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Pop Culture The Rise of the Citizen Journalist!

Ed’s Pick


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Two for the price of one, reversible jackets in time for hoodie season



Alternative Thinking Like I said before, “I am God”.


Meet a woman who’s challenging all of the stereotypes associated with bodybulding.



Mom knows best - she did it before it could trend!

Walls and all, Berlin is an artist’s dream.

Wellness Mythbusters: Was Gogo lying when she told you that?

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Fun spy gadgets for the over active imagination

Publisher Gugu Madlala Editorial Co-ordinator Ashleigh Davids Senior Features Writer Noluvuyo Bacela Sub Editor Kim Saulse Senior Layout Artist Ntsika Daki Layout Artist Shamiel Van Der Schuyff Fashion Coordinator Lindile Ndwayana Fashion Stylist Nonhlanhla Mditshwa Photographer Lynn Dreyer & Larry English


Contributors: Chido Dandajena, Lerato Kuzwayo, Wilhelmina Maboja, Nosipho Mali, Nwabisa Tolom, Baphe Phukwana, Gabriel Francis, Thlolo Modiba, Asanda Mcoyana, Kelebogile Shomang, Peter Phillip, Kim Julie, Frankie Herwels, Nonceba Jadezweni, Thandeka Steenkamp, Marina De Mink

Chairman: Gugu John Madlala Publications Manager: Sisanda Ntshinga Creative Director: Yivani Nkukwana Multi-Media manager: Dominic Billy HEAD OFFICE Bambisana Media Consortium 3rd Floor The Terraces Black, River Park, Fir Street Observatory, Cape Town 7935 Tel: (021) 418 3485 / Cell: (082) 593 3973 Email:

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Starting my journey at IMBO mid-move, I was inspired and motivated to give of myself and work hard, being a great employee and a better servant to you, our valued reader. Similarly, this months’ Campus Connect (pg58) emphasises the importance of readiness and commitment as students prepare to test their academic mettle and desire at tertiary. In working toward our own goals and objectives, I believe it is important to express interest and dedication to things that stretch beyond the self. This months’ Feature (pg43) discusses the need for young people, to get up, stand up and work for your rights (and pretty much anything else worth fighting for) as popularly chanted by Bob Marley. The feature explores our willingness to commit ourselves to a cause, and take ownership for our common suffering; whether it’s as big as joining or starting a movement, or striving attain better lives. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by what you need to achieve? Africa Connect (pg56) highlights some under-reported progress and development in Zimbabwe that gives much reason for optimism, enthusiasm and inspiration. The country still boasts one of the highest adult literacy rates in Africa and seems to be well on its way to rebuilding its legacy after a turbulent decade. Remembering the laborious nature of working life, our fashion spread reminds me that presentation is key! It runs true to the age old saying; dress for the job you want, not the job you have. The new fashion team certainly arrives with a bang! Whether you are working toward better health (pg38) or saving for a muchneeded vacation (pg82); objectivity and dedication to a task mutually beneficial to yourself and the world around you is needed. Ask questions and do something about whatever tugs at your heart like ‘Get them some shoes’ in your Feel Good this May (pg64). Utilize opportunity available to you, like the Artscape Theatre’s exhibition for visual art (pg93) and write your own success story; like the noteworthy young people celebrated in this months’ Sport (pg80) and Young Professional’s beats (pg52) To me, a working legacy is a deeply personal and ethical issue. As I welcome you to a brand new issue, I also encourage you to remember that the more internal governance you have, the less external governance you need. If you forget everything we’ve told you, carry forward your own ethics, standards and values in pursuit of your working legacy - what will you leave behind? What is it to you?

Ashleigh Davids

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on the cover Photographer: Larry English Fashion Co-ordinator: Lindile Ndwayana Fashion Stylist: Nonhlanhla Mditshwa Assistant: Nonceba Jadezweni Model: Erika Milq & Honey Gold Beaded Black Dress, Headwrap and all jewellery Stylist’s own.

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out & about

Photographers: Ntsika Daki & Kim Julie

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Life in the Time of Jay Noluvuyo Bacela

With her good looks, parents in the entertainment industry, and a handful of talents – ambitious Jay Anstey is giving the South African film industry a run for its money.

“As soon as I saw the script for Charlie I loved her. I love that she doesn’t have any qualms about anything.”


ay Anstey is the free-spirited 22 year old who quickly became a household name after making her acting debut on our small screens as “Charlie” on the popular prime time soapie, Isidingo. Despite most audience assumptions of her being another passing rebellious character, she proved to many that she was more than just a pretty face with legs for days. Granted, her long legs have graced numerous magazine pages and been featured on TV ads. Most recently she appeared on the Tropika Island Treasure 5 TV show – but still her acting talent is what she’s widely known for. What most don’t know about Jay is that she actually had her first taste at stardom when she made her feature film debut at the age of 14 on Catch A Fire – a political action drama directed by Phillip Noyce. It’s after that role that she started carving her own career path in the

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entertainment business, following the path of her parents - her father better known for playing a clueless cellphone owner in a series of television commercials for Vodacom while her mother was a ballerina. “[My father] tried to deter me from becoming an actress but overall both my mum and my dad have been supportive. For as long as I could remember, I always wanted to be an actress… except that one time when I wanted to be a secretary,” she says. Jay studied Dramatic Arts at Pretoria Technikon and says that after months of working as an extra on Isidingo, she was determined to one day bag a leading role. “I auditioned for Isidingo a few times but none of the roles I auditioned for really suited me,” she says speaking about the role. “As soon as I saw the script for Charlie I loved her. I love that she doesn’t have any qualms about anything,” she says.


After acquiring this first big break, Jay says she has been in a handful of other projects like the BBC TV series Young Leonardo and most recently, the thriller Inescapable that was screened at the Canada International Film Festival this year. On local screens she has been part of the award-winning Heartlines series, the second season of Snitch (alongside her father) and Sleeper’s Wake, which was shot in KwaZulu Natal. Jay says being in the public eye has made her realise how seriously the audience take what they see on their small screens. “I was walking out of a retail store and the security guy checked my bag because of Charlie’s stealing, I guess they think I’m the 17-year-old they see on TV,” she says recounting an episode. While most recognise her for her looks then later for being a TV personality, she says she keeps fit and healthy through hiking and spending time in nature. “I hate going to the gym,” she says. “I don’t like the machines and how fake everything is. So I walk a lot – I walk with my sister every day and eat very healthy foods by choice.” Jay is also a model, a voice-over artist and an animal rights activist. Although the Isidingo lead character she portrays may be a rebellious teenager, offscreen, Jay Anstey is a funny 20-something with an uncontainable energy that only gives a glimpse of things to come.

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Citizen Journalism Tlholo Modiba

As the open plains of traditional journalism seem to narrow more and more, we tweet, retweet, blog, reblog and post our way through the news: enter Citizen journalism.


he transformation of the media landscape has led to changes in how information is accrued, accessed and assimilated by consumers. Traditional media platforms such as television and the newspaper while they are in no way obsolete - are losing a market share in terms of the number of viewers and readers engaging directly with them as opposed to the internet. The advent of the Internet has given rise to an additional medium within the media landscape; namely web-based content, and within this field lies citizen journalism. Citizen journalism is usually found online. It is the reporting of information or news by individuals or private groups, as opposed to professional reporters. There are mainly two types of citizen journalism: semi-independent and independent. Semi-independent citizen journalism is when citizens contribute to existing professional news sites. This is usually done by incorporating reader blogs into professional news websites; readers actively working with professional reporters by providing information in assembling a news story; and readers adding their related information to articles written by professional journalists. Independent citizen journalism is when citizens use methods that are independent of traditional and professional news outlets.

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Citizen journalism brings communities together because the journalist reporting on the news stories are residents or are close to the very communities that those events take place in or affect. This is unlike professional journalism where journalists from other communities report on events that are happening outside of their own, which means that the journalists have no direct links to the place that the story affects. Citizen journalism challenges conventional journalism in a sense that it reports not only the facts, but may also bring insight into the consequences (emotional and social) surrounding the story. The ability

pop culture the supposition that what happens on social media stays on social media. However, most people don’t realize that once you tweet or post something, it is made public and you are or may be held accountable for the views expressed in said post or tweet. People have and are being charged for a myriad of publishing offences such However, while citizen journalism is much more malleable as libel, contempt of court, and malicious communication than traditional journalism, this also brings in another side for the opinions and ‘facts’ they have published on soto the field that is problematic. Because citizen journalists cial media. The Internet and even more so social media work independently and away from the limitations of tra- and other sites have allowed individuals to circumvent ditional journalism, they have an immense amount of free- the process of traditional publishing by allowing them to dom, which they can use, or abuse, in whichever way they express their thoughts and opinions to the public without see fit. There is no regulatory board for citizen journalism, authorisation or clearance. and as such, readers may be subjected to content that might not necessarily be true or may be propagandistic. Perhaps we don’t think too much or take too seriously the In this area, traditional journalism is likely to hold more in- information we publicise on our social media because of tegrity and credibility, in that the reporting is exclusively the ‘chill session’ vibes these sites give us. We publicise factual. This is not to say that citizen journalists hold no our every thought, opinion and even some of our deepmerit at all. As previously stated, citizen journalism’s inde- est experiences on these sites because they somehow pendence has lent itself compelling and insightful pieces. seem to lure us into feeling like we are talking to our closIn addition, citizen journalism has revived a consciousness est mates at a braai – its all pretty crafty. The info we post that reminds readers and viewers that they do have a or publicize on the web, especially Twitter (all it takes voice , and that their voice can and is likely to be heard. is one retweet to remove your hands from the steering wheel), is for worldwide consumption and we, as closet A flip side to this coin though, is that recently more and citizen journalists, should be cognisant of the news we more people find themselves in trouble with the law for put out there. making their voices heard. Perhaps part of this is due to to do this makes citizen journalism more compelling and relatable than traditional journalism. Journalists working in this field also have the ability to take a stance in their reporting since they are not ethically bound by the restrictions of conventional journalism.

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Fashion Ed's Pick It’s all hood man... Lindile Ndwayana

Fight off the cold this winter with the sizzling Intsangu hoodie. The 2 in 1 effect is a sure bonus when the going gets tough.


hese reversible hooded jackets by Intsangu got the whole IMBO office gasping for air recently. And if you ever get your hands on one and actually physically transform them to a whole new different look, you’ll understand why. The modern hooded jacket as we know it was first produced by a popular US sportswear manufacturer during the 30s. Labourers were the original target market of this essential autumn/ winter clothing item as they endured the freezing temperatures of upper-state New York. The creative mastermind behind Intsangu, Sizwe Shangase, says the design process behind the jackets was largely inspired by the fabrics he sourced. Also, with a great deal of time spent perfecting the lining of a jacket he thought he’d rather focus his energy perfecting a bold, durable as well as cost-effective 2-in-1 jacket instead. As we embark on our various hustles around the world during Worker’s Month, dress these hoodies up for a more sophisticated look for a change - with a crisp white shirt, slim silk tie, chinos with equally snazzy sneakers or brogues.

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Salute! When You See Us Photographer: Ntsika Daki Styled by: Lindile Ndwayana & Nonhlanhla Mditshwa Model: Nonku Phiri Camouflage and studs strut their stuff across trend forecasts this season. So soldier up, it’s real out there. Lea ther R 12 Kente Br 00, 00; ogues – Kush n

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Faux Snake Skin Spiked Jacket R 1999, 00; Metropolis

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Photographer - Larry English |Fashion Co-ordinator - Lindile Ndwayana Stylist - Nonhlanhla Mditshwa | Make-Up Artist - Thandeka Steenkamp Assistants - Frankie Herwels and Nonceba Jadezweni | Models - Chamendran – Ice Genetics | Erika – Base Models Agency

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wears n a r d n e 0 Cham er, R 65 m r a W t, Body lis; T-shir o p o r t e - M ain; Hello Ag 0 10 R 0 ts, R 65 n a P m e ers Har lu; Sneak u Z n a b Ur Own. - Models

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Ncunn wears a r d n e m digan, R Cha awl Car h S a n a Laduma cur hosa by x da M irt - Mo 750 enim Sh D lio ; ig r a M e 99 Knitw ain, R 9 h 0 C 15 ; n R w rs, els o ss Glide la , g s e k y c E o ; Man os, S ke; Chin n f A ie s r is - M ch, B elt, Wat Shoes, B case ls Own. all Mode

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Single Page: Erika wears Floral Headscar f, R 80 – Once Again at Wendy’s; Vest - Stylists Own; Straight Cut Skirt, R 120 - O nce Again at Wendy’s; Stud C hain Glider Earrings, R 120 – Miss Anke; Tribal Collar Ne cklace, R 499; Metallic Gold Le ather Belt with Vintage St uds, R 999 ; Leather Tan B elt, R 399 ; Bracelets, all be tween R 299 and R 349 - all Miglio; Ring, Vintage Clutch, Tights – all Stylists Own.

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Erika wears Vintage Lace Dress, R 120 – Once Again at Wendy’s; Headwrap, Stylist’s Own; Faux Snake Skin Belt, R 549 with Buckle, R 199 ; Handcrafted Earrings, R 599 ; Necklace, R 1299 with Enhancer, R 399 – all Miglio.

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Chamendran wea rs Jacket – Model’s Own; T-shirt, R 100 – Hello Again; Sk inny Chinos, R 495 – Metropolis ; Chain Necklace, R 679 , C ombat Leather Belt, R 799 – all Miglio; Sneakers – Mod el’s Own.

