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contents Joining the circus p44

Prez Again? p63 Covergirl Zaki p55

Birthday Surprises p35



14 Colour Blocking 20 Photo Essay: Beat The Blues 24 Young Guns 26 Kiss my ART 28 Live Times: Hot Off The Press 2012 32 Summer Guide to SA 35 Fashion: Joyeux Anniversaire 40 The African Dream? 42 Independence Day 44 Photo Essay: Circus Life 48 Financial Success Through Creativity

04 Ed’s Note 05 Contributors Page 06 News and Views 07 Voice of the Youth: Our Next Prez 08 Loves & Loathes: Home For The Holidays 09 Dummies Guide: Going Green 10 Must Grabs: Access Summer + Beauty 12 Day in The Life of an Events Coordinator 15 For & Against: Summer Flings 16 Moolah Wize: Holiday Spending 17 Mzansi Diamonds: Summer Hols on a Budget 18 LIVE Challenge: Climbing Table Mountain 46 Real Life: Magata Kwenzenjani? 50 Sports: One Hit Wonder 52 Lazy Kids’ Guide To Health 62 LIVE Jabs: Profile Pics 63 LIVE Politics: Prez Report Card

ENTERTAINMENT 51 Art Hub 53 Summer Reads 55 At The Movies: Holiday Classics 56 LIVE Sounds: Out of Africa 57 LIVE Fresh: On Opposite Shores 60 LIVE Games 61 LIVE Wired: Retro Scooter Revolution

Retro Revolution p61

Words Ashleigh Davids 21

Design Joshua Klein 20


ED’S NOTE Welcoming my 21st birthday caused quite a bit of anxiety considering the huge emphasis South African culture places on an extravagant celebration and long list of achievements to toast to when reaching this milestone. The pressure placed on young people to reach stereotypical heights of success by this age (university, job, car, etc.) often leave many distraught and even disappointed in themselves for not meeting standards set by those around them. But how can you have a party when your mom can’t pay the bills at the end of the month? And what’s the point of wasting money on one night when you still don’t have enough to invest in your career? On further thought, this one-time “jol” seems rather insignificant when considering my goals of gaining independence (pgs 4243), and achieving financial success though pursuing a creative path, much like Loyiso Mdebuka, whom I speak to on pages 48-49. I have learnt the value of considering the bigger picture and remaining mindful of what I want out of life. Especially as we head into the time of a year that causes many to lose their minds for material things, I advocate that we all take this to heart. On that note, my Must Grabs for the sunny silly season are most definitely enjoyment and balance. I believe every young person should use this time to tap into both the familiar and unknown. Whether you prefer a relaxed day at the beach accompanied by colourful reads (p53), enjoy live performances by alternative artists like our cover girl, Zaki Ibrahim (p55) or intend to hit hot spots over the festive period (pgs 32-33), there is always room for something new. Explore cheap travels outside our borders (p17) or rent a scooter for a few days (p61). And because money doesn’t grow on trees, check our tips on maximizing your holiday while staying moola-wize (p16). If you’re really strapped for cash, follow our team as they brave Table Mountain by foot (pgs 18-19), it’s free and incredibly..uhm, challenging! Life doesn’t stop in the month of December, so although we’re all in celebratory mode as Live enjoys its first anniversary with this issue (p6), we still zoom in on matters that hit home; tackling police brutality (pgs 46-47), reflecting on the plight of young refugees in South Africa (pgs 40-41) and examining the pros and cons of youth joining the military (pgs 24-25). Whether you’re as se-ri-as as people say I am, or the type to enjoy a lighter read, this mixture of sugar and spice is bound to produce something nice for YOU! Have fun and stay aLIVE!


Words Ashleigh Davids 21

Photos Khayakazi Dumke 24

Design Rafiek Adamson 21

When production started on this particular issue of LIVE, I decided to drop all traces of makeup and get comfortable in my skin. Some two months later, I feel great, and though I'm not against a good combination of mascara and eyeliner, I’ve learnt to chill on the layers of gunk that can result in an unhealthy dependency on things that shouldn’t define one’s beauty. If you can’t go all the way, summer is an ideal time to practice a minimalist look. Check our Beauty page (11) for tips.

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Thabang Molefe (20)

Chief Subeditor & Photo Editor

Tiny Nkomombini (22) @Gemstonebabe

Art Director, Designer & Illustrator Joshua Klein (20)

Production Manager & Designer Rafiek Adamson (21) @Rafiekxo

Mobile Editor

Mpho Seoposengwe (22) @phogi89

Social Media Editor

Farzaanah Daniels (21) @farzaanahxo

Fashion Editor

Rifqa Nwabisa Paka (24)

Remote Contributors Editor

Sikhulule Ngxowa (22) @Sikhulule7


Tamara Jade Moore (23) @tamaraohara



Thabo Xinindlu (21) @sam_de_kidd Ryan Africa (25) @africaryan Xolani Scott Dani (22) @Connatewear

Rafiek is a production manager and designer at LIVE. He joined the team to gain more experience and get on top of his game as a designer. In the next five years he sees himself obtaining a graphic design degree. As far as his stay at LIVE, he is happy to be part of the family.


Tiny Nkomombini (22)

Designers and Illustrators

Khayakazi Dumke (24) Lusindiso Nondlela (24) Theodore Africa (19)

Live SA YouTube

Thembalethu Mlokoti (20) Prince Kamanga (19) Michael Samuels (22) Nwabisa Sonqayi (21)

Other Contributors

Siphelele Mnqanqeni (20), Chifi Mulusa (20), Dylan Louw (21), Kim Julie (20), Asanda Kaka (25), Lauren Snyders (23), Bernice Frylinck (21), Chuma Bunn (22)


Lee Middleton: Editorial Bongani Kona: Editorial Laskarina Yiannakaris: Design Julia Merrett: Photography Bulelani Mvoto: YouTube Tamara MacLachlan: YouTube Linda Nkosi: Mobile & Social Media

Tiny is a photographer at LIVE. She joined the team to gain more experience and further her skills as a photographer. In the next five years she sees herself working abroad in Africa as a documentary photographer. LIVE rocks for Tiny, and she is happy to be part of the amazing youth team.

Danyal Zaal (20)

Danyal is a writer and film editor at LIVE. He joined to get new and better opportunities as a writer. He sees himself as Sherwin Bryce in the next three years. Thanks to LIVE, he is now more confident and ready to be part of the media world.

Special Thanks to

City Varsity College, Jasmine Adam at Media 24, Frank Ellis, Nina Callaghan, Damien Schuman, Kool Out, Earl “Niz� Mentor, Julia Malema, Brett

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Deputy Editor

Danyal Zaal (20) @danyalzaal Siviwe Mjongile (19) Vernon Pillay (22)

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Ashleigh Davids (21) @AshleighDavids

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Murray, Creative Nestlings, ScootDr, Nu Metro, Patrick Conroy, Cecil Lyons, Charlotte Kilbane, Nuruniesa Allie at eNews, Craving Novity, The Media Shop JHB, Ntombi Mponda, Petronella Sono, Natasha Miller, Janine Geldenhuys and all at Metropolitan, Jozelle Louw at Sportscene, SANDF, Sello East Wear, Dilo Xclusive, Groova-MAW, Sikhumbuzo Mnculwane, Mickey Mkhwanazi, Monate Lounge, Vuyisa Ndleleni, Johann Schwella, Mike Schallit, Clinton Mitri, Andrew Watson, Matt Riley and Raf Newman and all at 140 BBDO, Raffaele Delle Donne Photo Hire, Abie at The Makeup Issue, Helen Turvey, Karien Bezuidenhout, Karen Gabriels, Wendy Stoffels and all at the Shuttleworth Foundation, Mark Shuttleworth. Publisher: Gavin Weale Project Director: Claire Conroy Project Coordinator: Nkuli Mlangeni Office Manager: Veronica Shumane Sales Manager: Nickolis Fitzell Sales Executive & Distribution Manager: Papi Mirelli For advertising enquiries, please call (021) 4800 400/email nick@



For our anniversary issue we got in touch with past contributors who were part of this great project at its inception, and found out how life has been since the days of LIVE. Manez Sobethwa:

Lauren Synders

at Live, and still holding the record for that (doubt anyone will take it), told us: “When at LIVE I served as video journalist for the YouTube channel. I had the pleasure of being in the first team and could lay the foundation for what the channel is today. Seven months ago I moved up the stairs to join 140 BBDO to work in their creative department as a copywriter. A few ads later, accompanied by a shiny golden Loeries bird, I believe I am still going strong. Every now and then (more like every day) I pop in at the LIVE office just to make noise and leave again.”

“I studied Journalism at CPUT and graduated in 2010. I was trying to find a job for some time until my former lecturer sent me an email about a youth magazine that was being started up in South Africa. I came in for an interview and just like that I was a part of the Live team. I started out as a writer and eventually ended up as the subeditor, which also helped me realise another dream of mine. In December while working on the second issue I decided to apply at Bush Radio, and got a job reporting News and current affairs for eight months. I’m currently working at Blue Bond as a website administrator. I hope to get a job in newspapers or magazines so I can write again. Someday I’ll be subeditor (crossing my fingers for five years), then be an editor.”

Website Administrator at Blue Bonds

Copywriting Intern at 140 BBDO Advertising Agency. Manez, the former tallest person

Cristle Mathapelo Mokwape

Journalism Intern at University of Stellenbosch Business School

“I joined Live in September 2011. After issue one I was chosen to be Live's first deputy editor. I now work as a journalism intern at the Marketing and Communications office of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). The confidence within myself and my written work in Live Mag issues 1 & 2 scored me brownie points. I'm now in charge of the social media pages, and I'm also the resident photographer for our department. I've now been trusted to assist with writing articles for our online newsletter and proofreading online articles for the website. I'm working in an environment filled with MBA students, they inspire me to do much more in my life.”


Design Ryan Africa 25

Photos Khayakazi Dumke 24

Words Mpho Soeposengwe 22

Photos Tiny Nkomombini 22

regulars regulars

VOICE OF THE YOUTH Who Should be the Next President? Sithembele Sidzumo 19 Tokyo Sexwale is more business minded, something the country needs at the moment due to our economic downfall after the Marikana massacre. He would also have a plan because of his business mind to create more jobs, since it is the main thing the people of South Africa complain about. I feel Jacob Zuma failed us, and Tokyo would be able to serve the nation fair and square.

Sibongile Mkunyane 23 Julius Malema, as his authority seems to be the only people take notice of.

Lemeez Botha 17 I apparently attend one of the underperforming schools. I am not interested in politics as I am still young.

Nicole Kleinhans 17 Helen Zille. She is an interesting woman and her theories are practical and very doable.

Abongile Breakfast 20 Kgalema Motlante would bring the change to the country as he did while being the acting president a few years ago. I’m really confident in him. He could do more if only the ANC would grant him a chance to be the next president.

Amanda Pistoli 19 Kgalema Motlante is decent and mature. To me he was great when he was the president of South Africa for the term he had to take over after Thabo Mbeki had to leave his seat. Kgalema for president without any doubt.

Yanga Magwaza 18 Jacob Zuma is the best for me so far, although he spends more time in other countries. He has done a lot for this country, but still has to do a lot, but he could only do that if he is granted a second chance. Jacob Zuma is the president we need in South Africa after the legendary Tata Madiba.


WHAT DO YOU THINK? Name Surname LIVEMAG.CO.ZA/Youthpoll Age

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Words Words Name Sikhulule Surname Ngxowa Age 22

Design Ryan Africa 25

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Photos Lusindiso Nondlela 24

WordsVIDEOS Check FOR MORE Sipelele out OUR YOUTUBE PAGE Mnqanqeni 20

Photos Khayakazi Dumke 24



loves & loathes

Home for the holidays, a phrase that’s bound to bring a smile to our faces. P Diddy’s song “Homecoming” leaves us melancholic on the road there, but how long does the feeling last? With our place set at the table, the realisation sets in: we are home, it’s summer and this might not be the holiday we imagined (and if you’ve got dark skin and speak a language with “hard to pronounce” words, you may end up feeling like you’ve just entered “The Slavery Olympic Games”). Some say with every good comes a bad, well, with every love comes a loathe.


