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So what if I’m weird?

Carmen solomons on how her looks made her moola

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Comedy debut n retro fashion


First Year Survival

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A Day In the Life: DJ & Drifter, Ready D

Is The New Cool 32 Quirky

Fashion Then, Today 40Worn





14 Starting Uni: Dear First-Year

02 Ed's Letter

07 Live wants YOU

18 Ibuyambho: Home to My Roots

03 Contributors

09 Google Plus You: 10 Reasons

22 A Day in The Life: Drifting with DJ Ready D

04 Entertainment: Live Mag Hits the Street

24 Secrecy Bill: Can You Keep a Secret?

05 Mzansi Diamonds: Cheap Eats

12 Moolah Wize

28 Backstage with Electro Band Goodluck

06 Loves and Loathes: Love Sucks

15 Kwaai Kop: Lekker Hairstyles

30 Culture and Tradition: Who are YOU?

08 Dummies Guide: YouTube Fame

26 Destined to Love?

32 Cover: Quirky Is The New Cool

10 Live Challenge: Stand-up with Manez

54 Caffeine Nation

38 The Closet Ain’t That Comfortable

12 Moolah-wize

62 Im not racist but..

45 Gangster Romance: Bad Boys We Love

16 For and Against: Facial Piercing

46 Xenophobia: Friendships Across Borders

17 Vox Pox: Freedom Day

50 Beauty Pageants: Diamond in the Ruff...

36 Sports: The Fight of Her Life 40 Ekasi Style: Fashion Then, Worn Today 48 SAQA: Choose! May’khethela 55 Health: Lazy Guide to Health 56 Live Reviews: Music, Books, Movies, Games

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64 Cartoon: Gaz’lam

Words Melody Chironda 23

Design Sivuyile Mntuyewa 25

Cover Photo Dylan Louw 20

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ED’s note Firstly I have got to say it is good to be back! You know sometimes I just can’t stand the fact that it takes so long for us to chat again, but then I remember it gives the team more time to create top notch content for our valuable readers. Nothing but the best for the best, wouldn’t you agree? Now this issue has a strong focus on love, freedom and fun as always! Which takes me to my personal thoughts on Valentine’s Day. It reminds me of the presents I longed to receive and the breakups that occurred just before those presents supposedly made their way to me. Then there are the memories of great presents received in times when I was too broke to return the favour. But it makes me wonder, is that all Valentine’s Day is about? Is it just some commercialised day used by big corporates to cheat us out of our money? Or is it a really special day that signifies a beautiful moment in history and should not go without celebration? To be honest, it doesn’t really matter to me. Whether it’s just to brag to my friends or enjoy a day with an expensive box of chocolates and roses which will end up dying, I love Valentine’s Day. And I best receive a single rose and a PS chocolate if my bf wants to remain my bf, but gift-less I will not go! For more on love, check out our ‘loves and loathes’ on dates and gifts on page 6, and our piece ‘Destined to Love?’ on page 26.

“Am I free?”

And as we see Freedom Day approaching on 27th April, it brings the question “Am I free?” straight home. It was only a short while ago that I came to the realisation that this is my world and I can do anything I want. The questions of where I come from, how much money I have, and the colour of my skin do not determine my place in society, the opportunities I choose to access, or where my life is going. I am so grateful to have been born in a free South Africa and look forward to celebrating my freedom day in true South African style, a.k.a. a big family braai! This is where I have got to urge you to check out our amazing cover story on page 32-35... Talk about someone who really embraces her freedom fearlessly, Carmen Solomons is also easy on the eye. The story of how she got into the modelling industry and what she thinks about her own “unique” beauty should also be more than satisfactory to the curious mind. Lastly, for fun you have got to see our awesome interview with electro-band Goodluck, and our visually appetising photo essay ‘Ibuyambho,’ which translates as ‘home to my roots.’ Then there are also our absolutely awesome revamped reviews pages, and a look at how you can become SA’s next best fencer! So get your read on and be continuously entertained, informed and taken by surprise. Till the next issue, have a great first term. Mwah!


Words Nicola Daniels 21

Design Sivuyile Mntuyedwa 25

Photo Dylan Louw 19

ED’s note

the team Editor Nicola Daniels (21) twitter: @missnikkidee

Deputy Editor Cristle Mokwape (24) Twitter: @libra_scales

Social Media Editor


YouTube team:

Nonduduzo aka Ndu Ngcobo (23) Twitter: @ndufairy

Tammy-Joy Wicomb (22) Twitter: @missyt04

Mawande “Manez” Sobethwa (24) Twitter: @manez134 Siphiwo Neo Matoane (21) Twitter: @Neolithic_767 Bandile Thwala (25) Lungi Madwelane (21) Unathi Gxowa (25) Yolanda “Landa” Wotini (24)

Jill Harris (21) Twitter: @sillyjilly20d

Marketing Manager Luvuyo aka Papi Plaatjie (22)

Chief Sub-Editor Melody Chironda (23) Twitter: @ meltheangel

Features Editor and Marketing Assistant

Fashion Editor

Vanessa Kungwane (23) Twitter: @CranberryNessa

Fezeka aka Flow Qusheka (26) Twitter: @fezflow

Art Director

Sivuyile Felix Mntuyedwa (25) Twitter: @felix_de_kat

Production Manager and designer Cameron Cupido (21)

Live magazine is produced entirely by young people in South Africa, guided by professional media mentors.

FEATURES WRITERs Ntomboxolo Nana Futshane (25) Nozuko Poni (25)

Photography Editor

Dylan Louw (20) Twitter: @dylanlouw

Mikhail Petersen (23)

Other Contributors Refentse Sebothoma (23) Keya Murphy (14) Lukhanyiso Ntsuntswana (17) Anela Phakade (17) Lungelwa Jim (25) Afika Mahali (14) Sizanobuhle Mthembu (17) Senzo Ngidi (17) Afikile Nkanyane (18) Taswell Witbooi (25) Ntando Mabali (18) Thokozile Mahlangu (19)


Cebisa Zono (21) Edward Vermeulen (21)


Lynne Stuart: Design & Production Greer Valley: Illustration & Design Alexia Webster: Photography Lee Middleton: Editorial Bongani Kona: Editorial Rod Stanley: Editorial Bulelani Mvotho: Film Tamara Maclachlan: Film Alex Dodd: Sub-Editing Katherine Barrett: Sub-Editing Kirsten Townsend: Indesign Stacy Hardy: Editorial Melany Bendix: Editorial Clinton Osbourne: Careers

Special thanks to: Nik Rabinowitz; Vega Cape Town: School of Brand Leadership, Helen Turvey, Karien Bezuidenhout, Karen Gabriels, Wendy Stoffels and all at the Shuttleworth Foundation, all at the MAL Foundation and 140BBDO, Paul West and all at SAQA, Liesel Bakker, Zukile Keswa, Joy Olivier, Sbu Mpungose, Jennifer Brogan, Hevette Le Grange, Nicholas Commeignes and all at Ikamva Youth, Boka Entertainment, Zula Sound bar & Cafe, Trinity Night Club, Nu Metro, Electromode, Craving Novity, Lindiwe Suttle, Shanaaz Alexander (make-up for cover), Michelle Kirby and all at, Elizma Nolte and Ian Parsons at Google, all at Primedia and LeadSA, Michelle Clothier, Sam Comiff and all at Livity and Live UK, Mike Schalit and all at the MAL Foundation and Mark Shuttleworth.

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

First Time Contributors

Edward Vermeulen (21)

Edward is an aspiring photographer. He was in a photography group called “I was shot in Cape Town,’’ and recently joined Live Magazine to improve his photography skills. He loves teamwork and exploring and learning new stuff, and hopes to become one of the best photographers in the world. Check out more of his work in this issue.

Keya aka Cashril Murphy (14)

Keya, Live’s youngest contributor, is an illustrator whose work has been showcased in group exhibitions with well known artists, most recently at the Industrial Centre in Woodstock. He’s been featured in a documentary that was shown at the 2011 Encounters film festival, boasts a published comic book, and is only in Grade 8. Brace yourself for more of his work in this issue.

Nozuko Poni (25)

Nozuko is a creative all-rounder. Journalism, music and literature are some of her many passions. She contributed to our inspirational fencing story, book reviews, Destined To Love, Live Challenge, and Diamond in the Ruff. In her spare time she reads African literature, invades vintage stores, performs her own compositions and writes for an online magazine.

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Mzanzi Diamonds Finding those hidden gems right under your nose! This issue, it’s about satisfying those tantalising taste buds and checking out a place nothing short of interesting, Timbuktu in Cape Town, all at the same time.

As I walked into the Pan African Market, two bizarre, naked statues captivated my eyes. To my right a set of stairs that I naturally decided to follow on my search for Ethiopian restaurant, Timbuktu.

Cool Places To Check Out In Your City

Entering the first floor with wooden African crafts around every corner – from little ornaments to big elephant trunks hanging from the walls – I found myself lost in the artificial land of Africa. As I continued searching for the restaurant (I didn’t ask because I enjoyed the excitement of exploring), one thing I really appreciated was the diversity of people, a really cool richness, in language especially.

Eastern Food Bazar (Cape Town) For an affordable taste of delicious Indian food, grab a filling lunch at a hot eastern spot. 96 Longmarket Street (021) 461 2458

After going all the way up to the third floor and then back down to the second, I came across the cute tiny restaurant. Beautifully decorated, my favourite part, the balcony, gave me the feel of being in somewhat of a little India with the mixture of the golds, pinks and blues used in the draping all around, coupled by the male statues each wearing a fez, felt like make-believe servants. At this point I totally forgot I was in town, it felt like another world. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Neighbourgoods market Feeling organic? Get your health vibes on and enjoy the energetic buzz of a morning market.

When it came to ordering, I decided to go with the waiter’s recommendation, a dish called “Tibs”. He described it as a stir-fry with the choice of beef, lamb or plain veg. All dishes are served with traditional Ethiopian bread called Njere, and a light salad. Meals are very reasonably priced and ranged from as low as 20 bucks to about R80. Drinks were pretty much the usual, except for watermelon juice that I had never heard of.


Right before the food I received a bowl of warm water with lemon and a beautifully rolled hand towel to clean up before and after my meal. The food smelled divine, aromas of rosemary and chilli (that about concludes my skill for scents). It looked delicious and it was time to get to tasting. “Mmmm” was the first sound from my mouth. I’m no food guru so it’s hard to describe, but the food was so full of flavour, I could only imagine the variety of herbs and spices used to create the taste in my mouth. The Njere had a sourness that balanced out the sweetness of the Tibs, and the salad simply completed the meal. All in all, this place was a little gem indeed. If you’re looking to check out something different and try something new, Timbuktu should be right at the top of your list.

