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Publisher’s note

nevertheless exercised a hold on all its peoples so
profound and so entrenched that no other country
in the world has rivalled its magic. The brutality has
been infused with the compassion and humanity
of its indigenous cultures, the ancient wisdom of its
earliest inhabitants, the eternal rhythm of its sounds
and seasons, and the call of “Mayibuye!” from its
deepest core.
his is my first note as the publisher of DESTINY, because The political turmoil we’re experiencing may be
I'm delighted to announce that Sheena Adams – who’s disheartening, but one has only to stand barefoot
been with Ndalo Media since its inception and has been on the soil, catch the scent of rain on the breeze or hear
intrinsically involved in developing the brand – is our the commotion of hadedas to reconnect instantly with
new Editor-in-Chief, while Kemong Mopedi, who the great, enduring presence of our country and know
was our Group Social Media Editor, is our new that one is at home.
Associate Editor. The DESTINY brand is bound to go In this issue, we showcase a variety of artists whose
from strength to strength in their capable hands and muse and motivator is SA (The Art of Heritage, p86),
I congratulate them on their new positions. This new including the inimitable Gogo Esther Mahlangu (p26),
structure keeps us close to all our brands, while whose extraordinary Ndebele designs on murals, walls
giving me room to focus more exclusively on Ndalo and even a car have captivated viewers around the
Media’s growth. world. Her works referencing her heritage have been
Globally acclaimed South African playwright Athol exhibited around the globe and have done much to bring
Fugard – whose creative modus operandi has al- the traditional aesthetic to the international community.
ways involved keeping notebooks of things he sees Yet it’s not only Gogo Esther’s unique artistry that
and hears, and then drawing on these fragments to distinguishes her: it’s just as much her unbending
fashion a narrative – once jotted his impression of a authenticity and refusal to posture or deviate even for
couple he’d seen walking through an isolated section a moment from her ethnic identity. We salute her utter
of the Karoo. They carried very little with them – a few artistic and moral integrity.
pots, a bundle of clothing and a blanket – and were We also bring you African-inspired fashion
clearly itinerant nomads. From that fleeting image designs (Bronzed Elegance, p46), exciting news about
sprang what would later become one of Fugard’s greatest an upcoming revival of the iconic African jazz opera
works, Boesman and Lena, which explored the state of King Kong (p112) and plenty more to fire your passion
vagrancy and its impact on the human psyche. In for our beloved Mzansi.
his diary, however, Fugard noted: “Tramp. As long as As Fugard observed, we certainly do have a home,
you have a mythical home, you’re alright.” though it’s by no means only mythical, and – despite
As we celebrate Heritage Month, his words are all its challenges – we’re indeed “alright”. We shall rise.
particularly apt. While SA’s political and economic
history is both chequered and brutal, and – until 23
years ago – its human rights record deplorable, it has
Editor’s note

copper idzila
spirals around
her neck and
arms and elegant
strings of beads
that she laid on
the ground in
front of her. Each
time she emerged, in a different swirl of colours and
signifiers, her pride and confidence bloomed anew.
Funny and charming as she is, her approach to her
brand is impeccable. She’s still evolving it and think-
ing of grand new collaborations, with an eye already
firmly on 2018. For this, she’s a powerful example of
how to integrate your heart and mind within your
chosen vocation. Of how to put your complete self
into your labours of love so that the impact of what
you create is deep and long-lasting.
It’s a trait that means a lot to us at DESTINY, and
it’s one that fits snugly with the idea of renewal that
is September’s gift to us all. The women we introduce
you to this month have all mastered the art of bring-
ing their personal passions to their work, from our
fierce Powerhouse, Nomvula Makgotlho, Chief Direc-
tor of the Department of Small Business Development,
to entrepreneur Naledi Mazabane, who’s taken the
Sophia Bali brand to beautiful heights with a focus on
evolving the African narrative through her work
My journey with DESTINY started 10 years ago,
almost to the day, which makes this inaugural
issue under my watch as Editor that much

eeting Mam’ Esther Mah- more meaningful.
langu as we put together our The number 1 (if you add the 0, as numerolo-
special heritage issue for gists do) signifies pride, purpose and unwavering
September took the whole commitment to one’s goals. It’s a spearpoint, like
DESTINY team by surprise. its shape; an unyielding energy for creating and
Quietly determined and single- producing. May that energy guide us as we reprioritise
minded about her ambitions – a phenomenal thing at our goals, loves and ambitions for the last quarter of
age 81 – she didn’t quite fit into the “gogo” box of the year.
our expectations.
No shy smiles or soft vulnerabilities. Rather, Mam’
Esther was a tightly sprung coil of energy and abun-
Ndalo Media is proud to be an official partner
dance. With a very firm idea of her aesthetic and of UNICEF Unite for Children
skill, she disappeared into one of the geometric
rondavels to dress, emerging with her tradition-
al blankets carefully draped and accented by the

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Cover feature

22 | September 2017
Cover feature


Written by Kemong Mopedi.

Styling: Mpumi Sinxoto.
Photographer: Victor Dlamini

With a global career spanning

close to five decades, Esther
Mahlangu’s staying power
has been in sticking to her
guns and trusting the main
inspirations behind her
famous Ndebele paintings — the rest, though, her storytelling is as vivid and lucid as one of

her mind and heart her artworks.

Asked how she became an integral part of SA’s heritage and an
asset to brands seeking to deliver out-of-the ordinary marketing
campaigns, she says she developed a passion for painting at the

nce Mahlangu – or “Gogo
age of 10. Later, a trip to France opened numerous opportunities
Esther”, as most people call
for her on the local and international art scene.
her – begins recounting
As a young woman, Gogo Esther left her three sons at home
anecdotes of her life and
while she worked at a museum in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
experiences as an artist in
While she was there, her village was visited by French curators
Ndebele, interspersed with
who had photographed several hand-painted Ndebele houses in
snatches of Sesotho, you
it. The outer walls of Gogo Esther’s home, however, had stood out
wish she could continue
for their vibrant, geometric designs and they’d fallen in love with
uninterrupted for hours on
them. They soon made it their business to get in touch with her
end. And suddenly, the two-
in Middelburg.
and-a-half-hour pothole-
“After enquiring about my whereabouts from my three sons,
ridden drive it’s taken to meet her in Emthombothini village,
they came looking for me at the museum and explained that my
outside KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga, seems worthwhile.
Ndebele decorations were the best in the area. For that reason,
Her yard is a hive of activity on the day of our shoot, yet even
they wanted me to paint at an exhibition in France,” she recalls.
with the many faces in it, she still remembers who she has and
A bemused Gogo Esther had asked how she’d get to that country,
hasn’t greeted. The only memory lapses she has are recalling the
what she’d be doing there and how long she’d be away from home.
exact dates of some significant milestones or how old her now
“Everyone, including my children and employer at the time, was
late sons were at the beginning of her remarkable career. For
very sceptical about this mysterious trip and thought that I might

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Cover feature

are unlikely
to practise
they weren’t
taught and
thus the death
of what
links us to
our heritage.

