Actuaries, Actuarial Consultant.

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cademia is generally fairly relaxed regarding piercings. They should not disadvantage a new candidate at a job interview nor hinder career progression.” H Melanie Bertram , Senior Health Economist , School of Public Health, Wits.

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eachers “freak out” at the sight of an unconventional piercing be it eyebrow, lip, chin or tongue. Are they just being pedantic or are they preparing learners for a future environment where these types of piercings are not acceptable? A point for heated discussion, here are some opinions of professionals on whether or not piercings are acceptable (to be worn to a job interview or during work hours), to fuel your debates:

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n my profession I deal to a large extent with perception and relationships. In my experience, most people will form a negative perception of a person with strange (unconventional) piercings and will find it difficult to relate with a person with such piercings. I thus will not allow it, not even considering the fact that it does not make a professional (first) impression.” H Esme Noble, Industrial Psychologist.

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f he were coming for an interview, I would immediately be put off hiring him. I work in a very large corporate environment where first impressions (particularly at interviews) are critical. An employee’s presentation is an extension of the image of the firm and if the individual did not have the foresight or the sensitivity to the reaction that he would cause, we would not want such a person representing our organization. If he was already an employee, our dress code specifically prohibits such piercing and accordingly, disciplinary action would be taken. It gives the impression that the person is unable to distinguish between what is appropriate in one’s personal environment and what is appropriate in the business context, that such an individual is not sensitive to the fact that by working for a company, one represents the company and the image that the company projects in the market place. Also, it gives the impression that he does not care about the image that he portrays. It is not consistent with a corporate or professional image. The individual would not be taken seriously or respected as a professional and as an expert.” H Kelly Chalom, Manager, KPMG Forensic.

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personally am repulsed by visible tattoos and unconventional body piercings etc. I would far rather look more closely at a candidate who is smart, well dressed and professional looking. The candidate would have to possess some other powerful attribute for me to get past the first impression – which is always created in the first six seconds of the interview anyway.” H Karolynn van Vuren, HR Director, Rocktech Earthmoving Wearparts (Pty) Ltd.

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rom a more creative, fashion focused corporate company’s perspective – piercings are not really an issue in the interview process as long as the candidate is well groomed and presented. In saying that, never forget that an interview is a meeting where you are marketing yourself to a potential buyer and you are persuading a company to invest in you. I know it sounds clichéd but first impressions last.” H Angela Nunes, Senior QA Technologist, Edcon.

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e employ practicing attorneys /advocates/ economists/finance (CA’s) – the average age of the division is probably 30+ mostly professionals with more than 5 years industry experience. Piercings would not fit this corporate image (when advising and meeting with internal clients (MTN executive committee members and heads of sales departments) and externally engaging with our legal/regulatory counterparts, Ministry of Communication, regulatory authorities and Senior Counsels) and may discredit the individual (purely based on impression created.) We are aware that our corporate clients expect a certain business acumen and for their advisors to conform to a more formal corporate appearance. This form of personal expression would better be suited in a smaller advisory/consulting business – this would not suit the MTN Corporate Services corporate image and would very likely not be hired regardless of skill and aptitude as we hire for “corporate fit”.” H Rossana Gell, Senior Manager: Market and Competition Regulation, MTN.

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n our department (Print Media) we have employees that are hired mostly for their creative skill. Due to the vibe in our department, being young, creative and open minded, we would not mind a person to have visual piercings, although they should be tasteful and not over the top. As long as the person can still look presentable and professional then it’s not a problem. This would not apply to the whole of Discovery Health as there are many departments, and some of them would definitely not appreciate any visual piercings. All in all, I definitely think that the industry you are in has major impact on how one should conduct themselves.” H Bonita Robertshaw, Print Administrator, Discovery Health.


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If not you, who? If not now, when? If not Earth, Where?

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eneration Earth is the “in” or rather the hip movement that’s going to totally revolutionize the face of going ‘green’. For Generation Earth to be a success we have to take this concept to the driving market and future leaders of this country and the world, the youth. Generation Earth puts before the youth a structured and experienced programme to work within in order to save our country and our world. And what will be the factor that makes this project a success? It will be that we’re making ‘green’ cool! We’re making ‘green’ apply to the youth as well as making it appeal to them. And, by involving the current role models of our youth, the icon celebrities. We therefore attract a lot more

Lizolethu from St John’s College and Nick from Crawford College.

attention from the youth. So while Generation Earth is the movement that will save our earth, it’s a movement that promotes networking for the future leaders as well as educating the future leaders to make the correct ‘green’ decisions. Generation Earth is the arrival of the movement that will revolutionize our planet and in turn save the existence of our planet for years to come. Be the change the world needs. It all begins with each of us standing up and saying “this is MY planet,” “Its existence begins with ME”.