Words Nicola Daniels 21

Photos Yolanda Wotini 24

Design Mikhail Petersen 23

Hunger is the best sauce in the world

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Dummies Guide to YouTube fame

The rise of the popular video sharing website, You Tube, has seen a number of youngsters catapult from anonymity to global stardom. Teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber is a prime example. A few “babybaby-baby-oh’s” later and millions of girls were dancing to his tunes and confused boys everywhere were cutting their hair like the Biebs.

First things first: before you film or post your video, and before you start practising your autograph signing, identify your talent. Whatever you choose to do for the camera, make sure it’s uniquely you and you’re actually good at it.

brand. Be active, subscribe to different YouTube channels. There are a few things you’d better avoid unless you want your dreams to slide down the sewer. Make sure all your content is original, label your content accurately; don’t call your video “Lil Wayne dancing in his boxers” when it’s a video of you dancing around in your pyjamas (it just shows lack of creativity and ensures that no one will ever want to watch your videos again). Don’t beg celebrities to watch your videos (although sending them a tasteful shout-out on Twitter to check it out is cool).

Great, so you have talent. Start filming. You don’t need fancy equipment. Rumour has it Bieber used his cell phone to film his debut. One video is not enough, trust us on this, an average of 48-hours of video are uploaded on YouTube every minute, so post as many videos of yourself as often as you can.

One thing you have to remember – don’t ever, even if dared, post rude videos. Leave the Jackass antics to Jonny Knoxville and Steve-O. Once you post something on the Internet it’s there forever. You don’t want to go down in history as the guy who stapled his tongue to a piece of paper and had to get it surgically removed.

Every time you upload a video, make sure to give it a brilliant title that best describes what you’re doing. It makes it easier for people to search for it on the web. YouTube has sharing capabilities that allow you to post your video on Facebook and Twitter. Although YouTube is not a social network, interacting with other users is essential for your

Our final parting piece of advice for all budding YouTube starlets: wish on a star and carry a horseshoe. Fame is 45% hard work and 55% luck. Don’t walk under any ladders or crack any mirrors. And when you’re famous, don’t forget where you got your first tips.

We have hooked you up with a guide to instant YouTube fame. We are not promising Bieber-type world domination, just some handy tips on how to navigate YouTube and possibly become famous, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.


Words Nonduduzo Ngcobo 23

Design Sivuyile Mntuyedwa 25


Google plus You We’ve reached system overload with the social media available to us. But luckily the smart techy people at Google had a massive brainstorm session and came up with a solution to our problems. Before you yawn and say, “Not another social media network I have to subscribe to!”–– read our ten-point guide.

“Invite friends or follow people, video chat, update a status or share a thought” you need: Google+ is everything in one: make friends or follow people, video chat, share a thought, watch YouTube videos, upload or tag pics straight from Picasa. That’s a plus!

TWO ways to chat:

Hangouts is the place you can chat with a whole group of friends, hang and video chat. Asking, “How do I look in this outfit?” has never been so easy.

people you know but never know what to say to them), and so on. This nifty feature becomes very useful when loading pictures (see 6 below) or sharing insider-only info!

FIVE fingers on the hand that holds your Cellphone: Android-owners, this one’s for you! You’ve probably guessed it – it’s a Google+ app and it’s free! This feature also lets you automatically sync all your phone pics straight to your profile.


THREE things you didn’t know:

Game on. Ready to play? Mafia wars 2, GT racing or even Sudoku. Just click the games button on your stream and you can play, see what your friends are playing or brag about your latest high score.

is for pics: We all have those pictures that we don’t want the whole world to see, just the select few. For this, there is selective sharing. So if your mom uses Google + (unlucky for you) you can upload naughty pictures and your mom will be none the wiser.

FOUR is a party (three is always a crowd): SEVEN Circle lets you, for lack of a better word, “group” people according to headings. So you have friends, acquaintances (for the

letters in account password: If you don’t have a Google account, get one now. If you do, there is no hassle of signing up. Just log in with your Google email and

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“You can upload naughty pictures and your mom will be none the wiser”

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password and you are ready to go.


is for mates: It’s easy to send your friends who are still in the dark ages (read: don’t have Google + yet) an email to request that they join.


almost rhymes with time: It’s so convenient, easy and saves time. You can access Google+ from your gmail account. Better yet just +1 anything you like on the web and your mates can like it too.


And that’s folks: When you’re done reading this (and the rest of the mag for that matter), sign up and check out our LIVE mag SA Google+ page. Circle us to win one of ten Google+ goodie bags filled with fun stuff.

“Hangouts is the place you can hang and video chat”

ONE, as in, the only one social media site



Live Challenge:

haha, rotfl, lmfao, haha Ever had to think on your feet while entertaining a crowd? Live Magazine’s Manez got firsthand experience in front of a full comedy club. Should he keep his day job or has a new comedian been born?


Words Nozuko Poni 25

Photos Edward Vermeulen 21

Design Jill Harris 21

“When it arrived I was overwhelmed with fear and nervousness, and the sweat just wouldn’t stop dripping.”

After countless hours scratching our heads about what to do for the Live Challenge, it was decided that Manez, the tallest guy in the office, would do a stand-up routine at Ragazzi Lounge’s comedy night in Cape Town. He smiled from ear to ear when he heard the news, but his smile gradually turned into a nervous half-smile as the night approached. For you the reader to appreciate how funny this was, you first need to know a thing or two about Manez. Okay, I’ve already mentioned that he’s the tallest guy in the office. He also happens to be one of those larger than life personalities. He never runs out of stuff to say and, quite frankly, he has never let people’s lack of interest in what he has to say stop him! Very confident and at ease with different types of people, that’s Manez. Two hours before the show began Manez was really nervous. He had lost faith in the material he had prepared and he was re-writing everything. He had spent hours in solitude in a dimly lit room...okay, I’m lying. The room wasn’t dimly lit. But he did spend time writing and rewriting his lines and getting pointers from a comedian friend of his. Having watched stand-up comedy for years, and with a background in theatre and performance, he figured the whole ordeal was not going to be too difficult.

An hour before the event started Ragazzi was buzzing with people, and the lounge music playing softly in the background added to the ambiance. However, it didn’t help Manez’s nerves that the other acts for the night – comedians Tracy Glass and Christiaan Steenkamp – were there with their respective “entourages” and they all seemed to know each other. Not a great thing for a new act. Before the final stage call Manez told me he hoped they did not put him on first because that meant he would have to warm the crowd. And what do you know? “Our first act for tonight...give it up for Maneeezzz!” I cheered like I’d been paid! (I also cheered because he looked so relaxed.) He delivered his first joke like a pro. “My name is Manez and no, I’m not pregnant.” The audience was in stitches and he fed off the attention. For half of his set his hand rested on his boep (belly), which he referred to as his BEE muscle. The jokes that had the crowd going were those where he poked fun at people’s looks. “If New Year’s resolutions were possible, ugly people could resolve to be pretty. Nkosazana Zuma could be pretty by the end of the year!” As he delivered his parting joke, he looked a little freaked out. As if he was asking himself, “Did I just do that?” He triumphantly made his way off the stage with a goofy grin on his face and the audience cheering him on.

From MANEZ: “I’ve always been bugged by the fact that many people thought I was funny and said I would make for a good comic. So back in 2007 I got on stage at Mzoli’s [in Gugulethu] and shared a joke and everyone just looked at me. No one laughed, not even my friends. So when I was challenged by Live to do a stand-up comedy routine, the memory of that horrible day came back – It felt like it happened yesterday. “Surprisingly though, I said yes and I was OK with the whole thing. Until the evening of the event. When it arrived I was overwhelmed with fear and nervousness, and the sweat just wouldn’t stop dripping. Minutes later, my name was called and I ran on stage. When I heard the laughter after greeting the crowd I felt such a high that only disappeared hours later.... I would definitely do it all over again!” Also keeping the crowd entertained (from top to bottom) Carl – The Magician, Christian Steenkamp and Tracy Glass



oolah wize


Your life, your moolah

Dear miss Moolah-wize

super simple saving tips by Fund Accountant, Vuyo Matyolo

I had the worst holiday because I was dead broke! My mom never had cash to give me because things were tough at home. She had to cover stuff like rent, food, electricity, school fees, transport and all that. So my wants were the last thing she worried about. But for me, my wants are my needs! I need a new phone, new clothes, I need to take my girl out before I get dumped and buy her a present because the Bday’s coming up. So things are hard. What’s a guy to do?

No matter what your short-term or longterm needs are, you have to start saving for those needs, and the sooner the better. There are many options available for you as a young person to start saving or investing money and each is tailor made to suit your different needs. Savings and fixed deposit accounts are the most common.

Depressed, Broke-ass

A fixed deposit account provides a higher interest rate - between 4% and 7% per annum depending on how much you invest and for how long - than a savings account, but access to your funds will be restricted. To open a fixed deposit account, banks require a minimum deposit of about R1000 while you can open a savings account with as little as a R100. For more information about saving visit

Dear Broke-ass

I am My own Boss Business Profile:

I am totally feeling your pain and I have a few words of advice for you. Have you ever thought of trying out a lil ‘DIY’ (Do it yourself) thing that could put some cash in your pocket?

Name: Cape Mobile Cellphone Repairing Shop Sector: Entrepreneurship Owner: Shahbaz Ahmed Contact: 74-A Regent Rd, Seapoint Supermarket, Cape Town

Here are some cool and easy suggestions you can try out: • • • •

Turn old clothes into new ones, talk about being a creative, Mr Designer. You could customise t-shirts and create your own brand. Organise a car wash around your neighbourhood for R30 a car. Or, as a last resort, you could get a part-time job.

The man who can do everything. He is the ultimate cellphone wizz from water damage, to solving software problems. He is your guy.