Photographer: Victor Dlamini. Stylist: Mpumi Sinxoto. Make-up: Masabudi Kwanaite. Fashion assistant: Mpumi Shandu.
Ndebele garments, Gogo Esther’s own. Sneakers, Adidas. Sunglasses, stylist’s own
have misunderstood the French curators’ intentions,” she says. in her life has she attempted to fit into any artistic stereotype or
Nevertheless, she arranged her passport and visa and arrived change a single thing about her appearance, habits or identity –
in Paris in due course, followed a few days later by her youngest and therein lies her staying power. At any given point, one’s like-
son, Elias, who’d offered to be her companion. The house she’d ly to find her in her signature traditional Ndebele garb, whether
be painting, still using her chicken feather and the twig of a tree she’s sweeping her yard in the morning or catching a flight to an
called the bobbejaanstert (“baboon’s tail”, also known as itudzi international art event.
in Ndebele), was a shack version of her own house back at home. She’s made no concessions to her age either, apart from plac-
Not one to experiment with foreign cuisine, before depart- ing a small piece of cardboard around her throat to prevent her
ing from SA, she’d asked her hosts whether they’d be providing traditional copper neckrings from chafing her fragile skin.
her with her staple diet of mratha (pap) and mrorho (spinach) “Wherever I go, my traditional outfit comes with me. Airports
during her visit. When they told her that these foods were un- are my worst nightmare because the alarms always go off when I
available in the country, Gogo Esther insisted on staying in a self- walk through the security scan,” she explains. And though she’s
catering hotel and brought her own supplies. She tries hard to frequently been instructed to remove the neckrings, as well as
recall the dates of this trip, but finally concedes defeat. “I don’t the matching copper bangles around her arms and ankles, she’s
know what year it was. I just know that Nelson Mandela was still always refused to do so. “I always tell them that this is my tradi-
in prison,” she grins. tional Ndebele wedding jewellery which I can’t and won’t take
off until I die,” she chuckles. “I can’t remember the number of
“TAKE ME AS I AM” times I’ve been taken to private security check rooms at airports
Gogo Esther’s refusal to forgo her preferred diet is typical of her and been fully inspected, but they’ve never found anything il-
utter authenticity and dismissal of pretence or posturing. Never legal – just rows and rows of bangles!”

28 | September 2017
This firmness extends to commissions, candour of someone who isn’t con- all she says.
with Gogo Esther refusing to follow the cerned about publicists. Given her be- She’s been with her current manager
dictates of big corporates. Fortunately, lief that black South Africans are far too for almost 10 years and also works closely
though, she’s primarily worked with quick to hurl their cultures, traditions with one of her grandsons. She parted
clients who’ve trusted her talents and and identities into the melting pot, she’s ways with her first manager, a woman
vision enough to refrain from stipulat- been determined to use her art school with whom she travelled to Japan and the
ing what she should or shouldn’t paint. as a place where children can learn USA before realising that they weren’t on
“Depending on what needs to be about their ethnic heritage and carry the same wavelength.
decorated, I decide on designs for my it forward. “I’m currently running in- While Gogo Esther’s reticent about her
clients. Many have tried to analyse my formal art classes, not a proper school. finances, she’s happy to talk about her
work, but there’s really no storyline or Depending on the weather, I teach in an career plans, not allowing the fact that
theme behind my designs. It’s simply open rondavel and the verandah at the she’ll be 82 on 11 November to hinder
pure Ndebele artwork in its best form,” main gate of my home. It’s always been her ambitions for a moment. Retirement,
she declares. my wish to get help with building a she says, definitely isn’t on her easel. “My
Her work may have exposed her to proper school so that the lessons can be mind hasn’t wandered that far because I
diverse individuals and ways of life, but consistent and I can also start seeing real love what I do. As long as I’m still capable
none of these experiences have influ- results. I get out-of-town requests to teach of painting, I don’t see why I should quit
enced her style of painting. While she’s Ndebele art, but wouldn’t know where to and succumb to boredom,” she quips. As
expressed her interest in other cultures house the students,” she explains. we approach the end of our interview,
and her willingness to learn differ- While she acknowledges that integra- this eldest of nine siblings reveals that
ent languages, she’s made it clear that tion and modernisation are inevitable, she’s never felt lonely because most of her
her work is entirely her own and stems given the global village we live in, with family, including her grandchildren, live
exclusively from her own heart and imag- its continual cultural cross-pollination, close by.
ination. “That’s why I’ve never considered she’s desperate to ensure that black South While many of us think of Gogo Esther
living anywhere but this village, because Africans don’t entirely lose their as a courageous African visionary doing
I’m a farm girl at heart; this is the only true sense of self. “At this rate, the continent proud, she’d prefer to be
life I know and appreciate. In fact, I get we’ll have no cultural teachings or remembered as the poster gogo who
the feeling that people who live in urban traditions to impart to our children. made living and embracing Ndebele
areas must be uncomfortable. The yards Children are unlikely to practise some- culture look damn cool!
are too close to each other,” she giggles. thing they weren’t taught and thus the
Of the many observations she’s made death of what links us to our heritage,”
while travelling abroad, one stands out she says.
for her. “During my first visit to France
and other trips abroad, I realised just how THE BUSINESS OF
much foreigners love and celebrate our ESTHER MAHLANGU
indigenous South African cultures,” she A business-savvy Gogo Esther built a
says. “My heart broke as I thought of all guesthouse in her yard shortly before the
the people back home who are desper- 2010 Fifa World Cup, after being inun-
ate to dissociate themselves from their dated with requests from tourists want-
cultural traditions.” Upon returning from ing to spend the night in her home. She
one of her international visits, she went also runs a small curio shop selling every-
knocking on every house in her area, ask- thing from EM-branded beadwork to her
ing parents to send their children to her original paintings and other Ndebele
Ndebele Art School for Children. artefacts. The shop houses pictures of
At this point, she begins re-en- Gogo Esther with various dignitaries, life-
acting the way Ndebele youth have size posters of her work and mementoes
diluted their language with dialects from of the path she’s travelled as an artist.
other languages. “It’s heartbreaking to When it comes to finances, though, her
hear young people grapple with speaking talkative, animated demeanour abruptly
one’s language in its purest form. People gives way to a hushed tone. She simply
are welcome to speak any language of won’t be drawn into revealing how much
their choice, but my plea is that we never money she’s made from collaborations
forget where we come from,” she says. with brands such as BMW and Belvedere,
or from works she’s been commissioned
WHO ARE WE NOW? to do. “I do have a fee that I charge which
Gogo Esther speaks with the refreshing my manager negotiates on my behalf,” is

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News briefs
BY Claudia Padayachy, Kibo Ngowi, Tebogo Maponyane & Gwen Podbrey