What dœs Generation Earth mean to us? Well for us, as Generation Earth, it provides

us with an opportunity to play a crucial role in the Green Revolution. The chance to rise up amongst the likes of Al Gore, and confidently say that we helped create the change saved and rejuvenated our dying earth. We now finally have the inspiration and means to Be The Change. And as Green Trendsetters of schools like Crawford College Sandton and St John’s College we intend to spread the news and ensure that as Generation Earth we are the movement that saves our world. We conclude with the powerful motto of Generation Earth: If not you, who? If not now, when? If not Earth, Where? H

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n line with International Radio Day celebrated on the 1st of April annually, AlexFM 89.1 was ready with the new progra up. On the 4th of April 201 mmes line 1, AlexFM listeners enjoye d the unleashed new line up which said by the community at large “did not disappoint”. Following up on the cha nges made, on the 9th of April 2011, we took a bus tour around Alexan dra Township and our imm ediate surrounding suburbs as part of our liste nership drive and commu nity outreach initiative. There was an overwhelming response from the public as they met the new presen ters and got a chance to interact with them one on one. The Afternoon Drive Tim e Show “ALX 326 GP” hea ded by myself (Sithembile Nkosi) togeth er with Nkosinathi Nkosi is the show that deals with the youth. We primarily focus on youth empowerment, education and developm ent by addressing issues of relevance and interest to young people : such as Social, Health & Beauty, Motivation, Career Guidance, Arts & Culture. We cruise betwee n the hours 3 to 6pm weekdays and hav e amawinna magazine Slot every Wednesday at 3:30pm. This show is but just one of the many interesting Shows on “The Spirit of the Community” 89.1 Ale xFM. Take time to explore our shows and be on the journey with us as we offer you the best of radio …. Follow us on Twitter and on Fac ebook AlexFm 89.1 or AlexFm Drive Sho w to stay informed and to be a part of our movement. H


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e, the people of Soweto: community organisations, faith based structures, organised labour, business, school governing body associations, political organisations, teachers, parents, learners, gathered here on the 9 April 2011, in response to the crisis in education in Greater Soweto and in response to Government’s call to improve quality basic education,

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the historic moments and sacrifices made by the youth and communities of Soweto during the 1976 protests against apartheid education; the commitment and actions of those who laid down their lives, against Apartheid, for quality education for all

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the school Safety and Security Strategy is being implemented in schools to improve conditions, including the fencing of schools and occupational health and safety;

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governance and school management training has been rolled out to improve the overall functionality of schools and governing bodies;

Hereby recognise and understand that: 1. 2.

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education is a fundamental right for all; education is critical in freeing our people from the ravages of poverty, underdevelopment, hopelessness and ensuring a better life for all by improving the socio-economic status of individuals and families in disadvantaged communities; education is a means of promoting good citizenship as well as preparing our people for the needs of a modern developmental economy and a democratic society;

Hereby noting that: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Soweto schools on average perform 10% to 15% below the provincial average, and are amongst the worst performing in the province; schooling in Soweto is frequently disrupted by protest actions, unprotected strikes, and meetings during school hours; many schools remain dysfunctional due to poor management and internal conflict among SGB’s, principals, teachers and/or learners some schools are unconducive for learning due to ill-discipline, violence, gangsterism, drugs and the carrying of weapons; many parents, at a huge financial burden, are moving their children to schools outside Soweto in search for a better and quality education; the lack of effective parental participation in governance and the education of their children despite the existence of representative structures;

Believing that we will only achieve functionality and stability in the Soweto education sector if we agree to ensure that: 1.

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there are interventions across all phases and grades to improve the quality of learning and learner performance, in literacy, mathematics, science and technology; teacher development is being implemented to affirm the educator as an instructional leader by

there is an active and valuable partnership amongst the community, families, school governors and managers, educators and learners that the representative planning committee that worked on this summit will take forward the implementation of its resolutions; GDE commits itself to ensuring that Head Office and District Offices provide support to schools that is relevant, appropriate and focused on supporting the classroom as the unit of educational change; and the ongoing improvements can only be achieved in a climate which is conducive for learning and teaching where disruptions and unprotected labour actions are not tolerated.

