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Another copy of TYM has just popped in your mail box, with a beautiful lady on the cover and motivational topics on the side. Life is just easy, wouldn’t you agree? I hope it found you well and not too tired to read what the TYM team has prepared for you. You are probably wondering why it came so early because you just received your last copy weeks ago, hey do not be surprised—those are some of changes in TYM. From 2012 you will not be receiving your copy once in two months but EVERY MONTH. Whoop! Whoop! Can I see that smile? The waiting will stop. Do tell your friends, neighbours, relatives, family members, colleagues and school mates the great news. On the TYM team side it means more work will be done, it means no time to relax but working very hard to motivate you to be successful beyond your imagination. We are not complaining because we have YOU in mind when we work on the magazine. We bring our minds together to instill positivity in your lives. We have also introduced a new page “Profiling young people with rich portfolios” with that page we go all out to look for these individuals who have worked hard to get slashes before their names. Maphale Anne Magakoe is one such person. She is a student/photographer/graphic designer/marketing director/businesswoman at the age of 24. Want to know how she made it? Read about her. We took a journey with the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) to remember the role of reggae music in the African liberation struggle. We encourage you to read more about the historical event and how reggae has strengthened the lives of many in difficult times. Our business writer Refilwe Ramatlhodi did not get enough rest as she was going up and down looking for young investors to tell their stories. She writes about the importance of investing, that can be found in our business page. As the new editor I am ecstatic to be part of the youth magazine that is ready to learn and take South Africa to another direction. To be the voice and give young people a platform to showcase their talent and share with others to inspire them. WOW! It has been absolutely great reading comments from people in other parts of Africa not just South Africa. Thumps up to our country for having motivational stories to tell. Your comments shape us, they push us to work hard and improve on our mistakes. We thank you so much for your support. We will continue to roll up the sleeves and work harder. It is with great joy to be having the new team that is ready to work with and for the youth. Together we can do more, as the ANC likes putting it. Much LOVE…Mmabatho Makotanyane


What do you think of Julius Malema’s expulsion from the ANC? Simon Kgaogelo Sadike: It was about time because Juju broke all the laws meaning he was an out-law...I think Juju should form his own party!

Lotz Koketso: I think it was a very smart move because not all people from Limpopo are so programmed about Juju.

Raymond van der Masilela: It is right!

Roller Kwinda: No one is better. At Lethuli House, they are all corrupt and full of empty promises while their kids and families live like SA royalties. How did they acquire all these riches (mines in DRC,Shareholding @ Multinational companies etc...) ALUTA CONTINUA.......

Boitumelo Blackdiamond Bapela: I think it was not a wise decision because he is just Julius Malema he has no one to answer to. He does whatever he wants to do. It was a bad decision le tla bona!!

Ikgomotseng Thamage: I think it was a great idea because Juju is disrespectful, I’m not his follower and to be quite honest what has he done for the youth besides showing us that he has the power and can talk to anyone however he likes? Andries Makgae: Not smart for me, this is a democratic country we all have to express our feelings, why should we have a leader who cannot talk? Corrupt or not we should speak out. Victor Maboa: At all cost yes it was right to remove him, our country doesn’t need those kind of public disfigures... It’s breaking too much of the moral of the innocent.

Brian Mokone It’s a good decision.

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Music is the only ultimate expression of the intention. Music says exactly the same about the intention of a people. Throughout the ages, in all societies struggling for freedom and liberation music and the struggle have been synonymous. Where the struggle goes music also goes. Before us is an opportunity to reflect on the role reggae music contributed in the African liberation struggle, with special focus on the South African liberation struggle. Where should one begin? Reggae music is music that has its roots in a life of insecurity, in which a single moment of self realisation, of love, light and movement, is extraordinarily more important than a whole lifetime. It expresses the fear, insecurity, desire and future hope. Reggae music‘s role in the African liberation struggle is not disputed but what is it that necessitate a reflection of this magnitude? My assertion is that reggae music has played a prophetic liberating role in the African liberation struggle. The South African liberation struggle in the 1960s was facing a progression challenge at a time when, African Freedom was thought to be around the corner. The South African apartheid regime had completely crushed the compass of the liberation struggle politically, organisationally and socially. Separate discrimination and its negative consequences: oppressed and battered into submission, with no political self determination or freedom of expression were the order of the day. Political organisations were all banned, out lawed and driven underground and exile. People’s leaders were either serving long terms in prisons, getting killed or fleeing into exile for fear of their lives. It was indeed the dark days of the liberation struggle. The 1970s found the South Africans struggling to find their political footing, with fear and a system of intimidation having a field day, reggae music comes into the fore as a dependable strategic struggling partner. It was like a song gently urging us to redeem ourselves from the dungeon of a brutal evil system. Telling us of our history and destiny. That as fellow Africans we must complete the race, our mission which is also their mission, of an Africa free continent. It was music telling and assuring us that ours is a temporary inconvenience which started with slavery, captivity and colonialisation. It was music telling us not to despair but to daringly soldier on. It was music which served as a constant conscious -mind clearing - exercise for us not to loose focus on our goal despite

any wrong infusions of the mind. Yes, we might have been facing multiple oppression, poverty and discrimination, but the song was always there to whisper: remember your daring warrior soldiers’ forefathers who led the way for you. Don’t you dare fail them. Remember their undying noble dream of freedom in Africa and in diaspora: Marcus Garvey, Chaka, the Buffalo Soldier Patrice Lumumba, and the liberation struggles of Africa as led by the likes of Jomo Kenyatta and others. Don’t dwarf or timid yourselves into submission and despair, the music kept reminding us (like in the story of an eagle kept in captivity with chickens), but that we are decendants of a brave and proud people. The music likened our situation to the biblical cases of the Israelites in the Egyptian and Babylonian captivity who despite the evilness and ruthlessness of the system, emerged as victors. That our believe in the overcome of evil by the good and justice should be a dream kept aflamed like a fire in our souls throughout generations until we completely destroy the Babylonian system and reach Canaan, the dream land. The song did not just stir or provoke the bee’s nest but provided revolutionary tools beyond consciousness. It instilled, provoked and drove the oppressed African people to rise against oppression and discrimination. The song kept saying to everyone claiming to be political consciousness: it is not enough to say I care (and be an arm chair revolutionary), but rather rise up and be counted by rebelling, participating actively in the revolution to change the current unacceptable oppressive governing systems in Africa. Songs kept on saying wake up and live, get up stand up, rise up and confront the evil system. Like Emperor Hailed Selassie addressing both the OAU and UN Session (in October 1963) declared on the question of race and discrimination : “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior to another is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned ----- until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans (and the diaspora) will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident of victory of good over evil.” The song resonated with Mandela’s Rivonia. Trial mitigation declaration in 1964: “It is an ideal. I hope to live for and achieve, and if need be, it is an ideal I am prepared to die”. Landing in the virgin mind of a youth the song kept reminding everyone committed to the liberation