MEANING Conventional wisdom
holds that employees
should only hold
jobs for money and
seek deeper meaning
elsewhere. However,
new research is
challenging this notion

rowing numbers of people are hun-
gry to find meaning in their work
and give their lives better balance,”
says Mias de Klerk, professor in
human capital management and lead-
ership development at the University
of Stellenbosch Business School. “What the well-educated work-
force wants more than anything else is meaningful employment,
with time to pursue other interests besides work.” job and the likelihood of making positive contributions to your
There’s evidence to support this assertion. A study conducted organisation”. The results revealed that a paltry 13% of employees
by American consulting firm The Energy Project and the Har- felt positively engaged at work.
vard Business Review surveyed more than 20 000 employees So how can an organisation help its employees find a sense of
across a spectrum of industries on a range of variables that affect purpose? De Klerk offers the following suggestions:
employee performance. • ENGAGE. Sit with every employee in your team and ensure
They found that the most significant factor was purpose. they understand the importance of their job.
“Employees who derive meaning and significance from their • PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION. Ensure that all employees, across
work were more than three times likelier to stay with their all levels, understand their contribution to the success and
organisations — the highest single impact of any variable in our future of the team and the organisation.
survey,” explained Tony Schwartz, The Energy Project CEO, in an • SOCIETAL CONTRIBUTION. Ensure every employee under-
article he wrote about the study’s findings. “These employees also stands how the organisation contributes to building a better
reported 1,7 times more job satisfaction and said they were 1,4 society that enhances the future.
times more engaged at work.” • INSTIL VALUES. Instil spiritual values in your organisation,
In addition, there’s evidence that most employees don’t derive such as care, respect, integrity, dignity and generosity.
meaning or a sense of purpose from their jobs. In 2013, Gallup • REACH OUT. Embed a culture of self-transcendence in which
surveyed the engagement of employees across 142 countries, with employees reach out to each other and the community at large
engagement defined as a “psychological commitment to your to help, when necessary.

30 | September 2017
Where the well-heeled live
Johannesburg certainly knows how to live up to its nickname, the City
of Gold, having came out tops in the Africa’s ultra-wealthy list. Research
done by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, released in the Africa
Wealth Report 2017, estimates Jo’burg’s wealth at US$245 billion (about
R3,1 trillion) and states that it’s home to no fewer than 18 200 millionaires
and 2 billionaires, in US dollar terms. The report covers wealth, luxury,
prime property, collectable and wealth management trends on the
continent from 2006-2016, with projections to 2026.
SA did really well in the list, with four cities in the top 10. Cape Town,
was the third-richest city in Africa, with 8 200 millionaires, 480 multi-
millionaires and five billionaires whose collective wealth totals US$135
billion. Durban takes the seventh spot, with a total wealth amount of
US$46 billion, as well as 3 200 millionaires and one billionaire.
Pretoria is listed eighth, with US$42 billion and 2 600 millionaires.
The report also mentions a number of emerging wealth areas in SA,
including Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The total wealth held in
the area amounts to US$44 billion and it’s home to 3 000 millionaires. This

is apparently the fastest-growing region in the country in terms of private
wealth creation over the past decade. – CP

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Women Unbound: Unleashing Female Entrepre-
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launch or development of new businesses, products
and services for which backers pay upfront. Since Biometric tools refer to automated methods of verifying or
its inception, seed crowd-funding’s footprint has recognising the identity of a living person based on physiological
significantly increased: the levels of finance raised or behavioural characteristics.
jumped from $10 million in 2009 to over $767 mil- “The most common biometrics are fingerprint, facial, iris and voice
lion in 2016, with backers from over 200 countries. recognition, but there are also many other things that can authenticate a
This analysis of over 450 000 seed crowd-funding user’s identity,” says Xavier Larduinat, Marketing & Communication Manager:
campaigns from nine of the largest global crowd- Banking & Payment Innovation at global digital security company Gemalto. In
funding platforms shows that female-led cam- an era of rising credit card fraud, biometric tools are being increasingly used
paigns were 32% more successful at reaching their to secure financial transactions made through a user’s mobile device.
funding target than male-led ones. Even in sectors Fingerprint recognition is now popular, with more than 500 million phones
such as technology, where there are nine male-led which enable the function being produced every year. Recently, however,
campaigns to every female-led one, women-driven a method of bypassing this technology – called “spoofing” – has emerged.
initiatives were 10-13% more successful. Criminals fool the system by using an artificial object like a fingerprint mould
In the UK and USA, which have the largest made of silicon that imitates the biological properties of the real user.
volumes of seed crowd-funding, 20% of male-led In response to this, a new biometric tool is being deployed in smartphones
campaigns reached their targets, versus 24% of called “liveness detection”, which records movements such as the blink of an
female-led campaigns in the USA and 26% of eye or the turning of the head to show that the user’s a real person. This tool
women in the UK. can look beyond the surface of the skin and discriminate between the features
In Africa, too, women vastly outperformed of live skin and copies of them in a fraction of a second.
their male counterparts, with 11% of female-led “It’s too soon to judge its potential uptake,” says Larduinat, “but banks
campaigns versus just 3% of male ones achieving believe teenagers will love liveness detection because you can replace the
their target. – CP blink of an eye with a fun, unique gesture to let your phone know it’s you.”

@destinyconnect |
News briefs

transaction, not
The funding model of ProfitShare Partners – headed by Andrew
Maren – is an opportunity to disrupt traditional funding and
unlock markets for SMMEs, which it believes will change their
landscape dramatically.
The organisation can help SMMEs meet their financial targets
and commitments. Maren, a serial entrepreneur, has been in the
financial sector for the past two decades.
The business uses customised end-to-end solutions, with a
key focus on removing the constraints that small businesses face,
including financial ones. It also focuses on transaction funding
for SMMEs, providing them with professional guidance.
“There’s a perception that SMMEs are generally high-risk,
but we believe these risks can be mitigated to enable small
businesses to grow,” says Maren. “We fund SMMEs 100% and we
assist clients with no financial history or collateral.”
The transaction funding model offers loans to SMME to help
them meet their obligations. Once they’re paid for the services
they deliver, ProfitShare gets its loans repaid with interest. – TM

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investments and increase business
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pulls photos from your gallery or social media Google Now and Siri. Visit:
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Henriette Botha @ Merchants on Long.
Cuff, R170, Colette Hayman
Style solutions

Beautiful &
Produced by Asanda Sizani.
Photographer: Warren van Rensburg



What are your qualifications? LLB (UJ) (Wits), LLM (UJ).

Tell us about your career journey. After obtaining my Master’s
degree, I was accepted into a Graduate Programme at one of the
four major South African banks, which gave me an overarching
view of financial regulation. At present, I’m a Regional Regulatory
Top, Bag, R25 100, Proenza
Manager at the same bank responsible for embedding a regulatory R1 999, Schouler @ Maison Mara
framework at some of our 20 subsidiaries. During my second year Country
of work, when I felt lost as a young person in corporate and unsure Road
of how to manage my finances, I started an online magazine called
The Corporate Canvas [], a career
and lifestyle contemporary magazine for young professionals.
What makes you feel powerful? Being a young black woman in
2017 is the most powerful weapon you can have!
What have been the proudest moments in your career? Having
my online magazine featured in DESTINY’s Power of 40, winning
a McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders Award and starting
my own estore. I’m also proud of the large following the magazine
has in Zimbabwe and Botswana.
What gets you through your hardest days? The support of my
sister, Dee-Dee and my closest friend, Akunna Ownu.
What makes you feel beautiful? Taking care of my body and
watching what I feed it, dressing well and working out.
What’s always in your handbag? My phone charger and MAC’s
Ruby Woo lipstick.
Mules, R6 200,
What are your best beauty secrets? My smile, red lipstick and Hugo Boss
Johnson’s Baby Oil.
Who are your biggest motivators? My parents – I live to make
them proud of me – and the readers of my magazine.
How are you making a difference to others? I’m the
representative of an initiative which helps primary school pupils
at underprivileged schools in Johannesburg with their reading Blouse, R3 399, Day
Birger et Mikkelsen
through literacy exercises and donating books to them.