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Chamendran wears Denim Shirt with Shweshwe yoke, R 399 – Urban Zulu; Cuffed Chinos, R 495 – Metropolis; Urban Combat Satchel, R 2999 – Miglio Man; Sneakers – Model’s Own Erika wears Leopard Print Top, R 450 – Milq & Honey; Pleather Pants, R 150 – Once Again at Wendy’s; Headwrap – Stylist’s Own; Stud Chain Glider Earrings, R 120 – Miss Anke; Multilink Necklace Chain, R 399 , Distressed Leather Belt, R 299 with Decorative Buckle, R 299 – all Miglio; Platform Heels, R 999 – Aldo.

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Leopar d – Mode Print Suede l’s Own J ; T-shir acket – Hello t, R 10 Again; 0 Cu R 495 – Metr ffed Chinos opolis; , Chain Eyegla Gli ss lace), R ders (Worn as Nec 110; Dog kT R 599 , Leath ag Necklace, er Belt Fissure d with Miglio M Buckle, R 4 9 9 a n – a ; Caterp ren Bo illar W ll ots, R ar899, 9 5 – Tek Town. kie IMBO/ ISSUE 16/ 2013 27

unky Chamendran wears Ch Once – 80 R Wool Cardigan, ed od Ho ; y’s Again at Wend ain; Ag llo He – Cardigan, R 245 R ts, an P m Tribal Print Hare en od Wo lu; 650 – Urban Zu – Miss Bead Necklace, R 90 Laceller Mi r Anke; Caterpilla . 95 9, Ups, R 139

Wool Erika wears Chunky n; Jersey – Stylist’s Ow ce On – 150 R ts, an P Pleather – ap adwr Again at Wendy’s; He els m He , Stylist’s Own; Platfor R 999 – Aldo.

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Pattern Dress, Erika wears Rococo Wendy’s; EarR 180 – Once Again at ps, R 279 , with rings: Old Gold Teardro 599 , Pin, R 599, Precious Charms, R Miglio; Ring, Tights – Bracelet, R 999 – all s – Model’s Own. all Stylist’s Own; Shoe

it including Jacket Chamendran wears Su irt, R 120, Red and Pants, R 350 , Sh Again at Wendy’s; Tie, R 50 – all Once – Model’s Own. Briefcase and Shoes

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Passionately changing the world through fashion Wilhelmina Maboja

Jo’burg based fashion brand Dark Dindie is a fashion sisterhood - a platform for ladies to speak and make a difference alongside the two, highly-talented founding ladies.


ntroducing Dark Dindie without a drum roll would be just plain rude as it still a relatively new and exciting lifestyle, art and fashion brand. Phindile Makatane and Bonolo Ngwenya are behind the brand, behind the red curtain, waiting and ready to shake the world of fashion dressed in head-to-toe vintage, complete with highwaists, eyeliner and of course rouge. DARK BEAUTIES “Dark Dindie is more than just fashion. It

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was created so we can form a sisterhood through fashion and art,” Phindi says, with a twinkle in her eye that could either be the candle on the table reflecting in her pupil or her passion. She goes on to add that it’s not a sisterhood in the ultra-feminist sense but rather exists for the purpose of creating a community for creative sharing with a main focus on styling ladies, mostly in vintage finds from all over Jo’burg. The term Dark Dindie in the townships loosely translates to ‘dark beauty’.Growing up as a dark woman in a society that perceives being light-

skinned to be more attractive and beautiful, Phindi says that she struggled to find her own identity. It was only when she grew older that she saw other women around her also struggling with the same issue. In time Phindi says she chose to ignore the negative words and rather own it on behalf of all other dark-skinned sisters out there. “It’s very rare for people in this industry to do something that benefits not only themselves. But that’s how we sell our stuff. If a friend is selling something but does not


IT’S ALL IN THE CUT After the impressive name dropping you may be wondering what they can do for you. Yes, “How would they go about making me look good?” Well, it starts with a consultation. As much as they have a certain flavour to their brand, they make sure that every look suits the individual client. After the initial consultation they will come back mood boards on hand with at least three different looks, only after getting the heads up do they proceed to source items. One twirl in front of the mirror later and ol’ Plane Jane is looking chic as ever.

Throughout our quiet chat, at Pata Pata, the Sophiatown-esque restaurant in the Maboneng Precinct of Jozi in a candle-lit room with John Legend whispering in the background the ladies kept saying, “we promised not to cry, we promised not to cry!” Dark Dindie are passionate about what they do, and are not only involved in fashion, but are also actively making a difference in the lives of the people around them. Bonolo is part of a youth focused NGO called Black Pride that tackles issues such as H.I.V/AIDS, skills development and mentoring. “We want to ensure that disadvantaged schools have assistance so that those students have a fighting chance to get into varsities and be able to change their lives and the lives of their communities,” she says. Phindi on the other hand chairs an NPO by the name of The D.I.N.D.I.E (Determined. Inspired. Noble. Dynamic. Independent. Exceptional young women) Project. The main objective of this organisation is empowering young women in disadvantaged communities. As surprising as it may be, neither of these two fashionistas studied fashion. Bonolo (25) studied law and Phindi (24) studied accounting, so their skills in these fields are invaluable to Black Pride and The D.I.N.D.I.E Project.

In Bonolo’s words, “It’s one thing to do something because you love it, and another when other people appreciate it.” GET IN TOUCH: Twitter: @dark_dindie Facebook: Dark Dindie.

“It’s one thing to do something because you love it, and another when other people appreciate it.”

have the platform to do so we come in and ask her to join us, and we all push together,” Phindi says. Dark Dindie explores art through image and fashion styling - vintage fashion to be precise. Some of their biggest clients include The Soil (who they co-style with Zano Skorzch), new vocalist Lilly Million and gospel group We Will Worship. They have other regular clients that they work with on a day-to-day basis. “As much as we do vintage wear, we create a look that will fit your personality.”

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Our Fashion Legacy Nosipho Mali

Everywhere you go you’ll see that classics have made a big comeback. With a little tweed here and gold antique brooch to keep it all together – Vintage wear has to be the new black.


intage is a term used to describe new or old items of clothing which originated forever ago. It’s all the clothes from ‘back in the day’ when our parents were still young and fun - the 1920’s till 20 years before the present day. It’s a trend that’s always been around lurking in the outskirts of fashion but only exploded into the mainstream scene in the 90’s and just grew greater by the day. As more elements of the trend were introduced into runways, a little monochrome here and colour-blocked opulence there and one can never forget the statement earrings, we all fell in love! Giving your own grandmother’s closet a stamp of approval from the fashion gods, designers like Marc Jacobs incorporated the 1950’s American era in his 2012 spring collection. Despite the recent craze about vintage wear Marie Ann, a Vereeniging vintage boutique shop owner says she’s always been

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a fan of vintage clothing.“There’s something genuine about clothes from different eras, the quality fabric maybe,” she says. “Somehow people feel better to take risks and seeing the twists of Sophiatown being made modern for me is amazing.” Since she travels extensively to different countries to shop for items, to bring them back to South Africa she says she’s excited to see people exploring with their fashion. Marie Ann is only but one of the many people that have turned their passion into a revenue-generating medium. Playing on this style and how comfortable it is, it has brought runaway success stories for the average girl (…and her mother,aunt, grandmother) on the street with a chestful of her grandmother’s clothes itching to make a quick buck. Saturday morning on the side road near the Joe Slovo taxi rank in Cape Town you’ll find items spread on off-white sheets going for ten rands. At the Grand Pa-


rade Wednesday is almost the same but this time there’s rails and a lot of price negotiation involved. Whether you want to play it safe, or make some bold fashion statement there’s bound to be that item lying around that you’d sell your birthright for and that’s where the fun starts. That moment when you’re convinced you can’t go on living without that tweed blazer that just seems to fit your body oh so beautifully! Sydney Songo collects vintage pieces and says “I mix and match my pieces depending how I’m feeling on that day, what I feel like doing, the weather maybe, but one thing is for sure it is all about me. When I started collecting my pieces and wearing them publicly I used to get looks from people especially on campus. I was always asked why I dress like an old man and I always told them that it is the sense of style I choose to wear and I love it. I’m just revealed it’s finally trending!” Songo says he thinks The Soil, the acapella group played a huge role in bringing the trend into the center stages. “We all know them and their Sophiatown feel of style, he says. “When I wake up in the morning I open my closet and find pieces that go well together or even those pieces that don’t go well together and I find that one piece which will bring the entire outfit together. Just to make a fashion statement. “

Vintage is an art form for everyone who wants to express themselves but just like art - it is for the bold, the laid back risk takers and those who just what to look good. Next time you’re out of ideas, why not nudge your gran for some ideas?

“When I started collecting my pieces and wearing them publicly I used to get looks from people

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Gogo Says... Chido-Vanessa Danjena

Ahh.... Gogo’s house, where our childhood wounds were readily treated with an “appropriate” household ingredient. Now that you are all grown-up, it’s time to shed some light on the real truth behind grandma’s miraculous remedies.


any children of African descent will testify to the great, all-knowing, untouchable, and indisputable yet somewhat unconventional medical knowledge. Knowledge transcending the age of the ancestors and carefully entrusted in the hands of leading generations to safeguard and defend till modern medicine do them part. Please don’t be misled by thinking this is yet another article purposed to persuade you of the benefits of traditional healing as opposed to the biased, unblemished advantages of Western medicine. On the contrary, this is a nostalgic journey uncovering the forgotten “home remedies” or

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concoctions cooked up by our grandparents in an attempt to self-medicate, ignoring what some might label questionable. Some of you might remember these “home remedies”: 1. Burn treatment ●.If you’ve ever been burnt on the stove while getting up to mischief or reaching for the pot when you weren’t supposed to, margarine was the saving grace. Margarine, cooking oil or butter was immediately applied to every burn mark.Whilst my informants tell me that in some cases, purposefully reburning the burnt area was a guaranteed strategy to fight fire with fire.

WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY? Stop the burning process as soon as possible. This may mean removing the person from the area, dousing flames with water or smothering flames with a blanket. Remove any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of skin. However, don't try to remove anything that is stuck to the burnt skin because this could cause more damage. Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10–30 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury occurring. Never use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances, such as butter. 2. Why suffer from acne? The cure lies in

wellness be sure to keep the ratio of 1 part Epsom salt to 8 cups water. Wait for the salt to dissolve and continue to submerge the wound in the salt solution. As far as traditional treatments and home remedies go, we might have missed the mark in a few cases, of which we have our memories and scars to remind us. But if self treatment is necessary, do so with caution and knowledge, but always seek medical advice in every case. Medical advice sourced from ( health and customer online medical informant.

“African people have always been gifted with a natural sense of resourcefulness and creativity. Each household product usually has four functions more than its intended purpose”

Colgate African people have always been gifted with a natural sense of resourcefulness and creativity. Each household product usually has four functions more than its intended purpose. A simple example of this is toothpaste, not only useful for dental hygiene but also handy for drying out acne or pimples in the middle of the night. WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY? Although toothpaste has been used as a cure for pimples, it’s not recommended as it dries out the skin and affected areas, increasing the chance of scarring and blackheads. Home remedies that are less harsh on the skin are recommended such as avocado which contains vitamins and does not burn the skin. In all cases, consulting a certified dermatologist is advised. 3. Salt heals everything And finally, another popular remedy that has been passed down and recycled, the healing power of salt. No amount of wailing or tears could prevent this inevitable fate as pain is a measure of effectiveness. WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY? Salt has dozens of household uses that range from gardening to physical and mental health. According to licensed acupuncturist Duane Law, Epsom salt can even be used to treat open wounds. You must be careful when using Epsom salt as a wound healing agent as it can potentially lead to more problems, most notably magnesium poisoning or a dried out wound that prolongs the healing process. However, when used properly, the wounded person may begin to feel better within a few hours. Mix 8 cups of hot water and 1 cup of Epsom salt in a large mixing bowl. You can increase the amounts to fit your specific needs, but

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Health-Conscious Hotspots Chido-Vanessa Dandajena

Once in a while we all deserve an escape from the hustle and bustle of exam prep and into a world of relaxation to stimulate and loosen up the brain cells. Here are some refreshing ideas before heading into academic hibernation.

ANGSANA SPA Step into the phenomenal world of Thai relaxation nestled in the opulent gardens of the Vineyard Hotel. The most reasonable option for royal treatment without having to rob the city bank. Sensually decorated in rich, colourful silk the treatment rooms are perfectly put together to gift all six senses with a five-star treatment. The enclosed verandas are the ideal spot for a refreshing cup of ginger tea. Petite Thai therapists will ease out and soothe any knot or stiff muscle. MUST TRY... An Indian head massage may sound like something out of a Western, on the contrary it’s a massage that focuses on kinks and tension above the chest. Think shoulders, neck, temples and forehead for physical and mental relaxation, perfect for getting the medulla oblongata ready for strenuous exam prep. Address: Colinton Road, Newlands Contact: 021 657 4500 Website:

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CELTIC MANOR RETREAT “Give us an hour or two of your time and we’ll give you back your soul.”- Celtic Manor Retreat If you’re looking for more than a mesmerising moment of restoration, but a getaway from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced metropolitan life, piles of exam papers and congested lecture rooms, Celtic Manor is situated in the picturesque town of Gordon’s Bay, the best place to leave your cares and woes. And if you don’t feel like the drive back, Celtic Manor Retreat offers stay-over and day packages so you can be whisked away to paradise for a weekend. The Celtic Manor spa prides itself in its wide selection of spa treatments and themed packages. There’s a themed package for everyone from the “bride-to-be and her friend” to the “rejuvenating man treatment”.


” For some inexplicable reason spa treatments tend to trigger epiphanies , sudden realisations of health consciousness and ignite an eagerness to purge our bodies and lives of toxic, fatty franchise intakes... for just about an hour before we head off to McDonalds on the way home.”