struggle to remain steadfast, committed and uncompromising. With these emboldening spirited liberating songs, we indeed saw the southern tip of Africa rising in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Young African revolutionaries picked up the modern weaponry having graduated from stones and dustbin covers as armory shields. Bullets began to flower leading to freedom in Southern Africa with South Africa coming last. The reggae song was educative but cautious not to only preach revolutionary change but was mindful of the need to prepare for a united, cohesive, just and peaceful African continent. To that extend the song supported pan africanism and the formation of the OAU, now the AU. It was because of the realisation that once Babylon systems falls there will be need to sustain freedom attained and co exist with the world community. As part an important pillar of the African struggle, on the international front, the music and song campaigned for the support of the struggle in all its forms, isolating the enemy of the struggle as the heathens and hypocrites who sells out to the enemy. In all its songs the music kept on mobilizing friends of the African struggle, glorifying its leaders, wars and victories for an equitable just society. Political activists and those in the liberation struggle used the songs in their daily life as a source of inspiration and foundation of life. From the song they quenched their thirst, replenished their supplies, acquired banned and restricted knowledge. It became part of a daily diet for survival in the shanty towns, shacks, ghettos, villages, in the streets and public places. There was no way of stopping its listeners even though some songs were restricted and banned. Like a bee going all the way after the nectar the desire for the song was unstoppable. Reggae songs were voraciously devoured, internalised, practiced and lived to the best of our ability. The power of the rhythm and the message or lyrics was not only memorised but was analysed and contextualised to the South African oppressive system and the African struggle. Reggae music listening parties always ended in political debates with the political matured gradually recruited into serious underground political structures. The song afforded those in the African liberation an opportunity to have a taste of African wealth and wisdom as they continued the prosecution of the struggle for freedom in the areas of political leadership, vision and organisation. It sharpened their wit and their depth of the African liberation

struggle. The song was not just about ruddy boys, youthful rebellion, protest and resistance but was grounded on century old wars of colonial dispossession and a human desire to be free in one’s indigenous country. The song’s repertoires not only loosen our then chained and oppressed minds but greatly influenced and reinforced our culture. The song affected our attire, food and lifestyle, and indeed our religion. Dreadlocks, and the talking language, more vegetable food, ganga smoking and free life became part of positively accepting the song. In its own way the song managed to agitate intolerance to the Babylon, the evil system but simultaneously preached love for our people, discipline and the need to have humanity (ubuntu) reigning. These were values and attributes required of any willing, committed and dedicated liberation struggle combatant for an African struggle to succeed. Looking back in retrospective I can safely and proudly attest that reggae music as led by poetic prophets and artists like Jimmy Cliff, Joseph Hill and Culture, U – Roy, Winston Ro dney, The Wailers comprised of Bob Marley, Peter Macintosh and Bunny Wailer, Toots and the Maytals, the list is endless, contributed immensely to the African struggle. I can only say this: music being poetry and philosophical is subject to analysis and interpretation to suit your particular situation. For our generation it was relevant music for the right time. The music emboldened and radicalised youth to stand up to the evil system and not fear and being intimidated. As we organised, embark on daring underground political programmes like disseminating bunned literature, pamphlets, boycotts, manning roadblocks in townships and villages and gradually standing up to and against bullets on equal footing the song kept surging or pushing us on. The song kept us going, principled and steadfast as we ran away from security buttons, teargases, rubber and live bullets. As we evaded roadblocks, evade imminent arrest (by sleeping in the bushes or some safe places). The song did not leave us even when we were eventually arrested, detained and sentenced. The song kept the morale up even in exile and in military training camps. It took care of those in solitary confinement, in the death row and those incarcarated in the famous Robben Island University. Wherever the people where or found themselves struggling the song was there to keep them company whispering: Babylon system is falling keep up the momentum.Dont give up.


It is always refreshing to see young South African people channelling their energy in something positive. The type that is ready to roll in the deep mud all in the name of improving their lives. They don’t make excuses but treat their failures as a learning curve. The type that doesn’t blame their family background or the community they grew up in for their breakdown. No, I am not talking about a character from a movie but someone who was born and bred in the township. Koketso Mohlala, the 22-year-old girl from Soshanguve is TYM’s March Girl Next Door. She is paving her way for her designs to be recognised worldwide. Chila Nathi as we get to know her better. When did your love for designing come to life? I enjoyed coming up with creative designs from a very young age. My work came up with sketches of necklace clothes for my doll and I loved every minute of it. After completing my Matric I couldn’t afford to enrol at a university level, I decided to register for a diploma at a college institution for Information Technology which is related to designing. A friend who knew about my love for designing told me that ABSA is offering young aspiring jewellery designers bursaries, I decided to sign up for it and I haven’t looked back since then. Three months in the course I decided to enrol in Computer Aided Designs. I wanted to explore every corner of jewellery design. Two years later in the course I graduated in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing. I was selected as the Best Designing Student. I love working with fine metal and stones. What has been your greatest achievement? I couldn’t believe my ears when I was informed that my two jewellery pieces were nominated in the Edcon Black-up competition. It was my first big jewellery display. The ring is worth R3500.00 while the necklace is worth R6000.00. That was the best moment. What can you tell someone who wants to follow a career in jewellery design? I am encouraging the youth to utilise every opportunity presented to them. If I didn’t run with the opportunity that ABSA was offering I don’t know where I would be today. Don’t allow people to define your dreams, you are the driver of your life and you should take the front seat. I have always wanted to be a designer and today I am living my dream. What are future plans? God willingly, I am planning on opening a jewellery business where I will not only be designing jewelleries but also clothes. I would love to showcase my work abroad one day. By Doreen Mokgolo


Young people have been asking if hip hop around our townships still exists. It is without a doubt that some have lost interest in this field, whether it is in English of African languages. Some think this genre in high ranked and is for people who are from or go to elite schools. Thabo “B-Bless” Ndlovu is amongst the minority that is still interested in hip hop. The 29-year-old is a rapper, events manager and a video editor. B-Bless is TYM’s March Boy Next Door, writes Pretty Lebese. Define the real Thabo Ndlovu Thabo is a driven individual, who grew up in Extension 5, Mamelodi East in Tshwane. He is an entertainer. He is one of the guys who hosted most successful events with full attendance of 500 young people in a small community. The number doubled the second time around that was before the events were hosted in other communities such as Soshanguve. What and when was your biggest break? My biggest break was when I auditioned for the first time in my life, in Hammanskraal in the Moretele district for M.C of the year. I outperformed a number of 50 contestants in three months and that is when I shared the stage with Mo’ Molemi, the well-known rapper and other famous rappers. It was in the year 2000. Do you take part in social activities and community projects in your community? Yes, I’m amongst a group of young people who play soccer, netball and cricket in our community. There was a gap of fun, I must say. That gave me an idea to start few social events, one of the biggest being Reason to Rhyme. What I do is to bring entertainment to young people, which is safer and enjoyable. Where do you see Tshwane at large? Shoo..!! Tshwane is really going places I mean it’s one of the cities that started a very productive online magazine being the Tshwane Youth Magazine. People from Johannesburg now come back to the city. We have rappers that we see on TV that are from Tshwane the likes of J.R and others. We have hosted a lot of impressive events. We have house gurus like the Black Motion; they took

the whole nation by storm. Young people mostly spend their time on social networks, what do you spend your time on?

I devote my time youth development, but ii do get involved in social networks. I want to see a different South Africa one day, because now we are paving a way to having a better Tshwane and there is progress. What can we expect from B-Bless? As fame is not my middle name I produced a lot of albums for other young people. I want to see them go places then I can produce mine. But, this year you can expect an album from me.