@destinyconnect |
“Be in the moment
and enjoy what you
can, when you can.”

(This page): Alupheli wears a jacket,

R1 399 and a T-shirt, R339, both
Topshop. Skirt, R899, Forever New.
Shoes, R1 599, Aldo. Earrings, R170,
Colette Hayman. Watch, Alupheli’s own

(Opposite): Alupheli wears a dress,

R4 500, Karen Millen. Earrings,
R720, Waif
Style solutions



What are your qualifications? BCom Acc

(RAU), BCom Acc Hons (Unisa), CA(SA),
MBA (Gibs).
Tell us about your career journey. After fin-
ishing my studies at the University of Johan-
nesburg (then Rand Afrikaans University), I
joined Ernst & Young [EY] as an audit trainee
and completed my board examinations. I did
my articles with the firm and qualified as a
CA. I then ran an accounting services busi-
ness independently for three years. During
that time, I discovered my love for deal-mak-
ing and joined the IDC five years ago. I’m now
a member of the Institute of Directors and
hold board seats in IDC investee companies.
What makes you feel powerful? The in-
vestment I’ve made in myself – from my
educational path to the strong foundation
I’ve built in my career – and the support of
my loving family.
What have been the proudest moments
in your career? Receiving the email that
I’d successfully completed the Gibs MBA
within the prescribed period while holding
my 18-month-old baby. This all happened
while I continued working full-time. A year
later I was recognised for excellence as Best
Employee in my 120-people division –
another very proud moment.
How have you overcome your challenges?
Through the power of prayer, which never Cuff,
ceases to amaze me. R8 050,
What makes you feel beautiful? Maintaining Louis
a healthy body and good hair days. Vuitton
What’s always in your handbag? A kangaroo
bag with a my lipgloss, hand cream, facial
tissues and business cards.
What are your best beauty secrets? Helio Heels,
Care sunscreen and good sleep. R759, Zara
What motivates you? My desire to be a good
mother, as I believe that children are what
they see, the history of this country and the
opportunities I have.
How are you making a difference to
others? My job entails funding businesses
with a development objective. This facilitates
job creation and economic inclusion on a
daily basis. Personally, I support the Missing
Children SA charity and the Black Profes-
sional Scholarship Fund. I’ve also previously
Coat, R1 199, H&M Dress, R5 899, Day Chain clutch, R13 000, JW
supported Boys Town SA and Tirisano.
Birger et Mikkelsen Anderson @ Maison Mara

@destinyconnect |

What are your qualifications? BA, MBA.

Tell us about your career journey. I’ve always
been in the communications field, working
for a variety of companies.
What makes you feel powerful? When I’m
spiritually grounded, everything flows from
the centre – and when “the centre cannot
hold”, that power lifts me up. It lies in those
rare silent moments.



What have been your proudest moments?

Being part of various initiatives in impover-
ished communities. Seeing children’s faces
beam with joy when they receive a pair of
school shoes, sanitary pads and other things
many of us take for granted humbles me.
How do you overcome your challenges? I
no longer fret over thorns; I get good out of
them. Every thorn has given me more under-
standing and strength. I rely on prayer and my
belief that there are rare lessons of growth
from things and people we don’t like.
Jacket, Skirt, What makes you feel beautiful? Being able
R5 500, R2 999, to soothe someone’s soul with my words,
Ted Baker G-Star or support someone in pain and uplift them
through love, even if they aren’t aware of it.
What’s always in your handbag? Lipstick,
lip sugar scrub, my iPhone, hand cream and
my Bible.
What are your best beauty secrets? For
me, true beauty comes from within. On the
physical level, I eat healthily, drink plenty
of water and follow a workout regime. I’m
in love with Clarins products, especially its
serum and anti-ageing creams.
What motivates you most? The strength of
my late mother Sindy, which I’m only appre-
ciating now.
How are you making a difference to others?
By loving those around me. There’s a saying
Bag, R37 000, Heels,
that if you want to change the world, go home
Dolce & Gabbana
Zara and love your family. My starting point is my
immediate sphere of influence.

42 | September 2017
Style solutions

“Love everyone,
forgive everything
and expect nothing
in return.”

(This page): Zama wears a shirt, R799,

Forever New. Pants, R629, Zara.
Earrings, R1 200, Henriette Botha
@ Merchants on Long. Rings, R200,
Colette Hayman. Shoes, R2 990,
Europa Art. Spectacles,
Zama's own

(Opposite): Zama wears a top, R299,

H&M. Skirt, R2 500, Karen Millen.
Earrings, R115 and rings, R200, all
Colette Hayman
“Never compete
with others – only
with yourself.”

(This page): Tersia wears a sleeveless

jacket, R1 299, Zara. Top, R599,
Forever New. Pants, R629, H&M.
Shoes, R1 850, MICHAEL Michael
Kors. Earrings, R200 and necklace,
R200, both Colette Hayman.
Bracelets, ring and watch all
Tersia’s own

(Opposite): Tersia wears a top,

R2 128, Mmuso Maxwell. Earrings,
R115, Colette Hayman
Style solutions



What are your qualifications? B Iuris,

Tell us about your career journey. At the age
of 20 I became a public prosecutor and re-
mained in that field for 12 years, ending up as a
Senior State Advocate. I was then a stay-at-home
mother for five years, looking after my two beauti-
ful daughters (now aged 27 and 25) and completing
my Master’s degree. I joined KPMG Forensic in 1997.
What’s been the proudest moment in your
career? Being appointed a KPMG Part-
ner in 2002. I’m incredibly proud to be
associated with the brand and values of this
formidable organisation.
How do you overcome your challenges?
Whenever I’m facing a problem, I go into
solution mode. I also don’t believe in dwelling on
what’s happened – you can’t change the past, but
you can certainly influence the future.
What makes you feel beautiful?Good hair days and
well-maintained hands and nails.
What’s always in your handbag? Lipstick – I’d
rather have that with me than my cellphone! –
as well as my purse, various pairs of reading
glasses, sunglasses, hand cream, tissues and chew-
ing gum.
What’s your best beauty secret? I believe
in buying the best facial products you can
afford – it’s an investment in your skin. I’ve been Coat, R1 499, H&M Top, R999,
using Matis products for about 25 years and have no Witchery
intention of changing brands.
What makes you feel powerful? I can’t remember
ever feeling powerful – and if ever I do, I’ll seek pro-
fessional help. To me, “power” and “powerful” are
extremely negative words.
Who are your biggest motivators? My
daughters – I live and work for them. I’m also my
own motivator. Bag, R659,