MUST TRY... The “Diva for a Day” special is the best way to pamper yourself like a high maintenance, self-entitled female, Gossip Girl style. The package includes an irresistible combination of : a light spa lunch; pampering facial including a skin analysis; back, neck and shoulder massage and access to luxurious spa facilities such as the Jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool, for an affordable six hundred and seventy bucks.

Mental and Physical benefits of spa treatments and relaxation Physical - Body massages quiet the nervous system, thus relaxing you - Reduces tension and relaxes nerves - Relaxation treatments enhance blood flow, which enables better delivery of nutrients, vitamins and oxygen to the cells throughout the body - Stimulates the body’s lymphatic system which facilitates easier release of dirt and waste - Assists in pain management of conditions such as sciatica, muscle spasms and arthritis

Contact: 084-787-3588 Email: Website: ONE&ONLY SPA The exquisite One&Only is renowned for its expensive taste, classy apparel and now for its sensational spa treatments. Reputation precedes this Capetonian gem and despite budget breaking prices, you’re guaranteed magic for your moola. A stark contrast to its noisy city surroundings, the One&Only is an oasis of silence and serenity. Offering a wide selection of treatments including fitness treatments, this haven of health also provides body therapy and journeys to places only conceivable in dreams. If you have an upcoming birthday this month, this might be the best “suggestive gift” to persuade someone into purchasing for you. Must try... For some inexplicable reason spa treatments tend to trigger epiphanies and sudden realisations of health consciousness and ignite an eagerness to purge our bodies and lives of toxic, fatty franchise intakes... for just about an hour before we head off to McDonalds on the way home. The generous folks at One&Only have extended a helping hand in assisting the nutritionally challenged. The ESPA Personal Lifestyle and Wellness journey is a carefully combined program of various ESPA treatments and fitness activities in unison with a balanced wellness cuisine which hopefully inspire you to live healthily. Address: Dock Road, Victoria and Alfred, Waterfront Contact: 021-431-5230 Website:

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FEATURE Bacela Noluvuyo

“We are the unwilling, led by the unqualified to do the unnecessary for the ungrateful.” This was a soldier’s lament during the Vietnamese war in 1970 in the age of war heroes and patriotism. With the vast amount of information about what’s wrong with the world, why are we not bothered?

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Imagine dusty roads filled with ashy-looking, teary-eyed young people in half-torn uniforms desperately trying to dodge tear gas fumes and canisters. The remnant crowd boldly raising their fists in protest against a hazy backdrop, championing liberty as they belt out the anthem “Freedom is coming tomorrow!” Ah, South African movies - they don’t make them like they used to. Today, we have 3D animated movies about a dog-named “Jock”, forced “African” accents from foreign movie stars and a budget! Let’s consider the “effortlessgrit” in performers who used to have pain and distress written on their faces. Maybe the reality of passing gas tanks, armed policemen and raggedy, overcrowded shacks they called home (not forgetting an intense hatred for the enemy passed on from one generation to another) somehow contributed to their credibility. Maybe, just maybe, knowing whom the audience was and whose story was being told (also what they were fighting against) helped inspire them. With South Africa’s 19-year-old democracy came a lot of unwanted add-ons, like confusion. Should we forcefully take back our land or really forgive these fallen oppressors? Decisions, decisions… Now, at a corrupt politicians spending rate, it seems two generations of “born-frees” would be too long a time for the nation to forget where we’ve just come from. Between trying to hold fast to the past like an age old grudge, keeping up with Generations and sussing out the new enemy 44 IMBO/ ISSUE 16 2013

camp - it’s been quite a puzzle. Back in the day things were a bit simple – so simple that it was called the Struggle. The Struggle against oppression by white folk, so it wasn’t really rocket science when we had to pick sides. Then freedom came, bringing with it rights for all; so many rights that most don’t even know what they are! Generally speaking, freedom comes with so many benefits that being caught up in the past make more sense because honestly, having too many options never leads anywhere. It’s almost like going through a multiple-choice questionnaire – at some point the answers all sound similar. Sitting at home waiting for the evening news and wallowing over the past, scorning the government about how it’s “not doing enough”. To some, the simple idea that even after the hard won battle for this freedom one still needs to labour to attain these benefits just doesn’t make sense. And, the occasional calls (often misleading and misguided) by certain politicians to loot and “nationalise the mines” to arouse the support of the masses during rallies seems a bit more promising. The comical thing about freedom is that after fighting the good fight; everyone needs to start again from scratch. New posts need to be assigned and these posts aren’t necessarily filled based on merit (supporting such an initiative is called “corruption”, not so?). Unlike wartime, where a few brave men and women sacrifice their lives, things are done differently here because as

FEATURE they say “it’s what happens after the fight that makes a nation”. As we celebrate where we come from, we have to look back but always forward to something other than the potential of a smoke-filled, volatile future… FOR THE GIRLS Thousands upon thousands of desperate pleas, hunger strikes and honor killings later, gender equality exists in most of the world. Finally women are making their mark in the boardroom; their voices heard in the bedroom (Hallelujah!) and are being listened to! OK, that’s what we’re told by the media (women’s magazines) but statistics in a little town in Uganda, indicated otherwise. Class attendance of girls at local schools dropped by a staggering 80% during menstruation because they “could not afford to buy commercially made sanitary pads”. Also 90% of the urban poor were improvising with unsafe materials such as banana fibres, grass, leaves, old newspapers and pieces of cloth. At a time where the four corners of the earth were embracing womanhood, we (at our peak of power and communication resources) as an entity managed to overlook this dire situation. As a country that relies on foreign aid for food, military assistance, and resources - how could a generation of young women, barely of school leaving age, who take care of younger siblings suddenly manage to fulfil this need all by themselves?

So far, the project which was launched in 2010 has provided employment and skills development opportunities to women, girls and men, working at different Maka Pads sub-processes and has branched off into other parts of the world. Girls in refugee camps, trafficking safe houses and the slums of India have been helped by this venture. Also, a little closer to home, more than 1 000 girls from five schools around the North West province were assisted with sanitary towels at Lykso near Vryburg in October - a noble and highly publicised cause. In any case, while it’s all good to showcase what we can do now that we are (and in some cases strive to be) “liberated from mental slavery” – can such details not be pushed aside? How is it that after fighting so hard as a unit – black, white and orange – we still manage without fail to miss the big picture? Why must the little people continue to suffer under millions of watchful eyes? WHILE THE WORLD HELD ON BY A STRING…

Speaking about suffering, in 2012 an 18-year-old learner at Phineas Xulu Secondary School in Ekurhuleni reportedly shot and killed his alleged bully with a service firearm that belonged to his mother, a Vosloorus police officer. What was more startling was how the perpetrators peers were more relieved about the bully’s death rather than traumatised by the actual incident. One pupil claimed he was too scared to go to the toilet because he had often been attacked, groped and Even in our developing country similar stories from the stripped of his lunch money by the deceased. He was outskirts of SA have surfaced in media over the past year. Didn’t see this story? It was probably aired after the so scared of this particular classmate that he’d given up on school altogether. lengthy annual budget speech or State of the Nation Address on how ‘resources are distributed to the masses to help the disadvantaged person on the street’. It’s the short segment after the actual news titled Touching Lives. Hopefully with the new hour-long news slot on SABC stories like Dr. Musaazi’s would be shared with a grander audience. Dr Musaazi is credited with tackling the plight of these girls after inventing affordable sanitary pads known as Maka Pads ; the first pads produced in Africa. Armed with nothing but a desire to keep the young girls in school, the very resourceful Doctor created a muchneeded solution to a preventable problem that in turn got attention in boardrooms, households and newsrooms. IMBO/ ISSUE 16/ 2013



“When those people stand up, they are not going to be as peaceful as we hope when they try and voice their grievances”

In a separate incident earlier this year, the St David’s Marist Inanda School in Sandton took disciplinary action against senior pupils who forced grade eights to ‘mock rape’ bus chairs. Meanwhile, several weeks later, the Gauteng Education Department expelled five pupils for bullying at Lethabong High School in Soshanguve, Pretoria. The decision was taken after David Hlongwane, so distraught after being bullied, committed suicide. Another teenager appeared in the Wentworth Magistrate’s Court in Durban after he allegedly stabbed a fellow 15-year-old pupil to death at the Fairvale Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal. Problem? When did we become so indifferent to issues highlighted in the evening news that multiple suicides by school children became OK with us as a people? It’s almost the same as how we continually exercise our “arm-chair activism” viewpoint and converse about how Uncle Rob isn’t treating our Zimbabwean friends well up there. We talk about it, we sing and make posters but really now? How did that help us out when we were in the Struggle? A string of these events made its way to international platforms as social media has packed quite an influential punch over the years. The evolution of chain-mail messages to open letters and shared Facebook statuses shed light on why such cases of suicidal, vengeful young boys seemed to dominate headlines overnight. It took a few to stand up, and by a show of hands literally say, “This is not cool”. The String Movement managed to disarm bullying by raising awareness, building a global community through education and training for students, parents and teachers within local and global communities. Simply tying a piece of string around the wrist to say no to bullying has been the easiest mode of activism. The act of wearing a cotton string, shoestring or coloured string has made a significant impact in countries like Australia, America and the continent of Europe that it has become a globally recognized movement to cease bullying in the 21st Century. Watching this trend 46 IMBO/ ISSUE 16 2013

catching up with South African schools (ex-Model C schools first) is a clear indication of how we truly are a global community. While this may be a temporary solution for what seems to be a deep-seated problem, it’s better than suffering alone silently. How can teenage suicide be OK with our ministers of Health, Correctional Services and Education and not ring alarm bells in national speeches? We are exposed to so much disheartening news all over social media and all we are willing to do is to click “Share” without even reading the text. Imagine us, filling up the streets, strings on our Umkhonto we Sizwe inspired fists fighting for that 14 year old sitting on a broken down toilet cubicle in the townships – now wouldn’t that be something! THE REVOLVING DOOR SYNDROME Education isn’t free. Even at primary level, the parent has to pay off a certain amount to get their child into the school. Now after twelve years of a curriculum approved by a government that is led by a man who left school in grade four, you’d think we’d all be focused on realising variety. How is it possible for a country that has such a low Maths and Physical Science pass rate to constantly, without fail, have engineering and accounting courses filled to capacity before year-end? We all acknowledge that our schooling system fails to produce well-prepared university entrants. We all know of numbers of failing students that have been excluded from the university, that have repeatedly failed that one first year module. It’s sad to think that some years later they’d join the job hunt and sit at home with the rest of us. The fact that this has become an acceptable social norm in communities is a problem. Unemployment alone is a problem but add to the list masses of ill-equipped graduates as education - being the key out of povertybecomes a little less reassuring to the young ones.

FEATURE Internet usage statistics for Africa showed that in 2012 alone, South Africa had two million Facebook users. Two million. Out of a population of 49-million, 7.5-million young South Africans are out of work and hundreds of career and personality tests circulate the Internet. To the average township learner those tests are a myth, as the majority of the teachers aren’t sufficiently equipped by the education sector. And, even when the universities have open days, or do their rounds at certain schools – seldom do they cater for the individual. Then because of desperation we all flock to apply for bursaries, work placements and learnerships that aren’t necessarily suitable. Then come the protests. In poor areas the number of demonstrations has risen over the past seven years, peaking at 111 in 2010. Last year, more than 2 000 young people led by the ANC Youth League’s former leader Julius Malema, marched through Johannesburg to demand jobs. Rallying for “economic freedom” the crowd sparked rumours of our very own uprising but

President Zuma, who promised to create five million jobs by 2020, soon pacified them. In the words of Kindiza Ubami, from Johannesburg’s Centre for Violence and Reconciliation, “when those people stand up, they are not going to be as peaceful as we hope when they try and voice their grievances.” Maybe we’re just too lazy to say “no” or like comedian Trevor Noah noted in his You are racist! show, blacks just don’t know how to complain while white people don’t know when to complain. Racial profiles aside, young South Africa is not just the people on Twitter. We are more than qualified to lead this country but while we sit on our hands and grumble “service delivery this, the President that” – we’ll never get far. When young South African’s finally realise that they are being cheated out of their own democracy, it will be something to take note of. When we finally see that this is not all there is in the world, like we saw during the 2010 World Cup – freedom will be televised across all networks!

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Going the Distance for what you Believe in Kim Saulse


here some succeeded, others failed while the rest keep on treading toward fulfilling and manifesting a belief – ranging from the sublime, to the superficial and even those with the potential to aid a universal shift in consciousness. The sixties briefly belonged to the baby boomers who later grew into spacey, long-haired, peace loving hippies fed up with the status quo. Meanwhile, down south, the oppressive Apartheid regime gave rise to thousands (if not more) of South Africans fearlessly and actively expressing their disapproval and discontent with the unjust government. In the Orient, as recent as last year, Tibetan monks continue to set their beliefs and themselves alight through radical protest action known as self-immolation. These are only a few examples that show the lengths people will go to make their beliefs visible and heard. Not overlooking the more superficial or fleeting beliefs; for instance, the belief that beefing up privacy settings on your preferred social media site will actually guarantee your online safety. The previously mentioned monumental moments in modern history are all testament to the changes that can be affected when people, remain steadfast in their beliefs, and mobilise support from the ground up. Fast-forward a decade or so, where the rise and unavoidable presence of technology has somewhat altered the way we not only communicate and associate with one another, but react to and share information. Needless to say, its role (social media in particular) in galvanising mass action toward a shared belief by millions is undeniable; as evidenced by the recent #Occupy Wall Street movement which eventually spread to many more countries. The same is true for the revolutionary Arab Spring which was driven by online media and eventually toppled the ruling governments of countries in that region. 48 IMBO/ ISSUE 16 2013

While blood was shed, it does beg several questions though. Has acting on a belief and making it a reality become as simple as tweeting, liking a status or perhaps joining an online advocacy group? Have we exchanged heroic acts of defiance for laptop activism? Is this the furthest we’ll go for what we believe in? While it has proven to be effective in the noted instances, questions still arise around accessibility, who sets the tone/ holds the power of social movements and its usefulness in mobilising the massive. This is not to say that social media is the be all and end all of how we push our beliefs and act on them. Alternatively, you could purchase an array of rubber armbands for nearly every cause or social ill with the belief that it will ‘Save the Rhino!’ or ‘End Poverty Now!’ Perhaps we’ve become so accustomed to instant gratification and grown more impatient that we seek out the simplest, most swift way of dealing with and fulfilling our beliefs. But “where there’s a will, there’s a way”, I believe they say.

