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Summer 11 Issue One


The kwaaiest mag for all SA youth






















Graphic design

Melody Chironda 23 Twitter: @meltheangel

Vanessa Kungwane 23 Twitter: @cranberrynessa Nicola Daniels 21 Twitter: @missnikkidee

Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22 Twitter: @missyt04

Jill Harris 21 Twitter: @sillyjilly20 Nana Futshane 25 Cristle Mokwape 24 Twitter: @libra_scales

Xolisa Pezisa 22 Lauren Snyders 22 Twitter: @laurensnyders Sivuyile Felix Mntuyedwa 25 Jayson White 19 Cameron Cupido 21 Cebisa Zono 21

Fezeka aka Flow Qusheka 25 Twitter: @fezflow

Mikhail Petersen 22

Photography Dylan Louw 19 Twitter: @dylanlouw

Roberto Gallotta 18


Live magazine is made exclusively by young people in South Africa. From every word, picture, illustration and layout, to all the commissioning, editing, marketing and distribution, Live is proudly produced by 15-25 year-old trainees under the expert mentorship of industry professionals.

Other Contributors:

Live SA YouTube team:

Vuyani Vorslag, 15, Athenkosi Bhusa, 14 Nkosazana Sibobosi, 16 Lungile Madela, 18 Ntombovuyo Mrwata, 16 Sinesethu Gazi, 16 Sinazo Booi, 18 Siphiwo Matoane, 21 Lukhanyiso Ntsutswana, 17 Anela Phakade, 17 Akhona Dela, 14 Nommiselo Ngenelwa, 19 Mondelwa Ranisi, 14 Unathi Gcani, 18 Andre kieswetter, 25 Thabo Xinindlu, 19 Nasreen Rawoot, 15 Nocebo Bucibo, 24 Bheki Dube, 19

Yolanda ‘Landa’ Wotini, 24 Mawande ‘Manez’ Sobethwa, 24 Unathi Gxowa, 25 Bandile Thwala, 25 Siphiwo Neo Matoane, 21 Lungi Madwelane, 21


Nonduduzo aka Ndu Ngcobo 23 Twitter: @ndufairy

Cover image, Dylan Louw

Luvuyo aka Papi Plaatjie 22


Special thanks to:

Chris Saunders: Photography Lynne Stuart: Graphic Design Greer Valley: Illustration & Design Bongani Kona: Editorial Ilham Rawoot: Features Cathy Lund: Editorial Rod Stanley: Editorial Annelize Vissers: Editorial Alex Dodd: Sub-Editing Kirsten Townsend: Design Tamara Maclachlan: Film Bulelani Mvoto: Film Hayley Williams: Film Katherine Barrett: Editorial

Helen Turvey, Karien Bezuidenhout, Karen Gabriels, Wendy Stoffels and all @ The Shuttleworth Foundation; Sam Conniff, Michelle Clothier and all at Livity UK; Mike Schalit at the MAL Foundation; Clinton Mitri, Keith Shipley, Shawi Myanama, Matt Riley, Johann Schwella, Aunty Mary & her wonderful ladies, and all at 140BBDO; Paul West and all at SAQA, Darrel Craig, Rafiqa and all at CIA, Liesel Bakker, Zukile Keswa, Joy Olivier, Nicolas Commeignes and all at IkamvaYouth; Darrel, Mike Geddes at Grassrootsoccer, Clinton Osbourne and all at Mamelane, Young in Prison, Natasha Dyer at the Kay Mason Foundation, Hannelie Swannepoel and all at CPUT, Raymond Ackerman Academy, District 6 Museum, Iliso Labantu, ORMS, Jacana Books, NB Publishers, Universal Music, Pan Macmillan Publishers, Nu Metro, Anna Telford, Liani Van Straaten, Janine Jellars, Philipp Schmidt, Mark Horner, all at Dazed and Confused magazine, and Mark


Publisher: Gavin Weale Project Director: Claire Conroy Project Co-ordinator: Nkuli Mlangeni For advertising enquiries, please call 021 4800 400 / email

ED’S NOTE Welcome to the first issue of Live Magazine South Africa. To make this read a lil more interesting, imagine I’m sitting right in front of you with my brace face and a big fat smile, telling you my story, so here it goes…

The theme of this issue is holidays, since it is that time of year. From ideas for summer fashion and how to not blow your budget, we even went around Joburg and Cape Town to find the coolest yet most affordable places for you to check this holiday. I hope after Father Christmas reads this, he’ll be visiting my house with a brand new iPhone, how I wish. What would you like for Christmas?

Being the launch editor of a magazine that celebrates the voice of young people is nothing short of an honour and definitely right up my alley. I’ve always had this vision for a magazine for young people by young people, but it seemed too expensive to start a publication of your own. So it must have been destiny for me to come across the “So guys, the Live vision is to be the Live opportunity and be chosen to lead this publication.

I’m Nicola, a 21-year-old woman from the Mother City. I finished high school in 2007 and went on to study filmmaking at Cape Peninsula University of Technology – enjoyed it – but halfway through my studies I developed an interest in journalism. Now the question was: how to make the transition?

voice of ALL young South Africans”

With the help of my mom’s friend I got an opportunity to do a holiday internship at tabloid newspaper “Die Son”. After a month of being there I was offered a chance to take over the teen page “Tien plus met Nikkidee”, on a freelance basis, since I was young, eager and in touch with the youth market. To my surprise, the page flourished to the point where I get stopped in the street by fans of the page that recognise me, and anybody that gets written about on my page always gets loads of positive feedback. So that was when I knew working with youth was my passion; whether it’s writing, giving advice, understanding youth, coming up with ideas – anything to do with the youth scene just speaks directly to me. I absolutely love it and I’m good at it. Words Nicola Daniels 21

The cover story is a good example of what Live represents, it’s by far one of the coolest I have ever seen. It’s fun, youthful and bold, plus JR and Jack Parow each represent a different part of South African culture and that speaks so closely to our vision. Putting the mag together was a lot of hard work. We went through training and talks with Cosmopolitan magazine’s deputy editor Cathy Lund, experienced freelance sub-editor Alex Dodd, Seventeen magazine editor Janine Jellars, editor of Dazed & Confused Rod Stanley, and features director of Elle magazine Annelize Visser. During this time we learned so much, from both our mentors and each other. It’s safe to say there is power in a talented team such as ours.

Design, Photos Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22

So guys, the Live vision is to be the voice of ALL young South Africans. We want to bridge the gap between races because we are a new generation and don’t want to stay stuck in the differences of the past. We will bring you all the latest news and entertainment you want to hear, put you in touch with amazing opportunities, tackle issues that affect you in a fresh way, challenge you and get you involved as contributors, and so much more. Live is YOUR magazine. Live is about YOU. Till the next issue, have a happy holiday peeps!

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We don’t need fancy cameras to make movies any more. We don’t need to make a blockbuster to get a million views. No!

All we need is a clever idea, internet access and a small camera, or even our cellphones. So Live has created its own YouTube channel with some awesome content that will keep you up to date and entertained! And with our own studio right here at our Cape Town office, we always need young filmmakers to get involved.


Huawei IDEOS S7 Slim 7-inch PC Tablet! So let’s make a YouTube blockbuster and you could win yourself a brand new tablet worth R3600! All you have to do is: Come up with an idea for a short YouTube movie Post it on our Live Magazine SA facebook wall. Write your own description of your idea, in no more than 100 words. If we it, it means we got it! Then you wait while our judges make their decision in association with

The winner will be announced on our Facebook page. Entries close on December 31, 2011.

Connect with us on Facebook at: Magazine SA Words Nicola Daniels 21

Design Cameron Cupido 21

Twitter: @LiveMagSA

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If you are a hip hop fan, Lil Wayne is heading to South Africa in December so you better start saving up and get to Computicket fast. Lil Wayne will perform in Cape Town at the Bellville Velodrome on December 7; in Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome on December 9; and in Durban on December 11.

Why so sad, Lil Wayne? SA will make you smile (CLICKTHESTREAMMUSIC/CC)

Lil Wayne is known for his loopy lyrics and here are some of Live’s favourites l “ A millionaire, I’m a young moneymillionaire / tougher than Nigerian hair” l “ Life on the edge, I’m dangling my feet. I tried to pay attention, but attention paid me” l “ Had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever, now you’re in the corner trying’ to put it together – how to love.” (MC)

Live Gossip

In stork birdie news: Congratulations are in order for Beyonce and Jay-Z; and while the ridiculous rumour mill is doing its rounds on her faking pregnancy. Live is ecstatic over their lil-baby “Jeyonce” and predicts the baby will be born on March 15, 2012. And while we’re preparing “Jeyonce’s” nursery, Live coupled four celebrities whose babies would most definitely make headlines. Imagine: Julius Malema and Helen Zille – a black baby with blond “kroes hare” and chubby cheeks, or maybe we could be blessed with the cutest baby ever in SA, with Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Lunga Shabalala XoXo VK Words Nana Futshane 25

Words Vanessa Kungwane 23

The festive season is just around the corner, and that means going to parties and other social gatherings will be frequent. According to Arrive Alive, almost twothirds of the 1.2 million people killed annually in road traffic crashes worldwide are pedestrians.

Aaaahhhhhh, rumours – nothing gets us all excited like celebrities and their dramatic la-la-land. Mzanzi has been abuzz with gossip this year; from unexpected “millionaire” Nonhle Thema losing it on Twitter – “SitDown!”, to the professed “Queen of Bling”, Khanyi Mbau, crying foul over her nude pictures on the Internet. Like that should be a surprise! Talk about a publicity stunt…

Get to the other side... Alive

It is important that you’re careful and aware of oncoming cars before you cross the road. “The use of cell-phones, texting and listening to music while crossing the road increases the pedestrians’ risk of accidents,” the study revealed. Glowing Beyonce at the Mtv Award ceremony caressing her baby-bump (ICLIMBERL/CC)

Advice for pedestrians in traffic:

l Always be alert and watch for traffic! l L imit cellphone usage while crossing streets! l B e fully aware of your surroundings – don’t let music take your attention away from the sound of oncoming vehicles, hooting or sirens. l D o not assume that you have the right of way and that cars will stop for you; always make sure that the road is clear enough for you to cross. (NF)

In contrast, Khanyi Mbau as her usual self-absorbed self (GENE LUKE/CC)

Words Melody Chironda 23

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22



Live Loves

2 minute noodles: We’d eat them every day if we could. They’re easy to make, nutritious, convenient and did we add cheap? Yep, they are.

ouR ReguLaR RounD-up of what’s gooD anD what’s waCk

Cupcakes: It’s soft, it’s sweet... need I say more?

afternoon naps: Who doesn’t wish to take an hour out of their busy day just to sleep their stress away?

opening doors: Dear guys, women love being treated like royalty. NO, we’re not expecting you to ride us off into the sunset on a white horse, but opening the door for women will not only score you points with your crush, it’s also a sign of maturity.


Apart from being a cyber-diary, it could also help you earn a living. Blogging is your Wak ey, w personal internet site, where you akey slee invite people into your mind and share py h ead what you’re inspired by e.g. fashion, celebrities, current affairs…

Live Loathes Crispy-cracked lips: It’s called Labe(Ha)llo!