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(Right): He wears a Basotho
blanket scarf, R450, Thabo
Makhetha. Blazer, R4 499,
Fabiani. Shirt, R1 599,
Hugo Boss

She wears a Basotho

blanket cape, R3 899, Thabo
Makhetha. Dress, R980, Lunar.
Earrings, R700, Pichulik

(This page): He wears a

shweshwe hat, R850 and a
beaded belt, R1 300, both
Ledikana. Centro scarf (from
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Kisua. Shirt, R429, H&M.
Embossed trousers, R2 400,
Ephymol. Brogues, R1 499,
Arthur Jack @ Tread + Miller

She wears a headpiece, R240,

Burgundy Fly. Centro maxi-
dress, R1 600, Kisua. Shoes,
R699, Call It Spring. Earrings,
R1 300, Pichulik

46 | September 2017

Styling: Mpumi Shandu.

Photographer: Tim Hulme



Headwear, price on
request, Thabo Makhetha.
Jumpsuit, R960, Leigh
Schubert @ The Show
Space. Earrings, R700
and neckpiece, R3 199,
both Pichulik. Ring, R260,
Burgundy Fly

Headpiece, R350, Peo.

Judge’s cape dress,
R1 200, Heart and
Heritage @ Convoy.
Earrings, R450 and
Ndebele bracelets,
R160, both Pichulik

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Beaded headpiece,
R350 and gold
neckpiece, R650, both
Peo. Ndebele poncho,
R1 800 and beaded
R1 200, both Ledikana.
Dress, R980,
Lunar. Earrings,
R550, Pichulik

Denim shirt-dress,
R1 299, Country Road.
Sunglasses, R1 999, Von
Zipper. Watch,
R1 299, Mimco. Rings,
R115 and R170, both
Colette Hayman

50 | September 2017

He wears a blazer,
R3 699, a shirt,
R1 599 and
trousers, R1 700,
all Fabiani. Leather
lace-ups, R999,

She wears a chiffon

dress, R2 400,
Lunar. Earrings,
R69, Mr Price
Photographer’s assistant: Tony Matlosa. Make-up: Mokgadi Makwiti. Fashion interns: Lidelwa Busakwe & Sizwe Mbiza
He wears a long shirt,
R995, Amanda Laird
Cherry @ The
Show Space. Jeans,
R2 599, G-Star. Beaded
R85 each, Lunar
She wears a printed
trench coat, R1 999,
Ledikana. Sheer top,
R69, Mr Price. Earrings,
R450, Pichulik. Wooden
neckpieces, R80, Lunar

52 | September 2017

STOCKISTS: • Burgundy
Fly, 011 046 9985, www. • Call It
Spring, 011 784 1597, www. • Convoy,
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083 746 6323 • Fabiani,
011 783 0066, www.fabiani. • G-Star, 011 784 0321, • H&M, 011
592 3200,
za • Hugo Boss, 011 729
5022 • Kisua, https://kisua.
com • Ledikana, 011 053
• Lunar, 011 726 5558 •
Markham, 011 685 1414, • Mr
Price, 011 784 8469, www. • Peo, 074 455
2260 • Pichulik, 072 104
9544, •
Thabo Makhetha, 072 347
8849, www.thabomaketha.
com • The Show Space,
072 567 8777, https:// • Tread +
Miller, 0860 665 533, www. • Yanela,
079 712 7281

Bow dress, R999, Heart

and Heritage @ Convoy.
Calico apron accessory,
R600, Yanela.
Bangles, R190, Pichulik

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Gugu wears a dress,
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Whether you’re attending an event or planning

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Sophisticated, sexy and simple,
the versatile topknot can
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Karabo wears a dress, R2 999,
Guess. Tassel earrings, R180,
Nomvula Design @ The Space


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Casey wears a lace bodysuit,
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Casey wears a metallic pleated
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Gold bracelet, R195, Wabi Sabi
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Karabo wears a botanical dress, R6 400,
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Gugu wears a fur jacket,
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who adore their natural tresses,
but lack the length and extra
volume to style it for the red
carpet — think Lupita Nyong’o
and Issa Rae — resort to an Afro
puff or bun extension for a chic
finish. These can be bought
from various local stores, but if
a high-quality, natural-looking
piece is what you’re after, opt
for a supplier like Bounce
Essentials, which specialises
in natural hairpieces.


Natural hair tends to shrink, so
start by washing your hair and
taking out the knots with the
correct brush or comb in order
to prevent pulling or breaking it.
If your hair’s short, blow-dry it
so that you can create a ponytail.
Apply leave-in conditioner to
protect and set the hair. For
a firmer hold, use a gel that
doesn’t flake and will allow
you to style your edges. Once
you’ve tied up your pony, attach
your puff using the teeth in the
middle of the comb. When it’s
secure, pull the drawstring to
keep it in place. Finish with a
sheen spray for some shine!

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There’s no better time to switch up your look than spring.

Experiment with our favourite no-mess, no-fuss celeb
styles for glam to rival any star
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using gel. Hair wax or pomade are
fresh. You don’t always have to
the products of choice, starting from
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ing or a side-swoop on short hair. the crown of the head. Ensure there’s
Finish with a light smoothing still movement in the hair.

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More and more celebrities are using wigs not
only as a protective hairstyle, but to spruce up
their hair game at different events. Some stars
even have wig closets that are temperature-
controlled to maintain the quality of the hair
fibre — yep, believe it! This season’s style has
taken an edgier turn than the big, wavy wigs to
which we’ve become accustomed. The asym-
metrical cut, like the one Missy Elliott’s been
sporting lately, is among our favourites. Colour
on this choppy cut has also been a firm trend
in celeb circles — blunt blonde bobs were worn
by at least four celebs at this year’s BET Awards.
If you don’t want a severe cut, soften your look
with a subtle wave like Karrueche Tran.


If you have a good-quality, 100% human
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the right heat-protecting products.