Alternative Thinking

Lerato T Kuzwayo

I am god


he unfathomable infinity and all the mystery with which it is said to function has been one of the most enduring questions humanity has pondered. It is the universal all knowingness that we only refer to as God. Many guru’s and spiritual healers have said that we are the very God we have been in search of for eons and continue to seek. Even the Brand New Heavies track You are the Universe shares the sentiment. The Great “I am” says she is the Great “I am”. Who are you in this endless river of faces? The ancient psalm ‘Ye are Gods’ has been repeated many a time, including other texts written in modern times such as Neale Donald Walsh’s Conversations with God Series. This series of books changed and further sculpted the absurd and crazy thoughts I had about who or what I thought God was as a child. But in all my contemplations of God, I realised that my perceptions and concept of who God is all stemmed from my imagination and within. With growth and age, knowledge of a few more guru’s, reading books and scriptures and learning from life’s lessons, I began to explore the infinity in my head. After gazing at the boundless sky, I became aware of the fact that everything in existence is connected and is made up of what I am made of. This would lead one to wonder if this entire world and all its experiences are truly a creation of myself and my mind. I even began to think that perhaps we are all gods dreaming of each other simultaneously. There are certain occurrences in life though that will have you doubt that this universe is your creation. Falling victim to the horror humans inflict on each other is one example. Then you begin to question whether you are just an ant in the great conundrum of existence or if someone else is in control of every facet of life. At some point, even before seeing the Truman Show, I thought I was part of such an experiment, with God at the helm. Anyway, my lessons with guru’s of the planet, scriptures and life’s other teachers, taught me I was mistaken to separate myself from anything or anyone. Everything is connected in the divine dance of life. All that matters is what you are going to do with your connection in this realm. I further discovered this when I looked into the realm of Afrikan

cosmology; where in my studies of the phenomenal philosophy of uBuntu, I came across the adage “Motho ke Modimo” which simply translates to “A Human Being is God”. uBuntu deals relevantly with how we ought think about a unified God dwelling in all of us. If the central idea in the philosophy of uBuntu holds true, then it is also true that “One God is due to the being of others” as it is in “uMuntu ngu muntu nga Bantu”. In the end I think my role on the planet or in the universe as a god is to change the fraction of the universe that I exist in to create a better universe for all that exists in it. In divine mathematics, when one deals with the idea of infinity, one soon learns that a ten digit number is altered by changing a single digit, even when fractionally speaking. Similarly, a drop of water makes a difference in the magnitude of the ocean. Without that drop the ocean is a different system all together and without you the universe is different all together. But within, is where the eternity of your Godness exists and that is where we must strive to be our better selves. Be a better God.

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Save now, holiday later. Wilhelmina Maboja

Hate being broke on holiday? Here are a few tips to help you stash some cash before you let your hair down for the mid-year break and save yourself some financial heartbreak.


Everybody can feel a long holiday coming on and the delightful hopes and plans that come with it. While we’re making bookings to go away and packing bags, a lot of us forget to actually budget for our grand ideas and adventures.

yet. If you’re a student, make sure that your part-time job does not take too much of your weekend, a rested brain and body at some point during the two days of rest are essential for being fired-up and ready to learn come Monday morning.

Having a long vacation can be quite fun but also quite a pounder on one’s purse. To make sure that you and your wallet can also take a break during the mid-year holidays, it is time you considered taking up a part-time job to save up for that greatly-awaited break.

If being a sales assistant at one of your favourite shops is something you don’t think you’d be able to tolerate every weekend; luckily there are other ways to make sure you’re financially comfortable during the short holiday.

If you’re studying, working during the week would not be a viable option. Getting a weekend part-time job, however, could be better as it wouldn’t interrupt your studies. Good places to look for part-time jobs are at your local pet store, bakery or even at the shopping mall, and working during the weekends would be a sure way to get you one step closer to a happy bank account during the holidays. First things first: you need to polish your CV. If you’ve never worked before, getting some work experience on a part-time basis helps build your CV for the future, so don’t cancel out the part-time option just

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Another option is being the odd-job doer. Babysitting and washing cars are some of the more popular job options because it’s quick cash for just a few hours of your time. If you think you’re good with kids, ask family members if you can babysit for a small fee for a few hours during the weekend. Babysitting for family members is a lot safer and also lets you build a list of references before you’re brave enough to venture outside of babysitting your babbling cousins, nieces and nephews. As fun and easy as babysitting may be, it comes with a lot of responsibility and one mistake can be quite costly. Where car washes are concerned, start off in your neighbourhood.

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Everybody loves a clean car so get knocking on neighbours doors and you could make it even easier by starting a weekend car wash stint by roping in a few friends as well. The only problem with washing cars is that you need to clean a lot of cars before you can start making a substantial amount of money, and this can be tiring. You could, however, be clever and do an “interior special” by cleaning a car’s interior for an extra fee. But be very careful, as a car is someone’s pride and any damage would wipe out your entire savings by trying to repair it, or even damage your reputation as a budding car wash business person. When all else fails, saving is one of the best options. Since long weekends and holidays fall on set dates and times every year, simply looking at the calendar and planning how often and when you’ll save is as easy as pie. Saving on a monthly basis is a lot more common than on a weekly basis, usually because salaries are also paid out monthly, but this doesn’t mean you can’t devise your own saving plan. A monthly allowance from parents can always be divided, with either a small percentage or half of it going into savings every month. A safe and efficient way of keeping your spending money separate from your savings would be to open a savings account with your bank or another bank. Keeping your savings in an account will curb the temptation to spend it if you had it in cash. And if you’re still tempted to swipe your savings card before the holiday begins, give it to someone trustworthy for safekeeping and away from you. Make sure your trustworthy buddy is also as tough as nails and won’t give you your card any earlier, even if you declare some of the most extreme promises to them. By exploring some of the options and seeing what might work for you, you’re a step closer to having a fabulous holiday with a bank account to match.

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On air with the lovely Keri Bacela Noluvuyo

Some people are just born to make other people smile. Keri Miller describes herself as a “happy, witty, ridiculous, white Zulu girl” and is one of Heart 104.9 FM’s most earnest voices that just stirs you right up on a grouchy day.


eri, who hosts Drive 326 alongside Suga and Nick Feinberg and also hosts a weekend show between 12 and 3pm on Saturdays, says she got into radio purely by coincidence but had always wanted to be in radio. After lecturing isiZulu for a few years in Durban, Keri says she landed a job at a casino as an MC and things just went uphill after that. “I think I may have been in the right place at the right time,” she says. “I was the MC at a casino in Durban, someone heard me there and asked me to MC the opening of a shopping centre.” It was at the opening of this shopping centre that someone from Mr Price approached her and asked if she had ever done radio and prompted her to try out for Red Cap Radio and the rest, as they say, is history.

On the upside though, Keri says having the opportunity to work with people she admires and respects whilst working in a field she is truly passionate about, makes up for all those comments. “There are people who give radio DJ’s a bad name by being divas - we are just normal people who need to be treated as such,” she says. “I don't like being put on a pedestal. Pedestals should be reserved for teachers, nurses, and parents ... real people who are changing lives.” Positive and ridiculously funny, Keri is making it an absolute joy to tune into the airwaves while inspiring the Mother City to lighten up! Interesting things about Keri - She used to teach gumboot dancing. - She absolutely adores reggae music. Her favourite artist is Bob Marley. - She tries as hard as possible to always pick up any litter she spots on the road.

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“I don’t like being put on a pedestal. Pedestals should be reserved for teachers, nurses and parents.... Real people that are changing lives”

Speaking about history, Keri says she’s been a non-smoker for a cool 13 months, which she adds, was the hardest thing she’s had to give up apart from presumably leaving sunny Durban. “Every single step I have taken (good or bad) has got me to where I am right now,” she affirms. “I have a wonderful job in a beautiful city, I’m close to my sister and brother with the man of my dreams.” On being a radio personality, Keri says being on air is not as rosy as it seems. “When you put yourself 'out there' as a public figure, you are opening yourself up for judgment,” she says. “No matter how hard you try to brush off negative comments, it still hurts when someone takes the time out to tell you that they don't like you, or your voice or your laugh. It's silly, and I really try not to pay attention to it, but I'm also just human.”


A Heart for Radio Bacela Noluvuyo

When Janice Klein first took on the job of being a receptionist at Heart FM seven years ago, she couldn’t have guessed how far those administrative skills would take her!

“I don’t take nonsense from DJ’s…they’ll all tell you that!”

learners to stay in school and achieve their own goals. Speaking about the youth also capitalizing on opportunities, Janice says even though the techno-savvy youth are at the forefront of incredible prospects, they are not going to get anywhere if they don’t work hard and put the effort in. Well, at least that’s what her parents always say: “Don’t expect great things if you don’t have the resilience and determination to make it work.” “Negative moaning will be just that…negative and will amount to nothing,” she adds.


eart FM Commercial Programming Coordinator Janice Klein says in a nutshell her job is to look after everything on air. From making sure that the DJ’s are briefed for campaigns so they execute them appropriately to solving daily on air problems, keeping track of everything on air, arranging DJ’s for shows– she’s always on top of things. “I am the go to person for all on air matters, and am part of the creative team that advises clients on how best to create a successful on air campaign,” she says. Managing all the competitions and station inventory, Janice says it’s a very detail orientated job jokingly adding, “I don’t take nonsense from DJ’s… they’ll all tell you that!” Starting out as the station’s temporary receptionist, she says it took seven years to work her way up to her current position in the programming department. “I didn’t study for this. I actually studied fashion design before I came to Heart 104.9FM but I caught on quickly and showed my worth and it fell onto my lap so to speak,” she says. The hardworking 29-year-old says staying in school taught her the discipline she needed to reach her goals and to this day urges all

To Janice working in media has brought a lot of pleasure and fulfillment through being introduced to a lot of new people and being able to bring entertainment to thousands of people everyday. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in knowing that you are part of that process when you hear them say that they love your radio station,” she says. “It’s also great to see new talent and how they grow over the years.” She’s also grateful for the experiences like working with some of Cape Town’s legendary DJ’s like Clarence Ford and Aden Thomas. Even when a campaign doesn’t go according to plan, she says its just part of life and a challenge, but that’s what makes the job so amazing as no two days are the same. With a passion for radio and people - Janice Klein is one boss-lady you don’t want to mess with! Side Bar Heart FM caters for all their diverse listener’s tastes but in saying that, love songs definitely top their list! Janice’s favourite love song is “From this Moment” by Shania Twain. “I know it’s corny but it gets me everytime. I’m a terrible singer so I wouldn’t even torture myself in the shower!”

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Understanding the World and its Sense of Community Gabriel Francis

Remember the days when the all for one, and one for all mentality ruled our streets? Or perhaps a time when it was believed that it takes a village to raise a child? It can be said that together everyone achieves more - let’s discuss the importance of communal gatherings.


hat is a Community? Is it a group of people willing to work together to solve an issue related to their village or town?

There is a sudden surge in the crime rate, and a group of superheroes band together to form an ‘Avenging’ squad. Is this what a community entails? Perhaps a new business threatens the local wildlife, and the nearby town rallies for some non-violent protesting. A community may be a social unit of people larger than a small village that shares a common interest and strives to achieve their goals by working together. This sounds about right, but how are these groups formed, and what is it that makes them tick. These little groups of like-minded individuals are often formed overnight. Why though, why are they created in the first place? Do they spring out of the sewers like some masked vigilante when the need arises, a man with a cape and a few rats to aid him in combat? That would be something, but superheroes and their aides prefer film and television over our simple lives. When there is a need for change in a residential area ,for instance, if there has been a string of fires or an increase in car theft, a neighbourhood watch program would be the first thing on the minds of the people living in this community. It’s either that, or move out as soon as possible. Most people however, tend to stick around and actually fight for their ’community’, their little haven within a greater town or city. So with a need for cooperation comes the need for a structured group within the town or village that is willing to work to protect everyone’s interests. Thus, a community is born, from mutual interests and needs that cannot go unanswered.

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” - Cesar Chavez

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Examples of a group like this in South Africa would be the various charity groups found around the country. Give Back is one such group that aims to put you in touch with even more charity and community organisations in your area. They are a non-profit group that is volunteer-based, so the group is in fact run by people who are willing to make a difference. Another charity group is the Papillon Foundation. This group focuses on empowering individual communities so that they become self-sufficient and in so doing they support economic and social growth within all areas. These charity groups are essential in helping underdeveloped areas to sustain themselves and to eliminate problems such as hunger, sanitation and education. When a community or charity group is formed, it gives a sense of hope to the neighbouring towns and villages. The people of the town are no longer living separate lives but are instead living as a unit, and they begin to work together for the benefit of everyone. Society can take a lesson from these smaller groups that work so much better as a whole. If cities and even whole countries worked together as a village, town or community would, all would be well with the world. As a society we’d be that much closer to eradicating age old sufferings such as poverty, disease and war. This change would see the renewal of the world and usher an age of progress in society. All of this could be made possible by observing the most basic of organisations in a smaller community. What needs to change in order to bring prosperity to a smaller village or town? How can trade and industry bring growth and recognition to a young city without menacing it with pollution, crime and corruption? The answer to all of these questions lies in the concept of teamwork and what it means

to the people of a community. To work together with people you do not understand is a daunting task, therefore it is best to get to know your surroundings, as well as the people that inhabit them. When working as a team, or together in a community, one needs to understand his/her neighbour’s aspirations in order to achieve a common goal. “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community….Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” These are the words of Cesar Chavez, a man who worked with people for the sake of working with them and understanding them. His was the example that we were meant to follow, in order for us to move forward in the pathway of hope and community.