Hair today, gone tomorrow...

Receding hairline: Losing a bit too much hair? Go buy yourself a cap/beanie.

Minimum airtime: Butt cracks:

When that annoying voice rudely interrupts your call and tells you: “You’ve got one minute remaining” or “You have insufficient funds to make a call”. Hello? You’re breaking up

Are you wearing underwear? Because it doesn’t look like you are!

Delayed trains: We can’t stress enough how much we hate this. Some of us, and probably you too, have been in trouble for being late for an interview, an exam, and many other important appointments. The worst about all this is a “Sorry for the inconvenience” announcement at the train station!


Words Cristle Mokwape 24

Words Vanessa Kungwane 23

Words Roberto Gallotta 18

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22


>>AGAINST “I think armpit hair is gross and extremely uncomfortable. I hate guys who think it’s cool and also those who don’t shave, or do anything to remove their armpit hair. Where there is a forest of hair, it gets steamy and moist creating bad odour. I shave about once a week. I started shaving under my arms a few years ago. I’m certain that girls think armpit hair is disgusting, and would never want their guy friends, or any of their friends for that matter, to have hair under their arms. When I shave, I feel refreshed and so much cleaner. I hardly ever see guys with armpit hair but if I do it’s mostly in movies, but I think, that still doesn’t make it cool. ” –Yaseen,17

<<FOR “Shaving armpits creates ingrown hairs which leaves dark black spots and also creates uneven skin tone. Waxing is a mission and it’s painful, leaving your skin reddish and swollen. Armpit hair minimises the amount of sweat going down your body. One day after I finished cutting my hair, I cut my armpit hair, and I regretted it. My armpits started to itch and then I put on roll-on making the itch even worse. It’s a manly thing and a girl wants a manly guy, not a feminine, I-shave-my-armpits kinda guy. And most people, especially guys, don’t really worry about armpit hair, having them doesn’t make you an alien from the rest.” – Dylan, 19

Words Nicola Daniels 21

Design Jill Harris 21

Words Nasreen Rawoot 15



Live chaLLenge

Sheep’S head Something three people from outside the townships would never eat, right? guess again...

"i’m a head of the game! That’s how i turned into lunch… Lauren, dylan and Roberto kept on eyeing me before they enjoyed me as their meal"


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From left: Nobuntu, Roberto, Lauren, Breëbek (sheep's head) and Dylan

I must confess: I freaked out a bit readying myself for eating a sheep’s head (smiley) as we drove into Langa. I had never eaten something so unappetising before but luckily two of my Live colleagues, Dylan Louw and Roberto Gallotta, decided to tag along for the experience. We arrived mid-morning at Nobuntu Gaca’s butchery at 46 Moses Mabida Street, Langa township. She sells the smileys at R40 each and sells about ten a day. The smell of the boiling heads which lingered in the air made my stomach turn; I was ready to run. Trust me, this is one smell which will make your intestines somersault. We stood and looked on nervously as Nobuntu put the raw smileys into the pot. It looked scary. I was like, “OH MY GOSH, am I really going to eat this?” But when the smileys came out of the pot we decided to buy two. It seemed like an awesome thing to do at the time, but our inexperience with smileys clearly showed. Nobuntu carefully wrapped everything up in brown paper, and placed the package in a plastic bag. The smiley looked weird: the ears were big, the teeth were burnt, and I could hardly see the eyes. Fortunately for us the brain had been removed. I still cringe when I think about it though.

To make the experience even more authentic, the guys and, I decided to sit on the pavement to eat as a crowd of curious onlookers gathered around us, watching our every move.

“i was so anxious when i took my first bite, i thought i would throw up all over my colleagues” We sat there looking at each other to see who would go first. Lucky number one, as it turned out, was Dylan and he tore into the smiley as if he was getting paid to do so. I followed, making sure to get to all the juicy meaty parts. I was so anxious when I took my first bite, I thought I would throw up all over my colleagues. Once we started, we kept eating even though the smell was terrible. The meat, surprisingly though, was not that bad. In the end, Roberto complained that Dylan and I didn’t give him a chance to get some meat and we had a little fight over the tongue which turned out to be quite tasty, although I was afraid of eating it at first. When we finished the smiley, Dylan, Roberto and I looked at each other with relief. Wow, it was finally over, we had done it – we had completed our first Live Challenge. Driving back to the office, we started to wonder what would come next...

Sheep’s head curry recipe Ingredients: 1 sheep’s head skinned and cut into medium pieces 3 tablespoons oil 2 large onions chopped finely 2 green chillies split lengthwise 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 teaspoon garlic paste ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 2 teaspoons chilli powder 2 teaspoons cumin powder 2 teaspoons coriander powder 1 teaspoon spice powder/ garam masala powder 2 teaspoons chopped garlic Salt to taste Instructions: Wash the pieces of the sheep’s head well. Boil the pieces in a pressure cooker until cooked. In a pan sauté the onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic paste for a few minutes. Add the chilli, cumin, coriander, turmeric and spice powder and fry for a few minutes in water. Add the boiled sheep’s head pieces to the mixture together with chopped garlic and salt and simmer until thick gravy is formed. Garnish with some coriander leaves. Get cooking!

Five weird things from around the world we haven’t eaten before: Balut: This food is from the Philippines. It is a baby chick which hasn’t fully developed.

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casu Marzu: This food is from Sardinia in Italy. It is a cheese filled with maggots…yuk!

Snake wine: This is a form of wine used for headaches, it originated in Vietnam. The rice wine consists of a venomous snake inside the bottle. Not something anyone would want to drink, I’m sure.

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Fried brain burgers: This consists of beef brain thinly sliced and deep fried. It is eaten in America, Mexico and El Salvador. I’m sure McDonald’s won’t be serving these any time soon.

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Bugs: Different types of bugs such as grasshoppers, cockroaches, and so on, are eaten all over Asia. They are deep fried. Often, bugs are also eaten by contestants on the hit TV show Fear Factor.

have YOUR SaY and JOin The deBaTe aT Live eaST



IncomIng!!! The UK has Landed celeste houlker, editor of Live magazine UK, shares with us the journey of Live from the UK to sa When I heard that Live Magazine would be launching in South Africa it blew my mind. I had just become the Live Magazine UK editor, having the privilege of editing Live’s ten-year anniversary issue, and it boggled my mind that ten years on we would now be across the globe. My journey at Live started one year and nine months ago, when I was fresh out of my magazine journalism course; but I wasn’t working at the Live Magazine as we know it, I was a contributor and project manager of the fashion shoots at Live East, which was then the east London edition of Live. Sounds confusing to you? Let me explain…

national youth publication in the UK and I separates us. Everything about them am the youngest national magazine editor. reminded me of back home. So again, when I heard about there being a South Africa edition, I was excited for the young people who would take part in it. They would be the pioneers of a magazine with a proven track record of changing lives. I finally got to meet the pioneers whose work you’re reading now when I came to Cape Town at the very beginning of spring, with Live senior mentor Rahul Verma and highly regarded contributor Albert Harvey.

Despite all that we knew about South Africa and the former apartheid system, we were excited to travel across the world Ten years ago, a youth engagement and share our knowledge of how to put company called Livity spotted a gap in the market for a magazine aimed at young together a magazine for young people. My main goal was to put across what a people in south London. The magazine’s wonderful position it is creating a credible aim was to engage its readers in topics product, and how much fun it is working that related to them to help promote as a team who essentially become messages needed to make a better lifestyle. This magazine was also a way to your family. get the young people in south London into My first day in SA was an eye-opener. work, as the magazine would be created After only a couple of hours being off the by and for young people. That was how plane, I had the chance to visit Langa and Live was born, and it has gone from tour other townships, meet a traditional strength to strength, engrossing readers healer, eat Smiley (sheep’s head), pass with its content, moving Live contributors through Camps Bay, party at a Red Bull into jobs and putting youth voices under the spotlight. After nine years of just being gig and learn what it means to be young and South African in 2011. I was culturally in south London, Livity decided to create shocked. But when I met the contributors a Live magazine for East London too, of Live Magazine SA I realised that, even and one year into that I came along and though we live on different continents, my journey with Live began. Live East there is a lot more that unites us than no longer exists; instead Live is now a


Words Celeste Houlker 20

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22

Meeting the troops was so much fun. Even though we spent most of the time kick-starting this edition, we shared some great bonding moments, including the memorable cupcake lunch and my oneto-one with Nicola. Can you believe there is another Live editor in world? Because I still can’t.

“I am The yoUngesT naTIonaL magazIne edITor In The UK” I’m very excited for the future of the Live Magazine brand. Here in the UK we’ve already done three spin-off titles – including our newest edition Deadline, that was made by young people in three weeks over the autumn – a brand new website and a YouTube channel with plans to extend into doing events. My next trip is to Oman, in the Middle East, in December, where I will be talking about youth media and how to set up a magazine. Who knows, maybe there will be a Live mag in the Arabian Gulf one day? So every time you pick up Live Magazine, remember you’re getting a glimpse into a global movement and the best thing you could do is get involved. This is the UK signing out!

CheCk out Live Magazine uk onLine at


s p o p x o v What are you getting up to this holiday?

street! Words on the Name: Asanda Age: 17 From: Makhaza Answer: “Having fun with my friends, take a walk and party”

Name: Siphelele Age: 24 From: Observatory Answer: “Go home to Durban to visit my family and my grandma in Diepkloof and Umtata for a wedding” Name: Sinazov Age: 18 From: Makhaza Answer: “I'm going out to beaches with my friends and family”

Name: Calvin Age: 23 From: Woodstock Answer: “Go back home to Zimbabwe because my sister’s getting married”

Name: Cameron Age: 20 From: Claremont Answer: “Working and partying”

Name: Labeeqah Age: 21 From: Athlone Answer: “Not sure but will be working and partying with a friend from Jo’burg”

Name: Yolanda Age: 21 From: Res Claremont Answer: “Looking for work”

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Name: Unathi Age: 15 From: Makhaza Answer: “I am playing soccer matches and tournaments”

Words Vuyani Vision 15

Photos Unathi Bistoli 15

Photos Sivuyile Mntuyedwa 22

Design Jill Harris 21



SOCIAL LINGO Words we found to keep your slang up to date in any language.

“Pulling into this thick jol later, there’s gona be lank mooi chicks, come through dude!” A classic response from some Zulu guy would be “uyangidakelwa”. FORMAL ENGLISH Hello: Gri :l Boy: Friends: Beer: Cigarette: Intense: Leaving:

If you didn’t understand that, here’s the translation: “I’m going to a crazy party later, there will be a lot of beautiful girls. Would you like to come?”. The response is “Is this guy being serious?” Having eleven languages and slang for all them means you will be lost in translation at some point. To make life easier, we’ve hooked up a mini slang dictionary to help you navigate almost any social situation.

ZULU Shap Gesi Lova Majitha Ishibi Skyf Ziyawa Masha

AFRIKAANS Awe Kint Bra Pelle Bier Entjie Drasties Spat

XHOSA Heita Cherry Mack/Mjita Mpintshi Tromolo Nkawuza Ntaswempu Betha

“Ahoy mates, gonna check some chicks at a hectic jol.”