This is the new page. TYM profiles young people who are busy adding information in their portfolios. These are the young people that wake up with a vision and make something out of it. They are young people who were active in school and worked hard towards their goals. They did not give up in life but pushed until it was real. Today, they look back and realise that it was not just a dream but it came true…but they still strive for more. Name: Maphale Anne Magakoe Age: 24 Place of birth: Sebokeng in Vaal Interests: Graphic designing and art Relationship Status: In a relationship Goal: To own an art company and be an Art Director in five years Occupation: Marketing Diretor / Photographer / Graphic designer / Businesswoman Qualification: Diploma in Graphic Design, Certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship Studies: BA (Multimedia Digital) Institution: University of South Africa The hard working woman was raised by both parents and has a younger brother . Magakoe went to The Vaal high school. She had passion for graphic design and studied the course in Rosebank College and graduated in 2008. She left a mark when she took 16 distinctions out of 21 modules she registered for. She was the second best graphic design student in five regions. To reinforce it, she also walked out with a trophy for the best student. In 2007 while she was still studying she sold her first ark work that she called, “self portray” where she designed the African map with pieces of the mirror, that was designed to make people see themselves in Africa. She also taught art in the Residential Community Library in her hometown. She taught children between the ages of seven and 15. She worked closely with her friend Bongiwe Phakathi. “I love drawing but hate painting. I love being a graphic designer that a fine artist. When you are a graphic designer you spend your time in the digital world. Technology has brought drastic changes that people go for the digital site. As much as people don’t take art seriously, it is very exciting, you use your creativity and you can go places with it,” she said. Magakoe developed an interest in films and documentaries


after her qualification in Graphic Design. She then registered with the University of South Africa for a course in Multimedia Digital. “Documentaries are more real than movies. I registered for a course in Multimedia Digital to spread my wings and fly in this industry. I have ideas of the documentaries I want to work on, things that people have not thought of. People are told a lot about the same things, I want to work on things that not everyone know about to be different. I’d love to be a film maker after some experience in art directing. That will be my retiring zone. My love for films just gives me stomach bugs,” said the young woman. Her business idea came about when she only received R200 as her monthly allowance from parents. She started her business while she was still in school. “I thought about that jean, that T-shirt, that ice cream at Mac Donald’s and had to make a plan because I could not afford the life I wanted at that time. My parents could only pay my fees and flat when I moved to my place in Sunny Side, Tshwane CBD. There was no way I could survive. I stared a business called Blank Ink Media; it was a graphic design house where we did branding, video documentations, websites and research for people. Blank Ink means we have an idea to our clients’ blankness. Some were not too sure about what they really want but we helped them with what will best work for them”, she said. While still studying and working on her business, she joined the UNISA art gallery as a Photographer and Graphic Designer. She designed invitations and the website for the gallery. She also did the photo documenting and art gallery exhibitions. Her highlight was when she was featured in Financial Mail for her business achievement. She was also called at the UNISA to work in the Corporate Communication department as the multi media artist. She did animations for the grand opening of the new building in UNISA, the Kgorong building. She also designed

invitations for the late Mama Mariam Makeba memorial service. Not only that but she also designed the logo for the Student Business Initiative Challenge and the guiding map found in UNISA to direct people to where they want to go. She is now a Marketing Director of a Non Government Organisation called Balance Dynasty. The organisation deals with mentorship, character building, career explore and community outreach. She also works for the South African Police Service as the Communications OďŹƒcer. She also works as a Photographer and Graphic Designer. “I know how it is growing up not being very close with your parents. Sometimes you feel like it is the way of life until you see how other children are close with their parents. Balance Dynasty helps young people who are going through the same thing. We help them with people to talk to in all dimensions to feel better and also boost their self-esteem. The team and I also visit orphanage homes Mondays to Wednesdays to provide food for the children. We do a lot of things to help young people. What shaped her to be the woman she is the challenges she faced when she was growing up.


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Should I start with an introduction as I welcome Nokuthula “Thuli” Zulu on the stage to tell us all about her interesting life and well-heeled profile? She is not new in the media industry and the business world. You’d remember Thuli with her sweet voice, charisma, dimples in the cheeks as she smiles, flawless skin and natural beauty on your TV screens as the former presenter of SABC 3. You probably wondered what is keeping her busy lately...she is not just a pretty face; she has been climbing her career ladder –taking big steps if you ask me!

The 32-year-old influential woman put her plans and work on ice to talk to us. She was definitely appointed to be a speaker. Our interview went on and on. It’s the right words she uses and positive things she says that made me ask for more. Let me not waste time and hail the creative, determined, intelligent and business mogul Thuli as she takes over the centre stage. I will advise you to join us, take a sit and stay there.

Life before TV presenting

Take us back to your days before you became a presenter. I went to New York after high school as I had always wanted to go overseas but didn’t have the finances to fund my dream. I applied at a summer camp to be a counsellor and got accepted into a New York program. I had to get a job to cover my flight costs as I was determined that this is a course I wanted to

charter. I spent six months working temporarily to raise money and ended up in New York directing and teaching African literature and plays. Before my TV days, I had my time in radio as a Classic FM Presenter and that was a new terrain but very exciting. Prior to that, I was in the corporate world working in Tele-Communications and Recuitment fields in the capacity of Business Development Manager and Project Manager. I also ran a Communications company as a director and owner. I pretty much was a Jo’burg girl living my best life and also knew I would be on some platform one day. But I didn’t think TV as I constantly took up speaking roles in the jobs I was involved in. In fact, I used to watch the SABC and M-Net continuity presenters and it never dawned on me that one day I would be the one giving show line ups for South Africa. I am still in shock to this

day. Where was Thuli born? Tell us about your life and family. I was born in Soweto in Johannesburg. I am the only child to my mum, Maureen Zulu. I grew up with grand-parents who have shaped the woman I am becoming. I have sisters and a brother in Durban and a grandmother who lives in the United Kingdom. If I could describe my life in one word it would be “passion”. I eat life with a very big spoon and believe that you only have one shot at it and one has to cease every opportunity presented to them with heart, vigour and focus! There are many different aspects to me and I pride myself in being an eclectic woman. Where did you matriculate and what did you study afterwards? I matriculated at Hyde Park High School in Hyde Park Johannesburg. I studied with the University of South Africa for a B.A Communications. Was life easy when you were growing up? Life was relatively good. I was fortunate to have come from a middle class family. My mother believed in investing in my gifts and talents. She ensured that I get the best education in order to have options in life. My mum has arthritis and struggled with this illness throughout my childhood. There would be times when she couldn’t drive herself or go to work but against those odds I was able to attend all my extra-mural activities. She still made any plans beyond measure to ensure that I attend school and fulfill my purposes then. What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? One of my challenges growing up was being an asthmatic child. If you know me you’ll know that I have loads of energy and always wanted an outlet to express myself whether it was through singing, sports, speech, drama or debating. I often couldn’t keep many friends because I couldn’t be involved in any strenuous activities with the type of games children were involved in. I couldn’t play in the play ground as I would run around with my peers, which would just lead to wheezing because I was struggling to breathe. I had to choose to be around children who had similar interests and understood my limitations because of my asthma. I remember a girl I was in Std four or five with who embraced me as she had a sister who was asthmatic, she had compassion for me and we became good friends. Who did you look up to while growing up? There wasn’t one particular person or personality that I looked up to but I was very inspired by people who displayed great leadership qualities, and those that were creative geniuses. I

loved the arts and often went to watch movies with my mum and live concerts. In my teens I really admired Felicia Mabuza Suttle who happened to also grow up in the same street as me in Soweto Dube as she had guts and was bold in breaking boundaries. As the years went by Oprah Winfrey became and is still one of the people I admire.

Your breakthrough as a TV presenter

Many people want to be TV presenters so badly but are just not lucky, looking at you—you have made it. How did that happen? I was approached by a casting agency to audition for SABC 3 and I couldn’t make it as I was consumed with starting my small business. I then received a second call and thought perhaps this is something I should pursue, since I love to talk and can do it for a living and get paid, I proceeded to go to auditions and was shortlisted until I became one of SABC3 Brand ambassadors as a presenter. This was daunting as I had not been on TV on that capacity; yes I had done ads as a kid but nothing on this scale. I decided to give it my best shot and not forget the fun in the fundamentals. I often got letters from fans and friends. People would tell me they connect with me on screen and love my presenting style. This was a surprise and has since opened up so many doors. Where did the love for speaking stem from? It stems from the little black board that my mum bought me as a young girl. I used to teach the kids in my street. That is where my public speaking days started. (She laughs) She encouraged me, and also coming from a church that cultivates public speaking gave me the confidence to stand in front of crowds. Most people change after getting all the attention from the public, has that changed your life? In what ways? Change is inevitable and will occur whether negative or positive. I could never interpret how being on a public platform has changed me as others must attest to that. However, in terms of my character and personality I have changed for the better and I don’t perceive myself as a ‘celebrity’ as the world defines it but more of an “influencer” and a “communicator”. I’m not defined by titles or labels. I am Thuli Zulu and serve in many capacities. I’m a child of God first and then I am a daughter, lover, friend, mentor, confidant and mastering being ME. I have never read anything disturbing about Thuli Zulu in the media, how did you manage to keep the standard? What keeps you grounded? It must be some divine intervention but I pretty much believe that I have a colourful life yet not controversial. I am a very private person and value my personal space and those that I invite into my inner court. Not everyone has always had the best intentions in my life but I’m glad that I can discern between the bad, good and ugly.