Way too much family with far too many personal issues. How do they expect us to keep up with their feuds when its always circumstantial, and who wants to take sides anyway?

Reminiscing with old mates on “the good old days”, catching up on the town’s latest gossip and seeing how your old flames have gone up in smoke while you are just smoking hot!

Being back on the farm: Waking up at 4am to milk cows: travelling at least a kilometre to herd the cattle home, wearing Wellington boots all holiday (and not for fashionable reasons, ladies).

Going all cultural/old-school: lighting up a fire in one of the animal stables to get your mqombothi (African beer) on the boil, the ulusu (tripe) cooking, and the lamb/pig/cow legs braaing. Thick smoke, roasted chops and chicken sosaties, not to mention the long-winded conversations that hold out till way after the fire has sizzled down.

Having to borrow one of your granny’s pegs whenever you have to go a level above number one when using the bathroom. Oops! Did I say bathroom? You wish. Dig a hole and place four zinc walls and a roof over it, because long drops are what you are using while you are “home for the holidays”.

Christmas lunch leftovers: a week-long feast of cold meat sandwiches and salad sides, and let’s not forget the puddings. Oh, the treats that entice our sweet tooth. Family games, kicking a ball around and playing hand tennis, jumping rope and hopscotch with our cousins and siblings. Family time is the most precious, and even when under extreme circumstances – and believe me we all experience them – we learn to appreciate our relatives and how we grow as people through the years. Anyhow, that is why we only have one festive season a year.


Fighting with siblings over who gets the remote. I mean c’mon, just because you are older doesn’t mean you can be lazy and hog it every day. Spending too much on the instore specials when you just went in for a few essentials

Being spoiled with home-cooked meals and enticing couchpotato living.

Words Tamara Moore 23


Words Sipelele Mnqanqeni 20

Design Ryan Africa 25


dummies guide

Saving your

environment without losing your mind

Not so long ago the term “going green” was more likely to refer to dressing up for a Springboks rugby game rather than saving the environment. These days going green describes putting into practice actions that encourage a healthy environment, lead to healthier lifestyles and ensure safer environments for all living things. It is widely known that we need to take serious action to ensure our planet’s environment remains healthy enough to keep us humans alive. But how to help? LIVE found a few tips on “going green” without breaking the budget or becoming one of those overbearing “save the world” people.

1. Clean up your act!

This is pretty simple: gather some black bags and a few friends and neighbours on a weekend day, and walk around your area gathering as much litter as you can. Working in a group will cut the workload and can actually be fun. Be sure to separate glass, paper, plastic and tins as these can be recyled (see below), sometimes even for cash. A weekend clean-up is a great way to meet new people, including that cute girl down the road.

art piece, which you could even sell. Glass bottles can also be used in your veggie garden (see below).

3. Plant a tree

It’s summer and a bit more shade to hide away with (or from) your girl/boyfriend is always a good thing. Join your local community tree planting project to create a cleaner environment (trees suck up all those nasty fumes from cars) and also create a beautiful neighbourhood. Not on the project vibe? Get a few friends together to plant trees over the holidays: plant one tree for each year you have been friends. Check for more info.

4. Grow

your own food

2. Recycle

Tired of healthy food being so expensive? Why waste energy running to the store when you can rather use it to pick the freshest fruit and veg in your own backyard? Planting your own veggie garden is a great way to reduce costs of buying veggies, and ensures you always have the freshest produce with none of the yucky pesticides mass producers use at big farms. If you specialize in one type of veg you can share with your friends at school or work, or even sell it for some profit.



• Find an old crate/wooden box & line it with plastic. • Fill with soil & manure. • Plant your seeds and lightly water. • Continue to water on a regular basis or according to • packaging of seeds. • Wait (keep an eye out for and remove pests like snails • or caterpillars) and enjoy.

Create healthy “plant food” compost by dumping old tea bags, egg shells and vegetable matter in a bucket, mix with old newspaper or leaves so it’s not too wet, cover to keep pests out, and let it break down into earth’s most natural fertilizer. Apply to your veggie box and watch your garden grow!

After collecting all that rubbish, head to a recycling plant (you don’t want the neighbourhood dogs scattering it all over your yard the next day). Check this online guide to find a nearby location. Creative types can use some of the materials for a master

To get involved with a community garden or start your own, check: or Words Tamara Moore 23

Design & Illustration Joshua Klein 20



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REDBAT blue bubblegum watch @ sportscene R129.00

REDBAT green shock watch @ sportscene R199.00

REDBAT coral bubblegum watch @ sportscene R129.00

Headwear is

always big in

summer. This year snapbacks are making a comeback. In terms of colour, pastels and lumo ARE absolute musthaves, as ARE graphic or animated prints.

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Need quick, easy, hassle-free coverage? Here you’ll find our fave products that will help achieve that clear, fresh summer look with minimal make-up. ions Foundat Accessorize Picture Perfect Long Lasting Foundation, Wheat R119.99 Almay Wake Up Liquid Foundation N/A

Before applying foundation, make sure you’ve cleansed and moisturized. The best way to apply foundation is to start in the centre of your face, working your way out; this ensures foundation is thinly layered towards the hairline.



Almay Wake Up Blusher N/A 2True Lip ‘n Cheek Tint R34.99

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Models: Mpho Seoposengwe, Pietrie Morton

Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer N/A 2true Concealer R34.99

n Lip Actio 2 True Lipstick R34.99 2 True Lipgloss R34.99 2 True Plumptuous Lipgloss R34.99

es Shady Ey Accessorize Lengthening Mascara R89.99 Accessorize Eye Liner R49.99

Summer is all about maximizing on hair care. If you colour your hair we suggest Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse. To maintain colour and a healthy shine, use John Frieda Color Renew Shampoo & Conditioner. For ethnic hair, our favourite is the Dr. Miracle’s range, which includes a variety of products for every hair need. Words + Stylist Rifqa Paka 24

Photos Kim Julie 20

Concealer is applied to the under-eye area in order to cover dark tones that can make you look tired. Using a brush or wand, dab concealer lightly, in a crescent shape, along the darkest area under your eye. It is highly important to to get the correct colour tone that matches your skin tone.

Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick R99.95 Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Palette R165.00


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Clicks SkinCare Collection White Tea & Q10 Facial Serum R74.99 SunProtect Facial Lotion With Collagen R72.99 It’s absolutely imperative to take good care of your skin when in the sun, and it’s never too early to start using anti-ageing cream. Always apply moisturizer after cleansing and immediately after showering. Good moisturizer is one thing every girl should splurge on.


Hair Car

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Praline Hair Dye R119.99 John Frieda Color Renew Shampoo & Conditioner R99.99 Make-up Artist Bernice Frylinck 21

Design Rafiek Adamson 21

Dr. Miracle’s 2in1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner R49.99 Intensive Spot Serum R79.99 Anti-breakage Cream R49.99



day in the life of

an Events Coordinator We arrive at a small cafe next door to Cape Town jazz lounge, the mahogany room, and find Akio and Raiko, the duo who make up the collective Kool Out.

The two are in a breakfast meeting, discussing an a-to-z of events planning, running through logistics for that evening’s event. Akio Kawahito (33) has a degree in economics but started hosting parties in Japan and Amsterdam to earn extra income. Raiko My-man (32) entered the field of events planning about 12 years ago, as part of a team working on “Boogie Down Nights”, a popular event in Cape Town nightlife. Neither of the two friends studied events management, and the business started about four years ago as a hobby. “It’s definitely an advantage to study events management. I made a lot of mistakes which I am still paying for. I did economics, so I know how to draw up a budget, have a basic idea of marketing and so on,” says Akio, a tall and striking individual of Asian descent. “There are things that come up which you don’t know about when you’re on the grassroots level. As it gets bigger, money starts coming in, [and having] an idea of how to manage money would be a good thing,” adds Raiko whose short and stocky build contrasts strongly with that of his business partner and friend. The gang at Kool Out, which includes two artists and a PR intern, have worked three hard years without sponsorship (big events companies usually thrive on sponsors/investors). “If you can’t stand on your own, you’re pretty much in the wrong game, you have to build something up until it’s viable,” says Raiko. When it comes to money, things aren’t always glamorous. At one stage they had to split R900 profit between five people to ensure everyone got paid! An optimum situation in the events industry would have all expenses like venue hire, sound, artist fees and advertising covered by sponsors, which would mean that whatever you make at the door (ticket sales) is yours. Kool Out also makes money doing consultancies, in which well known and established brands like Red Bull inform them of a campaign they have planned, and ask them to formulate an idea and execute the concept.

The days between the conception of a new idea and the moment when it will be time to get the show started usually include several meetings, writing proposals, getting approval from sponsors and venue owners, doing site checks, making bookings for artists, mapping out schedules and a plan for the day or night of the event, and contacting the venue to arrange the space. Putting the actual event together includes booking flights, arriving on site for final meetings with sound engineers, picking up banners and branding, setting up at the venue, a final push on marketing via social media, sound checks and finally executing the actual event from the moment guests arrive until they leave.

duties essentially never end... you may get calls late at night or have last minute arrangements to see to in the wee hours of the morning Impressively, they’ve had to do everything themselves at some point or other. As such, they’ve learned to do new things, like using Photoshop to make fliers, and setting up a decent sound rig, even though neither was formally trained. ”You become all of that within your business,” concludes Akio. As the two gentlemen get up from their seats, Akio attempts to attend to his phone which has rung several times during our interview. It’s off to their next meeting, and the running around which will continue until late in the night. The most fun they’ll have is the two hours each may spend DJing on the night of the event, but hey, that’s all in the name of a day in the life of an events coordinator!

Dynamic duo, Raiko (L) Aiko (R)

Raiko and Akio start their mornings early. “If you wake up at 11 your day is so hectic trying to play catch up, whereas if you get up early, you’re already four steps ahead of your competition since a lot of people do wake up at noon,” says Akio. Events planning is not really a 9-to-5 job. In this line of work, duties essentially never end, and you definitely take your work home; you may get calls late at night or have last minute arrangements to see to in the wee hours of the morning.


Words Asheigh Davids 20

Photos Tiny Nkomombini 22

Design Thabo Xinindlu 21

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Strawberries are red and chocolate is brown, but that doesn’t stop anybody from putting them together Depending on your perspective, dating across the “racial border” can either be Superman’s kryptonite, with consistent negative responses slowly breaking down one’s self-esteem day by day, or Popeye’s spinach, with reactions somehow empowering the relationship and the strength between the pair.

differences of one being coloured and the other black. But like Duane says, “If you really like someone and that person happens to be of a different race group, then so what?” Lorian and Farai’s relationship has lasted for four years and six months, and according to Lorian it’s still going strong.

“Nope, I never even thought I would date a coloured guy,” said 17-year-old Rebecca, who is currently doing just that. She went on to emphasise that she had never been interested in dating someone of a different race. “I lived in Johannesburg and only had a close group of white friends. Dating a coloured guy was never an option.” When she moved to Cape Town three years back, she adopted a new group of friends, the vast majority of whom were coloured. This new group made her current “oil and water” coupling feel a lot less foreign.

Personally I’ve been involved in two interracial relationships. The first with a light-skinned Muslim girl who people often assumed was white. We only ever went out in suburban locations, and though we may have caught the undesired attention of one or two from time to time, it didn’t come close to what I experienced in my second interracial relationship. This one was with another woman of Muslim background, who had a more tanned complexion. We would go out everywhere and anywhere, and, based on my experiences with her, I would say that location plays a factor in the responses you get from people.