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improving their content knowledge and classroom practice; textbooks, workbooks, mobile classrooms, grade R classrooms, repairs to existing schools and the building of new schools are being delivered to improve the conditions for teaching and learning; education programmes are being rolled out to parents in the underperforming schools on how to actively support children in schools and at home;

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The education of the Soweto child will no longer be compromised; The provision of quality education in the classroom shall be sole priority of the community, school governors, educators, principals and learners each and every day; We will strive tirelessly to ensure that every learner will do well at school and leave our institutions with the values, knowledge, skills and qualifications that will give him/her the best chance of success in adult life; All schools, SGBs, principals, teachers and learners will ensure that teaching and learning happens every school day in a mutually respectful environment.

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amaSafe What is Human Trafficking?

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eople of all ages can be trafficked – from young children to teens and adults. Trafficking occurs when someone is taken from the place where they live to another place to be exploited or taken advantage of. People who are trafficked have often been misinformed or tricked into leaving. In most cases, trafficked children and young people are either moved within the country (from a rural area to a large city or a tourist destination) or taken to a foreign country.

How serious is Child or Human trafficking on a global scale?

Human trafficking is the third biggest industry on a global scale, after illegal arms and drugs.

Why are children being trafficked?

Children can be trafficked for many reasons. They may be made to perform illegal or dangerous work, to beg or to be involved in drug smuggling. Younger children and babies may be trafficked so that they can be illegally adopted. Another reason why children are commonly trafficked is for sexual exploitation or abuse. They may be forced to have sex with people for money or for some other benefit such as food or presents. They may also be forced into producing child pornography. Even when children have been trafficked for other reasons, such as to work, they may end up being sexually exploited because they have little protection and nobody to turn to for help.

What are the effects of trafficking?

Children who are trafficked will suffer physical and sometimes sexual abuse, often of an extreme kind. This can leave them with health problems which can result in disability, disease and even death. Girls may become pregnant, sometimes as a very young age. Mental health and emotional problems are also common. Children may find it difficult to trust others or have nightmares and live in fear. Sometimes children and young people may use drugs and alcohol as a way of coping.

What can I do to combat child trafficking?

There are several things that you can do to combat trafficking. These include: H Spreading the word about trafficking – talk to friends and family about what you have heard and raise awareness about the problem of trafficking. Warn your friends about the dangers; H Join in – join an organisation that is fighting trafficking and participate in awareness raising campaigns and activities to raise much needed funds; H Speak out – if you believe that someone is a victim of trafficking please speak out. If you are a victim of trafficking, please seek help – there are a lot of people and organisations that can help you. Asking for help is the first step you must take to stop a bad situation from getting worse. H Megan Briedé, Child Welfare South Africa, 011 452-4110, briedem@childwelfaresa.org.za H

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rejection, pain, anxiety and joy, are not culturally bound. We may deal with them a little differently or attribute them to different sources, but we all experience pain as pain and joy as joy! What about a smile, a frown, a wink or a hug? Are these gestures not universal? Of course there are exceptions. I think of the example of making eye contact when addressing someone. In some cultures it is deemed disrespectful for a young person to look their elder straight in the eye, whilst in others this may demonstrate a ‘shifty’ nature. However, once we understand this, we are not offended. It is not helpful to ridicule or minimise a child’s belief system. Ultimately we are all trying to make sense of our world and to find answers to the things that go wrong in our lives. I confess to feeling daunted at times when a frightened child sits before me, concerned about witchcraft or spells. I long to allay their fears in the way in which I view reality, but this would not bring relief. It is

preferable to listen and try to understand their feelings within their frame of reference. All children need love, acceptance, respect, family bonds and an education. It is often an eye-opener for parents who attend my workshops to discover that no matter what colour, creed or religion they are, the difficulties around raising teenagers are much the same. In today’s multi-cultural schools, parents play a vital role in modelling respect towards different cultural and ethnic groups. Children absorb the values of their parents. You are not being fair to them if you are critical about those who are different and then expect them to be happy in a multi-cultural setting. Is the following scenario not likely to cause confusion:- ‘I really like J, he and I have similar taste when it comes to music, we love hanging out together, but oops!, is it okay to take him home?” At some point you have to trust that your child knows and is proud of his roots and that you have instilled in him decent values and good morals. The stronger the sense of identity a child has, the more secure he or she will feel in mixing with other cultures. To instil fear and suspicion, gives your child the message that you are not secure and comfortable with who you are. Remember, you are preparing your child to function in a wider society – one wherein different cultures, religions and creeds connect on a daily basis. We work together, fly in aeroplanes together, eat together at restaurants and watch movies together. Now let us, in the words of April Holland, “embrace diversity” and equip ourselves to set out on an “exciting adventure”.H