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Stay on the hustle, Miss Moolah-wize Words Nicola Daniels 21

Words Melody Chironda 23

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22

Illustration Jill Harris 21



dear 2012 first years Assuming you’re all packed and set with your black Markhams nylon hold-all with sleek grey trim, your new “student” wardrobe (jeans, all-stars sneakers, sunglasses etc.), cutlery, four mugs and plates wrapped in newspaper. Good. Now let me share a few other essentials. The moment you step into that beautiful world of “freedom of choice” (University) you’re pretty much expected to make every single mistake in the book with the famous excuse “We all make mistakes” to back you up. So in the interests of the nation’s “freshers” beginning their new lives in the weeks ahead — and drawing on experiences from the likes of Cosmopolitan editor Sbu Mpongose among others, including some with rather more recent recollections — herewith the Things We Wish We’d Known Before We Went to University: 1. Everyone else is terrified too. Indulging your shyness will get you nowhere. 2. The “instant” friends who hook up in Freshers’ Week will hate each other by the end of term or year. Term Two is when you make your real friends. 3. Drinking makes you fat and you will have a phuza face, finish and klaar. 4. Morvite porridge and two minute noodles are set to be your best peers! 5. You’ll spend the rest of your life paying off the loan you squander so freely in term time. Stay focused on the goal, partying never ends. 6. Don’t waste the endless holidays: travel, travel, travel. (That’s not squandering your student loan – it’s called living.) 7. Get into the habit of going to lectures (a 9 am class isn’t an infringement on your human rights). 8. Are you a wannabe Pastor Chris or a mini Julius Malema? Here’s the thing, while there’s nothing wrong with having some zeal, don’t lose the plot: religion and politics won’t help during 9. Dump the girlfriend/boyfriend from home/at another university before you start. Better than moping all through the first term and dumping them at Christmas anyway. 10. Everyone suffers from homesickness at some point. It is not a sign of weakness to ring/visit your parents occasionally. 11. Don’t wait until your mid-life crisis to read “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.” Get yourself a copy and read – it will make you brave. 12. Never lend your notes before exams because you’ll never get them back. 13. Never “get a house” with friends. Share with only those you half-like because it always ends in tears. 14. Crash every party, go to every ball and read every book. Never again will you have the chance to do things, not by halves, but with gusto. 15. Wear your heart on your sleeve – the dizzy social lifestyle is not at all what it’s cut out to be.



P.s. Being in tertiary is a privilege granted to a lucky few. Make the most of your experience, and remember: you are the drive to your future.

Regards, An ex-first year student


Words Vanessa Kungwane 23

Design Jill Harris 21

Photo Dylan Louw 20



kwaai kop

We went around Cape Town and Joburg to see what people do to their hair. By the looks of it everyone is creative and unique in their own way. We celebrate freedom in many ways, and we think having a weird or cool hairstyle can be one of them.

Bowl cut - From Cape Flats

Pine-apple - From Diepkloof Emofringe

- From Bella

Hipster cut - From Claremont

German cut- From Tembisa

Kojak - From Soweto

Mini Bongos - From Gugulethu

Fishtale- From Parow


Words Fezeka Flow Qusheka 26

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22

Illustration Mikhail Peterson 23

Illustration Thabo Xinindlu 20

YOUTH TAKE: What do you think of weaves?


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ibuyambho (Home to My Roots)

We visited


village in the Eastern Cape to admire its beautiful scenery, people and the Xhosa culture.



Initiates enjoying themselves through dance and stick-fighting

Xhosa boys go through a transition to manhood called “Ukwaluka�


An animal is slaughtered as an offering for the ancestors

New men will be given lectures by their elders on how to behave


Calling the ancestors before the ceremony


Words Nana Futshane 25

Photos Cebisa Zono 21

Design Jill Harris 21

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For And Against: Body Piercing For Piercing by Lukhanyiso Ntsuntswana, 17

Against Piercing by Anela Phakade, 17

I like piercings mostly because of celebrities like Lil Wayne who, coincidentally, also has a lot of tattoos. Piercings are unique and you can always change them because there are lots of cool designs out there. And often, people who are into tattoos pierce their bodies as a rite of passage. In some traditional cultures tattooing is looked upon with respect. While in other places such as New York, London and Paris, piercings are used as signs to distinguish between identifiable sub-cultures. Some tattoos are also done as a necessity because of culture.

I hate piercings because I think people who do it look like prostitutes. According to my religion, body piercing is not accepted by God. It’s evil and demonic – a return to paganism. What we’re witnessing, along with body piercing, is the revival of old tribal practises of body scarification and body mutilation. Nose rings, eyebrow rings, belly rings, tongue studs, multiple earrings, tattoos and other disfigurements are more than an identifiable sub-culture. It’s all part of an aggressive fashion statement which challenges the Christian church. I urge all of you out there to not cut your bodies or to tattoo yourselves because it’s difficult to remove. Respect your body, do no harm to it.

Words Anela Phakade 17

Words Lukhanyiso Ntsuntswana 17

Illustration Cashril Murphy 14

Design Mikhail Petersen 23


drifting with dj Ready D Vroom vroom - the sound a car makes when you rev it, but when it’s time to drift, a monster is brought to life…

Live magazine checked out the Street Mods’ (a place to customise your car) car show for some cool rides, cool sounds and cool people. From iconic muscle cars to the infamous Honda Civics, all was on show. We caught up with DJ Ready D to chat about his passion for drifting, a type of racing, and cars. Most guys love cars, so it didn’t surprise us when Ready D said his passion for cars came about when he was just a little boy. “I looked at my father, brother and the community, and I became fascinated with it.” This guy has a few rides; his favourite, the Nissan 200SX because it’s fun and it’s his drift car. “My dream car would have to be a Nissan Skyline GTR 34, which has to be tuned up by a company in Japan called Top Secret.” His first car was a Ford Cortina 3LS, fully modified, bought with the winnings of his first DJ competition. We are all aware of the ongoing competition between German and Japanese cars, something which will probably not end anytime soon.


Words & Photos Lauren Snyders, 22

Design Cameron Cupido 21

Ready D thinks Japanese cars are practically built for drivers and very comfortable. But hey, I’m sure the German car lovers would say the same thing. One of the main attractions at the car show was the drifting. Ready D is part of Drift Squad, a group of drivers who perform different routine drifts. For those who don’t know what drifting is, here’s the 411: When a driver drifts, he forces a car into a four-wheel turn slide through a turn at a race track. In a drifting competition, the driver who drifts the longest wins. This form of motor sport is relatively new in South Africa, with more and more sponsors gravitating towards it. “Drifting is like a performance and we choreograph it. This means we practise a lot.” Ready D and the Drift Squad are seriously against any form of illegal motor sport. “I think adrenalin junkies get a rush out of illegal drag racing or drifting and I don’t support it. It might look nice in movies, but in real life you can’t really take your skills to the max.”


Top left: Driving nemo; Top right: The new old school; Bottom: Keeping up with the car-dasher

“Drifting is like a performance and we choreograph it. This means we practise a lot.” Live asked Ready D what he thought about women and drifting and he’s very excited about it – his wife is also a drifter. “There are a lot of females waiting to get behind the wheel and it’s very important because this is not just a man’s world.”

“The Drift Squad is the only one with the only two female drifters on the continent. We have 40 members, of which there are two females, and we practise once a week. But we don’t only do the drifting, we also do various projects such as soup kitchens, toy runs and food hampers,” said General Manager, Ash Buxs.

For information visit: Facebook page Dr1ft Squad-D1S


can you keep a secret?


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Words, Photos Lauren Snyders 23

Photos Cebisa Zono 21

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22


Seventeen years after the fall of apartheid, South Africa faces yet another struggle for freedom. A combination of forces – from academics, activists, journalists and politicians to members of the clergy – have come together to fight the Protection of State Information Bill, a piece of legislation that threatens to severely limit our access to information and our ability to hold those in power accountable.

functioning democracy. We would not be a free society if we lived under the kinds of restrictions proposed by the Secrecy Bill. The Right to Know Campaign (Right2Know) along with many other organisations have vowed to take the fight to the Constitutional Court. Right2Know said they are disappointed by members of Parliament from the African National Congress (ANC). They feel that by supporting the bill, the governing party has betrayed the principles of an open government and the transparency that it once stood for.

Currently sitting before the National Council of Provinces, the Protection of State Information Bill (POIB) – dubbed the Secrecy Bill – aims to regulate the classification, protection and broadcasting of state information. If made law, the bill will make it criminal for citizens to publicise state information before reporting it to the police.

Joe Seremane, a former member of parliament from the Democratic Alliance (DA) feels that this bill is no better than the harsh laws from the apartheid era. “We’ll soon have people disappearing, being arrested and losing their jobs simply because they differ to the powers that be. We fought for freedom

To give an example: say you’ve been on the housing list for years and you discover that, through some backhanded dealing, someone else received a house before you did, even though they applied after you. It would be illegal for you to expose the officials responsible unless you receive prior permission from the police to share that knowledge. Under this bill, the penalty for broadcasting classified information can be as harsh as 15 years imprisonment.

“We’ll soon have people disappearing, being arrested and losing their jobs.”

What this means is that if POIB is passed into law it will effectively silence not only journalists, but researchers, community activists and members of the public as well. In a democracy such as ours it would be totally unfair not to know what is happening in our country. Access to information and a free press are one of the core pillars of a

and freedom of speech was one of them. Those things have to be protected,” he said. Moloto Mothapo, Head of Media and Communications for the ANC, disagreed. “Every country in the world has legislation of this type to ensure the security of the nation,” he argued.

Mothapo also blamed the media for producing lies and misinforming the public. “Imagine what would happen if, for example, our country would be under threat of terrorist attacks or a life threatening disaster and then a journalist comes into contact with that information and publishes it. People would hear about it and panic; others fleeing the country, others even going as far as committing suicide.’’ Mothapo stressed that the bill will not be used to cover up corruption, and that there will be harsh penalties for those in power who illegally classify information. “The bill will not cover up incompetence within government. It is there strictly for state security reasons and does not prohibit anyone from freedom of speech and freedom of expression.’’ Efforts by civil society to prevent the bill from becoming legislation took a blow on the 22nd of November 2011 – a day referred to as ‘Black Tuesday’ – when the bill was voted through the National Assembly by a total of 229 ‘yes’ votes to 107 ‘no’ votes and two abstentions. “It is sad that the ANC, which fought for the liberation of South Africa, finds itself in a situation where it is pushing through a bill which is against the very essence of a free country, and we as the citizens are fighting against a law that shouldn’t be coming before a democratic parliament,” Mondli Mkhanya, editor in chief of Avusa media, told Live. It seems that our leaders have forgotten that they once said, “The people shall govern.” How can we govern when we can’t even speak without permission? For more info, visit:

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Rato Sikuni (Sotho-Love) How has your name shaped who you are today, if at all? “To me it’s just a name.There is nothing that my name has done for me.”





We asked three people, whose names mean love in different languages, what their idea of love is and how their names have shaped who they are.


Thandolwethu Cagwe (Xhosa-Our Love)

What is your idea of love? “I believe in the biblical idea of Agape Love (Unconditional Love). Love that accepts and never changes.”

What is your idea of love? “It is something you feel from within. You don’t always have to be able to describe it... that’s how intense it is. But I know it’s a feeling one hopes will last forever.”

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Photos Dylan Louw 20

Cheree Louw (French-Beloved)

Design Cameron Cupido 21



a night out with

electro band Goodluck has been making waves in the electro music scene for a couple of years now. The tracks “Taking It Easy” and “Hop On Hop Off” are pretty much what got them noticed. We took some time out to chill with the duo before their rocking performance at hot Cape Town nightclub, Trinity.