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Leading stylistas like Tracee Ellis
Ross and Solange are usually top of
mind when we think of big curls,
while local actress Amanda du
Pont was spotted at the Vodacom
Durban July rocking the same style.
How do they achieve those bouncy,
well-defined curls with no frizz?
We all have different textures and
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running your fingers down the
length. When you’ve done the
whole head, scrunch the hair all
over and let it air-dry. If you have
a tighter coil or are a 4C hair type,
apply a curl-defining cream to your
hair and light oil to the scalp. Twist
sections of the hair, wrap into knots
and allow to dry. Then undo the
knots and style the wavy coil, as
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BY Tamara Oberholster

akgotlho’s been Chief Director of DSBD SMEs, she has a deep understanding of the small business and
for three years. Before that, she was co-operatives landscape in SA.
Chief Director of Gender & Women Her passion for her work is obvious: she effortlessly guides
Empowerment at the Department of the conversation through subjects which are important to her,
Trade & Industry (DTI). A fierce lobbyist from the need for business incentive schemes for key vulnerable
for the development of women-owned groups (women, youth and disabled people) to the way her faith

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impacts every facet of her life. equal opportunity to contribute.
“I started my career during a period of severe drought,” she says. “We need to look not only at the economic aspect of empowering
“As a qualified sociologist, I was recruited by a team of engineers women and acknowledging the role they play, but at the societal
and other sociologists which the government (through the issues too,” she adds. “There are women doing beautiful things
Council for Scientific & Industrial Research) was putting together. in this country, like Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who was recently
We weren’t just looking at the practicalities of alternative water honoured with the 2017 BET International Global Good Star and
sources, but also at the social-economic impact of the drought Power Awards for her humanitarian work. We have women running
on the affected communities. My team was assigned to work multi-million-rand business empires, like Dr Anna Mokgokong and
with communities in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi.
especially in the rural areas – poor people are always the most “By the same token, we have many uncelebrated women doing
vulnerable to natural disasters like drought, as they lack a strong incredible work in villages, townships and within NGOs. There are
safety net and alternatives. I was mainly interacting with women. also numerous men doing a beautiful job of empowering women.
Most of them were running their households while their husbands But what many people don’t realise is that some of our most
had gone to the cities to work. successful men have been raised by single mothers. Most of these
“My love for working with women began there, watching them men will tell you that they respect the women who raised them
creating a livelihood out of very little, making sure their kids and the single-handedly, but why doesn’t that respect cascade down to
entire family were well fed and clothed. I’ve since worked in all three businesses and boardrooms? Some men seem to think women are
spheres of government – national, provincial and municipal – and OK as mothers and/or wives, but not as equal partners in building
my love for development work continues to grow.” the economy. To me, that’s a double standard.”
About 10 years ago, Makgotlho began working more in the Makgotlho believes this lack of respect is also at the root of
economic empowerment sphere. When she joined the DTI’s gender-based violence. “It’s very easy to violate a woman or even
incentive schemes unit, most recipients a child if you don’t see a mother, sister
of the financial support were men, even or daughter in your potential victim,” she
though most of the applicants for it
were women. She experienced first-
“You have a declares. “We each need to look at the
role we’re playing in building society.
hand the difference these programmes
made to the lives of the few women who
specific role to play It’s easy to point fingers at government,
schools and businesses and criticise
managed to access them. She realised, – a purposeful life what is or isn’t being done. But we
however, that even when women were
the nominal chairpersons or managers to lead. Find your seldom point fingers at ourselves and
ask: ‘What are we doing as mothers,

Photographer: Justin Barlow. Make-up: Lindiwe Sokhulu. Headwrap by Olga @ Wrapsody Headwraps
of their businesses, whenever she met
representatives of small companies,
purpose, no matter fathers, families and individuals to build
this society?’ It begins at home; we have
the men in the delegation would be how insignificant to be role models for our children. We
more vocal. can’t outsource the teaching of moral
“I started saying: ‘Hang on! I want to you think it values to our children to government or
hear from you, my sister’ when I saw
there was a woman in a meeting, but the
may be.” school teachers. We ourselves need to
teach our kids to respect themselves and
men were doing all the talking,” she says. each other.”
“I began to see the latent hidden barriers This belief, she says, has its roots in
that women face. They have to divide their attention between many ubuntu: recognising the humanity in ourselves and others. “We
critical tasks, some of which are unpaid and not accounted for in need to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, to be empathetic.
the gross domestic product, including child-rearing and taking care Otherwise, it’s difficult to address any social ills. We’re very
of sick relatives. They have to multi-task. The same isn’t expected mechanical in the way we relate to each other; ubuntu is fading
of men.” away. We see a competitor or a race – a white, coloured or Indian
She cites a Global Institute study on the economic benefits of person – before we see a fellow human being.
gender parity which found that while women comprise 52% of “Everyone has a light to shine on others. We need to be interested
the world’s population, 75% of the world’s unpaid work is done by in their well-being. Each one of us matters. If you didn’t matter, you
women. If women participated as much as men do in the economy, wouldn’t be alive. You have a specific role to play – a purposeful life
they could add 26% to the annual global GDP by 2025. to lead. Find your purpose, no matter how insignificant you think it
“Women need to be seen as critical stakeholders in the building may be.
of this economy,” Makgotlho says. “Gender equality isn’t just an “You can’t just occupy space in the world. Invoke your God-given
economic issue – it’s a moral and justice issue too. Women’s rights tools and talents and apply them for the good. You’re perfect and
are human rights. If we’re going to build this economy, we need complete as you are, as God’s creation. No-one is inadequate.”
to look at all the building blocks. We can’t expect to succeed with Makgotlho says her faith is central to her life. “Nowadays, it’s not
more than 50% of the participants excluded. It’s not about a battle cool to pray when you start a meeting or to be seen to seek solace
between men and women – it’s more about giving each of us an in church,” she says. “But I believe churches have a role to play in

70 | September 2017

our healing. I fight and win my battles on my

knees in prayer. I always say my knees are
more powerful than any sword!”
She worries about youth unemployment,
especially in light of the fourth Industrial
Revolution. She’s also concerned about
lack of readiness within SMMEs and co-
operatives, especially those owned by
women and youth, to participate in the digital
era. “We can’t live only for the moment; we
have to think of where the world’s going and
how it will affect us. If the world’s digitally
driven, what does that mean for a country
where the bulk of the unemployed don’t
even have access to technology? Unless
we do something now, we’ll be left behind.
According to the World Economic Forum,
SA has the third-highest unemployment
rate for 15- to 24-year-olds and we’ve had a
16% decline in entrepreneurial skills in 18- to
Makgotlho’s adamant that our focus
needs to be on developing solutions, rather
than complaining and urges South Africans
to fight for what counts – employment,
skills and economic change. “We have to
get serious about transformation and stop
romanticising it. At the moment, we think
it’s good to have come from a poverty-
stricken background and found your place
in the world, but you need to go back to
that poverty-stricken area and empower
it. What do you do once you’ve climbed
the ladder? Do you kick it so that nobody
else can use it, or do you hold it securely
for the next person to follow you? We need
radical socio-economic transformation,
which – for me – means moving women
from landlessness to ownership of property
and giving them access to finance, credit
and assets, as well as to the means of
production. This is how to speed up building
the economy in the hands of the majority. If
I’m not doing these things, I may as well go
back to Hammanskraal, where I grew up.”
Everybody – regardless of their
education, age or financial status – can
do something to help, she insists. “You
don’t have to be a millionaire to be a
philanthropist,” she says. “Do what you
can with what you have. Involve your
family – teach your children empathy
and generosity.
“It’s crucial that we concentrate on what’s
common to all of us and brings us together
– not on what divides us or on peripheral
issues. Unity is power!”