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H If you are studying something that you can't see is adding value to your life – it will go into short-term memory. So ask yourself repeatedly: How is studying this going to assist me to reach my goals in life? In other words, link it to what is most valuable to you. If you can't see how this is going to assist you in your life, you are going to struggle. If you can see the value, you will be inspired. H The purpose of an education is to increase the probability that you will have greater opportunities in your life and be able to provide a great service to people. So don't just learn to pass the test – look beyond that. Make your goal bigger. Think of what type of service you are going to provide with your new-found knowledge. See yourself beyond the exam and school and find a cause for the information you need to learn. H Try and avoid stimulants when you study. They will only give you a temporary high which will be followed by a ‘crash’. You want

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to keep your physiology steady – so drink lots of water. H Pace your study instead of cramming at the end and running the risk of feeling overwhelmed and stressed. If you study every day by the inch, it becomes a cinch. H If you are experiencing fear and anxiety, it is because you are not prepared. The more you study, the less the fear. H Maintain balanced emotions by asking whatever is happening in your life, how is this helping you to fulfil your objectives?

seconds, hold and then breathe out for seven seconds. Do this several times and your mind will become present and poised. H Any questions you don't know, just move on and concentrate on the ones you do know and what you know will grow. The answer is within you, so calmly return to those questions and often your intuition will lead you to the answer. H

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y journey to becoming a journalist is a bizarre tale indeed. I went to primary school in Moorleigh and Forderville Primary. I always had a knack and a passion for writing. I would always create stories in my mind, writing them down, drawing pictures and putting my imagination through all sorts of overdrawn toil and stretching. I always felt that I wanted to be a writer or a producer of some sort. When I was in grade nine a great opportunity came my way in the form of Umsinsi Press’ Dancing Pencils Project, which helped people do and understand creative writing. They also published and distributed books. I have published about sixteen books with them. I believe that this helped me to develop my writing skills and storytelling ability as these are important in journalism, where a lot of writing is done. I studied for a National Diploma at Durban University of Technology (DUT). While I was there I freelanced for different forms of media. I freelanced for a website called African’s Way. I underwent my internship at Genuine Magazine, a publication based in Kwa-Zulu Natal. I’ve also freelanced for my local newspaper, Estcourt Midlands News. I have found that my experience of writing fiction has helped me to report news and events with colour and flavour. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Technology at DUT. This field is

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very fascinating to say the least. I don’t believe I would’ve met as many people and gone to as many places if I weren’t a journalist. (Khulekane was lucky as his mother, Sethembile Magubane of Estcourt who trained as a mentor for her school, ran a private club called Bubbles in which Khulekani was a member. She now runs a Dancing Pencils Writing Club at her school, Drakensview Primary, in Estcourt. Other members of her previous private club (Noelle Stakes, Kirsten Diedrick, Londiwe Mntambo, Llewellyn Lambert and Lindelwe Nene) did exceedingly well with their own stand alone books. This month we are

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In Durban, a mentor getting attention is Veena Gangaram of the private BAT Dancing Pencils Writing Club. She is also mentor of her large club at her marginally disadvantaged school, Parkvale Primary School in Newlands West. SABC TV will be filming Dancing Pencils writers in May; members of her clubs are presently practising Indian, isiZulu and fusion dances as clubs not only launch books but entertain as well. Last year, members of the BAT Dancing Pencils Writing Club produced 11 young authors aged between 7 years to 15 years. Three of the authors wrote books of more than 100 pages. H Nathi Ngubane of Vulumoya Dancing Pencils Writing Club, and Khulekani Magubane.


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Pick n Pay School Club; to empower learners with the right resources to confidently face the future as forward thinking and pro-active leaders that believe in responsible living. “The Hero Awards component of the programme, introduced in 2010, and which has now been rolled out to all 2,250 schools, is also super-inspiring. We have been awe-struck by the extraordinary acts of heroism, kindness and courage that happen on any given day in youth’dom,” continues Jason Levin. Positive reinforcement is integral in the development of the youth and with that the School Club’s Hero Awards rewards and acknowledges the everyday heroes within the following disciplines; Leadership, Overcoming Adversity, Academic Excellence, Sport and Community Upliftment. The Pick n Pay School Club was highlighted at a showcase event on Wednesday 20th April at Leicester Road Primary School. The event, hosted by Zizo Beda, ex Miss Teen South Africa and television star, highlighted the

elements that define Pick n Pay School Club 2011. A true hero, Lyndon Ferns, South African Olympic Gold Medal swimmer encouraged all present to not only be inspired by their heroes, but believe in their own abilities to create and mould their community and their future. Following the presentation, guests and media enjoyed the opportunity of experiencing the Pick n Pay School Club in action during a classroom session at the school. The experience was completed by a school assembly and show which was put on by the learners of Leicester Road Primary School. H For more information on the Pick n Pay School Club, please visit www.hdiyouth.co.za or contact Angelique Rossouw at HDI Youth Marketeers on 011 706-6016.