The story behind the story!

This was a night that did not exactly go as planned. Initially we thought, OK, everything is arranged with the band manager and club manager, we will be VIP guests from the media, names on the guest list, free drinks and the whole night will run smoothly. Yeah right, were we in for a big surprise! Firstly we were not about to leave the office in what we were wearing. We had a shoot earlier that day and had tons of material and makeup lying around, so immediately the office turned into a dressing room. All dressed up and ready go, the VIP’s were on their way to set the party on fire! That’s what we thought... To our surprise the club looked crazy outside, with lines stretching all the way over to another street, nobody being let in and a movie being shot right out front. That movie may have looked like madness at first, but it proved to be our blessing. We got dissed at the entrance because the guest-list wasn’t out yet, but then the movie director


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Words Cristle Mokwape 24

Design/ Photos Jill Harris 21

shouted to let us in because we were blocking his shot. So much for a VIP entrance! We went in and they were still setting up, the place as crazy inside as it was outside. We asked around for the band only to be told that we had just missed them. So we sat by the empty VIP area, high and dry because we were broke and feeling totally out of place (black girls in a typically white club, but nobody dared say anything). We were so uncomfortable, we lost the confidence to manage the simple task of asking for the manager. Eventually our photographer/designer, Jill, gathered up her courage and approached a guy who looked like the manager. She told him who we were and why we were there. To our surprise the night took a positive turn. He greeted us with his cool vibe, offered us drinks and set our minds at ease by telling us that he would take care of everything: securing time with the band, a space for the interview and of course drinks on his tab! All in all a very eventful night!

Goodluck on stage at Trinity

All set up and ready to go, in walk energetic Goodluck members, Ben Peters and bubbly Juliet Jules Harding, keen to chat and answer all we have to ask. With no time to waste (they’re about to perform) we get straight into it, with just a teeny bit of goofing around for some snapshots in between. Live: Who are you and what are you about? Ben: We’re a dance production duo, we make live electronic music. The whole basis of this band is about shaping that style blend that we feel passionate about and putting it into a genre that’s current, relevant and has pop appeal. The brand is about not being too cool for school. We just love what we’re doing. We’re nerds. Live: How far do you think you are in your career? Jules: I don’t think you’ve ever made it. You just keep doing what you love. To us it’s not about making it or success or the money. It’s not about being in the press. We have real passion and love meeting other people. It’s about having a good time because it all fades. Live: How old are you guys? Ben: 28/14, physical and mental age. Jules: 27/21 Live: As the lead singer, what are the weird things you drink to bring your voice back? Jules: Take a lemon, remove the pips (you have to remove every pip otherwise it will be bitter). Blend it (I haven’t tried this by the way so I can’t tell you whether it works). Add a bit of water, a tablespoon of olive oil, a thumb of garlic and sip on it all day. Apparently it takes away your hoarseness. Reference to Julliete’s music teacher, Jeremy Quickfall. Live: What goes into the music you produce? How often do you practise? Where do your ideas come from? Jules: We never practise because we don’t have time. We’re always performing and travelling.

Ben: The whole concept of how we produce is that Jules will start with a melodic idea (we don’t know where it comes from), then she records it on her phone – generally when we’re just out of a gig, she’ll hear some beats that she likes and just sing over it. She brings it back to the studio. We choose which ones are gonna be commercially viable, choose the best ones, and then we write for the Goodluck sound. Sometimes it takes months to get it right. At the end of the day, the song is the champion, it’s not about us. Live: Do you guys ever spend time apart? Are you related? Ben: No we’re not related, we work together 24 hours a day. We’re either on the road or in studio. We’re learning to try and find time to take holidays and sorta get back into that creative process, but it’s difficult because we got 21 gigs this month (December). That’s a lot of flying, a lotta driving and a lotta Redbull. Jules: Speaking of which, I wouldn’t mind one right now. Live: Did you always want to be a musician? Ben: When I left high school, I didn’t know what I was gonna be. I was convinced I wasn’t gonna be in music. I went to do an IT thing in the UK then I came back to SA and ended up studying aromatherapy. Jules: I might’ve got lucky. I surrounded myself with the right people. I met the right musicians. I was in advertising.

Goodluck’s word of Advice

Jules: School and varsity isn’t gonna be what defines you in life. If you’re not passionate about something, get the freak out. You manifest whatever you want. It’s about honesty. You have to be honest with yourself. It’s also about a lotta hard work. You can’t lie to yourself. If you tell yourself you’re a good singer and no one comes to your gigs, catch a wake-up call, you’re not a good singer.




Who are YOU? Imagine people always telling you you’re not who you say you are...



“What’s your name?” It’s a basic question we ask when we first meet someone new. Even children learn to ask it. And the answer is simple, right? Not for me. Check out my name at the bottom of the page: Cristle Mathapelo Mokwape. When someone asks for my name, a dozen different answers and even more questions spin through my mind. Like me, you probably have more than one name too. Am I correct? These names might have been given to you to represent your family history. If you have a single name, I’m imagining that you’re telling yourself it must be cool for someone to have a choice in names. Quite the opposite; for me, it’s been a burden. Yup, I get judged for the name I choose to provide. Let me give you an example. Say I’m asked for my name, after a brief mental debate, I’ll maybe say Cristle. The person asking would then ask what my “real’’ name is. This now means that because I’m black, my answer can’t be right, so then I say “Mathapelo.’’ What angers me is that the person will say, “Oh you can’t have an English name,” and “Oh, your name is too long or too difficult to pronounce so I’ll shorten it to Mthabi.” Now the meaning of my treasured Tswana name is non-existent. I could go on and on about the remarks people make, but I won’t... South Africa is known as a Rainbow Nation, a country made of many different religions, cultures and traditions. But what happens when the lines of the rainbow blur and you find yourself – like me – shifting between cultures and traditions? Between English and Tswana names? Where do you fit? How do you define yourself? How do others want to define you?

long thereafter I started playing drums for them. When I played at the church services, I realised that I liked the things the pastor was preaching, and could not find many differences between Rastafarianism and Christianity.’’ The nickname “Unity’’ is also a direct translation of “Lumanyano.” In his case, however, it’s more than just a direct translation. “I think I was given this name to unify the different religions and cultures that played a role in building the person that I am today,” Lumanyano says. You’re probably asking how he managed to make such a big decision and followed it through. To someone else, Lumanyano’s decision to “change religions’’ might seem like he’s letting go of his origins. He says: “It was easy for my family to accept the decision I took because some of them were already church-goers.” Lumanyano doesn’t see a reason why, like me, he gets judged for living between two worlds. His advice to those who are trying to ‘find themselves,’ culturally speaking, is that it’s best to “learn other cultures and languages by having friends from different walks of life.”

“Learn other cultures and languages by having friends from different walks of life.” There are those of us who make an effort to get along with people by learning their languages and cultures. We choose not to be ignorant and judgemental towards others. The least you can do is acknowledge and accept that people live the way that’s most comfortable for them. If we claim to be a rainbow nation, let’s remember that we live in a modern world where people are supposed to feel free to express themselves however they want.

Live had a chat with 17-year-old Lumanyano “Unity’’ Mzi. Lumanyano sits comfortably on a couch in his parents’ living room in Delft. The house is decorated with musical instruments, including a drum kit, guitars, amplifiers and speakers, just to name a few. He tells us his story of how he grew up in a Rastafarian family, started playing six musical instruments from early in his childhood and eventually finding his way into a Christian church. Lumanyano says: “My love for music is what led me to the church I’m attending. Every day I walked past the building, I would hear band practice. I eventually walked in. Not Words Cristle Mathapelo Mokwape 24

Design Tammy-Joy Wicomb 22

Photos Dylan Louw 22

Lumanyano “Unity’’ Mzi, 17 Photos Mawande Sobethwa 24



QUIRKY IS THE NEW COOL Sometimes staying true to yourself, even when your environment refuses to change, just may be the best decision you’ll ever make in your life. Small-town girl turned international model, Carmen Solomons, tells us why.



Rocking a white dress and barely any makeup, Carmen Solomons met up with Live to chat about her dizzying ride from Kraaifontein to modelling mega stardom over lemonades at Cape Town’s trendy café, Skinny Legs and All. At the tender age of 20, Solomons stands out wherever she is. Even in Cape Town’s searing summer heat, her delicate poise and cool character contradicts the cliché of models as high maintenance or stuck-up. “I wasn’t really keen on modelling because I was more of a nerd, I wanted to study further,” said the young lady who was discovered by Boss Modelling Agency at the age of 17 while watching a fashion show in a mall. “But my mother, who was the inspiration behind everything, told me to rather just go for it and see how it is,” she said with a powerfully infectious smile.

“I step into a room and some people they love me, some people hate me. They’re always like, ‘What are you? Why is your hair red if you come from South Africa?’ I’ve learned to deal with it.” The modelling industry is known as a cut-throat jungle where only those with the thickest of hides survive. “I felt really intimidated,” Solomons confided. “I had to grow up really fast. My agent only travelled with me the first few times and stayed for like, two weeks, and then he was like, ‘Go my little butterfly,’ and I was like, OK, mommmmmy!!! But I don’t regret anything. It made me who I am today,” she said. When she was only 17, Solomons dazzled the modelling world with her chestnut hair, pale skin and the sulphurous glow of her green eyes. At such a tender age, she was already travelling abroad alone, walking the ramps of India Fashion Week, and relishing the opportunity of being made the show-stopper.

“My brothers have really dark skin and I never saw that, I never saw the colour difference.” “Because I’m not very tall to be on the runway - you have to be like a tree - I was very nervous and scared, but that took it all away,” she said of her Indian soirée, which dramatically improved her swagger.

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“I was a very shy and awkward person. My comfort zone meant the world to me. At the time I never in my wildest dreams thought I could ever accomplish this much with just my looks – the same looks I was always being teased for.”

creative and don’t judge so easily,” she said. Solomons feels being different carries just about as many advantages as it does disadvantages. “It’s nice being different, but what’s normal to me may not be normal to someone else. You won’t always fit in.”

Her striking features can force just about anyone to look twice, but her beauty doesn’t abide by conventional standards. She’s definitely unique; not just another brick in the modelling wall. However, in spite of her phenomenal success – she now spends most of her time overseas doing major gigs in places like London and New York – not all the critics are convinced that she’s the real deal.

Today, Solomons says, she has built character and a more solid personality through her experiences.