My faith keeps me grounded and I never forget who and whose I am. When you know you are a princess, you carry yourself in a certain way that displays that you are royalty. I am not perfect though, I have many layers and things in me that can be improved and worked on.

Life after presenting

What other professions filled in your Curriculum Vitae? Since SABC3 days I’ve been involved in a lot of public speaking engagements, voice-over work, MC work, infomercial and working on an on-line TV show called Mambo 360 as a presenter for an African and international market. I’m also involved in two companies that I co-own, CreaTTe Pty Ltd, which is a creative company and a business consulting firm called Falcon’s Eye Consulting, go to for more info. Tell us more about your creative company CreaTTe is an international company inspired to bring into existence the products of the imagination. Our vision is to encapsulate, execute and mould our material to resonate on a visceral and intellectual level. We aim to take concepts and ideas and translate them into mediums of broadcasting, media, production, events and entertainment. We are ignited and inspired by inventiveness, imagination and unsurpassed creaTTivity infused with passion to create iconic artistry. We ultimately want to export African art talent to the world. I run this company with Taryn Louch hence the double T’s in the word CreaTTe as this best describes our collective efforts and creativity. What are you focusing on now? Very exciting projects one of which is a Corporate Social Investment project I’m championing with a great team called Barefoot No More; it is a marketing and CSI project that is going to change the footprint of Africa. Please refer to the website which will give you an idea on this phenomenal project developed for school children to have a school shoe that is recyclable and stretches. You can read about it. I’m presenting Mambo 360 which you can refer to at Sassari TV. I’m the face of Cambridge Foods (MassMart) which is an infomercial, plighted once a month on SABC1 and e-TV. I’m doing a voice over every month for Hlasela TV on e-TV and SABC1 for Free State Government and an Educational Science Programme for Sangari. I will be a guest speaker at the Women’s Mentorship Conference with Chante Moore and other phenomenal speakers on the 14th of April, 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre. I’m growing my businesses and I’ll let you know about the developments. Follow me on facebook as Thuli Zulu or twitter ThuliZulu What was the catalyst to you creating that? Taryn and I met when she returned from New York and it was

evident that we had a similar vision to consolidate art forms in Africa and bring to life creative ideas. Young people are into business, they love the thrill of being their own boss than reporting to a 09h00-17h00 job—what are the risks involved in starting a business without any experience of the workplace environment? Content is so important in any field. Talent and natural ability is an incredible gift but can only propel you so far –I’m a witness to that. I have even enrolled to better perfect my skills and craft. Taking up a course, degree, diploma or a class will just add an edge as there is always someone more skilled than you. That being said, never despise small beginnings as they prepare you for future prospects. It’s important to be a student even in the workplace…have the will and spirit of learning, listening and absorbing as the work place is a training ground for you to have a holistic approach to your business methodology. How do I manage processes, organisational structure, human resources, finance and marketing? Malcolm Gladwell talks about the “10,000 hour rule”, to achieve anything in life you must put in the time and focus! You don’t want to pre-maturely make decisions to leave a job without having any financial support or business plan or model. Ask! Ask! Ask! Seek guidance and mentors who can hold you accountable.


Giving back

As one of the well-known people in South Africa, what are you doing to give back? I love this question as all South African citizens should desire to be a catalyst or conduit of change in this country. Through the CSI project that I’m involved in, I am able to highlight issues in our country that affect us on a daily basis. Introduction to Barefoot No More: We supply a marketing tool in the form of the flip flops validating the donation of a very special shoe to an underprivileged child • Over 7 million South African children go to school without school shoes • School shoes are a solution to enable education among rural and township schools • 17,000 children are receiving school shoes to date through this initiative • School shoe made out of EVA (Ethenly Vinyl Acetate) • Fully recyclable shoe • Provinces to support schools within their provinces • Model is based on 1:1. Buy 1 flip flop get one shoe to a child ( called a 241 flop) • Manufacturing is done by local manufacturers • What are you mostly proud of as a South African citizen? I am proudly South African and fortunate to be in a country that allows freedom of speech since that’s my field. I’m proud that we are a developing economy and that we have spearheaded great initiatives. I live in Gauteng, the greatest city and truly living in my golden element. We have seen the World Cup and the Gautrain innovation, just to mention a few highlights about South Africa. Every country deals with their own challenges and we have a few that we need to address, however, I must be the change I want to see in this country and yes, we need to improve on the basic education which we have been bombarded with these past few months in the news. We know we have challenges with sustainable employment growth and one of my passions is to create business to business pipelines for SME’s especially youth.

Life in general

I have not seen much written about your love life, not even a single status update on Facebook. Are you involved with anyone? Big question! (She laughs)Somehow, I knew this question was coming and I’ll get straight to the point. I am single and ready to mingle. (She giggles) I’m a happy single woman though. No more questions in that area of my life.


What are your other interests? I belong to a group called Gifted Hands which interprets music through sign language and mime. This is an incredible discipline and ministry. I love to read and currently reading two books The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho and Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou. I love and appreciate ART in its broadest forms: photography, fine art, graphic art, architecture and MUSIC-I collect music from all over the world. I also love to travel and collect all sorts of memorabilia that resonates with me. I’m always telling people about South Africa or the rest of the continent. I’m an ambassador for Africa. How do you define success? Success to me is a verb and not a noun, it grows with me and by that I mean I am a person who is inquisitive about life and to have a definitive definition of success would once again limit me or constrain me in one dimension which I am not. At this point in my life and today, success means living my ‘truth’ and being authentic in all my outputs. Success is living a life of integrity. One of my greatest successes was revealed to me by a good friend who came to visit me two years ago and had a particular popular woman’s magazine and they had published a women’s inspirational book, right in the middle of those pages they had quoted me saying; “Package yourself in a way that reflects your self-worth.” By Mmabatho Makotanyane

By Tebogo Ndlovu

When I was assigned to write another article, I could not wait to hear what the topic was about. I was given an assignment that I was struggling with myself, handbags! What do we actually understand about this thing that we love so much? Handbags have been in existence for a very long time and each and every one of us uses them for many different reasons. Are we classifying them more as an accessory or are they living up to their name? A lot of men and women perceive them as something that is not of importance. At times it can be quite daunting having to walk around with that responsibility when all you need and want to do is dance freely on the dance floor without any baggage on your hand or shoulder. I always preferred those 8-pocketed cargo pants, less responsibility and more space. To tell you the truth, being feminine is work itself –too much energy is exhausted. You always have to be on point with regard to make-up, your hair needs to be brushed constantly. When you are rocking in heels an extra pair of flat shoes has to be there. All these have to fit in that little bag. No wonder some bags are literally giving up on us because we put them through so much trouble, we abuse them! How does one keep this valuable treasure of ours sustained? Well let me give you a few tips on how to keep it looking as good as new. • Change your handbag with season. I know that we sometimes carry the same bag for years because of sentimental value but it also needs to breathe. • Separate stain causing lipsticks, pens and lip glosses in a plastic container inside your bag. • Treat your handbag like a good pair of shoes, polish and clean it once in a while. If it breaks or frays, it should be replaced. • Always choose a bag that matches your daily lifestyle and compliments your clothes. • Keep something fun in your handbag. • Air out your handbag if they get a little stale-smell.