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A developing Zimbabwe Kelebogile Shomang

A patriotic nation of people forced by circumstances to live outside their country of origin. Could 2013 bring peace and change to all Zimbabweans?


he Republic of Zimbabwe is a land abundant with fertile agricultural land and mineral resources. A country formerly known as South Rhodesia, renamed by the British when they occupied the land. In 1965 the name was changed to Zimbabwe after current President Robert Mugabe, along with many more, liberated the country from colonial British rule. Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa (bordering South Africa, Botswana and Zambia) and is one of 14 members of the Southern African Development Community.

98% of Zimbabwean nationals are Africans who speak Shona as their first language, followed by Ndebele speaking nationals and 1% white citizens. The country’s currency was suspended indefinitely in April 2009, due to the unbearable inflation rate hindering economic development. Zimbabwe currently trades using the US Dollar, Euro, Sterling Pound, South African Rands or Botswana Pula. The socio-economic background and political instability in Zimbabwe over the last decade has brought the country to its knees. Zimbabwe currently holds the position of being the second highest migration state in the world. This cripples development as skills and knowledge from Zimbabwean nationals are invested in other countries and do not enrich their homeland. The country relies on farming, mining and exports. This large underdeveloped land is rich with a number of minerals such as coal, chromium ore, gold, nickel, copper iron ore, lithium, large timber forests and other platinum metals. Zimbabwe is home to the majestic world heritage site the Victoria Falls which flows through the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is the largest waterfall in Africa with more than 500 000 thousand tourists visiting the site annually since

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its discovery. Unfortunately, since the year 2000 tourist numbers in Zimbabwe have declined and more people visit the waterfall in Zambia. This due to harsh political regulations in Zimbabwe. As elections approach, there is a growing concern among nationals - who not only fear violent clashes with opposition groups - but also for their lives and losing their right and freedom to vote. 85% of Zimbabwean citizens are Christian and more than half of the population practice their religious beliefs regularly. Even political leaders and ministers such as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) organising secretary and Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister- Nelson Chamisa often reference Bible scriptures when addressing the nation in speeches. Needless to say, the country’s steadfast faith holds great influence on its citizen’s patriotic values and unity as a nation, always giving Zimbabweans a reason to go back home.


Africa Student Connect Kelebogile Shomang

Jo’burger Lawrence studies through correspondence at Unisa. Though he lives in South Africa, he says he returns to his homeland, Zimbabwe frequently. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

exploit that though. Among the youth festivity and leisure seems to be a priority. But in most cases that’s proving to be a real problem.

Bindura, an hour or so from the capital. DESCRIBE YOUR UPBRINGING IN ZIMBABWE? I was raised by my grandparents.Sometimes things were tough at home but we never lacked any essentials. I tell people I may not have had the best toys as a kid but I had all the love any child could ask for. WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO SOUTH AFRICA AND HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU GO BACK HOME? Last year January to study with Unisa. I could I go home once every three months. GENERALLY, PEOPLE HAVE A NEGATIVE PERCEPTION OF LIFE IN ZIMBABWE. IS IT REALLY AS BAD AS MEDIA COVERAGE SUGGESTS? At present, things aren’t as bad as media coverage suggests. However, things got pretty bad in 2008. In 2011, things started looking bright. Most families can afford at least three decent meals a day. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES IN ZIMBABWE? The music industry is a mixture of well established artists, the less established and those still trying to make it in the industry.

Name some places and things people should do when in Zimbabwe. There’s a popular saying in the tourism industry: “You’ve never been to Zimbabwe if you’ve haven’t been to the Victoria Falls.” I’ve never been there myself (laughs), but I hear it’s a really wonderful place to visit. The Eastern Highlands is a great place too. If possible, one must attend one of Oliver Mtukudzi’s concerts. That man does AfroJazz! OUR THEME FOR THIS MONTH IS ‘OUR WORKING LEGACY’. WHAT ARE COMMON WORKING ENVIRONMENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN ZIM AND HOW ARE THEY STRIVING FOR BETTER? You’ll find a large number of young people working in retail. Many young people with degrees are going the entrepreneurial route, as jobs matching their qualifications are scarce. I believe we’ll be seeing the gains from that in the near future. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH IN ZIMBABWE? Our education and high literacy rates. Despite the political violence, collapsed economy and land grabbing, President Robert Mugabe did something right with education in Zimbabwe - for that we salute him.

Recently, there’s been a number of young artists coming onto the music scene, but few enjoy great success. In my opinion, this is because there doesn’t seem to be proper structures in place to mentor and groom upcoming artists. If proper measures existed, music could contribute greatly towards economic growth in our country. IS THERE A STRONG CULTURE OF LEISURE, FESTIVITY AND ENJOYMENT? With the difficult years we’ve had, leisure isn’t really a priority among Zimbabweans - survival is. Generally Zimbabweans are hard workers, so most people just find enjoyment in their work. Most employers

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Campus connect

Campus Connect Asanda Mcoyana

As we commemorate Workers’ Day - a day where workers took to the streets to fight for and defend their rights. How will we as students pay it forward and ensure that this legacy endures when we too become workers one day?

“Students need to learn self discipline when it comes to having fun and know when to draw the line. University is a great place to practice one’s own life rules, principles and values.”

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First of all, if you are at university today and you plan to be a good worker in the future you need to be a good student today. But with all the pressure that students face at university; stress stemming from juggling endless deadlines, a busy social life and excelling in all you do to ensure that you pass, what does it take to be the best student so that one day you can contribute positively in your work environment? Sinesipho Tshefu, a second year student of Management Studies suggests that one should study before the time and focus on what was given in the scope by the lecturer. She says as much as she never enjoys exams, she tries her best and doesn’t know how she copes with exams. Sinesipho says she survives them by studying hard and hoping for the best. Lecturers provide her and fellow classmates with enough information on how to attempt answering questions.

campus connect On the other hand Nokubonga Mkiva, a Human Resources Management student at Bellville Campus says she wishes lecturers would give them old question papers to revise and to give students an idea of how exam papers are structured. Lecturer Otun Clifford, an Engineering Studies lecturer, stresses that in order for students to focus they should avoid discouraging statements , continuously revise work until comprehension is ascertained. He also advises that as much as some of the buzz around campus does not subside during this time, the students should be mature enough to prioritise and face their studies with courage and determination. When exams are done Sinesipho goes out with her friends to unwind while Elron November, a Medical student also at Bellville campus, says he does not have a social life at all during exam time. He ignores his social life completely and spends his time focused on work instead. When students fail, lecturers always provide the necessary support needed with tutorials and tips on how to tackle and conquer the same questions in future. Regardless of how much support lecturers give the students, it is up to them at the end of the day to go the extra mile and study hard for exams. As much as students dread exams, they should always refer back to and capitalise on past exam results to learn from past mistakes and excel through consistency, perseverance and determination in the final exams. Student development officer Marysa Leukes says students can always go to the student counseling unit should they need extra emotional support outside the classroom where they will be seen by a counselor to help them cope with exam stress free of charge. There are also support structures run by students that she facilitates. Students sometimes organise events after exams such as camps, poetry evenings and talent shows to unwind and let off exam steam. Besides these, students can also choose to participate in debating, the choir or the various sporting codes and many more,

including political and leadership roles offered on campus to balance their studies throughout the year. Since the ultimate goal of spending three to four years at university is to start a career after graduation, Clifford says students must bare in mind that when employers seek interns, they look for someone who is a quick learner, adaptable, respectful of time and lives up to and goes beyond expectations through applying what one has studied in real life situations. He says students must be able to tolerate others in the workplace with maturity while also being able to stand their own ground, defend their rights and perform their obligations with good judgment. All in all, it takes a good student at university to be able to be a good and productive employee. The legacy left by our forefathers can live on if students continue to strive to excel in what they do today. And then the real party can begin after the graduation.

If you need tips on how to cope with exam stress contact student counseling available at all CPUT campuses. General enquiries: Second level, Administration Building, Cape Town Campus Tel: 021 460 3237 Bellville and Tygerberg Campus Ground Floor, Library Extension Tel: 021 959 6182 Cape Town and Granger Bay Campus Second level, Administration Building Tel: 021 460 3237 Mowbray Campus Room 0.03, Barkly Davies Building Tel: 021 680 1501/ 680 1574

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A Chance Encounter with Lady Luck Gabriel Francis

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” - Sun Tzu


he trick it seems is to take everything in its stride. A positive at- The trick it seems is to take everything in its stride. A positive attitude titude has never failed the person willing to embrace its power. has never failed the person willing to embrace its power. To face every single day with an open mind and just breathe in all the random occurrences as they arrive. There is something beautiful In this modern age, there are often moments when we seem to lose about winning a car, or some money in a competition. Then you return home and find your house stripped bare of its valuables, as if control of our lives. When they sneak up on you there are numerthe universe was trying to find a balance somehow. Sure we could ous explanations for why they occur in the first place. “Luck be a lady” could be a prime example of one of these explanations, or go out into the world and search for this ‘Lady Luck’, who knows, she could be waiting right around the corner. But if she is, be sure to perhaps Fate is involved in these occurrences? These notions of smile when greeting her, or you may ‘luck out’. Destiny and Luck have travelled alongside humanity for millennia and they shall continue to play a part in our lives….unless of course we open ourselves to what some consider unthinkable and begin making our own luck. Attitude; that’s all it is for some people. You’re walking down the street one day, and you find a large sum of money just waiting for you on the ground, so you pick it up and continue on. Soon after this you’ll turn a corner, ignore the beggar that just asked you for spare change and suddenly….you’ll be greeting a rather large piano, with your face. It may seem a little far fetched but things like these tend to happen from time to time. Karma, Opportunity and Chance are three more variables to add into our ‘Pot of gold’. They bring new pathways into our lives, pathways covered in success, happiness and love, so it would be wise to open the door for them. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” This is a truth from the legendary Sun Tzu, and one cannot but agree that it makes perfect sense. Let’s imagine for a moment that this immeasurable universe of ours has a direct effect on what we do in this life. That every action from the day we are birthed into the world is being controlled by forces beyond our comprehension. It’s not that hard to fathom, since we’re faced with so many coincidences while tending to our lives. You flip a coin, call tails and suddenly you’re a little richer. You flip another and the money you just won goes back to where it came from. Cause and effect, the ebb and flow of some cosmic force furiously at work trying to determine where you should journey next. It may seem difficult to digest but in reflection, perhaps we are nothing without a four-leafed clover, or broken mirror here and there.

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PR Found Me Lindile Ndwayana

‘Initially I wanted to study Law’ I first had aspirations of studying Law but that did not work out because I did not meet the standards required to get into UCT Law. So I took up an opportunity to do Psychology. The next semester I pursued Drama. I love Psychology but I felt like I was not mature enough to run with it. I realised that I would have to study up to Masters to qualify as a Psychologist. However, Psychology has always remained something I want to pursue when I am 30 and have a deeper understanding of life. And with that said, I left UCT.

‘PR finds me...’ I am chilling at home during vac and my mother gives me a City Varsity leaflet and she says I should check out this Public Relations thing because it sounds like it’s something that is within my nature. And then I am like ‘Shucks’ this is perfect because in high school I was always doing promotions or handle the marketing of our high school productions. So I thought cool, this works with me, let’s run with it...

‘My Big Break’ After a year of studies in Public Relations at City Varsity it had to come to an end due to circumstances. Thankfully I got an opportunity to do one month’s PR internship. After that, I was offered an opportunity to take on a Junior PR position at the same company. Awesome! I would be in that position for the next six month. I left that job because I felt I was not growing. In retrospect I have learnt that it set a foundation for my career and that it’s not all pretty. The perceptions some people have of PR is that it’s glamorous and all you do is invite people to events. In PR you have to do your ground work and that means hustling vital contacts etc...

Public Relations maven Luyanda Peter of lifestyle brand Milq and Honey believes in things falling into place organically. That’s how PR found her she says. We met up at the IMBO offices in Woodstock and chatted about, amongst other things, how much she loves PR.

‘The application of my skills’ I become a manager for a club that has closed down. That was a test of the application of my skills. In addition to being a manager, I also had to train people which is key in PR. You learn that it is important to keep the liaison between staff and management on par. In essence the liaison is about communicating the values and image of the establishment and to make sure that everyone understands what we are trying to push.

‘Leaving PR and then being head hunted’ Because of a break down in relations with my ‘boss’, I had to leave. I found myself in a corporate environment for two years. It was a great test of patience. I started to be unhappy because the job is not what I am passionate about. That started showing especially in the last two months I was there and I knew it was not for me. So one day Milq and Honey calls me and says ‘we want you to do our PR and Marketing’.

‘I am blessed’ While I was in my corporate job I would do events on the side as well. I invited the people from Milq and Honey to come an assist with an event I was organising. That was their first professional contact with me. So I guess that triggered in them that I take my job seriously. This PR thing has always been that thing that finds me instead of me going after it. For some odd reason I have always been that person people talk to if they want assistance with an event. It’s a blessing.