In fact, to let you in on a little secret, even choosing her for the cover story was not at all an easy decision, as some of our colleagues at Live had hesitations about her unusual features and the fact that she’s not your typical “well known” model. One colleague, a non-believer, went so far as to call her looks “weird” and not meant for the modelling industry, while another described her as “too Khoi-San.” Solomons has learnt to roll with punches. “I step into a room and some people they love me, some people hate me. They’re always like, ‘What are you? Why is your hair red if you come from South Africa?’ I’ve learned to deal with it,” she said.

“I never in my wildest dreams thought I could ever accomplish this much with just my looks – the same looks I was always being teased for.” As a child, she never thought she looked different. “My brothers have really dark skin and I never saw that, I never saw the colour difference. It was only when I started growing up that more people noticed, they always asked me am I adopted, and I’m like, ‘No, I’m not!’” Then came the cover shoot. Solomons’ luminous presence, angelic face and persona that so clearly comes from humble beginnings left everyone in awe and the critics on our team eating their words. Solomons is every bit as versatile in her job as the word implies: she can pull off any pose or character and the camera truly loves her.

“It’s nice being different, but what’s normal to me may not be normal to someone else. You won’t always fit in.” Though she’d love to snag a Guess campaign, modelling isn’t the end of the road for Solomons. She’d still like to pursue her dream of being a dietician while continuing her modelling as a hobby as opposed to a career. She’s a young and ambitious soul. Charging through all barriers that have been placed in her way, she has grown while remaining humble and true to herself. To this day, when she’s in Kraaifontein she still does dishes in accordance with the family timetable. One can only admire and respect the strides Solomons has made as a young woman; living a life filled with goodie-bags of success, she’s never attempted to change herself for others.

“People will love you or hate you. I’ve just learned to take it with a pinch of salt and continue striving for my dreams,” said Solomons.

A few things you'd never guess about Carmen Solomons • I talk in my sleep. • I still wrestle with my brothers. • I sleep with the light on because I'm scared of the dark, and with both legs covered just in case that scene of paranormal activity might take place! • Me and my best friend have burping competitions (o_0) • I am really a man. LOL joking about that. • I often quote Trevor Noah jokes and expect people to laugh all the time because the way I said it was funnier. • I find Afrikaans words funny, like aartapel lmao!

“Apparently I don’t look South African. Some people think I’m part Asian, so I’ve always had to explain my looks to people. SA is very conservative, while overseas people are more

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Stylist Fezeka Qusheka 26

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Ch@ str8 From the model... Your favourite movie? At the moment, the first Hangover. What kind of food do you like? My fave food is pizza. Any kind of fast food makes me happy, and anything sweet. What do you get up to on weekends? On weekends I am hanging with friends. Mostly spent with my best friend or catching up with old friends. Beach and braai... Sundays is church with my fam. The coolest thing you’ve seen overseas? The coolest thing I saw overseas... Well, in Gran Canaria the beaches are amazing. In New York it was the Flatiron building and the Empire State building. London, the London eye, and even their public transport amazed me. The architecture in Zurich. Everything different amazes me. How do you keep your body in shape? I don’t have a hectic workout regime. I do yoga now and again.

…beauty secrets? Well my beauty secrets are not much of a secret. Don’t sleep with makeup, don’t smoke. Drink lots of water and not too much sun. Oh, and use cold teaspoons for tired eyes. If you were president for a day what would you do? Hmmm, I will lower petrol prices, give away cars and bursaries to the deserving and less fortunate. Make abortion illegal and bring back the death penalty. If you had one wish what would it be? My one wish would be that I could have ten more ;). What cartoon character do you resemble? Most people say I resemble Pepper Ann... But I prefer the lil’ mermaid. Are you single? I am in a relationship... I’m very much taken :-).

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The Fight of Her Life

Before writing this article, my knowledge of fencing was as limited as my knowledge of dissembling a ticking bomb! The only thing I was certain of was that I had never seen a person from the township doing it. Then I met Kristen Matthews...



Kristen Matthews is a national athlete and founder of Manenberg Blades, a fencing club for underpriviledged children in that area. Looking at the wall filled with medals, trophies and certificates in her home, and hearing the passion in her voice, it is hard to believe that this girl stumbled into a fencing rehearsal five years ago while running away from detention. Kristen, who comes from a very humble background in the poverty and crime stricken flats of Manenberg, had always known she was destined for bigger things, but didn’t know how she would get there. “Looking around my neighbourhood, I saw drug use, teenage pregnancy and violence, and vowed to myself I would not be part of the statistic. Fencing for me became that saviour,” she said. “I got a scholarship to study at Christel House School in Ottery, because of my potential and financial needs. That’s where it all started.” She credits fencing for having opened her mind to aspire to bigger things, and her coach Randall Daniels for being a constant support system. Randall, a former fencer, got into development after seeing that there weren’t many children of colour in fencing and that people weren’t aware that there were programmes in place to get the disadvantaged into the sport, which is expensive (fencing kit starts

at R3000). “I’m very passionate about developing fencing. Even though it takes so much of my time, students like Kristen and Wanda Matshaya [who competed in the Olympics] make it worthwhile.” “This sport requires commitment and discipline, and I have learned those things from my coach who is always there for support and also helps me to toughen up in the face of challenges,” said Kristen, who also coaches weekly at her old high school. Her experience over the last five years has given her travel opportunities around Africa. One that she is most excited about is her one-year training in Senegal that she started in December. “I got the opportunity because Fencing South Africa saw that I was involved in developing fencing more than I was competing. The success of Fencing Cape Flats, which I started with my coach and management team, also convinced them.” The sky is the limit for Kristen, and it looks like that’s where she is headed. When she comes back she will be the youngest qualified fencing coach and the only certified black female coach in South Africa. “My ultimate dream is to have more fencing clubs for the disadvantaged and get the sport out there so that more people know about it. And not just from the Zorro movies!” she laughed.

Randall Daniels is Kristen's coach and mentor. Like Kristen, he initially got involved in fencing to keep out of mischief (and had no clue what fencing was). He’s been involved in the sport for more than 20 years. Today he offers himself as a development coach. He makes no money but finds reward in changing the lives of young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to access fencing. Daniels is constantly busy setting up new clubs, discovering future Olympic stars and continuing to help underprivilged people break boundaries.

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Words Nicola Daniels 21

Photo Edward Vermeulen 21

Design Sivuyile Mntuyedwa 25

Interested in fencing and wanna know if there's a club close to you or how you can get involved? Check out these websites: Facebook group - Fencing Cape Flats




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A closet: a cabinet reserved for possessions often forgotten or that you want “out of sight.” Imagine this closet in a busy area at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Imagine this closet as a representation, a metaphor perhaps, of the need to hide your sexuality, to keep it “out of sight”... Can you see this closet as the keeper of all your fears? Alex*, 16, faces a series of challenges every day - most of them to do with things that heterosexuals seem to be either ignorant or unaware of. When he speaks, it’s evident in the shaky sound of his voice that he feels people don’t take his feelings into account when spitting snide comments his way. “Imagine you had to live your life in fear of violence and social banishment because people didn’t approve of who you choose to date, or choose to be. We’re all the same, physically, mentally and spiritually.’’                                                                                                                                                      Before Alex came out about being gay, all his friends behaved normally around him. His colleagues, classmates and family members all showed him what he thought was unconditional love. “Once I announced that I’m gay, I started losing friends. Just like that, I was declared an outsider.” It’s only natural that this fear of discrimination is what keeps gays and lesbians closeted for years. Homophobia - fear of and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people - is just as bad as racism, as well as being a violation against human rights (which, we’d like to add, is illegal). In a broadcast that was YouTubed around the world on Human Rights Day, American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”  So we ask: why, in a country where we are supposed to be accepting of everyone’s culture, history, ethnicity, rituals and personal preferences, do we still have our youth denying who they are for fear of social rejection and the threat of violence? Does a black person deny his skin colour out of fear? No. Does a religious person hide Words Cristle Mokwape 24

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his beliefs? No! So why do we as a nation accept everything from polygamy to eating mopane worms, but fail to accept a person’s sexual orientation? Take the 2010 incident around the UCT’s “Pink Closet Project.” The project was aimed at helping people struggling with self acceptance and social acceptance. The idea was this: place a gigantic pink closet in one of the busiest areas of UCT’s campus, showing support for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual rights, and invite students to enter and write on the walls about their experiences of coming out. The closet was burned down by a bunch of homophobes a mere 12 hours later. It’s hard to imagine that people were willing to go to such lengths simply to show their rejection of a group of people whose only difference from them is the people they love. Even people’s families have mixed reactions to their coming out. “When I came out to my parents, my father offered to buy me a motorbike so that I can ride the anger out,” said Alex. “I think he was hoping that I’d feel and look more muscular on it. Two of my friends’ fathers completely wrote them off, only to reconnect with them about three to five years later.” *The name in this story has been changed to protect the identity of the individual involved.

“Once I announced that I’m gay, I started losing friends. Just like that, I was declared an outsider.”

Twitter Feed @support4gays: @Support4Gays having to go through the experience of coming out every time you meet someone new

@Support4Gays Another is avoiding hate. I have to wear a damned mask all the time to avoid suspicion of not being “normal”.

@Support4Gays when other youth who might be gay are afraid to come out so you feel alone and like you will never meet anyone

@Support4Gays Religious groups who are strictly anti-gay, and don’t think for themselves, but would rather follow than lead.

@Support4Gays One challenge would be convincing your parents you are just like any other person.

@DylanLouw making straight male friends is always a problem!

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@Support4Gays One challenge would be convincing your parents you are just like any other person.

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The Bad Boys We Love

“It’s all a game to them,” says 31-yearold Ferial*, whose two children are fathered by different gangsters.

And what girl doesn’t love a game, at least at first? We may all fantasise about the thrill of strutting past the queues at night clubs, allowed into events without paying, escorted by bouncers to VIP lounges, people moving out the way as if you were President Zuma’s first wife. The feeling of status and importance is as intriguing as the mere proposal from a bad boy. Yup, bad boys are hot – irrespective of those hideous tattoos, that gold tooth from the Eighties or that oily S-curl! Maybe it’s the power they appear to wield, or the way they command respect – albeit through fear. The bottom line is they always get the girl. But is it worth it to get the gangster? “Gangsters are very possessive,” says 28-year-old Yasmina* through gritted teeth. Ferial nods in agreement. Yasmina and Ferial grew up together, but their friendship was forced to end as Yasmina’s ex-boyfriend – also a gangster – didn’t like them being friends.

Ferial’s experience is as vivid in her memory as the oxygen she inhales, yet words cannot begin to explain the pain and hardship she has endured for the sake of security, money and status. “There is no love in a relationship with a gangster; you come third to his crew [gang] and his family.”

“He’ll steal something for you but when he’s broke, he’ll come back for it.”