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To be recognised It takes a strong heart To be brave, It takes a strong mind To be intelligent But it takes your whole life To be recognised To be recognised Is not to be known But it is to start The invasion Of inspiring the generation To take action Against the bad revelation Of the nation. To be recognised Is to have positivity Against the negativity Of the whole community. We must all be femininity Just like the soil’s ability To have fertility. That is to be recognised. H By Viola Kalashe grade 10e Jiyana Secondary School If tomorrow never comes!!! I’m sorry… For everything wrong that i did or didn’t do I’m sorry… For everything wrong that i said to you I’m sorry… If i ever ignored you I’m sorry… If i ever made you feel bad or put you down I’m sorry… If i ever thought i was bigger or better than you I’m sorry… I’m writing this because what if tomorrow never comes? What if i never get a chance to say good bye or give you a big hug? So i’m sorry… And what if tomorrow never comes??? By Portia Dumako grade 12a 2011 Jiyana Secondary School

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hen the NELSON Mandela Foundation in association with the Institute of Advanced Journalism trained 20 learners from Tembisa High and Jiyana Secondary on journalism, it seemed to be just like normal workshop, people just thought the training was not going to produce good results. In 2008, the Jiyana Secondary School teachers started combining a team to create what is known as Jiyana@Glance. The newsletter started and called the ‘Jiyana News’ with just one issue and bought by just few individuals in the school. In 2009, the Newsletter coordinators (teachers) – Ma‘am Sibuyi, Ma’am Mashego, Ma’am Mkhonde wanted change. Their vision was to see a functioning school newsletter. That will be read by the community. They appointed Goodman Lepota who was then in Grade 9 to be the official Editor of the Jiyana@Glance. “Our first issue was a hit (success) we were called to an interview in the Voice of Tembisa radio station, that’s when I realized I had big task ahead of me. The first issue was criticized of being too American and not relating to the values of the learners in the school” – Goodman explains. The school newsletter which was first published on his birthday back in 2008 was truly a success. With five years of success he was able to publish 7 issues. The newsletter offers personal guidance, educational news, sports, entertainment and news around the school. In 2010 Goodman had to leave the Jiyana@Glance to a new talent as he was nearing Grade 12.The new editor Rodney Mashiane took over and published an issue that was also successful. To date the school newsletter at only R1.50 has sold more than 3500 issues. The current Editor Alungile Somtsewu promises to keep the Jiyana@Glance’s legacy to be the only high school newsletter in Tembisa. “Journalism is interesting, it brings about 2 sides of a story, and the criticism builds you. What excites every journalist that certain articles are discussed and the best story is the one you hear from the horses mouth”. H By Goodman Lepota grade 12a (sciences) Jiyana Secondary School

REPENTING HEART

I ‘ve head a loud voice calling me. I know it’s the time to change from what I was doing and I know it’s the time to give back what GOD has given me I know it’s the time now Deep down in my heart It’s the time where and when I will be repenting My heart. H By Clive Dube Grade 10E Jiyana Secondary School, Tembisa

ANGER Anger who are you? You are burning the love I have and built hurt inside me. You cover me with a Black shadow. You are turning me into wind. Anger you turn my blood into ashes and turn my body into trash. I think I don’t know where I belong Am feeling alone. Anger my heart is bleeding because of you. Tell me how do I break through? I used to be the chair leader of my dreams but there you are, taking everything that I have. Anger you are killing me, You are killing me. Anger you are cutting me into pieces And I try to put them together but am falling apart. Anger why me? Why me? From all people why do you choose me? Anger it might be short But I have to say it Stay away from me. H By Lindokuhle Makhanya grade 9E 2011

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To the Mothers, the Heros, the Rocks, to the Protector and the Provider. Mothers of Africa we are lucky and glad to have you as our parents. For you make sure that we never suffer, that we are well fed and well clothed. You’re our Advisors, most Caring and Loving parents. You satisfy our needs. You do everything for us, you guide us through life You send us to school for a better future. What will we do without YOU our LOVING MOTHERS? H By Veronica Mkhwanazi