Speaking to people who have never been involved in an interracial relationship, I heard comments such as: “I try to avoid [interracial dating] because things such as language and cultural barriers make it harder for me to express myself”. Some people said that they have never really been attracted to someone of another race. But as 17-year-old Tsidi pointed out, “Looks are not everything, there are emotions too.” “What society thinks has become so important to people,” said Duane, a 19-year-old first-year college student and Rebecca’s boyfriend, when asked why people reject the idea of interracial relationships. "The past may have influenced it, things like segregation." Segregation may no longer be an issue, but the years of apartheid seem to have left a stain that even bleach cannot remove. People do what they are used to, and those habits are highly reliant on social acceptance. While there are those who see interracial dating to be as wrong as a pregnant woman gobbling the contents of a Black Label bottle, there are also those who think it’s “the cutest thing ever”, like 19-year-old university student Lorian. Being involved in an interracial relationship in some cases may come with a bit of baggage. Lorian and her 21-year-old boyfriend Farai had to deal with the cultural


Words Siphelele Mnqanqeni 20

Photos Theodore Africa 19

Design Joshua Klein 20

People in suburban areas are maybe more exposed to race mixing because they reside in more diversified surroundings. In more “ghetto” areas, the opposite seems to be in effect: blacks seem to live among blacks, whites among whites and so forth. In areas such as the student zone of Rondebosch, not once did I notice funny stares or looks of a confusion. But when we walked hand in hand in areas such as Woodstock for example, a majority coloured area, things went from as small as astonishing looks to unrepeatable comments and even a death threat at one stage. I say strawberries are red and chocolate is brown, but that doesn’t stop anybody from putting them together. As Lorian points out, “It’s 2012, no longer 1993. If people have a problem with [interracial relationships], there is tog (anyways) nothing they can do besides talk about it.” Or as Duane says, “Get a f#*king life.” Maybe it’s time we all stopped being so closed-minded and start accepting society and the changes that have come. Some say love is blind. I say love is like a rainbow: seven different colours put together creates the most beautiful outcome. After every storm comes a rainbow, and at the end of every rainbow lays a pot of gold.


For and Against:



Manez Sobetwa 25

Asthandile Qeba 24

It is all a matter of having fun, because I don’t want any serious relationship so this is the best way of doing things. I would say a fling is a fling; it does not matter of any season to me, I have flings like on a regular basis. The aim for a summer fling is to have fun as long as you are responsible in what you doing.

I am so against this topic. Young people may regard it as fun, but it ends up not just being fun, people get hurt in these summer flings. There is no guarantee that the person might see or contact you in the near future. Just imagine falling pregnant and the father is just a stranger – when will I ever see or tell him about the child? No wonder we have such high rate of HIV/AIDS among our young people in South Africa. I seriously cannot believe that one would have a relationship based on seasons.

PRIDE MDLELENI 20 When you are away from that one partner you committed to, sometimes loneliness gets to you. Considering having someone to cuddle with as a better option than being lonely and sad. As long as your partner does not know what you are up to when you are out of his presence, then why not do it? They say what a person does not know won’t hurt them. So tell me, when I’m away and feel lonely, why can’t I get someone to fill the gap? It’s just summer flings and nothing serious. Have fun but just be responsible. I once did, and I think I might just do it again this summer.

Chuck dube 21 Hell no! I have been dating my girl for three years now, I love her and don’t see the use of having just a summer fling. Most people that would do such thing I would say they are just being driven by peer pressure among their group of friends. I don’t understand why someone would be doing a summer fling while in a relationship, what happened to trust and faithfulness? It’s simply just lust among us as guys. Do not be in a relationship if you are still interested in summer flings, it’s just not cool for the person you will be hurting. Words SIkhulule Ngxowa 22

Illustration Michael Samuels 22

Design Thabo Xinindlu 21



Whether a budget buyer or big spender, don’t go through this holiday feeling like you’re climbing BROKE back mountain. Call me a cheapskate, but if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Live spoke to Tamara Dey of Flash Republic and singer Louise Carver to get some holiday saving tips.

Seasonal Jobs

Hustle your way to a great holiday. Get a part time job at your local mall, do odd jobs in your community (e.g., babysitting, house-sitting, walking dogs, promotions), or make delicious treats to sell in your area. Offer to do things for your parents in exchange for extra cash: most likely they’ll appreciate this trade-off above your loafing.


Keep an eye out for affordable items during the year, when possible put money aside for Christmas shopping, try your hand at arts and crafts (making personalized cards), or give a gift of service.

“I always had seasonal jobs as a youngster and was working in the restaurant business from the age of 15. If I wanted to go out and party or go away with friends it was up to me to make it happen.” TD

“We can take the most incredible photographs with our phones these days. Take some some shots and have them printed and framed as gifts. I recently had some photos I took turned into fridge magnets! Such a cool gift idea!” TD “Have a R250 party and invite all your friends. Everybody buys something for R250, wraps it and puts it in a big bag with all the other gifts. Each person then chooses a gift from the bag and that is your gift from all your friends. All done in one fun Christmas party together.” LC

Spending over the festive period


I know it sucks thinking about numbers during December, but know how much money you have, how much you’re spending, and obviously avoid spending what you don’t have (this includes nagging your parents to go into debt so you can have a new pair of sneakers). Go out in groups and split costs to save, find the most affordable travel route, and refrain from spontaneity when it comes to spending on entertainment: decide on an amount beforehand and stick to it.

It is not the size of the gift that matters, but the thought that went into it. People appreciate the effort that goes into a gift that reflects them or your bond.

“Even though we like to live it up a bit over that period, cooking at home and taking advantage of Cape Town’s beautiful outdoor activities can help cut down on entertainment and food costs.” TD “One holiday I spent my entire budget on the most overthe-top accommodation but then couldn't do much once I had arrived, as I had blown the budget before I had even hired a car! Lesson learnt.” LC


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Design Rafiek Adamson 21

Illustration Michael Samuels 22

Photo Khayakazi Dumke 24


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summer holidays on a budget We’ve all heard how beautiful Africa is: how people come from thousands of miles to visit our glorious lands. But how much of our continent have we as young Africans seen? Is it fear or lack of finances that holds us back from from venturing into the unknown? If you are interested in adventuring through Africa, you can start fairly close to home, and we’ve even tracked down some money-wize methods of getting around.

Maputo by Train Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and a colourful city known for its beautiful beach life, a world renowned fish market (also offering a wide range of fresh foods, cashew nuts and chillies), and budding local music scene. This trip is best taken with a group of friends for a truly exotic and fun holiday. Take the train for a cost-friendly way to travel from SA. Along with the benefits of enjoying the landscape by day and multitudes of stars at night, the price of a ticket will take you there and back multiple times compared to a plane ticket. Not only is travelling by train the cheapest, Maputo’s legendary train station is worth the trip alone, especially on Friday or Saturday night when live music is usually performed. The train departs from Johannesburg station in the evening, but for those not in Jozi, hop on at your local station, head to the big mango and then catch the train to Komatipoort, which gets you as far as the border. At Komatipoort, get off the train (it arrives early in the morning), and take a chapa (minibus taxi) across the border to Ressano Garcia, and get on the train there for Maputo (departs around noon, but check the schedule). If you miss the train for some reason you can always take a chapa all the way to Maputo for about R45. The train ticket will cost about R320.00 return. Confirm your booking online at (don’t bother calling, rather book online or buy at the station, as they are not great at answering calls). Whether travelling on a budget alone or in a group, once you get to Maputo, you will want to stay at a backpacker (most have free games and amenities such as pool tables, swimming pools, DSTV and they have inside info on what to do in the town). Your best bet is finding one online at and www. Or try Fatima’s Place Backpackers, centrally located with rooms going for R80 (camping), R120.00 (single), R300.00 (double) and they even throw in a free pick-up from anywhere in Maputo.

Side trip to Swazi While you are in the area you’ll want to take a relaxing stopover in Swaziland, a small nation boasting one of the last-standing monarchies in Africa, not to mention excellent wildlife, stunning scenery and interesting markets. It is a lengthy (around five hours) bus ride from Maputo, but at R80, it’s reasonably priced. The bus can be uncomfortable though, and depending on the crowd, a bit dodgy crossing the border. For an even cheaper ride (around R60), take a chapa (mini bus taxi), which is also quicker. These can be located at the local taxi ranks. If taking a chapa you will need to stop at the border, but there are buses right on the other side in Swaziland to take you into major cities. If you have a bit more cash to spare, take a guided Swazi Connection tour for around R450 from Maputo. The trip includes lunch both ways, but not accommodation for your stay, although that can be arranged with the tour guides. See

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Photos Vernon Pillay 22

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Live Challenge


Every issue LIVE challenges a member of the team to get out of their comfort zone and do something they normally don’t do. Since we’re celebrating our first anniversary we decided to climb Table Mountain as a challenge for the whole team.

We met in town at 10 near the train station. We were supposed to start hiking at 11, but had to wait for some team members who were running late. For some of us it was our first time going up the mountain. The cab we took dropped us well before the cable car, and so we had to climb up Tafelberg Road before hiking up the mountain! Our photographer Khaya was a bit tired already, and we had not even reached the “starting point”. ‘’Khaya please hurry up, this is not the biggest loser,” shouted one of our writers, Siviwe, getting a laugh from the team. We finally got to the cable car, where we met with our mentors, Linda and Lee. The challenge started at 12:30. Everyone was ready to rock and roll, but just five minutes in, some of the team members were complaining already. Tamara’s cheeks were red as if she had swallowed red chillies without knowing. Nwabisa was moaning complaints, asking who had organised the challenge. “It was me,” I had to tell her before she started asking everyone in the team. As the hike begins, we kept walking although some of us were tired already.

After 20 minutes we took a break next to a waterfall where Chuma, another contributor, started washing his face, already feeling the heat. Bottles were filled with natural mountain water and off we went again. On our way up we passed people coming down. They tried to motivate us, and I have to say, seeing old people walking faster than you can sometimes be just what you need to keep going. I’m not sure what it was, but somehow giving up was the last thing the group was thinking of. To be honest, I personally thought of quitting, but I couldn’t as I was the one who had proposed the challenge. We finally made it to the top at three in the afternoon. Everyone seemed to be happy, but what we saw at the top was not what everyone had anticipated. Some of us were expecting more than just the beauty of the Mother City. Still, others found the view mind-blowingly beautiful. And then there were the flowers and the people of different nations so united, greeting each other and taking pictures. We also got a shock seeing people wearing high heels on top of the mountain: it made some in the team wish they also could have taken the cable car instead of hiking up.


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Photos Khayakazi Dumke 24

Impatiently waiting for those who were late.

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Some of us were expecting more than just the beauty of the Mother City. Still, others found the view mind-blowingly beautiful

Mhhhhh... Mother nature offers the best natural water.

Shall we continue climbing up or can we nap here and wait for them to come back down?

After four we decided to start back, as it was getting late and everyone had to catch taxis home. Poor Litsoanelo and Xolani were still busy climbing the mountain while the whole group was walking down, and so they missed the view of beautiful Cape Town from the mountaintop. We finally reached the bottom, only to have a call come in that our photographer Khayakazi had gotten injured on her way down. The shock of receiving such news! I did not know what to do. Luckily Linda our mentor came to the rescue and called an ambulance. Meanwhile, Thabang, Tiny and Rafiek enjoyed hiking so much, they are considering doing it again! In fact Thabang came to work in heels the next week, showing how much she really enjoyed it and how little she felt the aches that the rest of the team was suffering. It was indeed a tough challenge, with some team members saying it was their first and last time hiking up the mountain. We all made it, though, holding hands on our way down, and it was a good exercise for team building. By the way, Khayakazi did get home safely and recovered from her injury. However, she made it clear she is not hiking up the mountain again!

On top of Table Mountain, hands up as we celebrate our victory lap... Yippppy!

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young guns Is joining the military a good choice for young people to consider making after school? Two LIVE reporters from military backgrounds investigate.


The military can serve as a stepping stone for youth to empower themselves Are there a variety of careers within the military that the youth can choose from? What are the requirements when it comes to applying? To understand how it actually feels to work in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), LIVE talked to some young people in the military. We all have this image of military people looking really formal and stylish in their uniforms. When SA navy seamen Dentle Raseho and Thato Makele approached in their black-and-white, perfectly ironed trousers and shoes so polished you could see your reflection, we gave the military a ten for sheer swag. Dentle Raseho (23) from the Free State says it’s a privilege to work for the SA Navy. She joined while working at a restaurant, mistakenly thinking that the ad in the newspaper was for a bursary. She later saw the application as the key to her future. “I feel very proud because I am getting equal opportunities as men,” Raseho said with a graceful smile. According to Raseho, there are many opportunities within the military. “I’m not scared to face challenges when they come my way,” she said.

But is the military the answer to your dreams? While you’re still brainstorming about whether you’d join, think about this. Siviwe Mjongile,19, says: “My father has worked in the SANDF for nearly twenty years. I am what I am because of his job.”