Although she escaped being found an accessory, Ferial can hardly bring herself to recall the nail-chowing, room-pacing trauma she put herself through at the time. Her bad boy is now behind bars for life, and she has sworn to never date a gangster again.

A life of dating gangsters comes with a hefty price tag, exceeding the value of Louis Vuitton luggage sets, business class travel to Monaco, shopping sprees in Dubai or lofts in every country. “He’ll steal something for you but when he’s broke, he’ll come back for it,” says 23-year-old Nolunto*.

Meanwhile, Yasmina gets visibly intense as she stresses: “There’s no life there. You must always have a brave face, even after a night when he has beaten you into a pulp.”

The need to survive can make people take less than aboveboard routes. But living outside the law carries its own price. “I felt so important. We were a pretty big deal. But being with him actually started being pretty crappy pretty quickly,” Ferial recalls. Ferial has dodged the cross fire between her ex-gangster boyfriend’s crew and their rivals, smuggled drugs into jail and hidden guns at her mother’s house – all so that she could keep her gangster boyfriend happy while she got pampered.


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The reality of being a bad boy’s girl inevitably involves sleeping with one eye open, waiting on the police to come knocking on your door or for someone to pump bullets into your body for a reason that is beyond you. Never have the words of MetroFM DJ and Idols judge Unathi Msengana rung so true. From one sister to another: “When you don’t understand your purpose in life, you can easily be swayed to do anything for attention, often compromising who you are.” *The names in this story have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals involved.


Xenophobia: Friendship Across Borders “That evening was challenging because Leo had obviously distanced himself from me. I empathised with him because he had gone through so much pain. I wanted to help, but I couldn’t because he had put a wall between us,” says Zipho, a 25 year-old South African. Leo Kapembe is a Namibian national who came to South Africa to study. Unfortunately, he got caught up in the xenophobia attacks that swept through the country in 2008. The attacks almost jeopardised his friendship with Zipho, his first friend in South Africa. “It hurt because he was now accusing every South African for hating foreigners, but harder still was seeing Leo in that emotional state. At that point, what was I to do?” says Zipho. “Obviously I wanted to reach out to help him, but my fellow South Africans were causing problems in his life, knowing that a friend is hurting is bad enough.”

“Obviously I wanted to reach out to help him, but my fellow South Africans were causing problems in his life.” In perhaps the most violent period in South Africa’s history since the fall of apartheid, March to May of 2008 saw attacks on foreign nationals that left 62 dead and thousands of others with nowhere to go. Communities were shattered as innocent people were forced to flee, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs, as neighbours ransacked their belongings and many family members lost one another in the desperation to escape with their lives.


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The attacks badly affected Leo’s relationship with his friends. “We don’t even go to the loxions (townships) anymore because we know that anything can happen.” Many foreigners still feel ill at ease about living in South Africa, in fear that they will fall victim once again to angry South African xenophobes. “I never came out of the house during the night. I was afraid of being attacked. My parents want me to come back to Namibia,” Leo laments. In the midst of all this, one has to ask, what happened to the idea of Ubuntu: I am because we are and because we are, you are?

“We don’t even go to the loxions anymore because we know that anything can happen.” We should all strive to help each other. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all go wherever we wanted; to eat and live and love and laugh without causing harm? If we all had one dream, we could live in a happy nation,” says Zipho.

The rainbow nation, it seems, has turned its back on its needy African neighbours and this has made it hard for foreigners to trust locals. “When it comes to trusting the locals, I think there is a line drawn now,” Leo says matter-of-factly. “We just say, you are dealing with a South African, be careful.’’ Zipho is disheartened by all that has happened and she resents countrymen’s negative sentiments towards foreigners. “I am a South African citizen and I don’t have any problems with foreigners. My best friend is from Namibia.” But Zipho remains scared to speak to her friend in English when they are in public. He is scared that they will be victimised, as a black person who speaks English is easily picked up for a foreigner, and this can have deadly consequences for their safety.

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Choose! May’khetHela

Though your future career may seem to exist in a galaxy far far away, the future will be here sooner than you think, and your choices at the end of Grade 9 can have vast implications on your life as an earner. Live helps explore the options.

Before deciding which subjects to take in the senior school level (Grade 10 - 12), you should, with the help of your parents and teachers, decide which subjects you’ll need to complete Grade 12 and attain a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Matric. Things to take into consideration: your ability, interests, and natural strengths. After all, you are the one who must make the mark in both the subjects, and later, the career, you choose.

Choosing the best career for me?

Word of advice

“Know what direction you want to take your studies, choose your subjects carefully, and get the grades required to get accepted into a University of Technology.”

Career Profiling Ethan Newman, Biologist, 24

Ethan says a degree in Botany can stand you a good chance of getting a job at a government or private research institution, or an environmental impact assessment company. “Teaching at a tertiary institution is probably the most prestigious job of an academic,” Ethan adds, “But in most cases


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Making a career choice is one of the most important decisions a learner makes. Having the necessary information and getting the proper advice before making this decision is crucial. You can’t always be 100% sure, but you can reduce your risks by researching the subjects and the options available. Khetha, an educational campaign created by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), is here to help you. Khetha provides all the information you’ll need to plan for the future: from which subjects to choose in Grade 9, career choice, scarce and critical skills needed by the country and post school options (including learning programmes offered at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges, universities of technology and universities). Learners can link up with Khetha through the radio, on 10 SABC radio stations in 10 official languages, and in print media and career expos, where industry experts and skilled personnel will be present to offer advice. You can also call the Khetha’s NQF and Career helpline for more information and advice. Call centre helpline: 0860 111 673

Ethan Newman grew up in a small town in the Western Cape, near Wellington. Without much else to do, he spent most of his youth outdoors observing nature. Out in the veldt he nurtured a love for plants that has stayed with him to this day. With his love of nature, he chose to take Biology, Science, Geography and Mathematics, in addition to English and Afrikaans second language. Passing Matric, he enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch, where he is currently working towards a Masters degree in Botany, the study of plants.

Khetha Helps You Choose

What subjects should I think about?

becoming a good lecturer requires you to do a PhD, which may take a further three years to complete.” For those who want to study but lack the funds, Ethan says, “There is only one way, and that is to focus on your studies and gain good marks at high school and university to gain bursaries to pay for your studies and cost of living. A fellow student got more than R150 000 worth of bursaries just by staying focused and working hard.” Ethan hopes to become a lecturer at a tertiary institution in the near future.

Make sure that the subjects you choose are directly linked to your future career options, meaning that you know which subjects are required for the tertiary programme you hope to pursue. For example, if your dream is to fly planes you’ll need to have Mathematics (not Mathematics literacy) and Geography in your list of subjects for you to enter the field. In addition, there are 27 elective subjects (some of which have been classified as ‘designated subjects,’ which are more suitable for tertiary study). Not all the subjects are available at all schools. Find out what subjects your school is offering and make a choice from that list.

Word of Advice

“Life is all about taking opportunities. So take every little opportunity that arises and make the best of it because you’ll never know when the next one will come. Every individual’s future is in his own hands, so make something of your life, your future starts now.”

Sonwabile Qayi, Data Analyst, 22 Though it’s important to have dreams, sometimes we have to admit when our dreams aren’t going to lead to careers. Growing up, Sonwabile Qayi, who recently finished his diploma in Marketing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, wanted to become a soccer star. “I learnt my success won’t be guaranteed, especially with football,” he says. Recognising that he needed to pursue a career off the field, Sonwabile thought he wanted to be a Quantity Surveyor. Unfortunately his choice of subjects - Natural Science, Human Social Science, EMS, Life Orientation, English, and Afrikaans prevented him from pursuing that path. “I should have concentrated more on subjects like Physical Science, Mathematics and Biology,” he laments. “The course subjects were very challenging, especially at that time because we were young and we didn’t know what we wanted,” he says. Now he works at Woolworths, where his key responsibilities are analysing data to figure out which customers buy into the different Woolworths brands, and making sure that marketing campaigns are directed to the right customers.

“Tertiary degrees”: the breakdown University: Universities offer a three-year bachelor’s degree (undergraduate diploma) as the basic qualification, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees (postgraduate diplomas). Career-oriented degrees take four years (as in a bachelors in education) or more (as in the case of architecture, engineering or medicine). Minimum Requirement: National Senior Certificate (NSC), known as Matric.

Subjects needed to qualify for certain degrees Cross-check your points according to percentage marks (below left). Don’t forget your bonus points!

Bachelor of Arts


English (4 points) Bonus points: English scores of 5 or more earn 2 bonus points Percentage % Required entry score: 34 Likely admission: 32 – 33 80-100














Maths or Maths Literacy? The aim of Maths Literacy is to develop mathematical skills in everyday situations, i.e., reading a bank statement or making a household budget. Mathematics, on the other hand, involves abstract problem solving and reasoning, and is required to pursue many scientific or technological higher degrees. Before making the big decision, ask yourself these three questions: • Am I performing well in Maths right now? • Am I performing well enough to be accepted in my preferred study path and or institution? • Do I need Maths as a subject for the fields of study I am considering?

University of Technology:

Universities of Technology offer a four-year Btech diploma, although there are opportunities to exit at lower levels so students can pursue their careers and their studies simultaneously. Minimum Requirement: National Senior Certificate (NSC)/Matric.

Bachelor of Business Science English (4 points), Mathematics (4 points) or Maths Literacy (5 points) Bonus points: English and Mathematics scores of 5 or more earn 2 bonus points Maths Literacy scores of 6 or more earn 2 bonus points Required entry score: 36 Likely admission: 34 – 35

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

English (4 points), Mathematics (4 points) or Maths Literacy (5 points) Bonus points: English and Mathematics scores of 5 or more earn 2 bonus points Maths Literacy scores of 6 or more earn 2 bonus points. Required entry score: 36 Likely admission: 34 – 35

Bachelor of Public Health

English (4 points), Mathematics (4 points) or Maths Literacy (5 points) Bonus points: English and Mathematics scores of 5 or more earn 2 bonus points Maths Literacy scores of 6 or more earn 2 bonus points Required entry score: 36 Likely admission: 34 – 35 Note that taking a subject is not enough; you must also get good grades to make it into certain programs. However, point requirements can differ from one institution to another.

FET Colleges:

Further Education and Training Colleges offer vocational training for careers like bookkeeping and accounting, radio and sound engineering, human resource management, secretarial studies, beauty therapy, graphic design, tourism and hospitality studies, just to name a few. Minimum Requirement: National Certificate Vocational (NCV).