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Let’s get them some shoes Bacela Noluvuyo

The story of how one pair of stolen shoes, a YouTube video and the simplicity of Zandos service delivery led to a nation while shoe campaign!


t’s not a secret that everyone loves shoes; even the barefooted hipsters we often walk past in Observatory streets have Crocs for that fateful day. From that disturbingly full closet of shoes on an episode of Hoarders, to that pair of dirty, broken Chucks that seem to be glued to your own feet but are just sooo comfortable! Shoes make all the difference to how we see the world. The wrong pair can lower your confidence levels; kill your posture and your outfit! Now imagine having to walk either barefoot or even in ill fitting broken shoes on a winter’s morning, wet and a little hungry carrying your backpack all the way to school. By the time you get to there your socks are wet and the holes in your shoes remind you after what you leave behind every morning. That’s no way to start a day or any child should feel. An estimated 70% of South African school-going children on a daily basis have to walk to school because of either the daily cost or scarcicity of public transportation in their areas. This obviously causes the rate of wear and tare of their shoes to be high as wearing uniform daily in South African schools is compulsory. Now this brings a problem - the current monetary rate of Government

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grant and the supposed law on wearing uniform somehow doesn’t add up. In disadvantaged parts of the country these government allocated grants are used to make ends meet, help with groceries, and in extreme, cases aid in the parents’ bad habits. IGNITING OUR WALKING LEGACY! “A pair of shoes are a basic item that everyone requires, a life without shoes can damage a school-goers self-esteem and hamper their learning ability,” says Nicola Vogel Communications and Fundraising Manager at Adopt-a-School which is a nonprofit organization that supports the creation and enhancement of positive learning and teaching environments in disadvantaged schools. Alongside local online shopping department store, Zando they recently launched a campaign called Get Them Some Shoes in which 30 of us could pitch in to buy one child a pair of school shoes to donate. The idea came after someone tweeted Zando last year saying get this guy some shoes after a colleague of a friend whose shoes had been stolen tweeted the store requesting


another pair. As the store swiftly responded to the tweet and delivered the pair of shoes they also created a YouTube Video called GetThisGuySomeShoes and
a year later the campaign evolved into something bigger - an initiative that would uplift the children in their pursuit for education. They created a website solely made for sign-ups and then social media caught on. A few musicians, social activists and celebrities later it became a full-blown campaign as social warenes rose. .“Only at the end of the campaign will we know how many shoes will be donated,” says Gennaro Pisapia, Zando PR and Communicatios Manager. “The shoes will be handed over and will go to a school or schools that most need it and this will be decided through Adopt-a-School who have national reach.” In the next year Nichola says they will most likely relook the objectives before they look at doing the campaign again because there is already a few other people contacting them with ideas but adds there will be a new direction with a similar goal in mind to provide an item of clothing for someone in need. “So far the campaign has been well accepted by everyone. You can see this on twitter by following the hashtag #getthemsomeshoes. The reason why I ask everyone to adopt the campaign is that everyone can be an ambassador to help us spread the word. This is an initiative, which means it requires everyone to get involved.” Instead of spending money or enganging in “armchair

activism lets all commit to changing the world through getting this kids some shoes! For every 30 unique sign-up, Zando will be donating one guaranteed pair of shoes to a child without shoes and will cost you nothing.

Visit: to sign up and follow the Twitter hashtag #GetThemSomeShoes

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Traffic Controller at Heart 104.9FM Direct Account Executive at Heart 104.9FM Responsibilities include: To be creative and innovative in attracting new clients to the radio station on an on going basis To build solid relationships with clients To ensure repeat spend and growth from existing clients To strive to get all clients to commit to long term campaigns To ensure monthly sales targets and call rates are met Requirements include: 2 years relevant sales experience Computer literate Able to attend functions during and after working hours Own transport and a valid drivers license Established client base an advantage Strong administrative skills Work well under pressure

Executive Personal Assistant at Heart 104.9FM Responsibilities include: Direct line of communication for the MD’s office Coordination of all company travel arrangements Manage and coordinate MD meetings Attend to general administrative functions Provide assistance to the HR Manager

Responsibilities include: Effectively managing the day to day booking and scheduling of radio advertisements, interviews, sponsorships and features, etc. for the station. Liaise with various departments to ensure that bookings are processed correct and timeously. Coordinate the loading and editing of copy (scripts and recorded material) onto the on-air system. Checking and assessing the quality of the loaded material. Responsible for the correct billing of airtime via the Finance team. Providing Sales, Inventory and Management Reports to Sales and Finance Managers Managing internal and external client queries, requests and investigations. Reconcile logs. Pull cart report, create flighting codes and rotate. Requirements include: Grade 12 Minimum 3 years strong administrative experience MS office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint TBC (Traffic Broadcasting system) RCS (Linker & Selector) Excellent verbal and written communication skills Good interpersonal skills Ability to work independently and within a team Time management Customer care Problem solving and conflict resolution Accuracy with attention to detail

Requirements include: 5 years’ work related experience and a Secretarial Diploma Grade 12 essential Strong administrative skills Organized and professional Excellent knowledge of MS packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint Attention to detail Meticulous Excellent written and verbal communication Ability to use initiative Trustworthy

page CV, covering letPlease email a maximum 4 hone details of two ter; names, emails and telep (Cindy contactable references to Schilder - HR) tions is 19 May 2013. Closing date for all applica will be notified. Only shortlisted candidates

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Cummins: Internship opportunitiesÂ

2014 Technology Solutions Internship - DCN Closing date: 20 June 2013

Closing date:

Who can apply:

Who can apply:

Individuals with a National Diploma qualification in Information Technology or a Bachelor of Technology: Information Technology are eligible for the internship.

Individuals with qualifications in the following fields: Social Work, Socio Economics, Social Sciences or related and 0 to 2 years involvement in a community project (preferred) How to apply:

How to apply: Apply online at lc-Pretoria/kw-2014-Technology-Solutions-Internship-_-DCN/

Apply online at

Marketing Internship: AS Marketing Closing date: 08 June 2013

Standard Bank Winter School - Graduate Programmes Closing Date: Apply before 17 May 2013 Who can apply:

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in Marketing. Applicants must be between the ages 18 and 27 years old.

Final year students considering a career in banking. Standard Bank will provide accommodation at its Global Leadership Centre in Morningside, Johannesburg. The Bank will also arrange travel for successful candidates living outside Gauteng.

How to apply:

How to apply:

Apply online. Send CV to admin@asmarketing. or contact Claudia on 011024494 to schedule an interview.

There's no separate application for winter school, if interested apply for one of the Standard Bank Graduate Programmes before 17 May. If you score well in the initial screening and telephone interviews, Standard Bank will offer you a place by 14 June 2013. Please note, a place on the winter school programme doesn't guarantee a place on the graduate programme. You'll still need to complete the assessment. For further enquiries contact graduates@

Who can apply:

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Discovery Graduate Programme 2013

BTech Electrical Engineer with Mechanical Exposure/ Experience (Montague Gardens) (Edcon) Closing Date: 18 May 2013 Who can apply: BTech Electrical Engineer graduates interested in learning the trade and gaining hands on site and workshop experience over a year period. Candidates must have their own transport and a minimum BTech qualification How to apply:

Closing Date: A closing date for this opportunity was not specified, but applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment Who can apply: The Graduate Programme is exclusively open to young South Africans living with a disability. Applicants must be South African citizens, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old and provide proof of disability. In addition, applicants must have a valid and recognised qualification (completed in the last six months). How to apply: To apply online visit http://www.

Forward your CV to

SAB Graduate Programme Internship in Recruitment

Closing date: Not specified Who can apply:

Closing date: 17 June 2013 Who can apply: Matriculants or school leavers seeking workplace experience in the recruitment field. Applicants must be ambitious, confident, well-spoken and preferably reside in the Benoni area. How to apply: Apply online at adverts/331714-internship-in-recruitmentjohannesburg/

Graduates with a qualification in Electrical Engineering, Supply Chain, Accounting, Control and Automation, Engineering, Information Technology / Systems, Brewing Technical, Marketing and Mechanical Engineering are eligible for the internship How to apply: Online at internships/internship-opportunities/ 1748-2014-graduate-programme-at-sab.html Location: Cape Town

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Murray & Roberts In-service Training Programme 2013 Junior Project Management Intern- Journey

Closing date: 10 June 2013

Closing Date: 15 May 2013

Recent graduates with a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Business/Project management. Applicants must be competent in Microsoft Office programmes

Individuals who've completed first year of theory or all theory in the following fields; Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Metallurgical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mining Engineering. Applicants must be South African/ permanent residents and in need of a full year in-service training experience

How to apply:

How to apply:

Apply online at

Apply online at http://www.thecareersportal.

Who can apply:

IT Internship Scorpion Legal Protection Closing date: 10 May 2013 Who can apply: Candidates with a passion to learn,integrity and good communication skills with a Matric, N3 or equivalent qualification. In addition, prospective interns must have an A+ certificate or Microsoft Certified Professional or Development certificate (MCPD). No previous work experience is essential. Candidates must be South African citizens and must be available to start the Internship Programme in June 2013. How to apply: Apply online at http://www.thecareersportal.

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Who can apply:

KPMG: Vacation Programme June/July 2013 Closing date: 08 June 2013 although interested candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible. Who can apply: Accounting and/or Auditing students. The programme accommodates first year students, students who have completed KPMG's entry- level programme and experienced third-year and second-year accounting students who have already completed KPMG's entry level and intermediate level internships. How to apply: Apply online at kpmg-vacation-programme-junejuly-2013.

Spa Therapist - Camps Bay Closing Date: 8 May 2013 Who can apply: Applicants must have a Grade 12 or equivalent certificate. A Beauty Therapy Certificate/ Somatology diploma is advantageous. Individuals with previous experience in the same or similar position in a four/five star hotel. Applicants must be familiar with all duties and procedures in the Spa/Wellness Centre.In addition, applicants must be competent in MS Office (Word, Excel and Email). How to apply: Forward your updated CV, letter of motivation with a picture of yourself to

Various Part-time Positions Closing Date: 18 June 2013 Who can apply: Students and/or anyone interested but a good work ethic is essential. Training is available. How to apply: If interested email cherrylbesthbsolutions@gmail. com

Au Pair - Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria

Contract Workers

Closing date: 2 May 2013

Closing Date: Not specified

Who can apply:

Who can apply:

Fun, extroverted and energetic individuals. Sense of humour is essential to take care of two children aged four (boy) and nine years old (girl). Own transport is required.

Applications are open to all. applicants must have their own car (fuel costs provided) and be computer literate. Ownership of a Samsung Tablet is beneficial.

How to apply:

How to apply:

If interested, e-mail or contact 082 825 9462.

Apply online at cp-part-time-evening-weekend-in-beaufort-west/ cooler-verification-project-starting-soon-needcontract-workers-477132816

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Data Capturer/Typist Closing Date: Apply as soon as possible Who can apply: Computer literate individuals with a competency in Microsoft Office Suite and internet and e-mail access. Position allows for flexible hours. How to apply: Apply online at

Part-time Facilitator Closing Date: 12 May 2013 Who can apply:

English Tutor - Pangea

Individuals with prior experience in adult based education and knowledge of soft skills training. Applicants must be fluent in English and able to travel to training facilities independently.

Closing Date: Apply as soon as possible

How to apply:

Who can apply:

Apply online by sending your CV to info@aod. or fax 086 655 5055.

Applicants must have a three year degree or be in their final year along with an excellent command of English to qualify for the position. Applicants must also be able to do three shifts per week - comprising of Saturday and Sunday along with a Friday or Monday.

Administrative Position Closing Date: 20 June 2012

How to apply:

Who can apply:

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Applicants must have a matric certificate and be computer literate in MS Office and Internet. No experience is needed. How to apply: Send your CV to Angelwave.Limpopo@gmail. com.

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Business Development Manager Clientelle Life Closing Date: 20 June 2013 Who can apply: Individuals seeking an opportunity to earn an extra income on a part time/full time basis. No qualification or capital is needed to start. How to apply: If interested, book an appointment with Fofana on 0717459142

Medical Practitioner Department of Health and Social Development Closing Date: 2 May 2013 Who can apply: Applicants must have an MBChB degree, have relevant experience and have proven registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. How to apply: Applications or CVs to be submitted to the following Human Resource Office: Ground Floor, August Simmer Building, 88 President Street, Germiston or PO Box 145, Germiston 1400. For additional information visit http://www.ioljobs.

Part-time Receptionist Mariner's Wharf, Hout Bay Closing Date: Apply as soon as possible Who can apply: Individuals available to work on certain evenings from 16h00 to 20h30 and/or Saturday or Sunday from 8h30 to 16h00. Applicants must be well-spoken, presentable and computer literate. How to apply: Apply online at

Typists/Online Assistants Closing Date: 21 June 2013 Who can apply: Interested individuals must have a valid e-mail account, be computer literate, own a PC and have an internet connection. How to apply: Send your CV to for info

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Altech Bursary Closing Date: 31 August 2013

Thuthuka Bursary Fund

Bursary worth R60,000. Engineering (Mechanical, Mechatronics, Industrial, Electronic), BSc (Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering)

Closing Date: 30 May 2013

How to apply:

The Elaine Forsyth Memorial Trust Closing date:31 July 2013

Who can apply: Field of study: BCom: Leading towards CA (SA) qualification. SA citizens only. Disadvantaged background. Year-for-year service contract. Compulsory vacation training from 2nd year onwards. Compulsory community service. All years. How to apply: Mail to Thuthuka Bursary Fund, P O Box 59875, Kengray, 2100. Contact Jane Seate via email at:

Any degree, undergraduate students only. How to apply: Students required to look through Bursary Booklet to see if they qualify and may apply/ request a form from: Nedgroup Trusts,P O Box 86, Cape Town, 8000,Natalie Sissing. Email: Tel: 021 416 6258. Fax: 021 416 8924

FNB Fund Scholarship Closing Date: 15 June Who can apply: Applicants must show interest inEngineering, Science, Commerce. SA citizens only. Successful applicants must show academic merit and financial need. How to apply: Mail: Career Wise, P O Box 30632, Braamfontein, 2016. Visit website at: www.careerwise. Contact Margaret Bennetts via email Tel: 011 484 7505. Fax: 086 602 8983.