One part of working in the military is deployment to conflict zones. South African troops are peacekeeping in African countries with the UN (United Nations), which takes SANDF soldiers every year for six to nine months. Deployed to African countries such as DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Burundi and South Sudan, South African troops earn a special salary when in these countries, about 50-60 US dollars (R454) daily or 3000 USD (R22 680) per month, and that’s on top of the normal SA salary. Some troops have little experience, so these opportunities mean a lot. That said, they serve knowing that their lives are at risk. A shootout where they could be gunned down could happen at any time, and life-threatening sicknesses like malaria are also risks.

alThough the work soldiers are doing is important, they can also become depressed, especially being so far away from their loved ones. However, for those who don’t mind some risk, the military can serve as a stepping stone for youth to empower themselves. The SANDF recruits +/- 2000 young people between the ages 18 to 22 with a matric certificate (age limit of 26 for graduates) twice yearly nationwide. Recruits go through six months training, gaining an Words Thabang Molefe 20

income, skills, and experience in whatever career path they choose to take in the military, whether engineering or being a chef. Not everyone in the military is there for active combat. Thato Makele, (23) a diver in the SANDF advised: “Youth should not limit themselves to what they have but should think big.” Makele said that when the chance comes for him to study he will take it, but for now he’s focusing on his career as a diver. These individuals give the youth hope to pursue their dreams, whatever they are.

Every morning I watched him wake up and wear the green and brown uniform with the national flag on his left shoulder, heavy brown boots on his feet, trying to do what’s best for his continent and nation and, of course, his family. But there was also another side to being the child of a military man who goes to fight across Africa for the UN. “Where is your father now?” “When is he coming back?” “How do you feel now that he’s there?” “Don’t you get worried about him not coming back?” Those are the kinds of questions that you have to hear while he’s gone and you’re so damn worried about him. We all know that it’s hardcore up in those countries, and people asking these questions all the time really gets to me. Although the work soldiers are doing is important, they can also become depressed, especially being so far from their loved ones. Working in the Defence Force can be very tough and stressful at times. Even if you do not work for the SANDF, if you have a family member in the military, you suffer from these sacrifices. “As a child of a military family, I think we need them in our lives, especially as our nation is at peace,“ said Siviwe. Joining the military has its advantages and disadvantages. Just like a normal job you get warnings, sick leaves and maternity leaves, etc. However, unlike a normal job, you can’t just quit if you don’t like it before your term is up. After the first two years of MSD (military skills development) you can leave or sign a 5-year contract, which can be renewed depending on performance. The defense force offers young people many opportunities that we wouldn’t get in the civilian world because of a lack of experience. It is easy for young people to say they want jobs, but how many places out there are willing to give you that chance, and what are the costs and risks of that opportunity? Only you can decide.

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kiss my art

URE" LT U C " d n a " S T R A " s The word LD". O G " f o s t h g u o h t e k hardly evo sive", s e r p x e " , " e iv t a e r c , " and “CULTURE” hardly evoke thoughts of “GOLD”, more e aptly morwords The “ARTS” ind. “expression” or more dominantly, “free” m o t e m o c " e e r f aptly the words “creative”, " r o come to mind.

LIVE caught up with artists from a graffiti designer to a dancer to explore how possible it is to make a living by making art. Durbanite Dane “Stops” Knudsen, 25, is a part-time drawing lecturer in the graphic design department at the Durban University of Technology, a student currently undertaking his Masters degree, and a graffiti artist. He has painted walls – jobs that have paid well – but has also painted a wall at an event for next to nothing. His income comes from a balance of teaching and art, but this year he says it has predominantly come from teaching. “There will always be the need for endless possibility, and you should always hope to make a career out of it, but should never treat it like work, even if it makes you money. Always work hard at what you do and it might be the only thing you will ever need to do,” Stops advised. Brandon Bboy “Da Curse” Petersen is a full time street-dancer and entertainer from Eerste River, Cape Town, who is putting South African Bboying on the map in a big way. Known commercially as breakdancing, Bboying is a growing art form. Brandon’s gift in this


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art form has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe. This year alone he’s been to Portugal, France and Reunion Island as a Bboy competitor and judge, and to Morocco for the Bboying semi-finals of the Red Bull Bc One Bboy competition. He has also been to places like Amsterdam with hip hop rap group “Brasse Vannie Kaap”, Dubai as a Bboy for the Dubai X-Games, as well as France for dance competitions, and all over Europe as part of the dance circus “Afrika! Afrika!”. Practice seems to be a vital aspect to consider when it comes to dance (or any art), and Brandon has found that the harder he practises, the better his results. Underestimating yourself can be a challenge when working in the arts. “You are a thousand times greater than what you think you are,” said Brandon. “Making a career out of dance is very hard,” Brandon added, but at the same time he can confirm that hard work has led to success. But what else does it take besides practising all the time? Brandon’s whole life is about dancing, but when he’s not dancing or practising, he’s “heading out

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“There are ways and means of doing whatever you want to do, it simply starts by making the decision to try, and the willingness to make necessary sacrifices in achieving the goal”

to meetings with my sponsors, practising my video editing, or just taking some time out... But I won’t say there’s a time where I’m not thinking about dancing. Even if I’m not dancing I’ll be doing things to better my craft,” explained the dancer. Being an artist doesn’t necessarily mean a solo-path. There are also institutions that offer internationally recognized qualifications in the arts, such as dance, acting and fine art. Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town offers these subjects, as does the Joseph Stone Eoan Group, previously located in District Six, Cape Town but now situated in Athlone. Organisations such as these are helped by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). South Africa’s premier independent arts-funding and development agency, ACT’s primary aim is to increase the funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society, such as Eoan Group Book Project, Madosini Project and South African Music Literature Collection. The Eoan Group is in the heart of Athlone and is truly a diamond in the rough. It was started in 1933 by Helen Southern Holt in the old District Six. “[Helen] would teach kids skills like dancing, to keep them occupied and off the street,” said chairperson Shafiek Rajap. The Eoan Group is a place for social upliftment for many of the kids who have too much time and very little to do

in the Athlone community, but it also offers an internationally recognized certificate for those who want to pursue dance as a fulltime career.

“You are a thousand times greater than what you think you are” Even though arts and culture based professions were not seen as viable career choices in the past, in recent years they have become an option. There are ways and means of doing whatever you want to do, it simply starts by making the decision to try, and being willing to make necessary sacrifices in achieving the goal. There are many artists in dance, theatre, painting and photography who now sustain themselves and receive financial remuneration after putting in the years required to get the necessary experience. It may take time to master the art and get a job, but that could be said for all careers worth pursuing. Go to for more information about ACT including their funding programmes, criteria for assessment or to submit an application online.

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cover story They cause us to think about the state of our nation, or the state of a person’s mind. There are stories that unite us, and others that bring utter disunity. This issue we cover the stories that made us sit up and take note. Some might not have made it to the front page of the Daily Times but they were big on The Live Times chatter, and we are sharing them with you, our readers.

Why we love south africa The Spear Incident The painting of Jacob Zuma, exposing what seem to be very large genitals (unrealistic in my opinion), was one of the year’s biggest stories. How is it that education or AIDS fail to get even one-tenth of the exposure “The Spear” got? Many were opposed to the way the painting mocked Zuma and took the ridicule of our leaders to the next level. Others felt the campaign to remove the artwork and the legal assault on the gallery was unconstitutional, actively challenging the artist’s right to freedom of expression. The story may have died down, but two questions remain. First, do we have the right to ridicule our leaders to this extent, and if so, what does that say about our values? And second, what does it say about our president that his actions inspire such mockery?

Amla and His Hunger Games This year Hashim Amla became the first South African to score a triple century (300 runs) in a test match. What made this test match even more amazing was that Amla, who is a strict Muslim, fasted for more than 13 hours before racking up an unbeaten 311 runs. Known by his cricketing comrades as the “silent warrior” who never gives up, he seems to have clearly beaten the war against hunger pangs. Looks like a bestselling diet book could be in the pipeline for Mr. Amla.

What You Need to Know Nkosi Dlamini Zuma Becomes AU president

Julius Malema... Does He Still Matter? Due to his constant racist banter (Dubul’ iBhunu, i.e., shoot the Boer) and the violence that erupted at a support rally for the ANC Youth League in May 2011, Julius Malema was subjected to an ANC-led disciplinary hearing at the end of that year. Malema submitted an application requesting that all charges against him be revoked, but the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) dismissed the now ex-Youth League leader’s application. In November 2011 Malema was found guilty of expressing views at a press conference which sought to portray the ANC government and its leadership under President Zuma in a negative light. In February 2012, Malema was stripped of his title and party membership. It seems the ANC had had enough, letting go of one of their key people – let’s be honest, he has a massive following – as if he was from the DA. Though some of us at LIVE find it difficult to care about the things Mr. Malema says, we can’t deny his influence on the unemployed masses (like, nearly half the country). What we want to know is will he still have relevance next year? Words Vernon Pillay 20

Words Tamara Moore 23

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma this year become the first female head of the African Union (AU) Commission. Basically she is in charge of planning and facilitating Africa’s global development and international relations. Word is that the race was hotly contested, and that Zuma’s ex-wife fought tooth and nail to whip the ass of incumbent Jean Ping from Gabon. What made her case for the presidency was the support, and, to be honest, power games and political wrangling from other Southern African leaders in general and Jacob Zuma specifically. On top of that, analysts argue that the JZ camp’s overwhelming support was mainly provided because she was seen as a major threat in the ANC presidential race. Regardless of how she got there, we at LIVE wish her the best, and hope she deals with Africa’s issues as well as she dealt with our foreign affairs.

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Photos Tiny Nkomomdini 22

Design Joshua Klein 20



Video Shocker A Soweto special-needs teenager was gang-raped this year. Rape in South Africa is so prevalent that this statement does not have such a resounding effect on us. What made this rape a national headline was the video depicting it, and the disgusting fact that the video went viral. Making this case even more heart wrenching is the revelation that this was not the first time that the girl from Snake Park, Soweto was raped; in fact she had been violated twice before this. Eight suspects have been accused of sexually molesting the 17-year-old in a house in Braamfischer. It has yet to be determined how long the girl was held captive and abused.

The New SharpEville It’s been almost six years since gay marriage was legalized in South Africa (nevermind that it was already enshrined in our constitution). While it may be presumptuous to hope that as a nation of reconciliation we have moved on to the extent that homosexuality is totally accepted, it seems incomprehensible to find that some people have such hatred that they would try and decapitate another human being just because that person is gay. Sadly this is reality. This year our “Rainbow Nation” illustrated that hatred is still here, when a young gay man from the Northern Cape was nearly beheaded due to his recent win of the “Miss Gay” pageant in Kuruman. Thapelo Makutle also volunteered for a gay and lesbian rights group, trying to affect change in rural communities. It’s believed that he was killed by two men who followed him home after a confrontation they had earlier that day, in which Makutle was defending his rights and sexuality.


2012 seems to be the year of PROTEST, from strikes in the mining sector to constant service-delivery marches. The most devastating of all these strikes resulted in the Lonmin Massacre at Marikana. The violence around this miners’ strike sparked international attention with 34 people dead and a further 78 injured, illustrating the single most deadly use of force by the SAPS against citizens since 1960. Escalating the controversy was the fact that many victims were shot in the back, far from police lines, highlighting the use of unnecessary force. On 18 September the strike finally ended, with the striking miners accepting an unprecedented 22% pay raise, and an additional once-off payment of R2,000.

Textbook Embarrassment South Africa’s Basic Education Department was taken to the principal’s office (aka, our court) for failing to deliver textbooks to schoolchildren in Limpopo. The textbook scandal illustrates three of our country’s major issues. First, our lack of service delivery; second, corruption; and lastly, government negligence. Out of the 1.3 million books the department ordered for 2012, 500 000 never touched the hands of the children who need them so desperately. Perhaps what’s even more ridiculous is that textbook publishers have on record the correspondence proving that they reminded the department that materials had not been ordered for Limpopo. If we can’t get education right at these foundation levels, how on earth are we going to succeed higher up?