FORMAL ENGLISH Hello: Girl: Boy: Friends: Beer: Cigarette: Intense: Leaving:

SHONA Ndeipi Simbi Mudhara Mafellas Gas Mogo Ma1 Steppa

ENGLISH Ahoy Chick Bru Mates Drinks Gwaay Hectic wBounce

“Shap majita, sisayo vala amagesi enkwarini.”


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ife style blogger

malibongWE tyilo

Everyone is talking about blogging these days. What was originally a frivolous pastime has spawned blockbuster movies and created hip careers.

To find out more about this phenomenon, we hunted down one of the more famous local bloggers, fresh off his win for best fashion blog at the Marie Claire Awards. We’re talking about Malibongwe Tyilo, the mastermind behind the cult blog, Skattie, What Are You Wearing? “Call me Mali,” he says. We follow Mali from Cape Town to Joburg for SA Fashion Week where we manage to pin him down, between all his gallery hopping, fashion blogging and day jobbing, to pick his brains about all things blogging.

Mali: With the pictures, I go through them Live: Without using the word “need”, or the phrase “creative outlet”, why did and I ask myself: “Am I excited about the pictures?” I also consult the people you start your blog? around me, namely my best friend and my partner, who are always honest and quick Mali: I liked the style of my friends. to tell me when they are bored. I never meant it to be a fashion blog. I don’t enjoy reading a lot of information I just love my friends, love the way they on blogs, so I ask myself: “If someone dress, love going to art exhibitions and like me were to land up on my blog how the way people at these art exhibitions would I keep them there and keep them are dressed. I just wanted to show that – entertained?”. I keep it short and simple. that’s all. Live: The images on your earlier posts were taken on your camera phone. Can you advise our readers on how they can blog with minimal tools, such as a cellphone and a head full of ideas?

Mali: Just do it! You have to be in that space where you’re not too mindful of what people think. Write what you think; write what is on your mind. I sometimes Live: What empowers you or anyone to look back on the pictures I took using my cellphone and I think they look rough, be a fashion blogger and an authority but what I take from that is that it was fun in fashion? taking those pictures. Harass your friends Mali: For me, it’s still early stages and I’m to follow you; harass them to harass their friends to follow you. slowly getting invites from fashion weeks and events, so I can’t really comment. Live: How does your blogging There is however, a need in the South African fashion blogging sphere for more process come together; what guides the decisions behind the words and bloggers. They reflect what real people are wearing, and that is what needs to be pictures that go into your blog? seen fashion-wise.


to start your oWn blog visit: or


Words/Photos Ndu Ngcobo 23

Design Jill Harris 21

Live: What are the benefits of blogging career-wise? Mali: For me, blogging is not my career. I have a day job as well, so I am not looking at this as a business venture. What I have seen from young people who start fashion blogs is that they use them as part of their portfolio to get jobs in the industry. Any blog, not just fashion blogs, can be used as part of a CV to show what one can do and what one knows in one’s chosen field. Some people also make money from advertisers who pay for space on their blog. Live: Any advice for aspiring bloggers? Mali: Just do it! I also consider myself an aspiring blogger; I am not living off my blog. Just do it and you will be pleasantly surprised at the people who start to follow you.


Waves of fun Water and sand, Waves and fun, sea and sun, these are but a feW things Which Keegan “Whitey” Wyngaard... loves.

With Cape Town having such wonderful beaches, it’s easy to find an ideal surf spot that suits your style and mood; Live decided to speak to Gap in Store (shelving design) worker, Keegan, about his passion for this fun sport. The 23-year-old has been surfing for 12 years. “I’ve always loved the water, that’s why I chose this sport. It also kept me away from bad things in the area [Strandfontein].” In the 12 years he has entered various competitions such as the Rip Curl Grom Search in which he came 2nd. He also forms part of the Western Province Surfing team. “If I had to continue surfing professionally I would’ve had a sponsor and I could have been going all over the world,” he said. In Keegan’s opinion, one of the best places to surf is Betty’s Bay because it has the best shore break ever. “Surfing is my passion, it’s a really good stress reliever. It’s second nature for me… I can’t live without it.” Keegan advised those who are interested in surfing, to head down to Muizenberg as there are a variety of surf shops. He also said that Muizenberg beach has the friendliest wave in Cape Town. One of his favourite movies is Fanning on Fire, a documentary about inspirational surfer Mick Fanning. Fanning was born on 13 June 1981 in Penrith, Australia. When he was 16 his brother died tragically but that didn’t force him to abandon his dream of surfing. In 2002 he finished top five in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour.


Words/ photos Lauren Snyders 22

Words/ Photos Bheki Dube 19

Design Jill Harris 21

In 2004 Fanning had an accident where he tore his hamstring off the bone, while executing a critical surfing move. This still did not put him off; he worked out a training regime to get him back into surfing mode. Fanning has bagged three world titles and over 200 wins. It’s clear you can make a career out of surfing. Besides it being fun, it’s a great workout and a great way to cool down for summer. This is not only a sport but a stress reliever for many. These days you will find that top surfers are from all races. So get out and surf this summer, I know I will.

costs to surf The Surf Shack in Muizenberg offers some affordable prices for surfers that are starting out. For only R220 you can learn to surf with three other people, or alone, with an instructor. The starting time for the lessons is either at 10:30 in the morning or 14:30 in the afternoon. l Surfboard rental for 1 hour and 30

minutes costs R70.

l Surfboard rental for 2 hours and 30

minutes costs R120.

l Wetsuit rental for 1 hour and 30

minutes costs R50.

l Wetsuit rental for 2 hours and 30

minutes costs R80.

l Surfboard and wetsuit rental for 1 hour

and 30 minutes costs R100.

l Surfboard and wetsuit rental for 2

hours and 30 minutes costs R160.

All rentals include the use of the Surf Shacks showers, lockers and changing rooms. For more info contact: 021 788 9296 or 084 607 8567 or alternatively visit:

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street sK8r rolling doWn commissioner street on a PlanK on four Wheels, dodging through saturday afternoon traffic... “mr. taxi man, your loud hooter challenges me not! i could fliP you a tricK to leave you amused While i manual doWn this street and Watch me disaPPear It only takes me ten minutes to travel from Troyeville, through the inner city, to Henry Nxumalo Street in Newtown to meet up with the other skaters that gather there every weekend. You would swear the gods were on my side when they were designing this city’s landscape. With so many smooth downhill tars and skate-able pavements that came about during the construction for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the city has definitely become more skateboarding friendly. Even though a lot can still be created for skaters in Newtown, the area offers a wide range of marble slabs, and stairs with smooth landing, and just a couple of blocks away is the Revolution House. Situated at Mainstreet Life, the Revolution House and Troyeville bowl are the only skate parks in the inner city that allow skaters to experiment with as much tricks as possible without any cover charge. How is that! For uber vibes!

“the more ParKs become free of charge, the more the Kids Will sKate!” It’s crazy how the amount of skaters is growing in the city every day, and when these kids start rolling on a board the harder it becomes to quit. When you bail once you just want to pick up your board and prove to your alter ego that you can land a trick. It becomes a continuous cycle that never stops, always bailing but landing tricks even better and harder! Meet Akona Kenqu (23) a rad lady who loves the idea behind skateboarding; on campus and on the street she is always the only girl that hangs around skateboarding boys.

into thin air, because this board of mine, can be faster than sonic if it Wishes.” if that’s not What haPPens While i’m sKating through inner city Joburg on my Way to toWn to meet uP With the other sKaters, oh… Well…then it’s something that definitely goes through my mind.

akona Kengu Why skateboarding? I have always had an interest in it, I love it and I document it as well through photography. What influence does skateboarding have on your life? It makes you aware of your environment and how you see the space. Is skateboarding an expensive sport? Yeah for sure dude, kats are always hustling just to get boards in order to skate. But props to people like Wandile Msomi that start up skateboard companies and sell decks at affordable prices. What’s your take on female skaters, do we have enough? Nah we don’t, when a chick is seen skateboarding she is associated as being a lesbian. I don’t know maybe that’s why we do not have many skater girls, they’re only a few and they can be counted. Any words for the people? Skate! SKATE! SKATE!

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Genius, hero, idiot, revolutionary, rebel, attention seeker, foul-mouthed, ringleader, rabble-rouser. These are just some of the names the infamous Julius Malema is branded as.

Julius ‘Juju’ Malema is the ANC Youth League president. Malema is an expert publicityseeker, with the ability to rally millions of disadvantaged South Africans, but also an unnerving ability to give offence. For some, he is a ‘clown’ or merely a political puppet. For others, he is the voice of the voiceless.


While Malema is hard to digest to many, he also knows how to bring out some points that could help in growing SA. Malema has millions of supporters; he is an inspirational speaker whose attention is focused on the rights of poor black South Africans.

Well, some may argue that Malema is not afraid to say what the people want to hear, for nationalising the mining sector and land redistribution. On all sides of the political divide, there is agreement that Mr Malema is one of the country’s most influential public figures. His supporters still adore him, and he has not lost his ability to stir up controversy. Better still, no one can deny his uncanny ability to worm his way out of trouble.

Questions are often raised about the truth of this considering the fact that his salary of just under R30,000 a month is way too small for the assets he owns and the lifestyle he leads.



The controversy trailing Malema is not limited to his political ideologies. His lifestyle has generated scrutiny, both from the media and civil society organisations. His love for the sweeter things in life like expensive mansions, flashy cars and designer clothes have raised questions about affordability, hence allegations of corruption from various quarters. Even though he swears every cent of this is legitimately acquired.

The most recent allegations of corruption are about his ‘secret’ trust funds. He has been accused of making millions from securing state contracts for firms with which he was involved in Limpopo. Malema has repeatedly offended large sections of society, from women’s rights groups, to white farmers, to his own political bosses, and has often been accused of racism, sexism and hypocrisy. He is a master at provocative statements that generate newspaper headlines and has been brought before many disciplinary hearings for publicly siding with Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF Youth, for ejecting a BBC journalist from a press briefing and calling him a “bloody agent” with “white tendencies” and for insulting president Zuma. He also called Helen Zille a “cockroach”, and called on Malawi youths to rebel against the government. He made international headlines in early 2010 when he sang an apartheid-era protest song Dubul’ iBhunu (Shoot the Boer) and was later found guilty of hate speech for doing so. (MC & NF)


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s you save! The page that help How to have fun without SPENDING money!

You can still have fun and keep within your budget — YES, you just need to have some free fun! In these difficult times when our economy seems to be slowly sinking, and public confidence in the whole financial market looks deeply shaken, you start wondering what you could have done if you had money. As they say, “Money is not everything”.

How to be smart about saving!

Money makes the world go round, and yet it’s often misunderstood by the youth. We are left to make mistakes and learn the hard way, most of us end up barely informed of basic money principles. Ingrid Ohlson, a Nedbank consultant, says, “Having little money doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. There are accounts you can open and save, that do not require bank charges. We have different accounts for different age groups.”

How do you have fun without money?