Usuku Lukamama Mama ngikufisela usuku oluhle Nolukungethwe yizibusiso Ungumama onothando nobunele ngokungithwala ngisesiswini ngize ngibengaka. Ungifukamele njengenkukhu uma ifukamele amachwane ayo uyisibano sami esingiqondisayo esingisa empumelelweni, ngezimfundiso zakho nemiyalo yempilo ongiyala ngayo uma ngikhala ukhala kunye name ungiduduza. Lapho ngeswele uyangizamela angilali ngingadlile Mama ungadinwa futhi ngadikibali Mana njalo Mbokodo Ngiyakuthanda! H By Nompilo Ntshangase (Sijabulile Secondary School)

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f one could be asked to list the most vital items that they cannot live without, a list containing the latest gadgets such as iPods, video games, latest Chris Brown CDs and not forgetting the most sought after Blackberry would certainly be presented. Yet sometimes in life we forget that the most essential thing we need and should embrace is the love of a mother. Irrespective of a total number of 40 countries around the world that celebrate Mother’s Day, very few people in South Africa see it as an important day of the year. amawinna magazine was granted the opportunity of speaking to a selected few who thought otherwise. They reflected on the role of their mothers in influencing them, the lessons learnt and most importantly, how they plan on celebrating Mother’s Day. Renowned Generations actor Thato Molamu highlighted the role of his mother in shaping his life. He maintained how his mother taught him “forgiveness, respect and the will to carry on even when days are dark and friends are few”. Surely the love of his mother influenced him in a positive way judging by the way his life is unfolding. “Mothers are jewels to be cherished, I could not have asked for a better mother. The youth needs to relook some of the values that we were brought up on and start with the very important ones”. – Thato Molamo.

University of Johannesburg undergraduate students on the other hand, Leanne Plato and Bradley Smith revealed how they are going to celebrate this precious day. “My mom is my rock, she supports me in all that I do and I love her to bits” expressed Leanne. Mothers have the power to shape their children’s future which is evident in their case. Bradley exclaimed how “They never get acknowledged and properly thanked for the continuous unconditional love they give”. This year take time to thank your mom for her efforts and let her know how much she means to you. Here are a few tips on how to make her day extra special: H Breakfast in bed along with her Mother’s Day card (preferably made by you) and flowers. H Ask your mom for the movies H Surprise her with a wonderful gift H Give her a big hug and spend time pampering her H Make her experience true Spa treatment at the comfort of home. H UGHT ACED AND BO NNOT BE REPL RE WHICH CA Y) SU DA EA ’S TR ER UE TH A TR MO e without; it is (DEDICATED TO they cannot liv ng people think and not owned thi life me e’s so on is e in ur lue A treas ng which has va e that most thi ur me as so tre a y, e, rth ur as something wo is a priceless tre creatures in re er the oth t y Bu an . n ne l tha by just anyo is more beautifu ich wh e ur as r. tre that is a mothe people own, a gets, the world and tter how hard it appoints no ma dis r neve mstances. cu ich cir wh of e ur ve as cti pe A mother is a tre s shining irres , and it is alway e knew you it always delivers in the world. Sh ng thi nt rta po see it, she im st uld mo co ne the yo is e an e A mother’s lov your smile befor e is the sh ew d kn an e sh uld , co uld ne co ice before anyo before anyone , and vo uld ur co yo ne ard yo he an who fore is the first one were crying be u yo en wh ht u tig tears. one who held yo who wiped your uple of she is the one th pains for a co bir th wi d gle ug to be str er s, oth nth ch mo ea e aging u for nin r’s o of you encour She carried yo ng like a mothe thi there but the tw s no wa is e ere on Th No r yours. hours. erefore a mothe in and she felt Th . pa r ch he tou t r fel he u like strong, yo eeter and warm world because sw the ng in thi ing no yth is love, there laced with an s a murderer, a t cannot be rep the child become is a treasure tha itional. Even if accepted in the nd un co is un t is tha e ing a mother’s lov ostitute or anyth pr a thers out there ef, mo thi a the , ist To all fraudster, a rap love her child. ll sti ll wi r the st. be mo community the Day you are the ARY SCHOOL happy Mother’s JIYANA SECOND D) 12 e rad (G ela ns do Ma ia cil H By Ce