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Oscar Pistorius: Winner or Whiner? Having come under attack himself in 2007 and 2008 for wanting to compete in able-bodied races, the “Blade Runner” has now shot at a fellow amputee, Brazilian gold medalist Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliviera, for using longer blades than his own in this year’s London Paralympics. Pistorius’ temper tantrum was unfounded, particularly as Oliviera’s blades were in fact shorter than IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) rules allow. Oscar did come back with a full-on apology, but his public complaining continued. Whether Oliviera’s win will push Oscar to work harder or lead him to quit, only time will tell, but for now we hope he takes some time off to eat a little humble pie and run it off when he’s cooled down. [TM]

Pretty on the Outside Nasty on the Inside There are two quick steps to being dubbed an absolute moron in our society. Step one: get into a tiff with a petrol station attendant; step two: Tweet about him using derogatory terminology for his race. This is exactly what the 2001 FHM “Model Book” search winner Jessica Leandra dos Santos from Cape Town did, and boy did it blow up in her face. The bitter model evidently lost her title and her public favour. Moral of the story: if you are living under a racist rock, stay there. [TM]

Halaal Saga

Nobanda Nolubabalo must have thought she was the smartest Rasta ever when she decided to enter Bangkok, Thailand, smuggling cocaine in her fake dreadlocks this year. Did she not watch Kate Bekinsale and Claire Danes in Brokedown Palace? Good god, that movie made me resolve never to touch down in Thailand ......EVER! All the noodles in the world wouldn’t tempt me. Apparently the customs officials noticed a white substance in her hair (I guess she thought she could float it by as dandruff?), ultimately finding close to 1.4 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated 4.5 million baht (R1 116,000) in Nolubabalo’s locks. She was paid $1,900 for her efforts. Given the small amount of contraband, it’s possible that she was the lamb sacrificed to ensure that others carrying the real quantities wouldn’t be caught. The Grahamstown girl now faces a life sentence and possibly the death penalty.

This juicy story centred on meat-packing company Orion Foods, which supplies over 1000 tons of meat monthly, and was found packaging non-halaal meat as halaal. The company’s depravity was so audacious that they even packaged pork as halaal meat, claiming it was lamb. The matter was taken to court by the SA Meat Industry Company (Samic) and the Red Meat Industry Forum, as well as the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA). The managing director of Orion Cold Storage, Patrick Gaertner, denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the video showing his workers labelling non-halaal meat as halaal was a fake, created by ex-employees. What makes this story more delicious (pardon the pun) is that the Muslim Judicial Council (which provides certificates to companies packaging halaal food) certified Orion, receiving a fee to do so. As it stands, Orion will be facing a court grilling, while the MJC is facing its own “roast” (and not on Comedy Central) by the Muslim community.

Ones to watch 2013 The Soil:

I See A Different You:

Twins Justice and Innocent Mukheli with Vuyo Mpantsha from Soweto express their love for fashion, art, photography and the African landscape on this excellent Afrocentric blog. We’re not the only ones with our eyes on them – they have been approached by major names in the fashion industry, such as GQ magazine, and show no signs of slowing down. Read more on page 59. [TM]

Making music strictly with their vocal cords, The Soil’s “Kasi soul” style goes straight to your core. Their wonderful stage presence means you should be sure to catch them live if you can. Their debut album hit gold in September, and though we here at LIVE celebrate with them, we know this is just the beginning. We look forward to watching them go from glory to glory. [TM]

Zaki Ibrahim:

Our dynamic cover girl, Canadianborn South African Zaki, is taking over the airwaves. Featured on the Tyler Perry soundtrack For Colored Girls, she has toured Canada with South Africa’s Tumi and the Volume, the Roots and Bedouin Soundclash, and has just completed her debut album. Check her out out on page 55: definitely one to watch in 2013. [TM]

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summer to sa


Don’t know where to go this summer? Get up off the couch, ‘cause LIVE has spoken to some of SA’s hottest peeps on where to be seen this summer. Johannesburg

But a man can’t only party. Maps told us the holidays are a great time to unwind and relax with friends too. The best place to do this on a Saturday is the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. At what Maps calls “the Johannesburg version of Cape Town’s Biscuit Mill”, you can enjoy fine street cuisine while browsing around. Also try Arts on Main, another market which also hosts a blues evening on Mondays. Finally, another summer fave is spending time outdoors: play water sports at Johannesburg’s Emmarentia Dam, or stroll around the nearby botanical gardens. Will you be in the Neighbourgood this holiday?


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Just because most “vaalies” head to some seashore does not mean that everything dies down in the city of gold over the festive season. In fact Jozi is never short of places to hang out and it’s the wide variety of options that makes it difficult to choose. Meet Masego “Maps” Maponyane, a 22-year-old student, presenter, model and one of GQ’s best-dressed South African men. A resident of Parktown North, Maps suggests hopping into Kitcheners, a 100-year-old carvery in De Beers Street in Braamfontein for a meal, and then heading next door to Great Dane for a little party. As much as he likes hanging in big city-slicker spots, he also enjoys more underground areas like Newtown. Previously thought “dodgy”, Newton has seen some significant “rebirthing” thanks to venues like Town Hall, a spot that hosts live performances by SA’s finest up-andcoming performers and DJ’s, and occasional street parties, among other events.


Durban Durban is a very special place because of its diverse culture – walk a few kilometres and go from a Zulu village to what could be the heart of India. But what do LIVE readers do in Durban over the festive season? We spoke to Wandile Ngubane a 23-year-old freelance photographer and student from Morningside. “We have the famous Moses Mabida Stadium. If you’re an adventure junkie you can go bungy jumping. If that’s not your thing you can can just take the Stadium SkyCar which gives you a 360 view of the city,” Wa told LIVE. To socialize Wa says he likes to hang out with his friends at an Italian spot called Spiga, or at House Of Curries (aka HOC), both located in Florida Road. He also likes to be seen (or rather to see through the eye of his camera) at Durban’s beachfront skate park, where he hangs out to take pictures and get together with friends.

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“My favourite [hangout spot] is Boulevard (BLVD) on Florida Road from Friday to Sunday,” said Wa. Check out the BLVD’s “Good Sundae” event, which goes down on the first Sunday of the month. Afterwards, if you’re not scared of the hood, shoot down to Umlazi and visit a place called Eyadini, for “the best meat” if you feel like a braai. Spending time with family for Wandile is a luxury, as he is busy with work over December, but if they get time to catch up it is always at the beachfront, where he goes to Shaka Marine World, or walks around the markets buying beads from the ladies selling on the streets. According to Wa, Durban is a great place all year round, with its warm weather and beautiful people.

Cape Town Cape Town is a holiday haven in summer: great for the tourists but sometimes a nightmare for locals. So what does a “real” Capetonian do over the summer months? We spoke to 20-year-old Theodore Africa, photographer, student and skater from Durbanville, for his hot spots in the Mother City. Theo can be found hanging at Cold Turkey, a Sunday night event at aMadoda Braai in Woodstock, where they play dubstep, deep house and reggae. City Lights in Loop Street is also one of his favorites. A party on a rooftop with super cool vibes, they often have random performances by artists or fire dancers and the like. Assembly, a rock venue known for its SYNW (See You Next Wednesday) student night, has become another regular since Live Mag’s launch party in June. Finally, he indulges his true Capetonian side by enjoying beaches like Sandy Beach and the obvious Camps Bay.

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To get good pictures Theo walks around late at night when it’s quiet, especially around Bellamy Drive in Durbanville by his house. When there aren’t a lot of cars around, he enjoys skating down any of Cape Town CBD’s many steep hills, especially at CPUT in city centre. Another skating favourite is the Salesian Institute, boasting ramps and a mini skating park. Cape Town is also great for events, and Theo often takes his camera and skateboard and heads to any of the many summer events over the festive season to catch a good skate and snap some pics.

Going Cold Turkey this summer isn’t neccesarily a bad thing.

For outdoor endeavours, Theo says Table Mountain or any of the awesome mountains in the area are winners for a hike every now and then. For family time, he hangs with his mom at the Grand West Casino for lunch, or supper at Quarterdeck, a buffet restaurant. He also likes to treat his mum over the festive season, sending her for a spa treatment at Vangate Mall or Canal Walk shopping centres while he catches a burger at McDonald’s or a pizza. Check out Theo’s pics of the city on Facebook (768photography).


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the african dream?

Until a few weeks ago you would not have caught me dead watching anything news-related, it was my personal protest against anything depressing.

I had spent too much time watching programmes that made my worldview terrifying, and had decided not to take part in this destruction of my enthusiasm. Then one rainy Cape Town afternoon I couldn’t find anything on TV worth my attention. My friend decided it was time to end my battle with the remote and we settled for Al Jazeera. The story in front of me was about young people in Zimbabwe who take it upon themselves to look for a better future in a foreign country. I thought, oh no, another “the-world-isfalling-apart” story. I think at this point I was a bit too quick to judge. It wasn’t a happy-go-lucky story, but it definitely had my attention.

“I didn’t finish school, I only do ‘til standard eight,” Charles explained in broken English. With the situation in Charles’ country of origin having become so dire, this young man whose only experience is farmwork decided to come to South Africa. Like many people who make this decision, he knew it was not going to be easy. “When you are an individual coming from a different country trying to find employment in South Africa, a country that is already in economic hardship, you’ll find some difficulty, and not only with the system, but with the citizens of that country,” explained Langton Miriyoga, Head Paralegal Officer from PASSOP.

Since the late 1950s African countries have been going through the process of decolonization. The start of independence was honourable in many of these countries, with the benefit of the people in mind. But so many factors come into play as time progresses, and in most cases, dreams of equality and general wealth seemed to end as just that: dreams. As is often the case in difficult times, people already living below the breadline are hurt the most, with the younger ones really feeling the impact. I met up with Charles, aged 25, at a strike organised by PASSOP, an organisation devoted to the rights of refugees and immigrants seeking asylum in SA. Charles came to South Africa last year in hopes of finding the job he was unable to get in Malawi. Rich in agriculture, Malawi was the world’s tenth largest producer of tobacco in 2000. Unfortunately since then the situation in Malawi has become desperate because of floods and drought. Charles, who had worked on a farm in Malawi, was one of many victims directly affected.

For the thousands of young people who have endured difficult circumstances in their own countries, it seems as though crossing borders to be in a completely new environment – not knowing what to expect, and not knowing anyone in those places – takes serious GUTS. It is not all lost though: there is always hope in every dark situation. There are different programmes in place to encourage newcomers, especially the younger ones, to apply for placement in Tertiary Institutions. “I’m currently in contact with two young men [who]... were on the streets and were also newcomers. They were determined young people, and through their perseverance they are currently studying at the University of Cape Town to be engineers,” said Miriyoga. Unfortunately not all the youngsters who come here receive such opportunities; many end up in the streets fending for themselves yet again.

“I came here to South Africa ‘cause I wanted work,” said Charles, a tiny and dark young man who looked as though he hadn’t slept in a warm bed for days. It was hard trying to make out what he was saying against the noise from the protesters and cars passing. It also was strange being in front of the posh Cape Town International Convention Centre. Known for its glamorous events where “foreign visitors with money” come to be entertained, the CTICC is next door to Home Affairs, which now was allowing a small group of “foreigners without money” to protest. I admired the group’s persistence in seeking their Refugee Status Papers, i.e., the Section 22 permit that would give them the same rights as South Africans to work, healthcare and education.


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By the time I had finished watching that Al Jazeera documentary, I felt excited to have stumbled onto such a cool and informative piece of reporting. However, for a split second I also felt daunted in a way I couldn’t explain. And then it became clear to me, how we so easily take so much for granted. It made me ask myself how far would I go, or literally how far would I walk, to reach the promised land. And if I finally reached that place, would it really be “the land of milk and honey”? As an optimist I firmly believe that if I were put in those difficult circumstances a natural survival instinct would kick in and force me to make the best of my situation. Whatever I would do, I was struck by the incredible bravery of people like those in that doccie, and someone like Charles who risked it all, leaving his “comfort zone” (which is not really comfortable to begin with) to pursue a future he couldn’t be certain of. These young refugees remind us all that in every bad situation you must keep your eye on what you are fighting for: your freedom, your sanity and your dreams.

crossing borders to be in a completely new environment­– not knowing what to expect, and not knowing anyone in those places – takes serious GUTS

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Independence day

Feel like you don’t have control over your life? Or maybe you’re dependent on too many things and too many people to get ahead. The journey you’re on is just that: yours. Gaining independence is the way to go!