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Anglo American: Bursary Opportunities Xstrata Coal South Africa

Closing Date: 31 May 2013

Closing Date: 31 May 2013

Anglo American's Thermal Coal Division is offering Science bursaries. The Bursary covers full tuition fees, accommodation, computer allowance, meal allowance and study material.

2014 Bursaries available for Mining Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, B Com (Financial Management) and Geology Discipline. Who can apply: Matriculants with a minimum rating of 6 (70%79%) in mathematics and science, 5 (60%-69) English and as per requirement of institutions (Engineering) .The candidate must obtain a minimum rating 5 (60%-69%) in Mathematics, Accounting and English for Finance bursary. How to Apply: Go to

Norton Rose Bursary Closing Date:31 October 2013 Bursary for BA, BCom Law, LLB undergraduate or any other law qualification. Candidates are required to undergo our selection process which may include CV screening, interviews, vac programme and psychometric assessments. How to apply: Go to

Who can apply: Matriculants with Pure Mathematics and Physical Science- Level 5 Accounting and Pure Mathematics- Level 5 for Finance Applications. How to Apply: Visit for more.

WK Construction 2014 Bursary Closing date: 30 June 2014 Who can apply? Students who've completed their first year of study , or present evidence that the applicant will do so before the awarding of the 2014 bursaries. How to apply: Download WK Construction 2014 Bursary Application Form. Print and complete the application form to be submitted with a CV (max 2 pages), and a copy of academic results to: IMBO/ ISSUE 16/ 2013


Truworths Fashion Academy 2014 Bursary The Truworths Fashion Academy is offering student bursaries to to study at the Design Academy of Fashion (DAF) in Cape Town. Completion of the Fashion Diploma could possibly qualify you entrance to the Truworths Trainee Buying Programme. Who can apply: Black applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. How to apply: Request application forms from Bianca Fobian at


Studietrust Tourism and Hospitality Bursary of R20 000-R60 000 for Degree programmes in Hospitality and Tourism Economics Who can apply: South African citizens only. Full-time students from previously disadvantaged background. At least 60% in Grade 12 English.Preference for current Grade 12 candidates with proven financial need. All Years. How to apply: Online application: Or request an application form by mail or email. The National Director, Studietrust, PO Box 29192, Melville 2109. Email:

Closing Date: 9 December 2013 Who can apply: Full time students for the academic year at an accredited university, studying towards a Bachelor or Post Grad in Accounting (CA), Actuarial Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Informatics, Statistics, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Agricultural Sciences, Industrial Psychology, Engineering. Must have passed all first semester courses, and have a 65% aggregate in the preceding academic year. How to apply: 3Go to

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DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Scholarship Closing Date: 1 September 2013 Scholarship for BA Law, BCom Law and LLB. Open to permanent residents of South Africa enrolled as a full-time student at a South African university for the BA Law, BCom Law LLB degree. How to apply: Visit, download and complete the prescribed application form. E-mail: or

Group Junior Graphic Designer Closing Date: Apply as soon as possible Who can apply: Applicants must have a Graphic and Web Design Diploma. Competent in JQuery, CSS, PHP and HTML5 coding will be an advantage. Applicants must have a year’s experience with the ability to work in Adobe CS5 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator & InDesign). Computer skills, especially in MS Office and photographic skills will strengthen your application

Executive Assistant - Drake International Closing Date: Apply as soon as possible Who can apply: Applicants must have a Matric (Grade 12) certificate, a secretarial/PA Diploma qualification is advantageous and have at least five years work experience in a PA role How to apply: Send your CV to Nathier Jappie at nathier@ or contact 021 425 3300 for additional information.

How to apply: Fax your CV and cover letter to 086 582 1736 or email ( specify the job title in the subject line of your e-mail).

Midweight Copywriter Closing Date: 4 May 2013 Who can apply:

Financial Controller Closing Date: Not specified Who can apply: BCom Accounting graduates with completed or part completed articles and one to two years commercial experience - essential (Previous engineering, construction, energy, production environment experience - advantageous)

Copywriters with a minimum of five years’ experience, an exceptional portfolio,a proactive approach and strong conceptual abilities. In addition, the candidate must be able to work on a Mac. A working knowledge of Keynote will be an added bonus. How to apply: Apply online at Job/196/12/177118.html

How to apply: Only telephonic applications will be considered. Contact Veronica on 021 425 3300 during office hours.CV’s will be deleted.

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Building more than just a body Ashleigh Davids

There are many “bikini girls” taking part in the sport, and Bernadine feels that the field is somehow lacking women with a stronger athletic look and muscle.


ernadine Schwartz, a resident of Stellenridge in the Western Cape was a shadow of the woman she is today before she took up fitness training in 2008 under the guidance and motivation of her husband, a professional bodybuilder. Once an insecure and shy girl who battled several emotional, physical and mental challenges who sat at home pitying herself, began a transformation that stretched far beyond her new frame when she picked up weights, and dropped the baggage that now lay behind her. Bernadine is a professional athlete who competes in the categories of “Fitness” or “Physique” in the bodybuilding arena. “Body Fitness is a well built athletic body, proportioned symmetry and physique with muscle definition along with hardness and even-

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ness of tan application,” she says, explaining the particular form. According to Bernadine, bodyfitness does not have the bulky, huge muscles that are associated with bodybuilding.

Her first competition was the IFBB George Kem Classic in 2009, where she competed in Ladies Bodybuilding and took first place. “My nerves were shot before getting onto the stage but after doing my quarter turns and performing my routine and hearing the crowd cheer, I was hooked for life but on my nerves. This settled with time and I could not wait for the next show,” Bernadine adds recalling her entry into the competitive realm. “I was totally insecure; always felt that other people were better than me. Being bullied

at school always made me feel inferior. Even well into my late twenties I still felt the same way. I would never even wear a pair of shorts. I was so self-conscious about my body and my looks,” she comments. Bernadine’s life consisted of junk food, self-pity and insecurity before the brief illness of her husband who was then encouraged by a doctor to train someone who could in turn monitor his progress. “After him continually nagging me, I finally gave in and decided to try. I was very negative in the beginning but after a few weeks I grew to love the stimulation and the training I mentally gave my mind. It became a normal occurrence to push my body to the limit,” she says. As she continued training, Bernadine noticed the positive effects the physical and psychological changes had on her, this in turn, improved her interactions with her family and other people too.

sport Body fitness has encouraged Bernadine to love her body, to love who she is and who she is towards other people. According to Bernadine, members of society often speculate that women with defined muscle must be using steroids. “This is a norm I guess in any society when a woman decides she does not have to look like everyone else to fit into society,“ she says. The nutritionist, personal trainer and competition preparation coach has learned to take any criticism as a compliment. She says if people take the time to make remarks, she chooses to feel honoured. Her family and friends have adjusted to her transformation and are proud of her achievements and the work she does to help others change their mindset concerning their outer appearance. After training and competing for four years, Bernadine considers her South African Championships and World Title victories as memorable occasions. Although Bernadine enjoys herself thoroughly, she admits it’s quite a feat considering that women have to work thrice as hard compared to their male counterparts because they don’t have as much testosterone, which helps with muscle growth. Bernadine has cut down on her training in some manners as she has learnt that too much can be detrimental to your objectives. Right now her focus is building body parts that require this addition. Her future goals help keep her disciplined when the cravings for sushi and peanut butter become too much! There are many “bikini girls” taking part in the sport, and Bernadine feels that the field is somehow lacking women with a stronger athletic look and muscle. “I would love to change this and find women from all walks of life competing in the various ladies categories. I would love to help girls enrich their bodies and minds and better themselves and their outlook on life. I would love to help them find that self-confidence to know that you are beautiful, no matter what people say or do,” Bernadine remarks. The athlete advises young people who wish to participate in any form of bodybuilding, whether male or female, to get in touch with someone who can train and assist them in a healthy and safe environment. “I find [that] support and friendship is a total necessity in this game,” she continues. Given her passion for seeing others to make personal transformations through the sport as she has, she started a company called BikiniBoots earlier this year. It is a training and fitness company, which assists everyone from the beginner to the competitor in creating a better life, having fun and improving their bodies. The ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer offers one-on-one personal training at an exclusive private gym. You can reach her at: or www. .

Bernadine will continue competing professionally in 2014.

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Globetrotting in Berlin Wilhelmina Maboja

If you’re a food lover, history junkie or art aficionado, Germany’s capital is just waiting to pull you into its boisterous bosom.


erlin, like many other European countries, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. If Paris is a bit on the pricy side and American attractions just don’t do it for you anymore, book a plane ticket and explore its capital, which boasts a mixture of street edge, modernity as well as some classical historic niches. The first place you should trot towards is the Berliner Dom, or the Berlin Cathedral.

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for a mouthwatering wasabi roast beef chief sandwich or their wholesome homemade soups and refreshing ice teas. If you’re more into coffee and cake, head to Five Elephant Coffee and Cake, an even trendier coffee shop in Kreuzberg, with a fine coffee selection. Berlin is a melting pot of various culture’s Built in 1905, the Dom is the most important cuisines - so come hungry! Protestant church in the nation and its baroque exterior and interior designs are a Next on your list should be the Brandenburg treat for lovers of the era. The image of the gate, which is situated in the Berlin city cencathedral is also one of the most popular tre. This landmark is a significant symbol of the images synonymous with Berlin and appears city’s turbulent history. It was built as a sign on thousands of travel books about the city, of peace after being commissioned by Prussian King Frederick William II in 1788, but was postcards and German language books. damaged during World War II. Years later, After your tour of the Dom, you can head off the gate also became a significant part of to Babanbè, a trendy Franco-Vietnamese German history during the fall of the Berlin deli and coffee shop situated in Kreuzberg Wall and its destruction in 1990.


A trip to the Berlin Wall is crucial when visiting the richly-historic city. The wall was erected by then-Communist East Berlin to divide itself from West Berlin in August 1961. The point of the wall was to keep the Western “fascists” from East Germany and preventing its socialist principles from being implemented during the Cold War. It also prevented its peoples from moving between the two regions. Today, what is left of it is covered in vibrantly coloured graffiti and pieces of the wall are also sold as souvenirs. The separation that the Berlin Wall enforced, to some extent, is also similar to the physical boundaries that the apartheid era imposed upon South Africa. The unity Berlin strives for today is undoubtedly something that South Africa can learn from as it also moves forward. If its art you’re after, you’re in luck. Many of the city’s historical buildings have art designs from past era’s but the Berlin art scene is one of the most dynamic and prolific, regularly

receiving funding from the government. Berlin also welcomes other artists to live and work in its city and lends massive support to the local art industry. Pass by the famed C/O Berlin gallery and you might just see art from the likes of legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz. If you’re looking for something closer to pop culture, the Pool Gallery is the place to visit, where you can check out a selection of installations,graphic design, paintings and more. Remember, though, that many of Berlin’s street walls and sidewalks are embellished with varied works of art and all it takes is a walk around various parts of the city to find them. A good way to round up your trip is with a few snapshots of the Berlin skyline and the best place to do this is by perching yourself in the most unlikely of places: the rooftop level parking lot of a shopping mall. Depending on what the weather is like, take a snack or a

drink or even a few friends and head to the nearest mall with rooftop parking. The Neukölln Arcaden shopping centre in Neukölln is one of the many places where you can wrap up your travels by watching the sunset and taking a few pictures of the German capital’s magnificent skyline. Make sure you also take a few snapshots of the Fernsehturm, the popular television tower - the tallest building in Berlin.

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Green Zone

Farming for the future Tlholo Modiba

The days of Ol’ McDonald having a farm are slowly drawing to a close, and for a good reason: there’s about 3 billion grandkids on the way and it seems Ol’ McDonald just won’t cut it.