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he album has been recorded through 2010 over three sessions with three separate producers, all in LA – Jacknife Lee brought his technological nous to ‘Anti-D’, then Eric Valentine helped them put together ‘Tokyo (Vampires And Wolves)’ and ‘Techno Fan’ Rich Costey to complete a record that will shock, impress and spin opinion on this most uncompromising of 21st Century pop bands. This new batch of songs finds Murph’s lyrics developing a depth and personal confessional slant that’s rare in modern song-writing.“You take the electro and you take the grunge and you put it together with what we used to do on the first album,” says Tord, “then that’s what the album’s going to be.” H

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F.eU is the biggest house brand in South Africa right now. Without even trying, the two members of this formidable force, Fresh and Euphonik have taken the dance world by storm with their second instalment of the F.eU series - F.eU Too. amawinna caught up with Euphonik at the airport to steal two minutes of his busy touring schedule.

Wow! F.eU too has arrived. I bet people have been amped for this release?

People have been completely amped for this album. We’ve been hyping it since October last year because we knew when we would release it. To be honest we are excited but also a little nervous because although we have always pushed the benchmark as far as djing goes, this time we experimented with some newer sounds because we wanted to push even further and see how open minded the market was. So we are testing the market and ourselves with this release.

Why did you choose to do two separate albums? What’s the difference?

In The Club is a compilation of licensed tracks from local and international artists but In The Studio is all original material that Fresh and myself created. We also decided to do two albums because this is F.eU’s second album, so keeping in line with F.eU Too.

The F.eU brand is exploding. Did you expect it to be so successful?

No not at all. `We started it because a lot of dj’s were getting booked at the same time and we started combining our sets at parties. We started then doing stuff together.

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I personally am blown away by the success of F.eU because it’s not often you experiment and the reception is so big. We’ve both been around individually for years but as F.eU its only going into its third year now.

Explain the thinking behind this brand, and the business you started.

Fresh has his core target markets and I have my own, so we thought we should combine the time and energy and music together and see what happens. We are playing music for South Africans. Not just blacks or just whites and people have really taken to us.

Who, in your opinions, are the best SA DJs?

A lot of the guys on the CD are great. In SA I personally think Fresh, Roger Goode, DJ Kent, Oskido and myself amongst others, are all good at what we do.

You are currently on tour. How is it going and where do you most like to perform? We chose to play in some places we haven’t been to in a while. We are doing some remote places and some places on the continent like Botswana, which is Fresh’s home town, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola and Swaziland. We are also doing a township tour because we are both so busy we don’t get a chance to do that often.

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Any plans to break into the African continent on this tour? We are breaking into Africa already but the real thinking is more international markets. We get to play every year in Miami and the response is amazing. The studio album was created with the intention of breaking international markets. House Music is so big now and the world is looking to Africa to produce something.

What’s the best show that F.eU has ever been part of?

The parties we put on ourselves are always great because everything from the venue to the décor to the hype to the music is planned by us so they are very special to us.

Tell us about the other exciting things the F.eU brand is doing? I believe there’s a clothing line?

Yeah, we have a T-shirt line which is available wherever we play. We also have an online club which has all our music on it and the radio show on 5FM called Power Nights which is on a Wednesday between 10 and 12pm.

You are both celebrities on your own but together you are quite a force. How do you find time for all your projects?

I honestly don’t even know how we do it. I only started taking vitamins now. The past two months have been the busiest of my career individually and we still need to do all the stuff that F.eU does together. Forward planning and thinking always helps, but I still don’t know how we manage to cope with everything. Right now I’m calling you from an airport. I was in Stellebosch for an hour, then I land back in Jozi and have to go straight to a gig. My schedule is overwhelming. H

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“Sacrifice” - The Golden Rule for newly selected netball Squad members. Being selected for the South African National Netball Squad is a wonderful achievement! amawinna was granted the opportunity of speaking to these hard working young women on their road to being a ‘Winna’. Captain and Vice Captain: Amanda Mynhardt and Nthabiseng Moabi. to show respect to others in order to receive it from others. And always remember to just be myself and to have full faith in God that He will show me the way.

What dœs it mean to be in the SA Netball Squad? AMANDA: Playing for South Africa is such a

Amanda. huge privilege and honour. Knowing that you are representing millions of South Africans each time you take the court is amazing. I still get goose bumps everytime I get chosen for the team. Playing for South Africa is part of my story, it’s my life design and it’s who I am.

Nthabiseng: Being in the SA team for me has always been

an honour and privileged considering how many people play netball throughout South Africa. It is so amazing, you just never get used to the feeling when your name is called out.