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The older you get, the more you come into your own, and the closer you are to having to live YOUR LIFE as an adult. As a 20-something-year-old I have a million things to juggle and hardly have any support or assistance. Too bad! You can’t go through life depending on others. Sadly, too many of us hold onto feelings of entitlement. The reality is that the world doesn’t owe you anything! Le’sigh! Whether you’re 16 or 25, there is something you can do today to better your tomorrow. The most important thing is to keep your goals and purpose in mind: having something which motivates you in your heart and mind helps keep you focused and hopeful despite whatever challenges you may be facing. Being rational and thinking things through is also a must. Empowering yourself and gaining independence often begin with making good choices. As young people we are passionate, but we can also be naive. We move too fast. Slow down: this is not a race, it’s a journey. Emotions are part of who we are, but do not have to let them be what drives us: try and strike a balance.

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Being independent requires discomfort, sacrifice, discipline and a perseverance that rises above letdowns and obstacles. You will have many challenges and hardships in life: your response to them is what will determine your outcome. Life is all about making the most of both bad and good situations. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This sums up the attitude required to be independent in whatever setting, at whatever age. So whether you’ll be making a critical decision about your future in 2013 or applying a few simple principles to your life, gaining independence is a step away. Go get it!


This is a challenge for most, whatever your situation. If opportunities are scarce, you need to attempt to create your own and push through until you eventually find a means to an income to sustain whatever plans you have, both long term and short.


Empowering yourself and gaining independence often begin with making good choices

Your parents won’t always be around to help. Neither will your boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, boss, government, or youth development agency! Let’s get real! The more we wait around for others, the more delays we experience. Also, the more we require the help of others, the less we are able to help ourselves. The sooner you start doing things for yourself, the better you will become at it, and the easier adult life will be. Your independence will also gain you respect from others, something which is likely to earn willingness to help.


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nswered You Asked / We a Independence is not only limited to material things. It can take emotional, financial and physical forms.

That new car may impress, but petrol is expensive!

I find it difficult to pick up after myself around the house. My parents are always scolding me, saying I need to prioritize, but I just feel like it’s a waste. I’m seriously thinking of moving out of the house because I can’t deal with their demands.

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Keep your goals and purpose in mind: have something which motivates you in your heart and mind, helps keep you focused and hopeful despite whatever challenges you may be facing

Simple chores might seem like a minor thing but they actually have great value. They teach you the art of being physically independent. You don’t need to depend on others for simple issues. Rather rely on yourself and feel good about it, and a sense of confidence kicks in. Be patient and challenge yourself to become better and to do things that enable your well-being in the future. Also remember your parents only want what’s best for you. My “best friend” never seems to really be there for me. She claims that she’s always busy and has a family to cater for. I respect that but I feel that she never responds to me in my time of need. I do love her and she is there for me at times, but I strongly feel like I’m not an important factor in her life. Should I just ignore her and continue living my life and acknowledge her when she greets? The work and study world is always chaotic with deadlines, examinations and projects. It consumes most of your time, not leaving much room for other personal commitments. Understanding this is part of emotional maturity. Practice change. Change bad feelings and chose to feel good; think of a positive outcome and try not to be controlled by your emotions. The important thing you should recognise about your friend is that she still keeps in contact and considers you, so chances are that she also has difficulties and can’t be there for you always. Try and understand her predicaments, and appreciate where she actually stands. I need a car but my dad keeps postponing his purchase to buy one. I need one so badly for varsity, travelling via bus is such a hassle and at times delayed due to strikes. These are factors I’ve mentioned to him yet he still delays. What are my options? Explore the possibility of finding a job. Look in retail, or if you’re a passionate individual, turn what you enjoy doing into a project and think of ways you could make money out of it or send it off to companies that might be interested. Your journey will be more rewarding if you try and produce things on your own and not depend on parents or anyone else.




CIRCUS Exquisite circus performance and an amazing youth upliftment initiative, Zip Zap Circus School is training a troop of young performers to deliver a world class act.

Bright colours, bold makeup, glamorous costumes, flashing lights, outrageous stunts, amazing performances all housed in ONE tent – this is the Zip Zap Circus School. Located behind Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, Zip Zap provides circus and performing arts training for youth from diverse backgrounds – for FREE. For the general public and world at large, Zip Zap is a thrilling and beautifully performed circus experience. Their art has taken the company all over the world, to countries including Denmark, France, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and the United States.


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magata: KwenzEnJani? Let’s be quite frank – police brutality, public violence, protests and marches are not something that most of us want to read about. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you probably know about the massacre at Lonmin mine in Marikana. But do we as the youth really know what’s happening with our country, and why our police – the people who are supposed to serve and protect us – are being branded as barbarians and murderers? The Lonmin mine massacre that occurred on the 16 of August 2012 – killing 34 people and injuring 78 others – shook our nation to its core. Overnight people all over the country and world were talking about the sheer brutality and depravity of our protectors: the police and leadership of this country. What also made the Lonmin massacre so sensational was that for months the police have been in the spotlight for their excessive brutality and lack of coherent leadership. What the f#ck was happening to our country? In attempting to understand police brutality we had to look more broadly at the culture of protest in South Africa, which mirrors many of the anti-apartheid marches of days past. If you have ever witnessed a protest in all its glory you would definitely see some similarities brought from the struggle era. The first is that most protests tend to turn into a campaign of violence and vandalism. It is perhaps this characteristic that drives the way the police handle protests


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According to University of Cape Town Professor Elrene Van Der Spud, police actions vary depending on the context, and on how fast and badly the problem can escalate. The police have a legal framework, or a code of conduct, that governs their interactions with the public, especially when it comes to public demonstrations. One thing that you should know is that the police have a commitment to negotiate and use minimal force; this is the case whether they’re interacting with a large mob of miners, or a young person caught drinking and driving. According to Raymond Nkwiazima, the organizer of the Marikana Support Group, the Lonmin saga was the single most lethal use of force by the South African Police against civilians since 1960. This incident and actions by the police around South Africa this year clearly indicate an increase in the use of force by police, and therefore a deviation from their framework. Van Der Spud identifies two factors that influence what actions the police take. The first is that many marches (particularly service delivery protests) have no authority – so there is no organization or clear person to take responsibility. This lack of legitimacy gives rise to the second factor, whereby individuals within the march are present specifically to create a spectacle and potentially create anarchy and increased violence.

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“South Africans have a tendency to revert back to their anti-apartheid days, where violence was part and parcel of any campaign,” explained Van Der Spud. She said that this culture of violent protest has resulted in many police officers actively changing their behaviour in how they react to campaigns and strikes. Ultimately the consequence of this is a clear agenda by the police to react with violence and use violence more severely. What is also evident according to Prof Van Der Spud is that many protesters tend not to play by the rules so as to be able to perpetuate violence, looting and destruction. That is to say, there’s a real drive by specific protesters to create pandemonium rather than campaign a problem. However, this does not mean that the police have carte blanche to do as they please in order to control a protest. What we need is a framework that effectively ensures that neither unnecessary violence nor destruction occur in protests. This can only be achieved with effective leadership from within the police force – something that has clearly been lacking over the last decade.

Leadership Issues This lack of effective leadership stems from the very top of the police hierarchy, which has been in utter disarray. From the Selebi corruption drama in 2009 to the Sele soap opera, effective leadership has been non-existent in our police force. According to Richard Nwazi, a researcher at the Centre for Social Development, the police lack public order specialists, meaning that there is no specific party to deal with public demonstrations. What’s even scarier is that given that we South Africans have demonstrations, like, every week, how the hell can we not have a unit that deals with this???

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Culture of Protest

In attempting to understand police brutality we had to look more broadly at the culture of protest in South Africa

Because there is no specific unit, there is no one to provide on the ground expertise or effective leadership to direct local police or Metro Police to deal with large marches that can turn violent. What is more ridiculous and majorly frustrating is that the Metro Police choose not to get involved. According to Professor Van der Spud there seems to be some ambiguity between the police and Metro Police on when and how the Metro Police get involved in a potentially violent protest. The Marikana incident is also so contested because prior to the incident, the leadership within the police issued a mandate prohibiting the use of rubber bullets in protests and strikes. The police may not have planned to use real bullets, but when leadership banned the use of rubber bullets, they de facto allowed the use of real bullets. Thirty-four lives could have been saved had this incompetence not occurred. The consequences of police brutality, incompetent leadership and the belief that a protest gives you the right to do anything you like can be seen on the faces of those who lost their loved ones in the Lonmin strike. They provide South Africa with a literal face of what police brutality can do, and why regulating marches and protests is so important.

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Financial Success Through Creativity Twenty-six-years-old, and he’s already got a successful career in creative arts, a car and his own place, as well as investments that will secure a sweet retirement. Loyiso Mdebuka may be a serial planner, but this young one has got the game on lock! Loyiso Mdebuka became a household name when he joined the vibrant troop of teen presenters on youth lifestyle and entertainment show, Hectic Nine 9 on SABC 2. The 26-year-old presenter, voiceover artist and DJ’s well-rounded portfolio is the result of serious contemplation of his career prospects since matric. LIVE went to discover what else has made Loyd one of the most influential young men in South Africa today.


Loyiso’s career did not start on his current television slot. While studying at the University of the Western Cape as a Bcom Management student, he was recruited as an ambassador for a popular brand (while still clinching top honours that year). Since then he has enjoyed a series of successes, including travel to the United States as a DJ to participate in the prominent Winter Music Conference in Miami. In July 2010 he released his first compilation album with South Africa’s biggest DJs, Euphonik and G-Funk, while also making frequent DJ appearances on 5fm. Loyiso journeyed further into radio to become co-host of popular weekend show, “The Freakin’ Weekend”, which airs on Saturdays and Sundays


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between three and six pm on Goodhope FM. He has done several TV campaigns, and of course, presents one of the most popular youth magazine shows in the country. Although he is well known for his work as a young creative, he is also fully submerged in the corporate world, working a 9-5 job as a business development manager for Okuhle Media, the TV production company which produces HN9. This job requires that he find sponsors and match them with suitable TV productions to run successful campaigns together. He also started his own events business, Ikapa Live, which recently launched an outreach-based event called Ikasi Experience, which empowers local entertainers and vendors by giving them a space in the township to showcase their work. One thing that is evident is that Loyiso is working hard to sustain a career as a professional creative: an avenue many do not see as financially viable. However, Loyiso attributes his success to the implementation of some crucial strategies and principles. Just because you’re arts driven or more creative than a lawyer or doctor does not mean you can get away with slacking or giving anything less than your best.

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Much as you plan an outfit or hairstyle on a particular day, it is important to plan further ahead, whether that be detailing a trip to another city next month or your enrollment to varsity next year. Perhaps you want to buy a car or move out of the house, these things all need planning! Loyiso manages his appointments and activities to best utilize his time. Metropolitan experts remind us that Big Events in your life, like your 21st birthday, moving out, travelling or getting married cost money. Loyiso seconds this: “If you have goals, you’re going to need money to achieve them. You’re not going to win the Lotto, the chances are few and far between, so you have to plan for whatever you want.”


money to save - Cut down on entertainment - Shop at sales - Start a small business


- List your INCOME and EXPENSES: work out how much you EARN and how much you SPEND - Work out what you NEED and what you can GO WITHOUT - STICK TO YOUR BUDGET - CELEBRATE budget successes - go to the movies or buy an ice cream, it won’t cost you too much

Managing debt does not mean you have less, it just means you have to do more with what you have. Use credit cleverly to help instead of harm. Debt leaves you with less money to prepare for your future. Be wise! Achieving a creative career path and financial stability is possible: Loyiso Mdebuka is a prime example. You may have to be a bit more cautious than the next person, but this added responsibility comes with benefits you will be able to enjoy in future! Bursting with creativity doesn’t entitle you to being financially reckless, think smart and plan so that your passion can truly become a sustainable field of work. Once again: Think about it!

Loyiso believes that saving so that you’ll have money available if need be is important. “You never know when opportunities will arise, you want to be enabled. Get saving, even ten percent, because you never know when you’ll need to finance something. When you’re broke you realize what you need and want. Figure out all the things that you need when you’re broke, not when you have money. Think about how your short-term wants are going to influence your future goals. If you can’t justify that you are going to make money off your purchase, don’t do it because you’re actually wasting money. Rather save up.”