• Firstly! Do not buy knock offs, they may sound like a bargain but trust me; bargains are sometimes visible if you know what I mean. • Do not let a sales person talk you into buying a bag that does not make your heart beat. If it was meant for you, you will feel it from within. • Do not wear a bag or messenger bag across your chest unless you are riding a bike. They normally get stuck between your breasts and trust me, from a distant. • And finally, do not stash your handbag into your gym bag. Final words, Love your handbag and it will love you back.


He tells you he’ll call you back after 20h00 not because he is saving airtime but because he’ll be free by then, his partner will not be in the same room. She tells you to park far from the gate because she does not want people to get ideas. He tells you he’ll leave the other partner to be with you but it is now three months and you are still complaining about the other woman. She tells her partner that she is going to a business meeting for a week but in that week when the man is lonely, she will be with you. He says he is going to attend the school meeting but he is going to be having lunch with you. Stolen moments, that is all you share. Will they ever end? Did the introduction of my column jog someone’s memory? In that stolen moment you are happy to be together, you live for the moment, you think about the two of you and not other people, you make the most out of it because you know at a certain time you have to say your goodbyes and part ways so that no one gets ideas or question your whereabouts. Sometimes you don’t answer calls because you don’t want your stolen moment to be interrupted; you look at your phone when it rings and attend to it later. You get butterflies in your stomach for that moment but when he goes or she goes it is back to reality—he is going to be with someone, she is going to be with someone. You ask yourself what could have happened if he or she had stayed a bit longer. Truth is…that was just a stolen moment, it has a limited time. Will you have someone who you’ll call your own and worry when he or she comes home late at night? Why do women have to settle for second best when they can insist on being the first or so and so’s wife? Is it true that women outnumber men as a result they end up so desperate to be accommodated?


Strange as it is some women say, “I’ll be the only other woman as long as I have you when I need you.” If he is doing that to his partner what makes you think that he is not doing it to you too? Stolen moments are like a habit that needs to be done away with because eventually someone will get hurt, or develop strong feelings that can no longer be a stolen moment but something real. What will happen to the other partner who is so passionately in love? Love is the utmost. Lust can be a powerful force that can destruct a good foundation if pursued. The best way is to resist the urge. Though the fact is people will always be attracted to each other even though they are married, the question is; “Is it worth it acting on your feelings?” There is nothing wrong with casual chats, innocent outings and hanging out as long as you know your boundaries and are faithful enough to stay true to your partner. The question still remains, will stolen moments ever end? Yes! Though old habits die hard but they die anyway.

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“I wish I had more money, a better job, the perfect partner, be thinner, study further, I wish . . .” does that sound familiar? Creating and living the life of your dreams is possible when you have goals. Yes, goals are what transform your dreams into reality. You want to be happy, who doesn’t? You have some vague idea of what it takes, which is great but just for a moment imagine if you consciously took the time to reflect and clearly define the answers to what you really want and then acted upon them. We, Life Coaches love goals and assisting people to achieve their goals and ultimately transforming their lives. I am going to share with you my list of the 21 top tips to know and do to help you set goals, take action (action is the magic ingredient!!!) and achieve your goals. Step into the driver’s seat of your life and take action to live your best life right now. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.

Create a goal journal. This could be a book, a diary, online but make sure you have a place to capture the entire experience. Dream and dream big of everything that will make you happy, let your imagination free and go beyond any boundaries. Answer the questions in an ideal world; what will you be, what will you do, what will you have. Start with a maximum of three goals, the biggest factor in achievement of goals is getting started, do something right now. Take full responsibility for the achievement of your goals, success takes time and energy. Transform your dreams into goals by being very specific and by adding as much details as possible until you have a crystal clear image. Make sure that the goals you have set are what you want and not what some other person said you should do, have or be. Write your goal in an end state, i.e. as if you have already achieved it, in the present and in a positive state. Notice any emotions. Determine how you will measure progress made and that the achievement of the goal is within your control. Be realistic and understand that success is a process, keep a positive attitude and have fun. Allocate a target date or deadline for achieving your goal. “A goal without a date is just a dream”, Milton. H. Erikson. View failures and setbacks as critical lessons. Immediately shift your focus to the end result and then try something different or take another step. Read your goals twice daily preferably as soon as you wake up and before you go to sleep. Rely on your inner wisdom and strength to support you and carry you through. Take each goal and break it down into smaller action steps, and then make these actions a habit by doing it over and over again (now you also know how to create positive habits). Become aware of any feelings of discomfort, fear or limiting beliefs as you take action. Collect pictures, images and objects as visual reminders and to help you focus which can... Be generous with compliments, acknowledge and reward yourself often along the way. Instead of focussing on how much you still have left to do, celebrate the progress you have already made. If you reach a plateau, find yourself procrastinating or not taking the required action steps take time to reflect on the reasons. Be mindful of your own unique path to achieving your goals and record it. Once you have achieved your goals, utilise your own strategy to achieve other goals and repeat it until success and achievement is programmed within you.

To the life of your dreams, make it happen!!


The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, "You have stayed long enough at this mountain.'' Deuteronomy 1:6 At times we tend to camp in our comfort zones. We tend to settle for average standards, average performances, average jobs, average everything. Ask yourself when last you stretched yourself. Remember, for you to achieve what you have never achieved before you must do things you have never done before. In our opening scripture, Moses recounts that when they were in Mount Horeb for some time, God told them they had been there for too long and when we read subsequent verses, God instructs them to move forward and possess more lands. This is what God wants for you. God wants you to move out of your comfort zone and conquer more mountains. He wants you to accomplish more than you already have. He wants you to live a life of unending prosperity. “When I was in high school I was the best in my class, when I was in tertiary I was an ‘A’ student, when I was in tertiary I was the best, when I was in government my performance was meritorious, they know me in that company, I was the best in their staff’’. This is how some people reminisce over their lives. They keep going on and on about their past successes. But no! He says "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past'' Isaiah 43:18. Do not be stuck in the blast of the past. Break new grounds. God is not done with you. Who said you have achieved enough, is it time to retire? Your past success is the greatest hindrance for your future success. It is an impediment! You cannot move forward because of it. It is an obstacle. You cannot get there because you think you are there already. It is like an old cell phone. It can be the reason why you don’t buy a new and more advanced one. Do not get me wrong, I am not encouraging people to tender their resignations, but even your job can be the greatest curse on your life. The reason some people can’t have their dream jobs is because they are working. Your current job may be the reason you can’t make progress.