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Diamond in the ruff... newly crowned Miss Khayelitsha takes a leap into the cut-throat modelling world

Lambs to the slaughter Every girl wants to be seen as beautiful. From tomboys to ‘girly’ girls, we all love to look good and most of us have dreamt, at one time or another, of becoming beauty queens. While most of us just wish it, few are brave enough to stand in front of crowds and let someone else judge their beauty. A few weeks ago I took a trip to one of the biggest townships in Cape Town, Khayelitsha, to watch the annual beauty pageant; a truly eye-opening experience. Even though I’m more of a jeans and sneakers type of sister, I’ve always been fascinated by models and respect them for taking that ‘risk’, as I call it. The show started late and I was within inches of going back home before it finally began. The whole affair was pretty low key, I must say. It wasn’t full of people as I had expected and the music was not properly organised (although Afro-pop singer Nomfusi made it feel more professional and got everyone grooving to ‘Nontsokolo’). The male model escorts – hulking body builder types wearing dark sunglasses – were pleasant to look at. The model sisters didn’t have it easy though; they kept being interrupted by the choreographer who gave them the evil eye as if to say, “This is not what I taught you!” Friends and family were there for support, but the vibe kinda reminded me of preschool beauty contests, when a child taking part is cheered on by people saying, “Smile and I’ll buy you a chocolate.” I felt gutted for the girls who didn’t get a cheer from the crowd. They bravely kept walking even when some people passed rude remarks about their bodies and looks. In the end, I guess it was all worth it for the girl who won the title; Miss Khayelitsha 2011 walked away with a modelling contract and a spot at the Miss Teen SA competition.

Foot in the door As a little girl, Yandiswa Ngxawe dreamt of one day becoming one of the beautiful princesses she saw on TV and read about in books and magazines – a dream that became a reality when she was crowned Miss Khayelitsha 2011. The victory also landed her a contract with one of Cape Town’s most prestigious modelling agencies, Louis B Models. “I’ve always known that I’m beautiful and I have a beautiful body,” said the 17 year-old who lives in a two-roomed tin shack in Site B. She went on to explain how her looks have earned her three other titles and a legion of loyal fans who make her feel like a “celebrity.” “People like you better when you are beautiful, even though there will always be those who hate on you.” But Yandiswa isn’t one to be intimidated easily. An orphan who has had to play mother to her 11-year-old brother, Yandiswa is determined to build a good life for both of them, and hopes to do so by making it in the modelling world. She also wants to become an actress, and is inspired by Katlego Danke, who plays Dineo in Generations. The shy looking Yandiswa shared that her ultimate dream is to win Miss Universe, “I’ve got Miss South Africa in the bag already!” she joked.

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What’s your worth? Things may not be as simple as Yandiswa thinks, though. Nombulelo Mazibuko, Face of Africa 2000, is proof that winning a title isn’t necessarily a ticket to the dream life. Having completed her reign, Nombulelo was invited to try her hand as a model in New York. Not long after arriving in the Big Apple, she was told that she was too fat for the catwalk. That could easily be a crippling blow to anyone’s self-esteem! How can someone with a newly minted crown on her head be deemed too fat to model? Who decides the criteria for the modelling world?

Reality Xolani Mlonyeni, who works for a modelling agency and is a model himself, says, “There are certain qualities that we look for in a model: a good body, height, personality and confidence.” He also said that a model has to have discipline if they want to stay on top of their game. “You find that some models are not consistent and they lose out on a lot of work. You have to work hard and that includes watching what you eat because weight is the biggest problem that gets a model out of work.’’

The girls practising their poses

He said that their responsibility as an agency is to sell the model to the client, but it’s the client who makes the final decision. “We teach them about the industry and how to impress the client, but they are the ones who have to ensure that the client wants them or not. The modelling world is very challenging. It doesn’t mean that if you join an agency you’re going to get jobs every day. It needs patience and determination,” Mlonyeni added. Whatever the future holds for Yandiswa, I hope she knows exactly what she wants and how to hold on to it. Although agencies try their best to groom the talent they have, it seems that the modelling world requires a lot of luck, a positive mindset and hard work. I hope that one day I’ll see Yandiswa in magazines and on TV, and I can say, “Hey, I know that girl.” Whatever happens, this journey into the world of pageants has led me to question what my own idea of beauty is. I think I believe in a type of beauty that we don’t have to suffer for or work hard to conform to; beauty that you determine for yourself. No international agency, crowd at a beauty pageant or media platform has access to it because it’s inside of you. Yandiswa will always be beautiful, no matter what people say. And so will I, in my sneakers and jeans. (NF/NP)

In Their Swimsuit Best

Escorted by the handsome male models

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Everybody wants to be beautiful or to have a beautiful impression on other people. I was born with a darker shade of skin than most people but that never bothered me. It’s only when lighter skinned people started laughing at me that I became self-conscious about my skin tone. I was teased a lot and told I was not beautiful because of my skin. I wanted to share my story and tell other young people that beauty is not in the colour of

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your skin but how you treat yourself and others. Cosmetic companies work hard at selling the world a universal idea of beauty. Yes, money can buy a lot of things, but you can’t buy real beauty. It is not true that the lighter you are the prettier you are. Not all that glitters is gold. If people are successful it’s not because they are physically beautiful, it’s because they have a positive mindset.

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What I’ve learnt is that it’s important to be confident and to have good sense of self-esteem. Take only positive things that people say, and surround the inner you with positive people. All you need to know is that the colour of your skin does not matter; the thing that matters is how you feel about yourself and how you treat other people. (AM/SM)

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Thokozile Mahlangu delves into the little-known world of coffee addiction

Coffee addiction? Really? Seriously? These are some of the comments ordinary folk bandied about on coffee addiction, a condition that affects a surprising number of people. The world consumes an estimated 400 billion cups of coffee each year and millions of the planet’s inhabitants are abnormally dependant on caffeine –– the active chemical component in coffee –– to function. Considered the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and increases what Medics refer to as the “stress hormones” in the blood stream, resulting in the user feeling unnaturally alert. This lift is called induced alertness. Until two months ago, Sphiwe Khanye, a hard-working 19-year-old student from Kwamhlanga in Mpumalanga, was a coffee junkie – one of approximately 60% of caffeine dependant adults in South Africa. For Sphiwe, constant coffee drinking began as a habit and developed while she was striving to be the top-dog


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in her grade12 class. Sleeping for a modest three hours on most nights, she needed caffeine – as much as five ‘hits’ a night – to stay awake studying. She never considered her addiction as harmful until her health began to suffer while studying at college. She developed an irregular heartbeat, dark circles around her eyes, and also began experiencing difficulty concentrating in class. Panicked by what was happening, she consulted a doctor. The doctor explained that excessive intake of caffeine, not only found in coffee but also in appetite suppressants and pain medications, can lead to high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Other long term effects include yellowing teeth, migraines, mood instability, and mental dullness, and for some people, constipation. With her health on the line, Sphiwe began reducing her daily coffee intake substantially, replacing it with herbal tea. However, the road to recovery hasn’t been easy. She reports experiencing withdrawal symptoms: a tingling sensation here and there, heaviness, and an inability to concentrate at times; but according to her, quitting has been absolutely worth it. For some time now researchers have worried about the effects of caffeine. Even though coffee addiction is not one of the most talked about issues, the rate of caffeinedependant individuals is rapidly increasing and it’s about time we brought this issue to our attention.

Struggling with addiction? Website: Helpline: +27 12 819 1422 +27 79 459 3880


Lazy guide to health You know you’re carrying a “cooler bag” –– beer belly –– when you’re too scared to open the fridge and the sight of your Humpty Dumpty frame makes you quiver with shame. If you can relate, try following Refentse’s 5-day workout plan to have you looking like a tall glass of hot chocolate rather than yesterday’s slap chips!

Day one

I had a heavy lunch to make sure I don’t run low on energy, but waited for a few hours before hitting the gym to avoid cramps.

Day three

I’ve decided to rest today. I have pasta and mince for breakfast. I am on a high-carb diet by the way, need extra carbs to gain muscle mass. I have a protein shake for lunch and dinner, with fruit and a peanut butter sandwich in between (peanuts slow down muscle breakdown so you have longer pumps).

My workout started with a 10-minute jog on My body is sore but hey, muscle growth the treadmill to warm up. I moved on to three needs rest. sets of squats, hamstring pulls, leg extensions and calf raises.

Day four

I concluded my workout with crunches and a light stretch. Afterwards, I had a protein shake for dinner.

Day two

Today’s breakfast was heavier than yesterday’s. It consisted of 3 eggs, basted fish, a piece of chicken, brown bread and coffee. Loading up for the day (very important). For lunch I had a light tuna sandwich (tuna helps with muscle growth) and a fruit juice, staying away from soda. I hit the gym in the afternoon. I started with a 10-minute cycle session to warm up, then moved on to three sets of the following: lat pull downs to the chest, shoulder press, bicep curls and triceps pull downs.

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I end my workout with crunches and stretching. For dinner, I have another protein shake.

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I repeat what I did on day one, but I’ve upped things a bit by adding an extra 10 -20kgs to the weights. My breakfast includes cereal and coffee (I kinda think I’m a coffee addict and this is not good). I try not to overeat but nibble throughout the day, sustaining my energy levels.

Day five

I break my workout down into more intensive sessions. Today I did heavy lifting on my chest (bench press, flyers, bung-bell press) and triceps (pull downs, push downs) followed by lunges and crunches and a stretch for warm down. I will be repeating everything I did during the week and this will be my routine for the next couple of months. I rest on weekends.