“There is no way one can have fun without spending any money”

“I get my friends together and hang out”

“I attend church services. I have no money but I have tons of fun all the time”

“I chill at home, listen to rock music, write my own music and make music instrumentals [his own beats]”

Saving money is one of those things that are so much easier said than done. All you have to do is have self-control. “Be prepared to do greater things. A great future starts with a small step. Do what you can, but start today,” advises Shafiek Abrahams, a personal financial advisor at Old Mutual bank. The easiest way to begin teaching these valuable lessons is to open savings accounts. You could also open a savings account with Capitec bank. It’s only R10 and offers the highest interest on daily savings and the lowest bank fees.

Top saving tips

m Create a piggy bank where you can save all your coins. You will be shocked by how much you save. m Draw up a budget. Keep records of money saved or spent in one month.

“I usually go and watch local soccer games and socialise with people”

m Looking for cool stuff to do, but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Then you’ll love Groupon, where you can pick up great discounts: m There are so many shops with coupons for everything that saving money every day can be done. m Talk is cheap, use free minutes on your cell phone package or call during landline off-peak times.

“I socialise with people that I meet”

“I listen to music or watch movies. Sometimes I just go to the beach”

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be the honcho Do you have a business idea and no means of funding it? Are you frustrated enough to do something about it?

“An entrepreneur is someone who’s passionate, has an idea and the drive and determination to turn it into a sustainable and unique business,” says Raymond Ackerman Academy Deputy Director Elli Yiannakaris. But not any idea will do, so hopefully you’re not thinking of starting a car wash. How about something a bit more original – like the ideas our entrepreneurs Siyabulela “Sabu” Siyaka and Abigail Florence have brought to life? Abigail Florence, 28 Live: What is your business all about? Florence: Elves at Work is a multi-tiered design business which supplies the design industry in Cape Town with quality, custommade, soft-furnishing goods and interior decorating. We manufacture soft-furnishing items based on the specifications of the client. We use self-employed seemstresses who previously worked in the textile industry. Live: At what point in your life did you decide to start your own business? F: I have always known that I was meant to do something great with my life, so innately I also knew that I wanted be my own boss. After studying at the Raymond Ackerman Academy, I decided to persue a career in business.


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Live: What have been your key challenges (if any) and how did you cope during that period? F: Not knowing! You don’t know what you don’t know. This can sometimes be detrimental to your business. If you don’t know, go and speak to people that do. So surrounding yourself with like-minded people and mentors who can guide you is vital. Learning is one of my passions, so I try to stay informed and educated within the developments in my industry. Live: What have been the highlights of owning your own business? F: Doing what excites me and what I am passionate about, and having the freedom of choice and flexible time. Those small victories help me to overcome many things, while big victories are getting those contracts. Live: What winning advice can you give to someone keen to start their own enterprise? F: Allow yourself to dream big! Do a little every day to grow your business. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Keep yourself informed and educated. Promote your ideas at every chance you get. Never give up. Invest your time and energy into your ideas if you want them to prosper. Don’t forget to have fun doing it. Live: How important is giving back to the community? F: Very important. In the words of Mr Raymond Ackerman, “doing good is good business”. Elves at Work, which is a nonprofit organisation, offers free workshops to individuals who’ve survived human trafficking as well as to ex-prostitutes to help keep them off the streets through a rehabilitation programme. The workshops equip the attendees with skills they can use to find a job, empowering them through creativity. We hope our services will create more work for the unemployed seemstresses on the Cape Flats. Live: Is there anything else your company offers that could help our readers? F: Yes, we also offer workshops which teach attendees the basic skills in needlecraft techniques, which could then be used to supplement their income, create a hobby, or enable them to potentially start a small business.

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Sabu Siyaka, 27 Live: What is the name of your company? Sabu: Ubizo (The Calling) – it was my calling to deliver this type of business to the public. Live: At what point did you decide to have your own business? S: I come from a business background; my grandfather was a farmer and had a supermarket, while my parents have their own business, so that’s where I got my inspiration from. Live: What is your business about and who is your target market? S: Ubizo is a tourist guide company, which only does township tours for Langa and Gugulethu. Within the company we also specialise in music festivals, and our target market is international people.

“I come fRom A buSIneSS bAckgRounD; my gRAnDfAtheR wAS A fARmeR AnD my PARentS hAve theIR own buSIneSS, thAt’S wheRe I got my InSPIRAtIon.” Live: What has been the downside of the business and how did you cope during that tough period? S: Well the main thing was the limitation of resources. Other than that everything went well from the start until this time. Live: What special something does your company offer to tourists? S: We offer a township walk, which is followed by lunch at Mzoli’s (shisa nyama – buy and braai), and provide a three-day weekend homestay in a township for the tourists. Live: What hot advice can you give to our readers who want to start their own business? S: All I can say is work hard and smart, and make use of opportunities. Live: How are you being a superhero for your community? S: First and foremost; from one client, almost eight people in the community benefit. For instance, clients buy food from restaurants and African crafts from vendors, they sleep in [local] households, and spend money etc, and also teach some of the community members new skills. We also train the youth from the community to become tour guides. * For more info on Ubizo, visit: www., or follow them on twitter @ubizosa and/or Facebook at “Ubizo events and tours”. (FQ)

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get the lowdown The Raymond Ackerman Academy

The Raymond Ackerman Academy, which boasts a range of glowing tales from former students, offers a six-month programme on business fundamentals and skills. “The programme is very comprehensive. We teach [students] techniques on how to identify gaps or business opportunities within the market,” says Deputy Director Elli Yiannakaris. The course offers some personal development workshops and one-on-one meetings with a professional psychologist. * More info at, or call: 021 406 1922.

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High street fashion has a new area code -- these girls are taking hot out of the city and back to the township.


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BEAting thE lifE out of lEArning

Eleven years after corporal punishment was outlawed, many South African schoolchildren still suffer physical beatings at the hands of their teachers.



A little girl called Nontuthuko Silayi from the Eastern Cape, appeared on television a few weeks ago. She is only ten years old but has to live the rest of her life with one eye. She wasn’t born like this. A teacher did this to her. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, the department is going to “deal with the teacher”, and the girl is going to be compensated and will probably apply for a disability grant. But she’s going to have to endure years of being mocked by her peers. She’ll have self-esteem issues and will suffer social difficulties that no financial compensation will be able to fix. Silayi’s case is not an isolated one. Even though corporal punishment was deemed illegal in 2000, it still continues in many schools around the country.

country forever. Khala also added that education needs to be seen as a societal issue. He said, “Our schools are a reflection of what happens in society. The lawlessness and the violence that people experience, despite the country’s laws, penetrate the schooling system.”

“the principal said, ‘Beat this dog up’ ”

Live magazine also spoke to Nothile Ndlovu from The Children’s Rights Centre. Ndlovu experienced corporal punishment first hand – as a young girl she was beaten by a teacher and still has a scar on her right hand as a result. “Teachers who practice Last month, the principal of Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha, Madoda Mahlutshana, allegedly ordered a student corporal punishment know that what they are doing is against the law, let alone injurious to the child,” said Ndlovu. to be beaten up by security guards at the school. The matric student, 18-year-old Malibongwe Melani, was rushed to hospital “The challenge at the moment is that some parents are not aware of children’s rights and some are, but don’t believe in and was very badly injured. He spent two weeks in Tygerberg them. Many parents think along the lines that ‘We were also Hospital and suffered damage to his spinal cord. beaten as children and we never died from that’.” In an exclusive interview with Live magazine, Melani’s close friend, Sithembile Dantile, said that he witnessed the attack. He She added that many teachers are not aware that the damage said that Malibongwe was attacked at the gates of the school on that is caused by corporal punishment at an early age is very difficult to repair. the morning of an economics exam. “Malibongwe had a cellphone on him and no cellphones are allowed at school during exam time,” said Dantile. “When the guards searched Malibongwe they found a cellphone. they told him to take it home, but he put it in his sock instead. The security guards saw this and asked the principal, who was standing right there, what they should do. The principal said, ‘beat this dog up’.” Dantile added that after the beating, Melani, who could not get up from the ground, asked the security guards to call his mother for him. “But the principal ordered that he be thrown out of the school and should call his mother himself.” When Live tried to interview Mahlutshana, he refused to come out of his office, and locked himself inside. He was recently cleared of any wrongdoing by the Basic Education Department, and the students have gone on a rampage to have him brought to task for his alleged actions. Melani was one of the lucky ones. In 2004, Thuthukani Zuma, a 16-year-old pupil from Kwa-Zulu Natal, was beaten to death by his teacher for arriving late to class. Live magazine spoke to Terence Khala, spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, who said that the department has gone out to educate teachers about the fact that corporal punishment has been abolished, and the consequences for teachers found violating the law.

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The Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC) was established by the department to help keep discipline in schools, without resorting to corporal punishment. Khala said, “Where the department becomes aware of corporal punishment practices, a teacher is taken through departmental disciplinary procedures where the sanction, if found guilty, is expulsion. Unfortunately many of these cases remain unreported.” A case of a teacher found guilty of misconduct for implementing corporal punishment by the department, is referred to the South African Council for Educators (SACE) which is responsible for stipulating professional conduct of teachers for deregistration. Such a teacher is barred from practising as a teacher in the Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22

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“The reality is that some teachers don’t know what to do,” she said. “They have been teaching for years, practicing corporal punishment and all of a sudden they have to stop. Each school has to take initiative in putting disciplinary measures in place. However, they will never succeed if they exclude engaging children in coming up with those measures.” Equal Education (EE), a community-based organisation, believes that corporal punishment is an ineffective means of instilling discipline in schools. In a recent statement, EE agreed that principals or teachers found guilty of inflicting, ordering or aiding corporal punishment, should be dismissed, and criminally charged. “There is no room for such principals and teachers in our education system,” read the statement. Nomusa Cembi from the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), stated that the union does not condone abuse of students by teachers. She also said that the law should also take its course because corporal punishment is a criminal offence. It is now up to the department to show the country that it will deal harshly and appropriately with people who violate children’s rights, such as in the recent case of Melani, and not leave it up to angry schoolchildren to bring about justice themselves. The repercussions for the security guards involved in the attack, and the quality of the investigation into the principal’s alleged actions, will be a telling sign for the future of discipline and children’s rights.



JR & Jack’S Swag SwoP!

Rappers with swagger JR and Jack Parow have both had us dancing to their hits… but they’ve got two very different styles and personalities. So, we got them to switch over their looks and tell us who they really are


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When you think how diverse we South Africans are, it’s really not easy to please everyone. But for some reason, Jack Parow’s “Cooler as Ekke” and JR’s “Make the Circle Bigger” somehow managed to do just that. So we were really curious to get to know these two rappers, to try and understand why they’re so successful and confirm some of our assumptions. We all thought that Jack Parow – being the laid-back, kinda scruffy-looking guy that he is – grew up in a trailer park and had a really poor upbringing. On the other hand, we assumed that JR – knowing that he went to a fancy arts school – probably grew up really wealthy. So we figured it would be fun to get them to wear each other’s clothes for this story, and then talk to each other about their backgrounds and inspirations. When Jack Parow walked in, he was looking seriously scruffy and tired. He explained he had not slept in days because he was so busy touring, but was still trying his best to be his happy self. Then, JR walked in sucking a lollipop, looking all cool and hip hop with his gold chain and shades that he never took off until he was asked to for the photo shoot.