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Life purpose

clothing and your followers see you as a leading voice in retro

styling, then your tribe will be highly responsive to your post,
irrespective of their numbers. In fact, many agencies view large
followings as risky baggage.
Instagram is becoming the go-to money-making playground.
Both Twitter and Facebook are still very lucrative, but with “paid
Twitter” scandals and the proliferation of fake accounts, many
brands are apprehensive. Also, once you turn your account into
We’re firmly in the era of individual a brand business account on Instagram, you have the benefit
of analysis and data to show in which specific regions your
brand influence and anyone, with any following derives, as well as their ages and genders. This has
following, can trade their social media given Instagram an edge because prior to the availability of
capital for payment these statistics, both brands and influencers thumb-sucked
reach value.
BY Timothy Maurice Webster It’s easy to make money or even a career from your posts. Use
these guidelines:

T Gallo Images/Getty Images/Istockphoto/Alamy. Nathalie Boucry Photography

he first time I was paid to post on social media, it • Be clear about your page’s value. Whether you’re a stylist or
felt wrong – as if there was something inherently into cars or fashion, start with ensuring your page is singular
unnatural and even manipulative about sending a in tone. Simply rehashing what others are saying will dilute
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Studies show the Kardashians lead the way in making money from you are and why your followers care about you. Structure
social media. Brands are reportedly paying Kim up to R6,5 million your fee in a series format or per click. For the series option,
for posts, while her younger siblings Kylie and Kendall are getting design how many times you’re willing to post – eg, twice
upwards of R5 million for an endorsed post. or three times a week over three months – but be prepared
However, not every company is seeking to expose themselves to to negotiate.
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72 | September 2017
Your thoughts

In this busy world, it’s
important to take some time
out and just press “pause”.
Nthabeleng Meso did just that
and shares her story

few years ago, I took some time off to
reflect on my life, my career path and my
health. This was something I’d wanted
to do for some time because I felt as if I
was going nowhere slowly – as if I
no longer had control of my life and
everything was happening on autopilot.
I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t know what – and
that was where my journey of hope began.
One morning I woke up, packed my bags, got a bus ticket
and set off to Aliwal North, my hometown. I needed some It’s hope that keeps us
time away from everything so that I could find myself.
It was on this journey of hope that I got an opportunity to moving forward, even
reflect on my life and what I wanted. Without hope, there
really isn’t much – if anything at all – to live for. It’s hope when the road ahead
that keeps us moving forward, even when the road ahead
of us looks bleak. And it was through hope that I knew this of us looks bleak. Photographer: Leah Hawker. Make-up: Kathryn Marnewick
journey wasn’t the end of me.
The decision to quit work wasn’t easy and I received a lot
of criticism for it. To some extent, my critics were right: I
lost many of my material possessions. But spiritually, I knew this requires courage, it’s necessary because it gives you direction to
I’d made the right decision. That experience helped me establish what kind of life you’re living. It also makes you ask yourself
grow and I felt tremendously blessed. serious, hard questions like: “Why are you here on earth? Are you on
It was liberating not having to worry about the stress of the right track? Are you making an impact on your community and the
everyday problems. I dedicated my time to soul-searching world? Are you being true to yourself?” As challenging as it may sound,
and realised I’d put the things I was passionate about on the taking a step back to reflect on your life might just be the best gift you
back-burner. Also, for the first time in my life, I’d developed can give yourself.
a weight problem. I’d always been conscious of what I put in Through soul-searching, I was free to dream – and, boy, did I dream!
my mouth and had always been passionate about exercising My dreams were bigger than I was and now I’m ready to start again
regularly – as this had offset another of my passions: food. and make them come true. My journey of hope led me to a road of self-
I’ve since learnt that it’s important to take time off to discovery. And through that, I was reminded that there’s always light at
reflect on your life and the choices you’ve made. Although the end of the tunnel.

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Personal power

So-called traditional clothes are the snazzy Pantsula timers who used
to play mean jazz tunes at full blast on
de rigueur during Heritage Month, but Sunday mornings while applying polish
and white chalk to their Florsheim shoes.
Lucas Ledwaba vows never to be caught I know some would call me a product
of white monopoly capital fashion for
dead in animal skins denouncing these traditional costumes.
But I just don’t identify with them and I
don’t consider them part of my heritage.

ike all things under the sun, I must say, I only ever got to see
heritage should and must people dressed like that in those history After all, doesn’t heritage evolve?
evolve. Well, at least to me, textbooks written by ignorant, racist I didn’t grow up in the Dark Ages.
a detribalised, carefree, white scholars who refused to believe What I consider a part of me is what
kasi-born and raised son of the African was the first known human I identify with. As a result, I’m strong
the soil. to melt iron back in the early Iron and uncompromising on language and
I’m not one of those people who, when Age. So they regurgitated the same old ancestral worship, which I consider
Heritage Month rolls around, suddenly stereotypes of us as backward beings integral elements of who I am.
invokes a radical change to my wardrobe. who couldn’t even manufacture cloth to But goat and cow skins? Hayi khona,
I blame it on Madiba (may he rest in cover our bodies. Yes, Africans dressed madoda! I’m a township lad and I
peace) and his new Sata’frika. I’m certain up in animal skins. But we also designed wouldn’t be caught dead in that stuff. I
even the animals have been traumatised sophisticated textiles which are popular respectfully submit that it belongs in a
ever since the old man and his band of way beyond the continent and have, museum and not on our bodies in this
rulers declared September to be that in fact, inspired other nations to copy age of snazzy clothes and fashion.
Gallo Images/Getty Images/Istockphoto/Alamy

month. That’s when amabheshu and the patterns. Ladies, happy Heritage Month. Come
other items deemed part of traditional Personally, I’ve never worn animal skin 24 September, I’ll be rocking my kasi
clothing are dragged out of long-forgotten costumes. I refuse to do so for a number heritage, replete with Brentwood, Viyella
boxes and worn in public. of reasons. Firstly, they just don’t sit well shirt, Florsheim shoes and pride.
And it’s not always a pretty sight, with my kasi upbringing. There, die
given that South Africans are nowhere ouens dressed in All Stars, Brentwood of
Styles Lucas Ledwaba
among the fittest nations of the world. New York, Cutwood, Dobbshire, Pantals,
is an author and
It’s quite comical to see men with bulging Habit, Johnston & Murphy – you name it. photographer. He loves
stomachs, loins covered with pieces of Perhaps my great-grandfather dressed the road that leads to the
animal skin, walking around in public in animal skins, but I have no connection next story.
in the name of heritage. What heritage, with that type of attire. The people I Follow him on Twitter:
ek sê? looked up to in terms of dress sense were