In South Africa today we are faced with 25% unemployment rate, and its principal cause is the shortage of employers. Some of them are employees somewhere and are content. Raymond Ackerman had to be fired from Checkers for him to venture into his own retail business, Pick ‘n Pay. I am sure he was comfortable at Checkers. He was the Managing Director in charge of 85 stores. He probably thought he was at the peak of his success, but no! God had greater plans for him. Plans to prosper him and give him a future. He was an employee, an

MD, but God wanted him to be an employer, an owner of one of Africa’s largest supermarket chains that employs more than 30 000 people. At Midian, Moses was a shepherd for forty years. He did the same thing everyday and that was to take care of Jethro’s flock. He was complacent until one day when God reached out to him through a burning bush (Exodus 3-4). He was then given a task and that task was to emancipate Israel from Egyptian bondage. The Israelites were in great suffering and made prayers to God. God needed someone to answer their prayers through and that person was Moses. It is good when God answers your prayers, but it is even better when He answers other people’s prayers through you. God wants to use you the same way He used Raymond Ackerman to alleviate the issue of unempleyment and Moses to free masses from oppression, but for Him to use you in that special way, you need to be prepared to do things you have never done before. Develop a discontent with mundaness and mediocrity in your life. Always seek improvement and development towards the greater will and purpose of God for your life. There is a perfect will of God for your life and there is a permissible will of God for your life. No more settling for average. No more settling for Ishmaels when God has promised us Isaacs. No more settling for Leahs, it is time we work for Rachels, no matter how long that will take us. Refuse to be satisfied with anything that is mundane, with anything that is below standard. Do not dwell in banality. Do new stuff. If you are scared of speaking in public, break new grounds and address a room full of people. If you always wanted to go into business but lacked the necessary courage, do it. Some of us never finish the projects that we start. You start this, before it materializes you stop, you start a new project and before it comes to fruition you start a new one. All of that is counter progress. Find a project that you want to do and carry it out until the end. Keep breaking new grounds. I love you, but Jesus loves you more. Yours in the lord, Paul Light

By Refilwe Ramatlhodi

The steadily growing pattern of South Africans sinking into debt needs to end. Putting money away for future use is beneficial to individuals and households in order to attain financial freedom. This is a culture that still has to be nurtured within our society. Various forms of investments and savings exist. We talk to the youth from different backgrounds that have adopted this culture as a part of their lives. We all have plans and dreams for the future. These dreams could be anything from paying lobola, getting the perfect dress for your wedding day, opening a new business venture, furthering your education or traveling the world. Needless to say, to fulfill these dreams and to turn them into realities we need monetary funds. However, these funds do not superficially exist; we have to work really hard for them and be very smart in acquiring and maintaining them. Financial stability or independence depends on the way in which we spend our money. The trend of not saving amongst South African individuals, youth in particular is getting worse each year. Excuses for this behavioral pattern vary from ‘I don’t have a job now, but I’ll start saving when I get one’, or ‘I don’t have any spare money

to put into a savings account or to invest’, or ‘Investments are for people with money and I don’t have that extra something lying around’. Saving is all about discipline and people spending less than they earn. A little adjustment to your lifestyle habits and the manner in which you spend is the first step; spending only on necessities and less on luxurious items. Chairperson of South African Savings Institute, Prem Govender emphasizes; “The need for a strong savings culture results with a high savings rate to boost the economic growth of our country. For South Africans who have developed this habit, the global credit crunch with its resultant job losses meant having to fall back on such savings. For those that have not, it simply meant untold hardships. It is clear that the benefits of a high savings rate in any economy cannot be disputed”.


THE GO GETTER: Ikageng Monnakgotla(26) Director, Ikmon Investments Company shares, equity and commodity based instruments like ETF's and ETN's. Also trades warrants on the JSE. How do you invest? All my investment actions are taken through the online portal provided by my broker. I get research, market consensus on stocks, independent analysis, company results, and company profiles and the live bid / offer and spreads from the market. After carrying out my own analysis and valuations and having decided upon purchases or offloads, I can easily trigger such trades and get into those transactions on the platform. However, for trading purposes I use independently developed trading software that provides not only live prices but multi-timeframe charts and tools for technical analysis. Why do you think investing is vital? Investment is vital because it’s the most productive allocation of assets, therefore bringing forth meaningful development to societies, communities and families. Investing grows one’s net-worth, astronomically at times (Imagine the VC's that invested in Facebook at its developmental stages) and also ensures a steady retirement. Why did you decide to invest? I got exposed to the financial markets through a friend. He was quite entrepreneurial, had great initiative and never hesitated to look deeply into things he didn't understand. He fed me with a lot of information, but I only acted on this information years later. In fact it was only after completing my 3rd year Investment Management module that I conjured up the confidence to take on the financial markets. Therefore my trajectory towards investing was set forth by a friend, and only later on I got to understand the benefits, and experience the other impacts of this decision. How has investing helped you reach your goals? Unfortunately I haven't reached my goals as yet, though I must say, the technical and analytical skills acquired from the investment process can really help in fast tracking the goal attainment process. How is your investment doing; are you getting the results you anticipated? (Chuckles) My investments aren't doing too badly at all. Not everything blows the lights out, you get fluctuations, and you get seasonal performers, therefore in the short to medium


term you might be looking at a mixed bag of results. Investing is a long-term game, so I would be better suited to answer this question beyond 2015. Any advice to your peers? On the backdrop of the "lack of black participation" in the South African economy, I would really advise young black investors not only to look at listed securities but also consider investment opportunities at grass roots level. The transfer of wealth through Black Economic Empowerment initiatives is really proving to be a challenge, and understandably so. Therefore as energized and motivated young people, we should also be looking at creating or aiding to create the blue chips of the future. We must harness our skills and creativity towards establishing bankable solutions to today's problems. We shouldn't be intimidated by the concept of being creator's of value, thereby taking companies public. The beauty of this sort of outlook, referred to in some quarters as being the "ultimate investor", is that it only requires hard work and your time, unlike existing securities which need 3 foot piggy bank in order to participate.

THE PHILANTHROPIST: Sabelo Hlongwane (23) Co-founder, Sabrain Investments CC Social and business investments How do you invest? I invest in several ways; I invest in my own business and in human capital. I have a passion for the development of others, so I also assist fellow entrepreneurs with small capital sums for their businesses. I share my time and give advice on business related information, be it business e-books or useful websites. Why do you think investing is vital? Investing is vital as it is like polishing a diamond in the rough until it glitters for all to see. It is turning potential into endless possibility. Investors have the ability of seeing completion whilst the person or product is as raw as they come and aim to unearth that. Why did you invest? I invested as I wanted to see and get the best output from the input that I put in, it is paying it forward. I believe the best investment is human capital. How has investing helped you reach your goals? It has helped me be more people-focused instead of having a capitalist mentality; it has shown me that one can do so much with just a little. How is your investment doing; are you getting the results you anticipated? My investments are still in their infancy I believe after a few more years one will be able to see more tangible results. Any advice to your peers? Invest in people; the results will go beyond your expectations. It can be either time, teaching them from your experience, a skill, mentoring them or providing for their basic needs. After all, it takes a small spark to start a fire!

How do you invest? I have put my eggs in a low risk basket. I have invested with ABSA Bank and I use their Money Market and Money builder portfolios. It has been over five years now. Why do you think investing is vital? Investing is very important because one always has to have money that is saved up somewhere. Emergencies such as medical, travel or home renovations can leave you cash-strapped if they were not budgeted for. Hence the importance of such savings accounts. The need for financial freedom is absolute; who doesn’t love being financially independent? Why did you invest? Investing or saving up makes me feel relaxed. I have a peace of mind knowing that I have something stashed away for those rainy days. I don’t stress where I am going to get money. When I needed funds to renovate my parent’s home, I did it with ease as I had money easily accessible. I did not have to go to any bank to apply for a loan. How has investing helped you reach your goals? Being financially emancipated means doing things with freewill. I travel when I feel like travelling. And most importantly, I am furthering my studies now. How is your investment doing; are you getting the results you anticipated? With the fluctuating 7% and 8%, it is doing fairly well. But I would have loved to get a little bit more, like 10% at least. There is really not much I can do though because that is how the money market works. As long as it doesn’t devour my money, I am fine with it. Any advice to your peers? Try to save as much as possible. Get rid of unnecessary expenditures and save more. Avoid credit at all times, especially the clothing accounts. Be money conscious and budget! The burning question is; “When can one start saving up?” Yolandi Ceortzen, Standard Bank Team Leader, says “as soon as you can! You don’t have to wait until you get a job, even if you get an allowance or pocket money, save at least a portion of it”. Savings or investments options for different pockets are available at all accredited financial institutions. Visit your local bank or any accredited financial institution to find out what your options are. And remember; SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

THE SAFE WAGER Aswindine Rasivhetshele(31) Lecturer


needs to be done. “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled , can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” JF Kennedy. It is therefore our duty as a society to ensure that our education system mirrors our goals, dreams and hopes for the nation. It should be used as a tool to instil discipline and promote Entrepreneurial skills, Competitiveness, Innovation and many more skills which would be beneficial to our country’s growth and combating high unemployment rate and HIV/AIDS infection rate amongst our youth. It was with relief that President Jacob Zuma in his 9 FEB 2012 State of the nation address recognised the importance of an effective education system in fighting poverty and promoting growth. The President has pledged Billions of Rands to skills development programmes but unless such programmes include building new and proper structures for learning, providing adequate stationery for schools, providing adequate and effective training for teachers, and continuous monitoring and evaluation of schools, the skills development programmes will not yield adequate results.