Both lying back in their chairs, pretty relaxed and taking every chance they got to pick on each other, the vibe they created was totally chilled and half the time we were all left in stitches of laughter from all their fooling around. Apart from all the joking, it turned out that our initial assumptions were not exactly on point… in fact, they were

way off. Besides their cultural differences in their upbringing – one being black, one being white – they both grew up middle-class, or what they’d call “pretty much ok”. Which taught us not to judge a book by its cover!

Jack, how old are you and how were you brought up? JP: I’m 29, I’m from Bellville, went to school in Durbanville… what else? I’d say I had an Afrikaans middle-class surburban upbringing – lots of braais, Sunday church, Christmas, ya that’s about it.

How about you, JR? JR: I’m old enough! Born in Bloemfontein, grew up in Pretoria, went to an arts school, studied drama, theatre, musical theatre. I had a middle-class upbringing.

Jack, is the whole Jack Parow persona really you? JP:It’s pretty much me, but everything is an over-embellishment of where I come from, because I like to be funny and more light-hearted in my music.

why do you think people like you? JP: I think people like me because I don’t try to be all rockstar and stuff. People tell me I’m down to earth. I also think rap music was starting to sound the same all over the world. That’s why I think I do so well in other countries, and why UK rappers do so well because people are bored of

all that American rap about cars, watches, gold chains and sh**. People are looking for something new, something fresh… So, I basically rap about “brannewyn” and “braaivleis”. JR: Do people like me? It’s a preference like you got a choice between Coke and Fanta… you like what you like because you like it. I’m not gonna say they like me because my music’s cool. You might think

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coVER SToRY . my music’s cool, you might think it sucks. People can afford to choose, which creates room for competition and competition is always good for business. People don’t like me as JR… they like me for my music.

and is the JR persona really you? JR: I’m 150% me, not like Parow (laughs). My music reflects me 100%. What’s on the exterior is just the exterior, but also what you see is really what you get – I believe in authenticity.

Jack, are you influenced by cape coloured culture?

them. What should I be like? Should I be typically black and have an accent (puts on a fake African accent). But I went to an okay school. I don’t think I’m a coconut, I’m good in the hood, I lived in the hood all of my life, but it’s cool that people have something to talk about.

who do you make your music for? JR: I make music for music lovers – I don’t make hip hop for hip hop heads, I don’t make R’n’B for lovers, if you appreciate good music, you’ll appreciate my music.

JP: I grew up rapping with Cape coloured rappers like Isaac Mutant, Scallywag and Brasse Vannie Kaap, so I’m definitely influenced by it. But I don’t try to sound like a Cape coloured – I don’t wanna put on a fake accent.

JP: I’m heavy about making music that I like, I don’t really think about what people will like (laughs). I just make music that I like and I think that gives a feeling to it, and hopefully other people will like it as well. So, if it happens like it happens then at least I’m proud of my music and didn’t sell my soul to make money.

JR, what’s this rumour that you’re a ‘coconut’? Is that true and how does it make you feel?

You are both in the hip hop genre, but what’s the difference between your music?

JP: I started that rumour (laughs).

JR: He’s Afrikaans, I’m Pedi. Our content and language is different, but our music is the same… hip hop is hip hop!

JR: Talk-ability is always a good thing, I choose to keep my life very private and only show the public the side I wanna show

JR: “we’re working on a song that might end our lives!”


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and what do you think of each other’s music? JP: I love JR’s music – that’s why he raps on my album as well. He’s like my BEE project (both laugh). JR: There’s so many people that make good music, but there has to be an X-factor and I think he has it. I like that his music is not afraid… it’s not like ‘What’s Julius Malema gonna say if I say this?’ or ‘What’s Helen Zille gonna say if I say this? What if I get kicked out of Cape Town?’ We’re working on a song that might end our lives but you can’t be scared to do it.

JR: I’m a black guy from Jo’burg so I try my best to (in African accent) ‘do the tenders’ (laughs). Nah, I have a record label and a restaurant in Jozi called ‘Boza’s Kishin’ (Boza – ‘the man’). And a shoe range.

which song of each other’s would you do a version of? JP: Make the Circle Bigger. JR: Tussen Stasies, it’s so well-written!

JR oN Jack PaRow:

Jack PaRow oN JR:

who do you think his dream date is?

who do you think his dream date is?

His favourite artists?

His favourite artist?

Favourite TV show?

Favourite TV show?

who do you think you are most often compared to?

Favourite action hero?

Favourite action hero?

JP: Die Antwoord, and hopefully there will be a lot more “Zef” rappers coming up.

Favourite cartoon?

Favourite cartoon?

what made you two want to work on a collaboration? JP: We like each other’s stuff, and have the same managing company, so that’s where we met and fell in love. I looked into his eyes and that’s when I knew (both laugh).

Chris Ghelakis (manager) Die Antwoord Selimathunzi

Storm (X-men) The Simpsons

Helen Zille

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JR: I don’t think I’m compared to anyone. I’m just JR.

Besides music, what else are you up to? JP: I’m bringing out a toy range, a braai sauce, a brandy and sherry, and a few other small things. I dig doing music but don’t like the spotlight, so I’ll probably do this album and one more, then just make music for the internet. So I wanna make stuff that’s quality enough that it will still sell because it’s good… even when I’m not Jack Parow.

Jack Parow: “I looked into his eyes and that’s when I knew!”



BEATING THE ODDS Picture this: You’re sitting in your front yard, stressing about the fact that you’re unemployed and just can’t seem to find a proper job. Next thing you know you’re in front of a camera playing the lead role for a new television advert. You feel like nothing less than a movie star. That’s exactly what happened to Dickies van Rooyen, 22, from Dunoon, a buzzing, vibey township on the outskirts of Cape Town. It’s sadly shadowed in poverty but still radiates with hope. Dickies has been relying on contract jobs; a ‘career’ he says he does not enjoy. He only does it to earn enough for him to finish his matric. But luck stepped in and he was soon in front of a camera. “I was in my front yard doing nothing when I was approached by some guys. They said they were from a casting crew called Giant Films, and asked whether I’d like to audition for a baseball advert, because I fitted the profile of the type of person they were looking for. I agreed,” said Dickies. “When I auditioned I was asked to improvise with a baseball bat. I did


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whatever I saw in the movies which I think might have impressed them, because later that day I got the call telling me I’d been selected as the lead actor.” Soon he was on a set pulling off an inspiring performance like a complete natural. The advert was produced by award-winning advertising agency 140 BBDO. The agency also produced the current Oude Meester advert starring Jamie Foxx. Ivan Johnson, the agency’s executive creative director, said that this advert “challenges the cliché of life in the townships, and what people go through on a daily basis.” “The lead character [Dickies] snakes through Dunoon township, carrying a baseball bat and comes across as rather

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violent and menacing. We then see him swinging his bat, and our immediate impression is that he’s hitting someone, but in fact he’s just hitting a ball. We realise he’s actually at a baseball stadium merely playing baseball,” said Johnson. “And that’s what it’s all about. It’s about giving kids the opportunity to do more than what we think they can do. And that’s essentially what the Blaauwberg Baseball club does. They give kids from underprivileged backgrounds the chance to do something else, like sport.” What better example than Dickies. After being given one opportunity, he now hopes to pursue a career in acting. Just goes to show what happens when young people are given a chance.


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR An assistant director (AD) helps the director by organising the set. The director and director of photography will talk about the shots that they want then the AD will implement it. ADs organise the shots and tell the crew where to go and what to do.



The Film Industry Learner Mentorship (F.I.L.M.) offers 40 young individuals per year a chance to gain the necessary experience under the guidance of a mentor. They work on various film productions in and around South Africa while getting paid. The selection process is intense and only those who show real passion for film and a great understanding of the processes and structures within the various departments of filmmaking are selected. Professionalism and a good attitude is key, so be sure to know what you’re getting yourself into before jumping into the deep-end.

The Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking aims to train young filmmakers to make a positive impact in their worlds through storytelling. Their courses are provided on a bursary or paid-for-basis and training is offered in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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The holiday season has everyone a-flutter with the travel bug, but some of us might find ourselves at home in the same old city. Fear not, here is a travel guide to get you off the couch, out and about and leaving you saying, “Who needs Italy anyway?”

Rondevlei Nature Reserve is an island in Grassy Park, 20mins drive from Cape Town. Get this, it’s surrounded by hippos! Yep, but don’t worry, they’re herbivores (giggling). The resort offers outdoor gas-heated showers, camp chairs, bunk beds and linen, crockery and cutlery. You’ll need to bring insect repellent spray/lotion, at least one cellphone with airtime and food and beverages. While this place may not be free, it’s a great way for you to get away from the buzz of the city and home chores. For more info, visit:

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to walk, relax, and play sport.” All of this in the middle of a city! There are awesome ways to learn about plants in the biodiversity garden. If that’s not for you, check out the cool outdoor gym or just have a picnic on the grass or play in the kiddies park (if you’re over 16, sorry you can’t play). We like it because it’s free! Open for everyone, every day from 7:00 –19:00. For more info, visit:

Table Mountain is the Mother City’s landmark. Take a trip up with the cable car for free on your birthday! No need to worry if it’s passed, you can wait another 12 months if you’re chicken or just be adventurous and hike up, wearing the right gear of course. You’ll get to see views of the Atlantic ocean, Robben Island and the city. (CM) For more info, visit:

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Zoo Lake is an oldie but a goody. The lake will have you feeling like a water baby, as you can go for a row or find a cosy spot to braai (behind Moyo is the best spot). Best for chilling with mates on a sunny day. Find it on Jan Smuts avenue; and don’t forget to bring a rugby ball for throwing around!

Get lost in nature! Have a braai by the lake! Learn to dance in Soweto!

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Camping is not everyone’s cup of tea, yet Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers in the heart of Orlando is a camping experience like no other, whether you live in Soweto or not. There’s a lot see and do including learning how to dance isipantsula (a township style of dance) and when night falls, pop into the Ragga bar for some African reggae beats. Bring your tent and lekker treats. A camp site starts as low as R80 and discounts are offered for students and groups. 10823A Pooe Street Orlando West is where it’s at. (NN) For more info, visit:

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Mzansi diaMonds summer is around the corner, and as always we need something awesome to do. Here’s a reminder of something we all used to do, or at least know of: the age-old sport of mini golf... putt-putt! Resently, Live Magazine went to the Promenade in Seapoint to revisit our childhoods, in a game of putt-putt.This little course is still unchanged since we visited it roughly Ten years ago. So with a feeling of nostalgia we briskly paid our R14 per person fee, and set about the course!

We’re ashamed at how lacking our mini golfing skills have become. But the smell of the ocean, the hot sun on our backs, and the laughter of our friends watching us, made the experience just as special as when we were five years old! All we needed was a softserve ice cream and mommy to apply mass amounts of sun screen to our noses!