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- I’d buy - Good stuff - Worth listening - I’d pass - Weak

The hottest new tunes, from the smoothest sounds to the most banging beats Mandoza So Fresh So Fresh’s 13 tracks are a breath of fresh air. Tracks like “Nale Nale,” and electroinspired “Dance Some More” guarantee crossover appeal and the resurrection of Mandoza’s career. Mandoza worked with current wave-makers in the music industry; “Ungaphazami” was cut with PRO, and “Buya Ekhaya” features the phenomenal Malik. The disappointment with this album is that with all the collaborations it feels like a various artist album. (NP)


Dino Michael The Godfathers House Vol.1

DJ Dizzy Club Traxxx 2011 vol.6

This is the first of its kind IN THE WORLD, an album released as a USB instead of the usual CD. It’s an exclusive 2gig USB-drive mix compilation including 17 unmixed 320 Kbps deep house tunes from around the world. This is a beautiful compilation with every song taking you through a psychological journey of Deep Housegasm. Our favourite song is ‘Stereo Mutant ft Jannae Jordan - I Wanna Go.’ This is definitely the future of album releases. (PP)

There seems to be no stopping the DJ Traxx as the Club Traxx series just keeps marching on. This series always delivers the greatest club remixes of popular songs, and this latest offering is no exception. There are plenty of dope songs to get the party started, including “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Sweat” by Davis Guetta, “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, and more. All in all it’s a nice album, though a bit up-tempo. (SN)

A.K.A Alter Ego

Newtown Knife Gang

Kiernan Forbes, a.k.a, A.K.A (I know) walked away with 3 Metro FM Awards for Best Newcomer, Best Hip Hop Album (Alter Ego), and Best Produced Album (Alter Ego). This is a beautifully laid down album, and the collaborations with Khuli Tshana and Pro are on point. Fans have been waiting for this album to drop for months now, and according to our jury, it was worth the wait. (PP)

The opening track lets you know what you are getting yourself into. This is one angry album that makes you want to jump high and stomp hard, and trust me that is a good thing. I’m not much of a rock fan; in fact, I’m not a rock fan at all. I am a House music lover, but somehow I just couldn’t get myself to press the ‘stop’ button. Newtown has slightly converted me to rock (I said SLIGHTLY). ROCK ON!!! (I promise to never say that again). (PP)

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ARTIST PROFILE: Dino Michael Dino Michael is one of South Africa’s Deep House Music Legends and the brains behind The Godfathers House USB album release. His DJing career dates back to 1984, when he and the legendary DJ Christos started Ti-Maor, a mobile disco in Pretoria. He has travelled all around the world from Miami to New York to London, playing to deep house music fans. 1991 saw the birth of the DJ Syndicate chain of stores, which was the largest dance music distributor in South Africa. Now the legend has settled in Cape Town and hosts a night show on Good Hope FM called the Godfathers House. Throughout the years he has stayed strong in the game, growing with every opportunity that comes his way. MAXIMUM RESPECT!!! (PP)



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Megan Conjana, a.k.a. BlaqButterphly, is a 23 -year-old rising musician/vocalist who grew up in Gugulethu, Cape Town. This singer, poet and actor discovered her tale nt when she was in grade seven in the year 2000, and sta rted singing professionally in 2004. “Lira is my biggest inspira tion. I talk to her now and the n, and she always tells me tha t there

will always be people tha t will try to bring you down in life, but there will always be that one voice within you tha t will push you to do what you are capable of doing for you rself both musically and per sonally.” We think 2012 is the yea r for her to shine both person ally and professionally. Rememb er the name BlaqButterphly – not like you have a choice though !!! (conjanamm@gmail.c


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LIVE READS Simphiwe Dana shares books that have impacted her life.

In my Teenage Years

When I was 12 I found Steve Bantu Biko’s I Write What I Like; a book that would help me understand the spiritual emasculation of Africans by apartheid in South Africa. It would help me understand the feelings of inadequacy that plagued my existence and that of other Africans around me. It would help me understand the depth of the dehumanization that Africans went through. It would help me avoid all kinds of traps that one could fall into as a result of living in a repressed society. Biko freed me.

As a kid

When I was around the age of nine I found this book in our library that changed my outlook on life - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.


This is the story of Okwonkwo, a man growing up in staunchly patriarchal Africa, who lives to experience the evil of colonialism and the loss of his power (manhood). The beauty and the ugliness of the African culture as pertaining to our way of life, and the treatment of women, is laid bare in this haunting classic.

I found Initiation by Elisabeth Haich in a second-hand bookstore when I was 20. She spoke of past lifetimes and how it is all one long journey. She spoke of choices and how we pre-plan our life experiences. She spoke of the movements of the stars and how they give birth to epochs, and how, in turn, those epochs bring about new waves of consciousness. She brought religions into the mould and explained how they fit into the grand design of things. I would never be the same again.

This book taught me to be rebellious to cultural expectations that had a negative impact on my growth and freedoms as a woman. It also taught me the beauty of the African way of life, the seamless interaction between life and the spirit world.

Book of the Month The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky Publisher: Barnes & Noble (1999) Structured in the form of letters addressed to an anonymous friend, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower explores the awkward age of adolescence.

This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, he is put on a strange course through uncharted territory. The novel will spirit you back to those wild and agonising roller coaster days known as growing up. [MC]

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Design Mikhail Petersen 23



At The Movies We bought a Zoo

An amazing and true story about a single dad, Benjamin Mee, who decides his family needs a fresh start. He buys a failing zoo in an attempt to reconnect with his children after the death of their mother. The family and the staff work to return the crumbling zoo to its former wonder and glory, facing many misadventures along the way. Nice movie to watch with the family. Comedy/Drama: 2hrs 4mins Ratings: 4 out of 5 / PG 13 Relase date: 20 Jan 2012

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Name: Angus T. Jones, well known as Jake Harper in Two and Half Men Date of birth: 8 October 1993 Zodiac Sign: Libra


A funny movie touched with moments of sadness. The movie follows John Spud Milton, a first-year at a private boarding school in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Spud Milton invites us into the mind of a boy struggling with love, friendship and the harsh world of high school; as well as at the dawn of a new South Africa. This movie will make you reminisce about your childhood.

Words Melody Chironda 23

In answering an innocent inquiry, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?,” from his four year-old daughter, Chris Rock decides to investigate the complex that so often troubles African-American women. He searches for answers about what makes good hair from black people, and finds responses that are beautiful, touching, hilarious and scathing. Documentary: 1hr 36mins Ratings: 4 out of 5 / PG 13 Release date: 9 Oct 2009

Comedy: 1hr 43mins Ratings: 3 out of 5 / PG 13 Release date: 3 Dec 2010


Good Hair

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Profession: Actor Supporting roles: See Spot Run, The Rookie, Bringing Down the House, George of the Jungle 2, The Christmas Blessing. Angus began acting at the age of four, appearing in a variety of TV commercials. With a salary of just under R2 million per season, he is one of the World’s Richest Teens, according to a new survey by People Magazine. His funny one-liners continue to make him a satisfying watch for many viewers.

live games It’s all fun and games until a five-year old beats you.

Puss in Boots Developer and Publisher: THQ Puss in Boots has always kept audiences entertained as one of Shrek’s main characters. Now he has been brought to life for gaming. In this game, Puss must battle through numerous sword fights to reach the end of the short game. Yes, the game is extremely short, but that makes it great for kids. Children will be entertained by the easy game play and jokes. It took me two hours to finish, but I was entertained throughout. The graphics aren't that impressive, but kids aren't so picky about that. Promises many duels with bandits, but not a game for a real game fanatic.


Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Developer: Naughty Dog and Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment In this game we return to the character, Nathan “Nate” Drake, who goes back 20 years to the museum in Colombia where he first met Sully. He goes on a quest for a ring (belonging to Sir Francis Drake) that operates a device which will lead them to hidden treasure. The camera angles are much better than they were in the first two games. The puzzle-solving feature adds a nice touch, making the game easy to understand and navigate. We especially liked the game’s story line and the new weapons. In fact, I couldn’t find any bad sides to this game; it’s actually great. Recommended for 16-year-olds and up. For the real game fanatic!


The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again Developer: Griptonite and Publisher: THQ This game sees the four little penguins return for more mayhem and fun. Dr. Blowhole is trying to conquer the world again, and he still wants to use the penguins to do so. There are three new episodes with 12 new levels filled with penguin-hopping, penguin-building, penguin-bombing and penguin-climbing fun. This game will keep you entertained for hours as you explore the zoo, finding random animals along the way. In the end you will reach Dr. Blowhole’s lair, where the little penguins will have to fight the doctor. Will they succeed? Play the game to find out. This adventure game can be played by young and old alike, with many laughs along the way.

Words Lauren Snyders 22

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Design Sivuyile Mntuyedwa 25



I’m not racist, but... It’s lovely living in SA now that apartheid is over. Among many other freedoms, the humourist in me is grateful for the fact that we can now freely mock people from all races and not be thrown in jail for it.

So, I’ve compiled a list of funny, whatchamacallit, stereotypes, many inspired by the hilarious (and possibly controversial) book, The Racist’s Guide to The People Of South Africa by Simon Kilpatrick.


Whites • Can’t dance. Period. • Get nervous if anyone other than their wife/husband/child/ pet enters the one-metre invisible “bubble” around them known as personal space. • Suffer from “diseases” that doctors can’t cure such as chronic fatigue (what are all those down duvets and fancy sheets for anyway???). • Like to complain about (in order): domestic workers, Malema being the next Mugabe, land claims, potholes and fracking. • Like to jump into, onto and out of ridiculous things that would otherwise kill a black man just thinking about it – like base jumping, bungee jumping, sky diving; I could go on, the list is endless (some poor black dude is probably having heart palpitations just reading this).

• Aren’t known for their sculpted physiques even if they spend three hours a day in the gym and tell everyone within earshot about it. • Even if there don’t seem to be any Indians around, and especially if the street looks abandoned, you’re bound to find a tuck shop owned by an Indian around the corner. • Always keen to negotiate and to sell you something you don’t even need (and usually succeed in doing so). • When not selling stuff, they’re excellent doctors, IT guys, and bankers. • Have the amazing ability to fit 15 people in a Citi Golf (how on earth they do that I would love to know).

“I’m not the only white person in Africa”

“i’m hot like my mom’s curry”



• Creatively name their dogs: Danger, Spotty (pronounced; sp-or- tee, these dogs usually have no spots), Rex, Nonjana (meaning little dog no matter how big that dog is) or Blacky (usually a brown dog). • Greet every person in the street even if they have no clue whatsoever who they are. • Speak English with a black accent (like “chech” when they actually mean church) or add “i” to everything else, as in, “I’m looking for i-shop to buy i-computer.” • Hands in their pockets? Probably up to no good... or their pockets have holes, can’t really be sure. • Don’t like animals. Except those they can eat!

• Are anti-front-teeth, partly because it’s cooler to have false teeth to add a bit of gold to and partly, supposedly, for reasons we can’t possibly print here. • Can’t have a car unless it has a sound system that can be heard miles before it appears. • Love to bake, eat gatsbys and eat fish, especially if it’s braaied. If you don’t eat gatsbys, you’re def not coloured. • Tend to speak English with a coloured accent, e.g., “Awe my bru, don’t you wanna keep a skyf!” • Buffs, krugers and gliserine spikes are a must-have in the coloured community to be in the cool crew.


Words Cristle Mokwape 24

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“My lips aren’t fat they’re just full-figured”

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“Gatsbys for life”

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At the hospital...

Riley my man I’m really sorry for what happened, yo I didn’t mean for things to turn out this way. I feel like crap!

Bongani What the hell were you idiots thinking, taking my car? You’re only 15 for God’s sake! And you’re drinking and driving on top of it! I am not done with you, stay right here while I go pick up your mother Bongani!



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Live Magazine SA Issue 2: Summer 2012  

The voice of South African youth: culture, issues, sport, life - all produced by young people, for young people in South Africa.

Live Magazine SA Issue 2: Summer 2012  

The voice of South African youth: culture, issues, sport, life - all produced by young people, for young people in South Africa.