By Lesego Manganye At a time of oppression when political parties in South Africa had little or no resources, they realised that the only way to survival and growth during that difficult period was through the youth and education. This would not only ensure their organisational survival but also provide knowledge, an understanding and possible solutions to the task at hand. Since 1994, our education system from pre-school to tertiary institutions has gone through a number of changes and from recent reports of stationery not being readily available, teachers neglecting their duties, a high level of school dropouts, schools failing to attain an acceptable matriculation pass rate and many more problems, it is evident that such 24 changes have not yielded the required results and more still

Our future leaders who are serving time in prisons for various crimes, those that are dying due to Sexually Transmitted Diseases, those whom are drug and alcohol abusers, those who are unemployed and many of those who have no hope of making it in life should serve as a painful reminder that we have failed them. As a society we ought to take collective responsibility for the current short comings in our education system, as parents we have failed our children in not disciplining them, as teachers and unions we have failed to respect our teaching profession, as government we have failed to properly compensate our teachers and monitor our schools performances properly to ensure they offer quality education, as business we have failed to recognise that we are members of society before anything else. Unless as a society we correct our mistakes by continuously improving our education system for many of our youth the light at the end of the tunnel will continue to be an oncoming train.

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TIP FOR THE MONTH: Stay Calm - During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!


Most popular social networks in Feb 2012 by Alexa web info co. 1. Facebook (users: 750 million+) 2. Twitter (users: 250 million+) 3. LinkedIn (users: 110 million+) 4. Myspace (users: 70 million+) 5. Google Plus+ (users: 65 million+) Bonus: Badoo on #15 (users: 2, 5 million+)

Have you seen e’Kasi Stories that represent Tshwane?

Did ex-Generations actors bare naked on Mag?

Since e’Kasi Stories started from the year 2009 on etv. Tshwane has not showcased a single story-line that reflects the lifestyle, the language and other factors of its own. Does it mean Tshwane has limited resources or actors and producers?

The Soap Stars Samkelo Ndlovu known as “DJ Lulu” and Jafta Mamabolo known as “Matthew” from Generations have bared all naked on The Marie Claire Naked Issue 2012 in support of the Burn Foundation Southern Africa.

Which radio station will have best line-up this year?

Which celeb bought Myspace shares?

Every year during April month, most radio stations go through some changes on their regular line-up of presenters and shows. Last year Metro Fm stole the lime-light by introducing Oskido and others as new presenters on the radio station and Tbo Touch as a drive-time host.

Justin Timberlake acquired a stake worth $35 million for Myspace. He plans to revive the social network after it was dominated by facebook in 2009. It will have new features that will enable users to share live TV programmes on the go and other features.

Has Rihanna reunited with Chris Brown again?

Chris Brown and Rihanna definitely seem to be a hot item again. The media reveal that they seemed like they were back together at Rihanna’s 24th birthday party in February the 13th. But what we sure of is, they both made a remix on the “Birthday Cake” song together.

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Tshegofatso Maotoe is a 23-year-old young lady from Mabopane in Tshwane. She is currently a Fashion Design student at the University of Johannesburg and proud owner of TENACIOUS SOUL. She is destined to go far and change lives through fashion. The fashion star is motivated, friendly, and diligent. She lives a life of art. She is the true representative of her brand, a “tenacious soul�.

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Describe your style to us? My style is vintage with a hint of street wear. How and when did you start your brand? I started at the university while doing my fashion design course. I used to do alterations for people and some started wanting more of my custom designed clothes –that is how the brand was born. What inspires you to come up with your designs? I’m inspired by mainly anything and everything that catches my attention and emotion, it can be from something small that nobody else is going to notice but to me that little thing can make a range. When did you realise your passion for fashion? Well (she smiles), I realised my passion for fashion when I was in primary school, I would sit in class and draw while my teacher was busy with lessons. Do you have other interests or is it fashion all the way for you? I do. Music! My friends say I should consider singing as a second career …I might just do it. What makes you different from other young designers? I deal more personally with my clients because some fashion designers can be shallow. I also take what is seen as junk or old and make it look gorgeous and new. What is your target market? A woman who is sassy, assertive, who is not afraid to fuse vintage and who is between the ages of 18 and 35. How do you advertise yourself? I advertise myself through the word of mouth, a Blog, Facebook page and Twitter. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I’m going to be optimistic and say that I see my first store down the fashion streets of Johannesburg. What are the highlights of your career? My first highlight for now is seeing my first range. I know there is still so much more that is coming my way. Do you consider yourself a trendsetter? No I don’t, but I’m not ignorant to new trends because they also help me design some of my outfits. Which designers do you look up too? Internationally it has to be Alexander McQueen and locally it is Gert Coetzee. What items of clothing do you love this season? Scarves, gloves, great comfortable boots and coats. What is your motto in life? Proverbs 12:24 “Work hard and be a leader, be lazy and never succeed”. What would you like to say to young aspiring fashion designers? It is not as glamorous as it looks (she laughs), perseverance is important and honestly, you will fail at some things before you make it but don’t give up. By: Tshegofatso Pelle

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Samsung is getting more aggressive when coming to innovation, iPhone by Apple Co must watch out because the competition is too high. This saw Samsung Galaxy S2 up-selling iPhone 4s during the year 2011 in other countries. Samsung has now unveiled its new handset that comes with Android operating system and an inbuilt projector. This allows users to share images; video and digital content in more widespread and group environments. The Beam’s projector party piece has not added too much additional bulk to the portable device with a 12.5mm thick form factor seeing the latest Galaxy branded handset line-up at just 145.3g in weight. Can this be the new trend amongst smartphones?

Lamigon T2 This has not yet hit the SA market, but it will be one of the smartphones that will keep people talking this year and years to come. What is so special about this phone is for simple reasons that most smartphones turn to miss out always, which is a remote control feature. You can program T2 to replace any of your infrared remote controls. Operating your TV, music center, game console or air conditioner has never been this easy and convenient. These Danish mobile-makers truly get the Android phone in action. After the renders and concepts, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich packing Lumigon T2 is set to hit the market in the ďŹ rst half of 2012. Aimed at the high end smartphone market, the T2 spots a stainless steel and Gorilla glass design and features a 3.8-inch screen which is all powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm TM Snapdragon processor. Bang and Olufsen ICEpower will take care of your tunes and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera to shoot great pictures. Cheers to the future of having one remote in the house.