On a day you feel like doing something different, head down to the “Ice Cold” PuttPutt course, or any other one near you, and challenge your mates! Most of the places barely charge R20 (The Putt-Putt on the Promenade even has a R8.50/ person fee for groups of 10 or more!).

cool places to cHeck out in your city 1. Kenilworth Karting (Cape Town): For only R5O for 10 laps, R60 for 15 laps and R75 for 20 laps, you’ll have tons of fun racing against your mates. Tel: (021) 683 2670/6174/6950 2. Jo’burg Zoo: Who’s who in the zoo? 2000 animals including the nearly extinct albino/white lion. Tel: (011) 646 2000 3. Laser quest (Cape Town): Remember the days where shooting each other with laser beams was fun? “Zapping” will never go out of fashion, so “zap” on. Tel: (021) 683 7296/3931 4. Galaxy world tenpin bowling (Jo’burg): Looking for something cool to do? Grab a few mates, put on a cool bowling shirt and GO BOWLING. Tel: (011) 447 9141

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5. North gate Ice Arena: Ok, we don’t have “snowy” Christmasses, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun at an ice rink. Go in groups and enjoy silly falls along with some awesome laughs. Tel: (011) 794 8706

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MOVING TOO FAST? “BABY, LET’S TAKE OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL, SHOW ME HOW MUCH YOU LOVE ME.” HE STARTS KISSING YOU, UNBUTTONING YOUR SHIRT AND TOUCHING YOU WHERE IT FEELS GOOD... You start imagining that you’re a character in a love scene from The Bold and the Beautiful, and you get turned on. The idea of sex seems thrilling, but you haven’t thought about the condom, that you’re not on any contraceptive and about waiting until you get married. Have you ever thought of waiting a while before having sex? Is it worth it? We talked to some peeps, Usher, Tumie, Sihle and Candice*, about the consequences of their sexual choices. We then visited Candice in Gugulethu is a young mother whose pregnancy came unexpectedly to her. “I am 16 years old and mother to Sean, my two-year-old son. I fell pregnant when I was 14 years old and was still in grade eight. I had told my boyfriend that I wasn’t ready to have sex but he kept on nagging until I agreed. He said that we were doing this to prove our love for each other and to make it stronger. I believed him and when I asked him to wear a condom he said condoms were things that were used on prostitutes or people with Aids. When I didn’t get my period three months later, I thought nothing of it until I started noticing that my stomach was getting bigger. I immediately knew that I was pregnant and I was too scared to tell my mom because I thought she’d kill me. I told my boyfriend, whose friend advised him to run away, which he did, and I was left all alone not knowing what to do.


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“Eventually my mom found out, and she cried and told me how much I’d disappointed her. She took me to the hospital where I did some tests to check if the baby was okay and I had to go there every month until the baby was born. When I went to give birth, my mom was there; she really supported me and she still does. The first few months of motherhood were very tough – having to wake up in the middle of the night to breastfeed, to change a nappy and to turn the baby! Then there are times when my friends were going out and I wanted to go too, but I couldn’t. Even now that he’s older, when he sees that I’m about to leave, even for school, he grabs my leg and cries.” This 19-year-old guy calls himself a “smart playboy”. He says he’s not ready for one partner because he doesn’t want to commit himself to a relationship, which is why he always used condoms. To him it’s: No condom, no sex, full stop. “The main reason I use condoms all the time when I’m having sex is the fear of getting someone pregnant, because I’m not financially ready for that. I am also afraid of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or HIV/Aids. There are never any challenges really because I want to live in an HIV-free generation. The challenges of practising safe sex are trying to convince other people to use a condom when having sex. I have an open relationship and the girls that I’ve been with don’t have a problem with what I do. I always have a condom in my pocket when we’re getting it on, so it’s always a mutual agreement between us. We all have our lives ahead of us and we all want to reach

our goals in life. Do not mess up your future just for a few minutes of pleasure. Always think ahead; it helps me and it can help you too.” Sihle is an HIV-positive guy from Green Point who was willing to share his story with us because he sees it as a way to reach out to every young person out there. “I’m 22 years old. I started being sexually active when I was 14 years old. It was a fun thing to do back then because everyone was doing it. It was even cooler if you had more than one girlfriend, to show people how hot you were. In 2008, one of my girlfriends told me that she’d been to the clinic and that she was HIV positive. She told me to get tested as well and I did, and the results were positive. I got the fright of my life and started thinking about the way I’d been living my life and if only I had been careful, but it was too late. I had to accept my situation and find a way forward. This year, I started on ARVs and, I must say, it’s not easy. I have to take them every day at exactly the same time and if I miss the time, the nurse tells me that I may become resistant to the medication. (The pills may stop working for me.) I wish I could turn back the hands of time, but I can’t. I have to live my life as it is and focus on keeping myself healthy.” We first had a chat with Usher, a 21-year-old guy from Athlone, who says abstinence is good for him. “The reason for my abstinence comes from the values I was taught in my household. My mother taught me that it is a way to respect my partner and myself, not only for the time I am with someone, but in future as well. I have respect for my body and the person I will marry one day. I am a very open-minded person and I don’t face any challenges when it comes to talking about sex. In high school all my friends were talking about girls and having sex, and this made me doubt myself. As I grew older, I made up my mind to keep to my original decision of abstaining. I challenge people to understand what it means to have sex before they get involved in a sexual relationship. Having respect for yourself as well as your partner is the first step in thinking maturely. Sex is not a form of love (only if you are married). Abstinence is the best.”

What our experts had to say: Sylvia Hulbert, a social worker from Family and Marriage Association of South Africa (Famsa) Often young people are too shy to go to clinics to ask for contraceptives like the pill, injections or condoms. These are also available at pharmacies at very affordable prices. Teenage pregnancy increases the risk of HIV infection, so (more than the pill or injection) using a condom is the safest method of preventing two things at once. Sister Coetzee, a nurse from Green Point Clinicw Having more than one sexual partner is dangerous, especially if you do not use condoms. You put yourself at risk of getting infected with STDs. It is always best, if you are sexually active, to practise a healthy sexual lifestyle-that is, to only have one sexual partner and to use a condom every time you engage in sexual activities. For example, living with an STD, such as HIV, is not easy because you have to deal with many issues, like taking blood tests frequently to check your CD4 count, which determines the number of healthy cells left in your body. Those cells help your body to fight off diseases and the less you have of those cells, the more chances you have of developing full-blown Aids and dying of one of the many diseases attacking your body. ARVs are there to slow down the process but they do not cure you of Aids. (The names in these stories have been changed to protect identities. )

For more info, advice and counselling about safe sex, peer pressure on having sex and places where you can get tested for HIV/Aids: National helpline for HIV/Aids: 0800 012 322 Western Cape: 021 483 5621 Gauteng: 0800 203 886. Love Life information: Thetha Junction national helpline: 0800 121 900 Counselling: 021 763 5333




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NETWORKING? We find ourselves living in the information age. We spend hours of our day, texting, Tweeting and updating our Facebook statuses. From telling the world about our breakfast, to expressing how much we ‘hate our mom’ for grounding us. We can’t help but feed our curiosity of everything and everyone around us. After all, we are naturally inquisitive beings. But does social networking really connect us? And is it destroying our ability to use language effectively - something that has been developed over years and years? Have the ‘clicking’ sounds of the KhoiSan people evolved into the mouse and keyboard ‘clicking’ dialect, used by our advanced present-day Technosapiens? Live Magazine spoke to Dave Duarte, a digital business educator, to find out the role that social media is playing in our fast-paced lives of the 21st century. “The assumption is that social networking is replacing conventional face-to-face communication,” Duarte says energetically, clearly excited to divulge his extensive knowledge on the topic. “But from what I’m hearing from hundreds of groups of people, is that it’s not. They said that because they interact digitally, they are more likely to see each other face-to-face. Digital communication can help enhance those bonds.” But what about the things that make us human? Our feelings, our emotions. Our ability to shed a tear when we are hurt, to laugh when we are happy, to smile and give thanks, even to show fear when we are afraid. A computer programme cannot give you this experience. Are we losing the essence of what makes us expressive and affectionate beings? “I don’t see social networking as a bad thing,” says Duarte, “however, I must emphasise, that there is so much more communicated outside of text.” He throws out a statistic that only 10% of communication is spoken through actual words. The other 90% comes through our tone of voice, our physical gestures, subtle eye movements and other things that a computer cannot interpret, or represent.

“Often people have completely meaningless conversations; even when face-to-face. Conversations are not always deep.” But let’s be honest. People are spending more time indoors than before. Parks that used to be buzzing with children, playing and laughing with one another, are now empty. And these days, with cell phones being inexpensive, children (barely teenagers) are growing up in front of screens. “Children love to play,” says Duarte. No matter how much screen-time you give them; if you give a kid a garden and a ball, they’re going to be out there. Our bodies’ needs haven’t changed. Keep in mind, this technology has only been around for 20 years, and keeping a kid’s attention for long is still as difficult as it was in the past. There are very few programmes and computer games that can do that.” Then maybe we shouldn’t demonise social networking, and should see the potential good it can –and is –bringing to the world. It provides an opportunity to gain access to an entire world of information. “If you were interested in learning something,” explains Duarte, “like breakdancing or doing research for a school project and you didn’t have internet, or your parents didn’t have encyclopaedias, there was no way you could learn about it. So it can be incredibly empowering. We’re seeing skills being developed by youth that were never possible before. What is concerning is parents who are depriving their kids of the opportunities the technology presents, due to fear. They need to educate themselves about these opportunities, as well as the dangers and not be too quick to judge.” We can’t avoid the fact that the world is changing rapidly. With new technological advances being introduced every day, we need to change with it if we don’t intend to be left behind. Or do we? All I know is that we certainly have to slow down every once in a while and unplug from this virtual reality, so that we can rediscover what it is to be human again.

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The history of social networking 1971: The first e-mail is sent. The two computers were sitting RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. 1978: BBS (Bulletin Board System) exchanged data over phone lines. 1994: One of the web’s first networking sites, GEOCITIES, is founded. Users could create their own websites, categorised by one of SIX ‘CITIES’ known for certain characteristics (Hollywood, Wall Street etc.) 1997: launches allowing PROFILE CREATION and LISTING FRIENDS. 2002: FRIENDSTER is launched, connecting REAL-WORLD FRIENDS. Its user-base reached three million users in the FIRST THREE MONTHS 2003: MXit is launched. With one in three South African youth signed up today. 2004: FACEBOOK is launched! Currently, with 500 million users worldwide, 22.1 million of those are from Africa.

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Beyond matric you have just written the last word, on your last question paper. this is the last time you will ever be in a school as a learner. the final bell rings, the invigilator barks “pens down”, and in that moment you realise the proverbial ‘fat lady’ has indeed sung. now, you’re entering a new world...

All you need to do is apply to the tertiary institution of your choice, and don’t be shy to ask them about bursaries and loans. “There are so many organisations that have loads of bursaries for young people but they are not being accessed,” explains Joy. “What truly frustrates me is that learners don’t have the knowledge of how to access them. If learners can get their hands on them, that would be a way to reduce inequality and poverty. At IkamvaYouth we seek information for the learners and go step by step showing them how to apply.”