The earth’s population is growing rapidly; people are having more and more babies (thumbs up!). While this is definitely good news for mothers, fathers and families at large, this is not such good news for our earth’s resources, which can barely handle the 7 billion of us currently living on this rock. By 2050, we are expected to have added about 3 billion to that number, more and more people are expected to live in urban areas and well, we’ll need more resources

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“Future farming methods that have been taken into consideration limit waste, maximise the productivity of farms and also affect the environment as little as possible.”


can’t tell you what the future looks like but I can tell you this: whatever it looks like, there had better be food involved ‘cos ain’t nothing more depressing than a day without a meal. As is customary in the Green Zone, it is necessary for me to start this off by telling you that we are in a crisis and that we are all going to die. So without further delay ladies and gentlemen, let me issue my death threat for this month…

to keep everyone alive and well. The human demand for for food and fuel amongst others, will continue to skyrocket and at the rate we are going, it’s not likely that we’ll have enough food to plug holes in everyone’s stomach in the near future. The consumption and reproduction of the resources we are currently using to farm and sustain ourselves are disproportionate to the supply at hand. Simply put, we

green zone what exactly are they and what exactly do they entail? Well an example of one of these methods can be found in the idea of Dr. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University. Dr. Despommier is a micro biologist, ecologist and Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences, and when tackling the problem of the future of farming, he didn’t think big – he thought up. Vertical farming is a concept by Dr. Despommier, which reimagines the traditional farm structure into a skyscraper and places it within a metropolitan environment. These ‘vertical farms’ would be made up of various floors within the building that grow various kinds of crops. They would also include a seed sorting facility where planting, monitoring and continuous harvesting would be done within or close to the farm building. Dr. Despommier’s idea of vertical farms is particularly attractive because it creates an ecosystem, and not only that but it does so in a place that is likely to become more and more inhabited as the years go by – cities and urban areas. The use of vertical farms also solves the land problem we face, so essentially this type of farming uses the least amount of land possible, by building up and not around, and aims to yield the maximum amount of crop. So relax, with such ideas aimed at solving the food, feed and fuel crisis that we are facing, it is likely that we will live to die another day.

are living far beyond our means. We will need hectares of new land approximately the size of Brazil in order to farm and feed the world’s forthcoming population, if we continue to make use of traditional farming practices as we are doing today. In a nutshell, the farming methods that are in practice today are inadequate to secure food for the world’s growing population. Furthermore, its impact on the environment and biodiversity is less than desirable. So there you have it folks, we are starving to death as it is and there are still more of us on the way. But once again, as is customary in Green Zone, we never end on the note of a death threat. This is the part where sustainable farming methods burst through the door like John McClane to save not only the day but the future as well. There is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel as far as the future of farming is concerned, but this demands a radical change and it demands it now. The future of farming aims to make use of systems of interconnected energy and food production that utilises various technologies in order to create a farm that produces, recycles and renews both energy and unused material which was previously left behind or discarded in the environment through traditional farming practices. Future farming methods that have been taken into consideration limit waste, maximize the productivity of farms and also affect the environment as little as possible. So, we’ve said quite a bit about these ‘future farming methods’, but

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I spy with my little... Peter Phillips

In our rapidly evolving society it becomes difficult to keep up with all the advancements. Here’s a quickfire breakdown of the most awesome technological advancements worth having.




he Raspberry, which fits in your palm, is the world’s smallest computer. It’s surprisingly cheap considering smaller gadgets tend to be the most expensive these days. It runs on Linux, giving you the capability to run open-source software. It can be used on HDMI, TV and VGA monitors. This multifunctional gadget boots up quickly and helps you access files from a network. You can even sit back and watch Spy Kids in HD for motivation ahead of a stakeout.


sony Smart Watch


smart touch screen watch that connects to your cell phone. It shows you calls and messages, making sure you don’t say “answer” before seeing who is on the line. It could be grandma in need of a chat during a clandestine mission. This nifty watch supports social networks too. Perhaps updating your status or tweeting about your mission is not the best idea, your enemies could be reading your feed.

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byte mini global gPS tracker


ollowing someone is a risky pursuit. You’re bound to have a more successful pursuit in an ice cream van blaring music. This GPS tracker will take you back to the M16 office. Simply place the tracker on your target or attach it to their rabbit’s foot then log on to the web service to keep an eye on the location of the tracker on a map.towards your goals.



6120A 3G Covert Air Freshener Camera Unit


ou’ll always find “that” passerby on the street to offer five bucks in exchange for info on what they see, but indoors is a different story. This unique spy camera can be left in an air freshener case at any indoor location and has video call capability to watch what’s happening in real time. This Unit comes with video recording, high-res snapshot functions and operates on 2G and 3G networks.

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RX10 handheld mobile phone jammer


e able to neutralize any device that uses microwave frequency to communicate, this device can help you get silence around you or disarm any danger that can be triggered using microwave frequency. It can go as far as 30meters. So when you are faced with a bomb instead of even getting to the part of red or blue? Rather disable the activator.


G339 uSB optical mouse gSM


nstead of sending an actual mouse into a room with a 1kg microphone strapped to its back you can now use the G339 system making listening easier. Insert a SIM card into the mouse, plug it into any computer and make a call with your mobile phone to hear all the sounds around! Since this spy gadget is only a transmitter, nobody will notice you are listening to their conversation.

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pen scanner


ts time to stop going on intellect mission hunts with a scanner as big as an x-ray machine then looking for power outlets, in fact even maybe being forced to buy your enemy electricity. The Planon DocuPen RC800 is a pen-sized scanner with 8MB of internal memory -- good for use on classified documents. There’s also a built-in microSD card slot for memory expansion.


prism 200


f you are a spy that likes to carefully plan before heading in, then the prism is your guide. It provides quick and covert intelligence on the movement and location of people in a room or building - without the need for invasive sensors. prism 200 has been designed for situations where a high degree of insight is essential for success.





a selection of inspiration Dudumalingani Mqombothi

The Life of PI


Yann Martel

The Motorcycle Diaries Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevaravara

he Life of Pi took me through an exploration of the meaning of existence, growth of self and different experiences of family life. The book is filled with witty moments as though it were a friend telling a good story. As Pi recounts his ordeal and eventual survival, he turns out to be a captivating story teller, as evidenced by the way he describes days spent with his parents and uncle at the seaside. This so perfectly reflects the story telling abilities of the author Yann Martel, an adventurer of the vast spaces of his own imagination. If you have not yet seen the feature film adapted from the book - good. I suggest you read the book first and then, (as usual) be disappointed by the movie after you’ve taken your imagination for a pleasant ride.

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he journey started for me on a train ride en route to a taxi rank to catch a ride that would get me to Jozi. On board the train, I read the first few pages detailing Che and his friend Alberto’s pact to travel South America by bike. On arrival at the taxi rank, glancing at the board labelled Mozambique tempted me to jump in, backpack in tow, and never looking back. In the preface, Che’s daughter notes how she falls in love with the young man she calls father, every time she reads the diary. I too, became attached and grew to love the adventurous nature of this iconic South American revolutionary and greatly admired the finesse with which he wrote his thoughts. Their journey was,however,more than an adventurous trek through the vast South American landscape, but also an eye-opening one where the revolutionary thinker saw first hand evidence of the inequalities in the mining empires established by the colonial European regime. Comrades Che and Alberto


Small Things

Nthikeng Mohlele

thikeng Mohlele’s Small Things tells the story of a creative dreamer, poet, musician and above all, a lover. Quite often, creative people find themselves in conflict with the ways of the world and are constantly in search of a comfortable place within which they can exist comfortably. Reading this book, I searched for parts that resonated with me. The trumpet playing poet allows Mohlele to create wonders through the stories he tells, and adds a dash of history in the mix to give context to the world in which this character exists as we discover that the protagonist was “born on the day that Truman bombed Hiroshima” in Sophiatown , which to this day is still considered one of the cultural hubs of Apartheid South Afrika. I’m not one to advocate turning books to films, but since the other two in this review were reproduced for the silver screen, it may be good to feed the world a South Afrikan story like this one using cinematic art. The music alone would be beautiful. As I said, I am quite the dreamer and this book nurtured that world in me.



our stories through sound Baphe Phukwana

Elvis Blue Journey


ason 7 SA Idols winner, Elvis Blue is back with his second studio album Journey. The album features the smash hit single Lifeline released via Universal Music. Early last year he spent time in Los Angeles to write new material with some of America’s most noted contemporary songwriters. The album showcases Elvis' versatility as a musician and songwriter. The tracks Come Alive, Journey and That’s What We Do feature a strong rock influence while Home and Be the One have more of a country flavour. Another standout is the heartfelt ballad Closer, dedicated to his wife in honour of their seven year anniversary. Journey has earned Elvis Blue nominations in the Best Adult Contemporary Album and Male Artist of the Year categories at the annual 19th Annual SAMA’s. The hit single Lifeline also nominated for Record of the Year.

Kelly Khumalo The Past, The Present, The Future


ews maker and vocal powerhouse Kelly Khumalo is back with her fifth studio album, the follow up to her not so successful album Simply Kelly which was released back in 2011 and also featured American songstress and RnB heavyweight Syleena Johnson. Kelly completed recording of her fifth album The Past, The Present, The Future; produced by the multi-talented RJ Benjamin, Kabomo, Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe last year. The album features an appearance by legendary classical/opera singer Sibongile Khumalo and also duets with producers Malinga and Benjamin. Kelly has described the sound for the album as a mix of Afro-soul, Afro house, R&B soul and soul rock. The Past, The Present, The Future has earned Kelly nominations at this year's SAMAs in the category of Album Of The Year, where her contenders include rapper Khuli Chana, gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo and band The Muffinz. Kelly has endured many obstacles in her life, including being in an abusive relationship with rapper and convicted murderer Jub-jub. She seemingly uses this album to tell her side of the story that has fascinated fans ever since she exploded onto the local music scene.

Toya DeLazy Due Drop


oya DeLazy is without a doubt South Africa's latest pop-sensation. The 22-year old Durban born singer/songwriter (whose real name is LeToya Buthelezi) , took SA by storm in 2011 when her debut single Pump It On topped radio charts throughout the country. Pump It On landed in the ranks of the coveted Top 10 on most Top 30 charts on numerous national and regional radio stations. Her follow up single Love Is In The Air also didn’t disappoint, securing radio giant 5fm's highest new entry on its popular Top 40 chart in 2012. Soon after the release of her two very successful singles Toya dropped her much anticipated debut album Due Drop. Through her fresh fusion of jazz, rock and hip-hop, Toya has introduced listeners to a pop-electro sound. Stand out tracks on the album include I Like This, Are You Gonna Stay and the chart topping Pump It On. The album also has an undeniable jazzy,soulful and bluesy sound heard on tracks like Jai Lover. Due Drop has earned Toya Delazy an impressive six nominations at this year's South African Music Awards(SAMAs) , including the prestigious Record of the Year for "Love Is In The Air". Due Drop is an unquestionable must have.

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Guess who'’s back Ashleigh Davids

Jurassic Park 3D



yler Perry’s latest will be released in South Africa on May 17 following a March 29 release abroad. Adapted from the play of the same title; one can expect a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Brandy Norwood, Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian. The plot centres on a tale of infidelity, sheds light on desire, the pitfall that is bad communication in relationships and the inevitable long-term consequences of choices made out of lust and emotion. In the movie, a marriage counselor’s life becomes complicated after she engages in an increasingly obsessive affair behind her husband’s back. Temptation is best suited to fans of the genre who value the moral lessons and compelling reflections on life. There is (as is often in Perry’s movies) the danger that this could come across as too dramatic and cliched to some viewers. Perry thinks this is his best work yet, will South Africa agree?

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any of us will remember this 90’s classic as one of the reasons for our nightmares or excitement during the course of our childhood. This year, Jurassic Park is back, in 3D. The cutting edge visuals undoubtedly add to director Steven Spielberg’s original vision for the film, making this an exceptional cinematic experience for the viewer. A race for survival unfolds before our eyes as John Hammond invites a company of six which includes his grandkids to join him at Jurassic Park. The three time Academy-award winning blockbuster stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, it is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. This sci-fi and adventure flick promises to be one of those winter warmers that keep you close to your blankets and significant other - or pillow. It definitely beats Etv’s redundant screening of Anaconda. You can see this one on the big screen on May 10, 2013.

Fast & Furious 6


ot once, twice - or even thrice, Fast and the Furious cruises through our cinemas for a sixth time on May 24, 2013. This is where most women fell in love with Vin Diesel while local sound systems blasted the slightly annoying “Tokyo Drift” soundtrack. Also known as Fast Six, the American action film opens itself up to a wider audience, taking a shot’left away from the underground car racing theme - the first of the series to do this. Written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin, the movie’s development began in February 2010. Locations for the film included Scotland, Los Angeles and the Canary Islands. In the movie, Dom’s (Vin) lost love, Letty (Rodriguez) reappears as a relentless second-in-command of an organisation which Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking. Stopping the unit leads them to the streets where Hobbs asks Dom to assemble a team in London. Remuneration for this feat is a safe return home and reuniting with their families.



An artscape for visual enthusiasts Kim Saulse


ape Town has enjoyed a longstanding reputation as a creative hub for its numerous poets, musicians, photographers, wordsmiths and visual artists, some of whom have blossomed into noted artists within our country ’s art scene. The renowned Artscape Theatre, along with many other organisations lending support to established and up and coming artists, has and continues to nurture creativity; not only in theatre but in visual arts too with its burgeoning Resource Centre Art Exhibitions. The Exhibition was initiated several years ago after a growing need for a creative space where emerging artists could showcase their work free of a commission charge and ultimately, to bridge gaps in the theatre world by making it more inclusive of all creative mediums.

“every expression is legitimate”. “I stopped looking, I’m not an expert. Most input comes from our resident curator and the panel. It’s interesting though, that he (curator) enjoys the virginal input from others. Essentially, what we offer the artists is the first experience of having an open space where they can interact with the public who come to see their work,” says Ukhona.

The annual Exhibition, now in its third year, has become an eagerly anticipated fixture on the Theatre’s calendar. “Initially, we wanted to make our space more exciting by utilizing the available space to give artists an opportunity to exhibit their work. As it grew in popularity, we were forced to put structures and processes in place to ensure more artists get to showcase their work,” explains Ukhona Mlandu, Artscape Resource Centre Manager.

While there are many organisations involved in developmental projects like the Resource Centre, the art world is often still inaccessible to many aspirant artists, but Ukhona urges them to “break down structural exclusivity ” that may exist in this sector. “A lot of artists can’t be ignored, their art demands attention. In a contested space, ones only saving grace is rising above the mould. Insist on a counter narrative and break down the barriers to entry,” she advises.

The structures Ukhona speaks of refer to the criteria in place to secure wall space for three months at the Artscape. The primary requirement is that interested artists must be emerging, that is, have never had an exhibition in an established gallery and more importantly, the work must show potential. Quizzed about what aesthetic and qualities the Exhibition’s panel and resident curator look for when selecting potential artists to exhibit their work, she simply says

Other than affording fresh artists sought after exhibition space, they also gain insight into what goes into producing work for an exhibition and have the opportunity to forge mentorships with the curator; although it is optional. “You choose what you want out of the opportunity at your own discretion. They can ask for advice or mentorship but only if the artist wants to. We deal with adults who know what they want and need. Art is sensitive, one can’t impose. People who share commonalities will obviously gravitate towards one another,” says Ukhona. The first of three exhibitions takes place next month, July and in October.

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