Cashtime Fam Now or Never

DJ Malankane House Blendz

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Hip Hop trio “Teargas”, started a group named CashTime Fam, which consists of Teargas itself, Kid-X, Smashis and AB Crazy. This saw six rappers fusing their talented rapping skills on one album titled “Now or Never”. AB Crazy laid some good beats on 4 tracks which are all going to be hits on the next SA hip hop charts. First track on the album, “Now or Never” start on a high tempo, AB Crazy on production followed by “CashTime Anthem”, which is filled with trumpet sounds. The 12-track compiled album which talks more about success, swag, relationships and other topics, has potential to gain more airplay on our radio stations, despite that at some point beats turned to sound the same. Other tracks you can look forward to are; “Good Bye”, “Get Down”, “No Good”, “ Everywhere I Go” and other great tunes. 7/10

One of Pretoria’s finest deep house Dj to release more than one album under his belt, “Dj Malankane”, has offered us yet another deep full house music album titled “House Blendz”. This album isn’t for commercial lovers as it digs deep to soulful melodic tracks like The Glenn Underground remix of “Into Life” by The Rurals ft Jaidene Veda, followed by “So Insane” by Abwalk ft Horward. “Difference” by Darque ft Kaylow is one of the best produced tracks on the album. The fuse between international and local production by Mr Cee ft Lady X on “Lifted”, DJ Hypnosis on “Move On”, Trancemicsoul remix on “So Happy” by Tom Conrad ft Dawn Tallman and Essential I on “Simple Love” makes the album even more interesting. The title album, “House Blendz” says it all. It is another melodic and vocal album, so for deep house heads, you won’t be disappointed. 9/10

You are bound to enjoy an album that consists of various good artists. The album features hits from more than 20 chart-topping artists across various genres which are Hip Hop, R ‘n B, Pop, Rock and other genres. Artists featured in this collection are Adele, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, the Band Perry, Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse, the Black Keys, Coldplay, J. Cole, Foster The People, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna featuring Drake, Skrillex, Blake Shelton and more. Tracks that stood-out to be the best are “What’s My Name” by Rihanna, Super Bass by Nicki Minaj, Grenade by Bruno Mars, Firework by Kate Perry, Paradise by Coldplay and Rolling In The Deep by Adele. For collection purpose, this is a must have. 10/10

By Mmabatho Makotanyane and Pretty Lebese The Balance Dynasty organisation was launched recently to empower the youth. The Non- Governmental Organisation that is led and ran by driven young leaders was hosted at the University of South Africa. A wide range of prolific speakers addressed and motivated the audience on the importance of living a well balanced life. The organisation that is defined as a line of hereditary Rulers, a succession of a powerful Family and a lineage of Legacy deals with balance-mentorship programmes, character building, career exposure, personal and business finances and outreaches. Mr Thabo Magano, the President of the organisation said they aim at developing rightful thinking through life trainings and character building sessions to help develop the right attitude and right nature of thought. He said that would be done by means of mentorship, as motivation and inspiration will be part of the process. “With career exposure we aim to go further than the normal face value career guidance young people are given these days. We will be exposing our students to practical elements of career guidance and giving exposure to first, second and third year students who are studying courses they are passionate about. We will also introduce them to professionals in the industry of their career choice,” he said.

Magano said that through the personal and business finances department the organisation aims at equipping the Balance members with proper financial management in personal and business aspects. “Money seems to be a subject not widely understood by many families and schools. We aim at providing a good conditioned environment that will educate young people on the subject of money. Through this pillar of financial education we look at training, guiding and re-programming their minds to ensure better handling; wiser usage and proper management of money. One of the core values the organisation aims to promote in their programme states; “I am blessed to be a blessing, given in order to learn to give to others.” “This core value is what will drive our outreaches. As the members learn and gain from the organisation, it will be critical to allow the members to give back to the less fortunate. This experience will be guided by the outreaches we will have with selected orphanages, support groups and other NGOs. We are currently donating food portions to orphanages such as Home of Hope, which is located in Sunny Side in Tshwane. ” said Magano. The organisation is said to have external mentors that assist in bringing change to communities. The mentors and partners range in expertise, profiles and age groups. “We have senior mentors who are made up of seasoned professionals that are specialists in their fields and are accessible to our senior Balance members for mentorship, profes-


From left to right: Pastor. Kahiso Mofokeng, Pastor. Lerato Matabane, Ms. Anne Magakoe and Mr. Thabo Magano sional advice and contact networking. “We have the working forces or entrepreneurs who are running their own businesses and cannot only mentor the Balance members who are looking at starting their own businesses but they are also potential employers of the 3rd year university students. The third year students will also be responsible for mentoring second year students and prepare them for third year level. The second year students will be responsible for mentoring the first year students and act as “Big brother or big sister. The first year students will be mentoring Matrics who will also mentor the Grade 11 students where the grooming stage starts. They will be assessed, tested and evaluated on different topics”, he added. Ms Rosie Motene, South Africa’s TV personality is one of the external mentors who will be guiding young people. She could


not make it to the launch but sent a motivational video that was played to the audience. Mrs Bonolo Nkosi, a TV Presenter on SaBC1 was one of the speakers in the event. Addressing the audience, Pastor Messinah Mokgope said; “Girls it’s high time we become the designer labels not just objects, because objects do not develop or have goals but they remain as they are for years and years. Labels set trends and people follow them to show that they have impact, actually they even fake them.” The classy venue with artistic displays on their projector screen, the sound of a trumpet, a guitar and a piano in the background made justice to the opening. The launch was also supported by spiritual talks. Heart-warming poems were performed.

By Mmabatho Makotanyane

South Africa.

The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in partnership with the City of Tshwane and the High Commission of Jamaica hosted an Ambassadorial Forum themed “The Role of Reggae Music in the African Liberation Struggle” at Ditsong National Cultural History Museum, in Tshwane recently.

TYM was invited to the celebration to remember the role reggae music and the Rastafari culture played in drawing the world’s attention to the real issues of the African liberation movement and how they have provided Africa and its Diaspora with a channel for building self-identity, consciousness, resilience, liberation and “One Love”.

“This Forum could not have come at a more opportune time when Jamaica is reflecting on its own struggles and celebrating its achievements having attained 50 years of political independence this year, and at a time when the oldest liberation movement on the continent and South Africans in general are celebrating the legacy of liberation movements in Africa,” said Mrs. Norma Taylor Roberts, Jamaican High Commissioner to

“Robert Nesta Bob Marley considered the greatest exponent of reggae music was born on the 6th of February 1945 and would have been 67 years old a few weeks ago if he did not leave us tragically in May 1981 at the young age of 36. Consequently the world was robbed of his creativity. Luckily for Africa he had performed in Harare the year before, at the independence


celebrations of Zimbabwe. We in South Africa cannot forget his words of encouragement in songs urging us on to stand up and fight against mental slavery, colonialism and apartheid. But he also sang about peace, reconstruction and the re-building of African families and communities. “How appropriate then to be having this event with the High Commission of Jamaica, a country that also gave the world Marcus Garvey an earlier proponent of African liberation and unity, in this birthday month of Bob Marley and it is a year when the African Union is hosting its Diaspora Summit in South Africa in May 2012,” said Dr Matlotleng Matlou, Chief Executive Officer of AISA. The keynote address was delivered by Mr Michael “Ibo” Cooper, founding member of the renowned Jamaican Reggae Band-Third World, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association and recipient of the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal for work done to advance international consciousness against apartheid.


The daylong event featured live performances from top reggae artists, an exhibition of Jamaican culture and music as well as presentations from academics, the diplomatic community and government. Amongst the speakers were Dr Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director of Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Mr James Mange, Reggae Musician and former political prisoner on Robben Island, Mr Neo Lekgotla Iaga Rampoui, Research Specialist at the Africa Institute of South Africa, Mr S.S Razwiezdani, General Manger of the Mayor’s Office at the Vhembe District Municipality and former ANC activist, Dr Vongai Nyawo, Senior Lecturer in History and International Relations at the Midland State University in Zimbabwe and Dr Fraser McNeill, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Pretoria.



Tshwane Youth Magazine  

March 2012 issue which features: Thuli Zulu - young businesswoman, Tshegofatso - Fashion designer, Young investors on business, CashTime Fam...

Tshwane Youth Magazine  

March 2012 issue which features: Thuli Zulu - young businesswoman, Tshegofatso - Fashion designer, Young investors on business, CashTime Fam...