Getting good marks is not easy for a learner at a school that lacks resources, not to mention the other obstacles such as peer pressure. “Peers are young people’s greatest resource,” adds Joy. “Make peer pressure work for you by hanging out with friends who enjoy studying. In that Matric flies by fast – it’s hard to keep up with way you will be able to help each other work, and it is a challenge that drives us and exchange information on careers and crazy. Figuring out what to do post matric is institutions. If you don’t get good marks, mostly a pain in the neck – especially if you it’s still not a reason to give up – there are didn’t get the advice needed from the word plenty of open doors out there. If you take go. And varsity seems to be another uphill the initiative and get creative, you can take – some of us can’t even begin to wrap our advantage of many opportunities. Matric is heads around this one. How can someone important but is not the end of the world. reach their goals with so many difficulties Maybe you are a person who is interested ahead? in careers that are not linked with the academic fields – go for that.” Education opens doors to a more exciting and promising future, but most learners Use your talents to take you higher and are plagued with thoughts of doubt in their higher by getting learnerships and skill minds to even see this. Many leave school training through one of the Sector Education with questions like, “What am I to do next Training Authorities (SETAs). See, you have year?” and, “How can I fulfil my ambitions?” a lot of options, all you need to do is use This should be the least of their problems. your talents and fuel your ambitions. The real matter stands – how do you cope while waiting for results, without any stresses? Well – worry no more! We at Live What can i do to handle StreSS? have taken that extra mile to build up your Stress management while waiting for your confidence in chasing a successful and matric results is no easy task, possibly secured future. even worse than pre-exam stress, so while you are still in that waiting process you “Your marks will speak for you,” says Joy Olivier, an IkamvaYouth NGO pioneer. “They might want to start establishing yourself in the work place and as a person. We have are more important than what you have some easy tips to help you create your new in the bank. With good marks you don’t need any money for university. All you need exciting future… to do is to stay motivated, that’s the only requirement. Companies that offer bursaries Forget! Forget! Forget! will be fighting over you.” Clearly, good After your last paper, you will experience marks take you to another level that you some discomfort – like butterflies in might have thought was out of your reach.


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your stomach – this is normal. Take it as a final farewell joke from the Education department. Try your hardest to not get involved in the usual post-exam paper commentary – it’s really not worth it and it won’t change anything you’ve already written. You will eventually find yourself alone in your room hovering over memoranda to see what you got right in section two. This will cause the butterflies in your stomach to multiply tenfold and this is where all that unnecessary stressing comes in. Our advice – just don’t do it, keep yourself busy and far away from your question paper.

Stay poSitive... Don’t ever, not even for a second, think that you are a failure. There are so many difficulties that you have to overcome in your life – this one is no different. Think about the fact that you have passed the previous 11 grades.

USe yoUr reSoUrceS You might know a teacher living in your area or someone who is studying at tertiary level. They are more exposed to the different career choices than you are. Chat to them as they will be of great value to you. Better yet, you can get down with your community by volunteering at your nearest youth centre. You might think this is a boring and senseless thing to waste time on, and the fact that it doesn’t pay feels like a definite red light not to get involved. Here’s the thing though – it might not pay with moolah, but it does pay with experience, that’s value to your CV. Through volunteering you get work experience, you learn how to take responsibility for your work and actions, it shows that you are reliable. This will speak volumes when you are job-seeking and your future boss will be impressed. In no time you will have received your results and be gearing up to get your hands dirty in the real world. All that’s left to say is – best wishes for matric exams. The future is not as scary as you might have thought. Remember – you have the power to overcome every obstacle and to create your future... (CZ & SM)

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Sector edUcation training aUthoritieS (SetaS) Focuses on empowering youth with new skills through learnerships and training programs. There are no specific SETAs that provide training. Instead SETA training is provided by accredited institutions or companies such as Triple E, AgriSeta and many others. For more info visit:

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TRAPPED BY UNEMPLOYMENT? Job hunting is everyone’s nightmare, which can cause depression and can lead to suicidal attempts. 51% of South Africans between 15 and 24 are unemployed, an SA Institute of Race Relations survey has found.


“It’s been tough, but I had to look for a way to survive. I could have been choosy, but beggars are not choosers,” Yonwaba said.



Live Magazine spoke to five young people who are frustrated about the job hunting that’s delayed their dreams.

Yonwaba finished her Matric in 2009 and applied for a bursary months before she wrote her last paper. It’s been two years and she is still waiting for the sponsorship to respond, so that she can further her studies. Her dream is to study for Radiography and Emergency medical care. However, it’s all been placed on hold as she has since had to find a job. She now works as a domestic worker.


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Since 2005, Bandile has been in and out of jobs. He has tried everything to the point that his even applied for a bursary from the health department, although his dream was to study film and video.


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When Bandile was out hunting for a job, he didn’t have any mode of transportation to travel or any access to email to send his CV. Pressure, and expectations from both family and friends, kept him on his toes at all times. “Not getting a response or being called for interviews dents your self-esteem. And knowing that you have all the qualifications needed for a particular job, but still can’t find one, depresses you even more,” he says.

TAWANDA CHISASA (23) ZIMBABWE The primary problem that Tawanda faces as a Zimbabwean citizen continues to hinder his job applications. Having no work permit is his major challenge. Also, the fact, that he is not in possession of a drivers’ license also delays the process. “I’m forced to do whatever that is layed in front of me,” he says. He’s made several attempts to apply for positions that he believes he qualifies for. However, even with the qualifications, Tawanda is still unemployed.



Lebo finished his matric in 2002. He couldn’t start university due to financial contraints at home, so he spent the whole of 2003 sitting and doing nothing. He decided to go for military training, He stayed with the military for three years, but on the third year decided it’s not what he wanted, so during that year he started applying for bursaries to study electrical engineering. Fortunately, he got the bursary and started university in 2007. “I graduated, but I’m now dealing with the stress of job hunting,” says Lebo; who has had to move to Johannesburg to look for a job. He is still unemployed.

The biggest challenge that Nomava faces is that she’s constantly broke and having to live on the most basic of things. “It’s difficult to depend on someone else for rent, food and petty cash. It’s even more demoralising, because at times you wake up and feel more depressed knowing that it’s another day of just sitting around and doing nothing,” she says. On an average day, Nomava posts 30-35 applications on Gumtree and other job websites. Most of the companies don’t even bother to reply to her with. “I’ve been called in for about six interviews during the last six months to no avail,” she said.

An unemployed person could get on a learnership which will assist them in getting both the theory and practical work Khetha is an educational campaign experience. They will receive a monthly created by the South African allowance which will help them in their Qualifications Authority (SAQA) under the basic expenses (transport, food etc.). leadership of the Department of Higher All learnerships lead to qualifications Education and Training. It uses radio registered on the National Qualifications programmes, on nine SABC radio stations Framework (NQF). in nine official languages, print media and career expos featuring industry experts The campaign also provides information and skilled personnel. about funding sources available to those who want to further their studies. These It gives learners all the information they’ll includes the National Student Financial need to plan for their future: from which Aid Scheme (NSFAS). subjects to choose in Grade 9, career choice, scarce and critical skills needed Khetha is here to help youth in school, by the country and, post school options; school leavers, students, parents, including learning programmes offered teachers and professionals. at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges, universities of technology FOR INFORMATION CONTACT and universities.

“Make the right choice. Decide your future”- Khetha

One of the areas the Khetha campaign focuses on is learnerships. A learnership programme is where learners spend some time learning theory and some time learning practical skills in a workplace. Learnerships are managed by the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). SETAs are bodies that ensure that the skills needed for every sector of the South African economy are identified, and the training is available to provide these skills.

TOP TIPS:  While it may be too late to apply for admission at a university, consider other options like an FET College  When you have applied for a bursary, make regular follow ups until you receive a response  Don’t just choose the course with the shortest queue, think very carefully so that you can make the right choice for your future

The NQF and Career helpline: 0860 111 673 or SMS: 072 204 5056 Email: Visit: Facebook: Twitter: Khetha is brought to you by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET).



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It consists of fast, powerful movements and improves the nervous system. Other benefits are that it increases muscle power and strength, and enhances calorie burning.

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It not only keeps our bodies in shape and makes us look good, but it improves bone density and help maintain good posture, strength and mobility.

Walk fast with a trolley Walk instead of driving by increasing your walking pace, you are training the cardio (heart) vascular (lung, blood vessel) system. You will increase your heart rate and as the heart is a muscle, it needs to be challenged to stay fit.

Stop Smoking Tobacco-related diseases kill over 44, 000 South Africans annually and yet over seven million South Africans smoke. The major benefits of stopping your habit are, that the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer will be lower.

Sealed chocolate As we are the third fattest nation in the world, it is a good thing to keep that chocolate sealed. Our diet will determine 80% of what our weight will be. Where exercise plays a big role in weight maintenance, diet plays a huge rule in weight loss.


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François Bloemhof (Human & Rousseau) Chris and Marley arrive at a new school; excited, they quickly make friends. In the beginning everything about their friends and the school seems normal. Chris’s curiosity is aroused by the strange acting boy without hair and the lady in the library with the purple eye. At first none of their friends notice anything sinister, until one day they all come to school without hair. Chris decides to embark on his own investigation and Marley, against her better judgement, decides to help her brother. What they discover will change their lives and the lives of those others around them forever. This thriller is a good book for a younger audience and the author creates a vivid imagination. Although The Lady with the Purple Eye is not my kind of book I couldn’t put it down and I’m sure many of you will enjoy it too. (LS)


Lauri Kubuitsile (Tafelberg)

When Amo is asked to run the agony column for her school newspaper she feels insulted. She sees herself as a serious journalist who’s written a hard-hitting news article, the likes of “Do prefects get more meat?” She believes that one day, because of her finely-tuned investigative skills, she’ll be world famous for uncovering important news stories. She can’t be the agony aunt columnist “Aunt Lulu”. It’s not journalism, it’s fluff! But when an anonymous letter arrives from “Hopelessly, in love” Amo is sure she knows who the writer is and she is even more certain he is writing about her. Signed, Hopelessly in Love has a cast of raucously funny characters and Lauri Kubuitstile has a cool way of bringing them to life. If you love reading, you’ll finish this one in one day. One problem though, you might struggle with pronouncing the Sotho names. (CM)


Sefi Atta (Interlink Books)


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Swallow is a heart breaking story by Sefi Atta about two women, Tolani and Rose, trying to live their lives as best as they can under difficult circumstances in present day Nigeria. The two friends are employed by a bank in Lagos; Tolani works on the second floor in the loans division and Rose works on the ground floor by the cash and teller department. They work hard to survive but things don’t always go as planned. In an unfortunate and unexpected turn of events, Rose is fired and Tolani gets her job. This all seems as though it was deliberate but it’s not. Rose and Tolani meet a shady character at the market place who buys Rose a pair of shoes. Tolani’s instincts tell her that this man, OC, is no good for Rose, but Rose insists that her friend is jealous because her own relationship is not working as well as she would like. All these issues force Rose to consider drug trafficking to make a living. Tolani is anxious to get married but her fiancé seems to be stalling. So will Tolani get married and will Rose come to her senses? (LS) Design Jill Harris 21






Genre: Drama Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter Running time: 112 minutes Rated: PG

Genre: Horror Director: Kevin Greutert Cast: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor and Betsy Russell Running Time: 86 minutes Rated: 18LV

Genre: Musical Director: Dagen Merrill Cast: Alexa Vega, Luke Arnold and Timothy Hutton Running Time: 98 minutes Rated: PG