What are the things that you had to sacrifice in order to achieve your goal? AMANDA: Firstly, one has to sacrifice and put your own needs

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second. Personally I sacrificed loads of time away from home and I don’t see my family as often as I would like. Professionally as well, I was a teacher at Hoërskool Monument and unfortunately had to resign as my schedule was getting too hectic. Having a full time job and training twice a day was quite hectic and being away from work each time we went on tour was also difficult. Because netball isn’t a professional sport, the sacrifices are hard to make and when you love the game so much, it’s even harder.

Nthabiseng: Well, sacrifices like training everyday of my life,

which means no social life with friends. Travelling now and then to represent our country means family time is limited. My career has also been affected as being off work means taking unpaid leave. But, I am still grateful and have no regrets.

What is your winning formula and personal motto?

Nthabiseng: Passion, determination,

tenacity, hard work and the heart of being a winner on and off court.

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Where did it all start for you as a netball player?

AMANDA: I grew up in Potchefstroom. From the moment I stepped

foot on the court for the first time when I was 8 years old, I loved the game. I attended high school at Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom and played professional netball and SA schools U/17 and U/18. I was quite a good athlete in school, but I just couldn’t wait for the netball session to start each year. At the end of high school, when I had to decide between athletics and netball, the decision was obvious, because I love netball!

Nthabiseng: I started at a primary school called Tom Newby

Primary School in a small town called Benoni. I went to Benoni High School and played until Grade 10, after that I got an opportunity to attend a Sports Academy called Chipeya Netball Academy until I finished my matric. That academy shaped me into the brilliant netball player I am today, I thank God still today for the opportunity.

Your advice to young netball players at school level? AMANDA: Never forget to enjoy the game and love the game with your heart.

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AMANDA: I apply discipline in everything I do. I need to be committed towards the team, because they are my first priority. I know that I have

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he principal, SMT and educators faced many challenges and have successfully overcome most of it. The educators believe in restorative rather than punitive justice. In this event they have successfully turned around learners. Constant improvement and being positive role models are the motto of these educators. To this they are constantly studying to improve there level of education. The school has decided to develop the child in totality and therefore extramural activities are incorporated in the programme.

Reverend Sam Borcherds is one of the partners at Alra Park Secondary School. When invited by the principal to become part of the school he did not hesitate in offering his time. He is a very good motivational teacher to us. He has a long history with the school because he was also on the PTA of the school years back. He also invigilated at the matric examinations. The school is proud to enjoy the goodwill of such a valuable person.

ors at ality of educat roof of the qu e following. th in t en id ev our school is ed at the a was honour Mrs A. Moshi ent on 16 ev lum awards district curricu an award ed iv ce re e . Sh glish February 2011 En in ng in teachi for excellence ional Senior at N 10 20 in ge Home langua e obtained amination. Sh Certificate Ex performance e th quality of 100% and the . She is was also good hool of the learners sc e th in or educat the also the peer r fo e bl e responsi and is therefor me. m ra og pr s es ln educator ’s wel

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t the greater Nigel sport held on 25 February 2011, 33 of the athletes of Alra Park made it for the greater Nigel team. At the district sports on 3 March 2011 in Boksburg the following 3 boys made it for the D5 team, Neil Mathew, Moses and Lucky Ntombela. At the provincial competition on 11 and 12 March in Germiston, Neil came 4th in long jump. Good boys we are proud of you.

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port plays a vital role in total development of our learners. The boys below gave a splendid performance during a mini-world cup that took place in Boksburg, during 2010. This team reached the knockout stages of the tournament where 32 different schools participated. The team also received praise from various stakeholders during the tournament for their behaviour and sportsmanship during his tournament. Alra Park Secondary and their coaches Mr Morgan and Mr Scheepers are very proud of them.

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he two RCL presidents of Alra Park Secondary school, Kwanda Radebe and Nyiko Khoza have been elected to serve on the District RCL Executive. Kwanda will be responsible for the portfolio of deputy President of the district and Nyiko will be responsible for the portfolio Public Relations officer. Well done Alra Park Secondary leading by example. Well done Nyiko Khoza who obtained a well deserved third place in the Ekurhuleni Metro annual Public Speaking contest for greater Nigel. She had to write a speech on “take responsibility and know your health status’’ She is leading by example.

Principal F.D. Lottering 1 Gazelle drive , Alra Park, Nigel P.O. BOX 1573, Nigel , 1490 (Cell) 082 556 6680 alraparks@gmail.com


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