Many places offer credit accounts that will allow you to purchase clothes, gadgets and even groceries, but never explain the fine print. You may think that you’re buying for “free”, but credit always comes with interest, and debt usually if not always makes more debt. Remember, not paying on time also has consequences. Avoid debt and get rid of whatever credit cards you may have. Loyiso recalls a time when he fell prey to a cycle of debt: he was quickly spending and owing more than what he earned. His advice now: “In SA you won’t get credit unless you have a credit history. Cool, get that track record, but be responsible about it. Know exactly why you are doing this. Fundamentally you want a [credit] track record so you can buy a house. What you need to really think about when you have these clothing accounts and credit cards is: is this my money, or am I spending someone else’s money, or is [the thing I’m buying] an asset? If you can’t sell whatever you’re buying for a higher price, spend sparingly. If you can afford to buy a house, one year it’s worth R500 000, the next it could be worth a million; but with clothes, things dwindle and there’s no point really. That’s how I kinda keep myself in check. Buy something that adds value – clothes don’t add value to who you are. Create wealth, not debt.”

yourself a blackberry and your community a tv and dvd player!

Over the next year Metropolitan will be giving away FOUR TVs, DVDs and BlackBerry Curve 9360s and other awesome prizes to the value of over R30,000 starting with this issue! You could win by answering this easy question: What creative/good idea have you come up with to save, budget or stay out of debt? e-mail YOUR ANSWER to Terms and conditions apply. Visit our mobile site at for more info, and youtube/ livemagsa for more tips andchances to win. Rules 1. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into 2. Prizes are not transferable and may not be converted into cash 3. Staff members of Live Magazine, Metropolitan and the sponsors and their immediate family members may not enter 4. The competition is open to readers in South Africa 5. Any incidental costs are not included in the prize 6. The prize is valid for six months from notification. The closing date for entries for this issue is 18 January 2013 and no late entries will be accepted

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one hit wonder Every Tom, Dick and Harry has taken up soccer, rugby or cricket. If you’re looking into something new, get familiar with Muay Thai and stick fighting, martial arts sports with a strong cultural heritage.

Muay Thai Muay Thai is a martial art from Thailand, a stand-up combat sport used to defend and learn valuable skills to block your opponent’s attack and to strike with effect. Referred to as the “art of eight limbs”, it uses all eight of the body’s “striking” points: two fists, two elbows, two knees, and both feet. A Muay Thai fight has five rounds of three minutes each. Although the popular martial art has a reputation for being a violent spectator sport, 21-year-old Muay Thai champion Don Madge explains: “There is an aspect of aggression but it’s channelled aggression. Aggression to win!”

Don Madge is a gym coach at Phoenix Muay Thai in Observatory, Cape Town. He keeps things traditional, using the authentic training techniques he picked up directly in Thailand, where he himself trains for a few months every year. He started his Muay Thai training in Thailand at the age of 16, winning his first title in the 2007 World Amateur Games (silver placed) in Phuket, Thailand. Don’s success comes from training and being humble, and most of all, as he says: “Standing up and getting what you want!”

PHOENIX MUAY THAI Observatory, Cape Town Email: SUBMISSION FIGHTING ACADEMY (CHRIS BRIGHT) Port Elizabeth Facebook page: Port Elizabeth Submission Fighting Academy FIGHT FIT MILITIA (RICHARD QUAN) Johannesburg Website:

STICK FIGHTING Stick fighting, or uQula, was performed as a pastime in the olden days by the young and old. It’s now being taken more seriously as an official sport, with growing interest from youth, tourists and the nation as a whole. uQula is a very old style of Xhosa “kung fu”, or self defense fighting. It involves two sticks, one carried in each hand to block (defend) and to strike (attack). A point system has also been adopted for official matches and street tournaments.

Thabathani intinga zenu nilungislele uQula, or “Gather your sticks and prepare to fight”: these are the words spoken by Vuyisile Dyolotana when he starts a “Xhosa kung fu” class. Originally from Tsolo village near Mthatha in KwaZulu-Natal, Vuyisile Dyolotana grew up in the tranquil valleys of Khayakhulu, where he learned uQula under the guidance of his grandfather. Having mastered the art of stick fighting, he now teaches the youth of Khayelitsha. In the short film Qula Kwedini, Vuyisile explains how stick fighting teaches sportsmanship, moral values such as respect and discipline, and helps keep people out of trouble. Stick fighting is not for the faint hearted, though. Children need guidance in it, and protective head and hand gear is highly recommended.

VUYISILE DYOLOTANA Khayelitsha & Emfuleni, Cape Town Contact Number: 078 698 2371


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Vuyo Mpantsha, Justice Mukheli, Innocent Mukheli These three creatives from Pimville, Soweto have created quite the stir in not only the blogging world, but also in fashion and photography circles. Their pictures remind a lot of us of a simpler time in the townships when life was about playing in the dust and only going home to eat when the sun set. The twist in their “simple” photography comes in their incredible use of colour and sense of style. The three young men are all in the world of advertising: Vuyo is a copywriter, and Justice and Innocent are both art directors at different companies. They started their nine to five with the assistance of a close friend and mentor, Neo Mashigo (creative director at DraftFCD), who encouraged them to aspire to be different and embrace their creativity. “Africa is viewed as a jungle, and that Soweto is dangerous, so we wanted to show the world that it is not all about that, and that there is some COOL in Africa. Our pictures are inspired by pictures in old family albums, and how the grownups used to dress. We wanted to tell stories that were honest and were ignored by everyone including our selves.”

Creative Nestlings: What’s on Dillion’s iPod •

Nonku Phiri: Cape Townbased singer originally from Johannesburg. On the rise but still a bit unknown, she’s also featured on the popular dance track “Zoma”, produced by the Crazy White Boy.

Tumi and The Volume: Goes without saying. One of South Africa’s most popular and respected hip hop artists, backed up by soulful instrumentals.

Upcoming Events •

Conversations on Creativity + Press Pause Play Documentary Screening.

Belgium-based street artist Gijs Vanhee will be in SA, painting some murals with Creative Nestlings in November & December around JHB and CPT.

Dillion Phiri Creative Nestlings is a digital magazine that is starting conversations about creativity by interviewing innovative individuals around the world about their work, life and artistic process. “Creative Nestlings is a small project that I started just after I quit my job. The concept was to compare Europe and Africa in terms of the art scene and how exhibitions are executed,” says Phiri of his mag. He wanted to create a platform for creatives of different backgrounds in and beyond South Africa, making it a global project.

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lazy kid’s guide:



We are young, life is fun, and Y.O.L.O (you only live once). But what happens when you hit 40, your weight and health have catapulted to extreme danger zones and there’s no sign of life ending? The very first adjustment to implementing a healthy lifestyle is what you eat: this is your first and most important consideration. Be food-alert during exams and holidays. Intense stress or laziness makes unhealthy choices the default. And if you’re eating badly your grades will probably suffer: you need vitamins and minerals for your brain to function.

Some tips to ensure you get (and stay) fit: Start a running group. You are not the only person in your area that needs or wants to get fit. Get your friends, aunties and neighbours to join in on a brisk evening walk or jog. Do this three to five times a week, keep a time schedule and stick to it.

So what to eat? When you are studying you need iron – think green foods such as salads and spinach. Also include lots of lean protein like fish, pilchards, tuna and chicken. Vitamin-packed and full of Omega 3s, which ensure good memory, they’ll help you pass those exams (and remember that girl’s name). Beans and lentils provide healthy carbohydrates and protein. Same with fruit: good carbohydrates packed with energy and vitamins.

Join a team sport. Team sports are a great way to keep fit while having fun. Soccer, netball, rugby, cricket and swimming teams are all great team sports and available in most communities. If your neighbourhood doesn’t have a community sport centre, you can always gather friends in your area and start your own team.

Stay away from breads, pastas, rice and potatoes – all heavy carbs that slow down your metabolism, making you feel tired and worn out. The number one food to avoid: sugar. It’s difficult, as most foods are sugar-filled. Everything from cereal, bread and fruit juice, to more obvious sources like fast food and of course sweets, are packed with sugar.

Just remember it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit, so keep at it.

The second logical step to a healthy lifestyle is exercise. The thing

about exercise is we all know we should be doing it, but most

people don’t make the time, and/or are just too lazy. Consider keeping yourself accountable. If you aren’t in a contract (whether with a gym or with an exercise partner) you’re less likely to follow through. And remember that having fun is key: it’s the most important part of getting fit. If you’re not enjoying yourself, you won’t keep doing it.


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summer READS

Books make the perfect accessory this summer, complimenting a long trip or a relaxed day at the beach. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

This novel follows the adventures of young Pi Patel, an Indian schoolboy and son of a zookeeper, in a unique tale as he struggles for salvation at sea. Stranded in a lifeboat, his company consists of an orangutan, zebra, hyena, and – his biggest worry of all – a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Spending almost a year at sea, Pi’s journey inspires interesting philosophical and religious questions, brought across through the innocent humour and eccentric wit of the main character. His belief in the Muslim, Christian and Hindu faiths, coupled with his insights into animal behaviour, make Pi and his story enjoyable like no other. Filled with hot Indian spices and charm, the Life of Pi is a fun, exotic and colorful summer read that will uplift your spirit and inspire your imagination, weather you lay reading on the beach in the sun or in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. Engaging and deeply layered, but also light and easy, all at the same time.

The ultimate page-turner, this multi-genre book (comedy, romance, political, war) based on true events compels you to read on, leaving you wanting so much more. Escaping prison in his hometown, the main character “Lin” flees Australia to become a fugitive in India, acting as a doctor to locals despite having no background in medicine. Dealing with merchants in the drug and weapons trades, Lin gets involved in smuggling weapons in a war in Afghanistan. The character that will really steal your heart is Prabaker, Lin’s Indian tour guide. Prabaker is sweet and caring as he looks out for the fugitive, inviting him into his family and showing him the ropes around chaotic India. Based on the true events of the author’s own life journey, this book will leave you sad, happy, angry and will most definitely keep you intrigued: a solid 5/5!

Catching Fire (2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy) by Suzanne

From Me to Me by Samantha Page

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A trilogy about poor communities fighting for survival in a fictional nation called Panem, the Hunger Games are a battle to the death for one boy and one girl from each of Panem’s 12 districts. In the first book, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark fought and eventually won the battle. In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta are forced to return to fight again. The story continues with Katniss finding her heart torn between her best friend Gale Hawthorne, and her Hunger Games partner Mellark, and becoming even more heartbroken when Mellark gets captured. The writer really captures our attention, not only in the character of Katniss, but also in descriptions of the Capitol and how it operates, as well as the other Hunger Game opponents’ hardships and struggles. An interesting read with a great strong female character.

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If you want a book to inspire and motivate you for the new year approaching, From Me to Me is for you. South Africa’s leading success celebrities, Nicky Greenwall, Elana Afrika and Noleen Maholwana, take us back into their own lives during that age of exciting times: the year you turn sweet sixteen. The stars write letters to their sixteen-yearold selves, confirming that life does indeed turn out to be a blast, and all the bad and troubling things their teen selves go through are part of a journey on the way to greatness. The inspiring book makes for a good read while on a sunny beach sipping lemonade.

Favourites from Live readers A Heart for Freedom by Chai Ling - Live Reader: Doreen Petersen The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - Live Reader: Kelly Julie Family Ties by Danielle Steel - Live Reader: Cristle Mokwane

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At the Movies:

Holiday Classics

Certain things don’t change when it comes to the holidays, one of them being the movies played on TV all day. LIVE revisits some faves. Boring


Worth Watching (Once)


Home Alone

Alvin and The Chipmunks

Originally Released: 1990 103 minutes While most 8-year-olds would be terrified to be left at home alone (remember the boogeyman?), Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is a master at this craft. The McCallister family decides to go on holiday to Paris for Christmas, but the night before the big departure, everyone is on Kevin’s case, and he gets upset to the point that he wishes his whole family to disappear. The next morning things are so hectic that somehow Kevin is left behind, and when he wakes up his wish has come true. All hell breaks loose when burglars who are taking advantage of empty holiday houses try to rob his house. With a certain genius, Kevin manages to outsmart the burglars. This movie is a fun holiday comedy to watch, full of laughter and brightening the Christmas spirit.