Ever watched a movie and asked yourself “why on earth did it win all those awards?” Well, this isn’t one of them. The King’s Speech revolves around the life of Bertie the Prince of England, in the time where King George V had just passed and England was on the brink of war. It’s a simple story about Bertie, who had a devastating speech impediment which hindered his ability to lead a nation in desperate need of a leader. It’s not just another movie about the royal family, it humanises them and highlights their vulnerabilities in a way no other movie has been able to do. (NN)

A Jigsaw survivor writes a book about his terrifying ordeal with Jigsaw’s ‘‘toys of pain’’, and forms a support group with the other survivors. Little do they know that their leader and hero is hiding a big secret that will change his life forever. With this chapter you don’t really need to know what happened in the previous chapters for you to be able to follow it. It’s very predictable and somehow you feel like you’ve seen it before even though you haven’t. This one is definitely for those ‘‘die-hard’’ Jigsaw fans, and NOT for the fainthearted. YOU WONT BELIEVE THE ENDING!!! (PP)

This film is a drama of the coming-ofage variety that’s centered on music as a primary story element. If you are into music, this is a classic singalong. The film has silly and cornball moments and at the same time you get a few unintentional chuckles. “Broken Hill” is rated PG though it features some violent content (including athletically based violence, acts of vandalism and vehicular mayhem), derogatory language and slurs, and scattered mild profanity. So now you know. (MC)

Genre: Action/Drama Release date: out now Director: Djo Tundo Wa Munga Cast: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Horji Fortuna Rated: 16LVS


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After seeing the trailer for this movie, I was two ways about it. But after viewing it, I wanted more. Viva Riva is the directorial debut of Djo Tundo Wa Munga who has been hailed as an African Tarentino. The movie revolves around a street-smart, charismatic hustler called Riva who shows up in fuel starved Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Riva steals a truck of fuel from his Angolan boss who is hot on his tail. This movie is dramatic, violent and romantic, as our main character finds himself in the midst of a love triangle that ruffles a few feathers. Viva Riva is perfectly balanced, there is the right amount of humour thrown in between the gun violence and the dramatic storyline. Be warned, some of the scenes are of a hectic sexual nature. All in all it’s a must see. I mean, It’s an African film! (NN)

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Getting to grips with the hottest new games

Resistance 3 (Insomniac)

Resistance 3 never pauses for breath; it’s jam-packed with many of the traditional elements of a first person shooter. Be prepared for a large selection of weapons and the return of the weapon wheel which was taken out in Resistance 2. You’ll see new enemies, even fiercer than before, which makes for a more exciting gaming experience.

Resistance 3 picks up four years after the previous game, where the Chimera has killed off 90% of the worlds’ human population. You play as the new protagonist Joe Capelli, who has been pushed into travelling to New York City by a scientist, Malikov, to destroy a Chimeran tower which will save the human race. (RG)



C Infamous 2 (Suckerpunch)

Infamous 2, the follow up to the 2009 game, still brings the word ‘awesome’ into having an unlimited supply of electrical powers. You play as the game’s previous protagonist, Cole MacGrath, who goes in search of blast cores around the city New Marais in order to use the RFI (a device used to take away powers) on the Beast. With each blast core Cole consumes, he acquirers more indestructible powers to his arsenal.


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The game, with its strong emphasis on karma, is heavily affected by the choices you make – hero or villain, it’s your move to make. The storyline gets a bit dull at times however, and the game ends much sooner than you would like. However, it’s still exciting to play the game again in order to view the alternative ending. Infamous 2 is a decent game that will leave you feeling satisfied, but it still fails to top its predecessor. (RG)

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Super Mario Brothers an iconic game created by Nintendo in the 1980s featuring two Italian-American plumbers, Mario and Luigi; hence the jumpsuits. The classic game, which saw the two brothers battle it out in sewers killing bugs and collecting gold coins, is Nintendo’s most successful to date; retailing well over a hundred million units. These days you can find the game on the Wii console. (LS)

Your lowdown on the hottest gadgets

live wire three of the Best: laptops

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The Apple MacBook is by far the best thing that has ever happened to laptops. It’s fun and easy to work on and it’s über fast! You can run multiple programmes with no glitches. The screen resolution results in crystal clear display, which is absolutely amazing. ALL HAIL APPLE, truly loving it. Enough said.(PP)

The HP 635 notebook, which comes equipped with 2-gigabite RAM and a 64-bit operating system, is very user-friendly. Internet access is fast and efficient, making this notebook a favourite with the Live team. Reasonably priced at R3500, you get much more than you bargained for. If you’re looking for something easy to use and affordable, this little number is a good bet. (LS)

If you’re in search of something small and lightweight, then the Sony VAIO Notebook which weighs only 1.4 kg might be what you’re looking for. The Sony VAIO comes with HDMI output, has fast internet and a webcam and added to that, it’s available in a variety of colours – pink, yellow and silver. Two definite negatives are that the screen is quite small (11.6 inches) and the R5 000 price tag – for a computer with 2-gigabyte memory and a 32-bit operating system – is a bit expensive.(LS)

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SAMSUNG GALAXY Ace The Samsung Galaxy Ace is a super-sexy phone. It’s fun, exciting, slick and super-thin, which makes it easy to hold. It’s a bit heavy on the hand, though, but that’s forgivable. This is an amazing phone, well worth saving up for. (PP)

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If stylish design and fluid functionality are what you’re after then brace yourself, the Xperia Neo has all of the above and more. For instance, say you’re out with your friends and you want to record those special moments you can do so with the help of the 8-mp HD camera. Because the Xperia Neo comes with 3G/HSDPA network capabilities, you will be tagging your friends on Facebook in no time. Words Lauren Snyders 22

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Of course, if you feel the Xperia Neo is too showy, you could opt for the less in-your face and more modest Vodafone 858. At a considerably lower retail price, you get the same functions and network capabilities as with the Xperia Neo, the only slight difference is that the Vodafone 858 has a 2MP camera. In the battle of the android-poweredphones who will you back this summer, the Sony Xperia Neo or the Vodafone 858? (SM) Design Jill Harris 21



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The hottest new tunes, from the smoothest sounds to the most banging beats.

Artist: Zahara Album: Loliwe (EMI) Afro-soul newcomer Zahara is stirring up a storm in the music industry. Her first two singles ‘Loliwe’ and ‘Lengoma’ are all over the airwaves and they are doing great. This is both a beautiful album and a commanding entrance into the music industry. Look out for ‘Destiny’, ‘Umthwalo’, and ‘Shine’ (to mention a few). (PP)

Artist: David Guetta Album: Nothing But The Beat (Universal)

Artist: Kelly Rowland Album: Here I Am (Universal)

Every time David Guetta releases an album it sounds better than his previous stuff. Every album makes you think he cannot get better than that, and then he proves us wrong. This is an amazing album with an all-star line-up including Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne (just to name a few). (PP)

This is an impressive album with an ability to appeal to listeners of other genres. It has that “dance-to-my-songs” vibe about it, and we’re not saying no. Here I Am puts you in a good mood even when you’re feeling down. It’s an album fit for any occasion, so go out and get it. (NM)


Artist: DJ Sbu Album: Sound Revival Vol. 1 (EMI)

Artist: DJ Khaled Album: We The Best Forever (Universal)

DJ Sbu is back with his new studio album simply titled Sound Revival Vol.1. The album boasts 13 tracks that are sure to light up South African dancefloors this summer. His hit single ‘Lengoma’, featuring Zahara, is an instant favourite with South African House Music lovers. DJ Sbu is back, and he means business. (PP)

The “money” concept on this compilation album isn’t something we haven’t heard before, and the “we the best” shout-out on almost every track is a bit annoying. This is an album sadly lacking in introspection and the first single ‘I’m On One’ sets the tone for the party mood which, predictably, never lets up. (SM)


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Zahara Born Bulelwa Mkutukana in the Eastern Cape, this 23-year-old has already engraved a permanent mark for herself in the hearts of all Afro-soul lovers and the South African music industry at large. She is signed to TS Records, one of the few record stables in this country that break untouched talent and groom it to success. Her voice sounds like a cross between Tracy Chapman and our very own Siphokazi. Combine that beautiful, attention-grabbing voice with her acoustic guitar talent and you get Zahara, the lady who within the first 13 days of releasing her debut album, ‘Loliwe’, sold over 40 000 copies. Somebody give this lady her SAMA (South African Music Award) and Metro Awards already. WOW!!! (PP)


Hot new artists to look out for this festive season and in the future...

Nababes – easy on the eyes but hardcore on the dancefloor

Docetones – Sweet Sounds Docetones is a four-man band with a unique and soulfully up-tempo sound. They started performing in 2006. “Doce means ‘sweet’ in Spanish, we are a group of young and talented musicians with an interesting musical background”, says lead vocalist Jose Vilandy. This is truly one innovative band, fusing up-tempo Latin music with the soulful sounds of modern Afro-pop. “We are hungrier, more vibrant, energetic, and musically powerful than other bands’’, says song-writer and bass guitarist Justino Camosso. Their most memorable performance was at Zula Bar in September 2010, when they opened for HHP. “After our performance he came to us and said, ‘You guys just made my job a little more difficult, I now have to work extra hard to make these people dance’. It was a great moment for us musically and personally.” These young and dynamic musicians are influenced by the likes of Kassav from Cape Veld, Lira and the legendary Jimmy Dludlu. They released their album titled “Angola’’ at the end of October this year. The Docetones have faced many challenges of being unrecognised because of their “foreign” and unique sound but they’ve managed to beat the odds and to deliver their beautiful music to Africans, and hopefully, the rest of the world.

DJ Nababes – On the rise Ladies and gentlemen, young and old, I present to you: DJ Nababes, one of Cape Town’s rising and promising female DJ’s, WHOOP WHOOP. Born and bred in Cape Town, this 19-year-old was taught the deck-wrecking skills of DJing by her late uncle (may his soul rest in peace) back in 2008, but only started DJing professionally last year. Her biggest influences are DJ Xoli from Gugulethu, Master Cash, and the famous and beautiful DJ Zinhle. “My biggest challenges that I faced when I was starting out as a DJ, and that I still face now, is being undermined by male DJ’s. They get jealous when I get booked more gigs than them.” She specialises in deep soulful house music and tribal house. “My style of playing is different from other DJs. I love dancing, entertaining, being stylish and just having fun when I’m doing my thing. I think it’s safe to say that I am versatile and unique,’’ she boasts. Her DJing highlights were playing at CPUT for the first time when she started out, and playing at the same venue as DJ BlackCoffee at Lookout Hill in May this year. This beautiful and amazing DJ is busy doing big things. Watch out world, Nababes is ready to take you over.

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REGULARS Concept Xolisa Pezisa 22 Illustrator Thabo Xinindlu 19 Design Sivuyile Mntuyedwa 25

Yo kats! have you heard about the party going down tomorrow night?

Leave the car Bongani, I mean it!

Yeah, how are we getting there? I mean we don’t even have a ride Hehehe...

Of course dad, you have my word

Don’t worry about that. I’m sure my dad won’t mind if I borrow his car

B, your pops is gonna kill you!

Go easy on the strong stuff bro, how will you drive us home? We have to leave in a minute

Are you ready kats?

Are you sure you want to take the wheel Bongani?

(hic) I-i-i-i got thisssh...

To Be Continued...?

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