A Must Watch!

Originally Released: 2007 92 minutes The animated comedy “stars” three chipmunks: Alvin, Theodore and Simon. Alvin is the ring leader, Theodore the cute chubby one, and Simon the most intelligent of the threesome. They find themselves singing at the windowsill of David Seville – an average singer/songwriter type trying to make it in the music industry. Dave, as they call him, takes it upon himself to look after the chipmunks and manage their singing career. Meanwhile, Ian Hawker, a selfish music producer, tries to exploit the chipmunks for their singing. The movie is set over Christmas, with presents and Christmas carols setting the festive season vibe. Alvin and the chipmunks gets a high five as a classic holiday movie with singing so brilliant you end up humming along.


is a must-watch this summer season, including all the things we enjoy doing with friends: partying, talking about dating and just having fun!

This movie is a summer banger for sure! Duration: 92 minutes

Could this be our next holiday favourite? LOL, not laugh out loud, but “Lots of Love” sets off at Wrigley High School with Lola (aka Lol) played by Miley Cyrus. A young girl who lives with her divorced mom Anne and two siblings, Lola is madly in love with Chad, who breaks her heart by confessing that he slept with another girl. Cyrus outdoes herself in this role by showcasing the real life of an everyday teenager faced with peer pressure. One element of the movie that is truly touching is how Lola’s mom is going through a midlife crisis but finds love at the same time as her daughter is struggling with it. This brings Lola and her mom closer, healing past hurts, like Lola’s heartbreak from Chad, and her mom’s pain over Lola’s dad’s promiscuous ways. In the end, love proves to be the medicine to all pain. LOL includes great acting, and is true to the reality of teenage lives.

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Live sounds: Out of africa LIVE celebrates a new breed of musicians who have restarted an authentic African musical dialogue.



(2012) Fokn Bois: FOKN WIT EWE

Straight from Nollywood comes Afro-pop dynamic duo, P-Square. Signed to Akon's Konvict music, their new album features Mr. Lonely himself on the chart-topping remix of "Chop my Money", as well as Rik Ross on "Beautiful Onyinye". A summer dish, "Do As I Do" and "Bunleya Enu" are sure to be dancefloor rippers. This album is a play of versatile sounds, one of the winners is "Me And My Brother", a song that will be pumping at dance hall parties around the world. There are some disappointments in the album though, one of them being "Jeje". Besides that, I give this album a spot in my summer collection, Chinake!

From Nigeria to the guys from Ghana (who thank God they’re not Nigerian)... Have you heard of Pigeon hip hop? If not, here's a good starting point. Listen to this album, from first track "Strong Homosexual Guys", and be reminded that Africa has the same struggles as everywhere else. Lyrics that play with words make it easy to digest the serious issues the album tackles; a good example is track five "Want to be white", a song that talks about identity issues faced by Africans and the trend of skin bleaching. But these guys are not only about politics. Listen to “Famous in China” (they want to be more famous than chopsticks in China) or “Help America”, where they ask Somalia to give America something to eat. Good one Chale.

Shishani: UPCOMING


When I first heard Shishani’s soulful voice, it made me feel ashamed that I was looking so far up Africa for talent when it was right next door. Although this Namibian artist’s album wasn’t released at the time of writing, she gave me a sneak peek. The first song I heard was her Africanised version of Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind” called “Windhoek”, which paints a picture of the streets of Namibia. Moving on to "Minority", I’m now inspired to start a revolution. I forgot my freedom fighting dreams when I got to "Raining Words", though, a song about love and breakups. After the love stuff, I felt like being an environmental activist, my theme song being "Clean Country", a song decrying pollution in Namibia. So many emotions, one album. I can’t wait for the full album drop.

(2009) Netsayi: MONKEYS' WEDDING

Released in 2009, Monkey’s Wedding is the second offering from London-born and Zimbabwe-raised songstress Netsayi. The album opens with a song about the nature of love, “Punch Drunk”, giving an idea of the Zimbabwean’s growth since her last album, dropped in 2006. Track four is called “Toy Soldier”, and true to its theme, comes with a side serving of a mid-tempo computer-game like beat. The next song “Money Drum” sets the heavy percussion tone for the rest of the album. The only break you get from the drums comes with “Ishe Komborera Afrika”, the translation of Enoch Sontonga's popular African hymn, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Bless Africa) into Shona. Some of the songs reminded me of a younger female version of Oliver Mtukudzi. Take that as you will. Photos courtesy of Band Camp


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on opposite shores Zaki Ibrahim first made waves with her remixed kool kid track “Heartbeat”. Mixed by house DJ and producer Nick Holder, this was our introduction to Zaki’s music (as well as her stylish hair and effervescent personality). Music is not something new to this soulful songstress, who grew up between Canada and South Africa. Having started her own music label in Canada at the age of 24, Zaki knows more about the industry and has a better understanding and deeper appreciation of music than most. Working within the industry behind the scenes, from a street-team level to tour management helped her understand what goes into putting on a good show. Zaki has worked with artists that most only dream of being in the presence of; the likes of K’naan and the biggest and baddest neo-soul artist, Erykha Badu. Zaki also helped bring Tumi and the Volume to perform on “The African Way Tour” with K’naan, and opened for Badu at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. For her debut album Every Opposite, recorded in South Africa with Motif Records, Zaki worked with numerous producers and artists from Canada, South Africa, Mozambique, and other parts of the globe, lending the album a worldly feel. Inspired by her South African father – community-radio hero Zane Ibrahim – musically and otherwise, recording in South Africa only felt natural. Every Opposite dishes out different attitudes, emotions, aspects of life and personal thoughts, poetically assembled against a colourful mixture of beats. I have the feeling we haven’t really seen or heard what this voice can do yet. I know for sure I’m looking forward to the creations that lay ahead.

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Gaming is all about fun with your mates. So it’s time to get your game on! Whether you like fighting, soccer, car or adventure games, keep your fingers moving with these four games. Who said gaming’s only for boys?

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013:

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim:

Soccer is by far the most recognised and enjoyed sport in the world, and soccer fans have always wanted a part of the gaming action. Pro Evolution Soccer is a competing force across the globe, with soccer fans playing against their favourite players from their favourite teams. With Pro Evo 2013, it gets a whole lot better. In fact PES 2013 incorporated some new skills for the die-hard fan to enjoy. For the first time, Pro Evo allows one to have full control over ball shooting and first touch. All in all it’s a great game. Fifa fans should give this one a go.

This game is for the real fantasy boffins, the hard core all-night players! Meaning it’s not for everyone. When playing this game it takes you into another world, another life possibly. If you have an imagination, the game will prove stimulating. As with the previous additions, The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim will take you through many journeys, which include fighting off various creatures and mythical monsters. The aim is simple: the future of the empire still hangs in the balance. If you are into strategy and fantasy, then GET THIS GAME. Real gamers will enjoy figuring out the various obstacles. For fantasy-lovers only.

DC Universe online:

Ufc Undisputed 3: When I saw this game I immediately assumed it would be a boring fighting game; sadly I was right. The intense fighting gets too much (although people who need to release some tension might enjoy it). An addition from the previous UFC Undisputed included here is “Pride Mode”: a new submission system where there are no rules, so anything goes. Soccer-style kicks, headbutts and all round street fighting is what you can expect. The game provides new ways to finish a match (e.g., Pride Mode). The new camera angles look somewhat more realistic than in other UFC editions and add some value. I haven’t played the other versions, but I’ve seen them, and in comparison, this isn’t a good game. In my book, a no-no.


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Comic book hero game: enough said! DC Comics has never really been my favourite, but this game is jam-packed with action and fun. One thing I really enjoyed about this game is the fact that you can choose between being a hero or a villain. Feel like playing with Harlequin or Superman? The choice is entirely up to you. A game that gives you an option like this is awesome in my book. Even more amazing is that you get to create your own hero or villain! Just imagine how creative you can get with that. I really enjoyed this game as comic book heroes and villains are close to my heart…Enjoy this one guys!


Retro Scooter Revolution On the go this summer? Whether you like vintage, retro or modern, there’s a scooter for every style.

Scooters courtesy of With the modes of travelling around the city changing, and fuel-cost anxiety rising, Vespa scooters are a big trend this summer. For as little as R60 you can zoom around the city for up to a week or more. Although Vespas don’t have petrol gauges, you can switch over to the 5 litre reserve tank if you’re feeling unsure about how much fuel you have left. Vespa scooters are not only fuel efficient, they also have a hard metal body, so if your scooter falls over you can just pick it up and dust it off. Forget about that heavy damage you would have had with a plastic scooter.

colours, a Vespa will allow you to show off in style on your way to the beach. You might be wondering if you can afford to trend this summer. Don’t panic just yet. ScootDr has a wide range of scooters from R22 750 to R7500, a worthwhile investment I’d say. You can also hire a scooter if you’re unable to buy. For between R75 and R250 you can hire a standard scooter for a day. Even better, the more days you hire, the lower the rate goes. Scooter driving has just become even simpler.

ScootDr in Cape Town carries Vespa scooters, with parts imported from Italy and custom built to suit your style. Not only does the scooter boast edgy lines, it’s also customizable – you can install modern accelerator gauges or keep the original standard gauges. With the vintage and retro look having taken us by storm, the recent retro-mania combined with the Vespa scooter revolution convinced us that retro scooters are the must-have gadget for this summer. Coming in a variety of pastel

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This December sees the ANC choosing its new President. Between the mudslinging and shocking comebacks, here is LIVE’s lowdown on the candidates. Kgalema Motlanthe

President Jacob Zuma

Tokyo Sexwale

Mr. Mothlante, you are so mysterious. The Deputy Prez has stayed out of the headlines, and is seen by many close to him as the quiet statesman.

Almost five years have passed since the Notorious JZ has been in office. Public opinion then was black and white: about 40% thought he would be a disaster; the other 60% believed the next messiah had come. So what has he done?

Known him for his stint as the South African Donald Trump in the South African version of The Apprentice, who is “the Sexwale”?

The Good

•President for like, a minute, he made a

resounding difference to our previously ridiculous HIV/AIDS program, recognising that antiretroviral drugs were better than olive oil, garlic and beetroot.

The Bad

•Very much aligned to JZ. Evidence of this

was seen in 2008 when he did not reinstate the Head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Vusi Pikoli. Has yet to have any real agenda. Rather the devil you know than the one you don’t, right? Backed by the ANC Youth League for President, but the real question is WHY?

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The Dirty

•Association with his girlfriend Gugu

Mtshali, who was implicated in soliciting a R104 million bribe to buy government approval to sell helicopters to Iran. The charges were cleared in October but where there is smoke...?


The Good

•Making SA more accessible to foreign

markets, Zuma’s drive to have SA included in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) has been praised by many analysts. Allowing independent commissions of inquiry for corrupt Gwen MahlanguNkabinde, Sicelo Shiceka and Bheki Cele, and endorsing the NPA’s investigation into the arms deal.

The Bad

•Failure to effectively combat unemployment. •Inability to handle Julius Malema. •The reported R203 million upgrades to his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Dirty

•JZ’s personal indiscretions, from rape

allegations to criminal activities, and all those wives whom the country supports keep him an object of ridicule. “The Spear” incident: rather than letting the houpla die, he created a spectacle that only exposed him (pardon the pun) to more mockery.


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The Good

•Not afraid to chastise certain ANC party

members, including Julius Malema, and praise other politicians, even from different parties (e.g., congratulating Helen Zille’s work to transform housing in Cape Town).

The Bad

•Disappointing as Minister of Human

Settlements. According to STATS SA, the ministry needed R1.3-billion to repair poorly built houses in 2009. In 2012 a further R58-billion was needed for housing for the 3 million that occupy the 2 500 slums in SA. To date Sexwale has built houses to the value of R14 billion. Where’s the rest of the money?

The Dirty

•Accused of associating with Israeli shark

Dan Gertler, who uses his relationships with politicians in developing states to secure mining rights only to sell those rights for a great profit. Gertler and Sexwale’s relationship has many analysts questioning the ethics of his business practices.


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