74 | September 2017
SA’s proposed switch to nuclear power seems driven more
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BY Trevor Crighton

ity, carbon mitigation, localisation and regional

development. The 2016 IRP claims to have been
revised to account for the changed electricity
landscape over the past three years, particularly
in electricity demand and the underlying rela-

e can do with- tionship with economic growth, and attempts
out nuclear” is to measure its impact on supply up to 2050. The
the clear mes- result of that revision is still that nuclear should
sage sent by the contribute upwards of 20% of the country’s en-
Council of Sci- ergy mix by 2050 – a short-sighted view, at best.
entific and In- Siyabonga Mbanjwa, Sener’s Regional
dustrial Research (CSIR’s) Energy Centre’s study into Managing Director for Southern Africa, says the
government’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), country should use more clean, free and sustain-
regarding SA’s future energy mix needs. This, in able sources of energy, going forward. “Renew-
response to the IRP’s recommendation that the able energy technologies such as solar photovol-
country base its future energy needs on nuclear taics [PV], concentrated solar power [CSP], wind
power as the replacement of choice for its ageing turbines, waste to energy, biomass, hydro-electric
coal power fleet. power and others must be
Jesse Burton from the Univer- part of our energy mix. The
sity of Cape Town (UCT’s) Energy “We must use majority of these sources are
Research Centre concurs that
it’s clear that SA doesn’t need a
cleaner and free, will always be available
and won’t be depleted, as
fleet of expensive nuclear reac- sustainable certain fossil fuels will be,
tors. “People often forget that in the near future. It’s there-
the nuclear fleet was forced into sources of energy, fore important that the IRP
the planning model in 2010 and includes all these energy
that’s what kick-started the such as solar sources,” he says.
whole nuclear procurement pro-
cess,” she says. “Somehow, this is
photovoltaics, Mbanjwa adds that global
prices for renewable energy
always left out of the debate. The CSP and wind.” continue to come down,
model aims to build a lowest-cost with recent bids received in
electricity system – and it didn’t choose nuclear as Chile and Dubai for CSP plants at all-time lows.
part of that.” “This trend will continue as more megawatts are
The suspicion that the nuclear deal was driven connected to the grid and more projects awarded.
by motives more political than environmental was This is through economies of scale, innovation
borne out by the Cape High Court’s decision earlier and competition. SA needs to take advantage of
this year to aside the previous Minister of Energy’s this trend, while also providing much-needed
plan to proceed with the procurement of nuclear stability to our economy and creating jobs,”
energy due to a number of puzzling departures from he says.
the Electricity Regulation Act (and, among others, Energy expert Chris Yelland claims that new
the Russian Nuclear Agreement) because it didn’t wind, solar power and gas power would cost R1
have the required Parliamentary approval, as laid out per kW, with new coal costs of R1,05-R1,19 per
in the Constitution. The ruling was more procedur- kW. For nuclear, that cost rises to R1,30-R1,52 per
al than about the wisdom of nuclear procurement kW, making a dent in the IRP’s first stated aim
itself, but points largely to the fact that the of providing affordable electricity for the coun-
transparency required for a nuclear deal to pass try. The CSIR report bears that claim out, show-
Constitutional muster seems beyond the parties
involved, for whatever reason.
Illustration: Tsholo Mahlatsi

The 2010 IRP that initially floated the idea of nu-

clear power was based on identifying a preferred-
generation technology that would meet SA’s expect-
ed demand growth up to 2030, while satisfying a
number of objectives, including affordable electric-

76 | August 2017
er stations – which need to be replaced. “That’s the
argument for adding a nuclear fleet – to replace
those power stations – but we can deliver the same
capacity with gas-powered plants, with all the
benefits outlined in the CSIR report,” says Brent.
ing that renewables are less costly (to the tune Any large construction is prone to cost and time
of more than R70 billion per year) than nuclear, overruns – it’s happened with nuclear plants at
while also producing half the CO2, using 2,5 Hinkley Point in the UK, as well as Finland and the
times less water and creating 20% more jobs Far East. At home, coal power stations Medupi, Kusile
by 2050. Moreover, there’s no technical limita- and Ingula’s costs soared from 2005 estimates of R158
tion to solar PV and wind penetration over the billion to over R465 billion in 2016 – and they’re not
planning horizon until 2050, whereas the even finished yet. While some experts are calling for
lifespan of a nuclear plant – which can take the projects to be scrapped before they’re completed,
10-12 years to build – is 40 years beyond that, Mbanjwa isn’t convinced.
before the need for decommissioning. “SA and Eskom have already invested significantly
“SA needs a stable energy network. We in designs, procurement and construction for the
mustn’t be dependent on just one source of Medupi and Kusile power projects. If we’re to
energy, as we depended continue being an economic
on coal in the past. We powerhouse in Africa, it’s impor-
need a balanced mix of “If we’re to continue tant that we have a reliable power
renewable energy [RE]
sources which ensures
being an economic supply,” he says. “Each of the power
stations comprises six units, some
that our economy can powerhouse of which have a capacity of 800MW
be supported to grow at each. These have already been
the rate required in the in Africa, it’s added to the grid, which is why we
National Development now have about 4 000MW in power
Plan. We also need to be important that supply that Eskom’s exporting to
responsible by ensuring
that those sources aren’t
we have a reliable our neighbouring countries.”
Yelland believes SA needs
harmful to the environ- power supply.” flexibility in a world where future
ment,” says Mbanjwa. electricity demand is difficult
“We must use cleaner and sustainable sources of to predict and disruptive technologies are on
energy, such as solar PV, CSP and wind.” the horizon.
Baseload power is the bedrock of the coun- “In an uncertain world, is it prudent to commit to a
try’s generation – a foundation on which other single technology for a fleet of long lead-time mega-
technologies can be used to deliver efficient power projects, or would it be better to proceed with
energy. In current terms in SA, that baseload is multiple, smaller projects with short and reliable
delivered by coal power, but Alan Brent, profes- lead-times, and lower price tags, that can be ordered
sor of engineering management and sustainable and built flexibly to meet changing demand, econom-
systems in the Department of Industrial En- ic circumstances and technologies?” he asks. “These
gineering and Associate Director of the Centre issues aren’t about nuclear vs renewables, but about
for Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies inflexible mega-projects vs smaller, flexible ones.
at Stellenbosch University, says adding more “So it’s not a question of being anti-nuclear or
RE options can deliver cheaper baseload gen- pro-renewables: it’s a question of giving oneself
eration. “There’s a lot of variability with things enough flexibility to deal with the real world in the
like PV and wind, depending on where the decades and century ahead.”
wind’s blowing and whether the sun’s shin-
ing – but the more plants you add, the more the
variability decreases,” he explains. “A better-
distributed generation profile will stabilise the
grid – and do so more cost-effectively.”
What’s true is that our coal power station fleet
is old and we’ll have to decommission pow-

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There’s very little Vumile Msweli can’t do. An
aspirant property mogul, businesswoman, author,
life coach and motivational speaker, she’s well on her
way to achieving her goal of financial freedom

BY Claudia Padayachy

START-UP COSTS: Various ones, per business interest


t’s hard to believe that Msweli was initially afraid of “After moving to Johannesburg from Durban, I lived in a
becoming an entrepreneur, as she’s taken to it like a granny cottage, but I didn’t want to keep paying rent, so I
duck to water. She feared leaving the security of her decided to buy a small investment property. I was reluctant to
corporate job as Executive Head of Client Services: incur debt, so I began saving every cent I could. I downsized
Partner in Africa at Vodacom, but earlier this year, my lifestyle so that I’d have more liquid cash and eventually
she finally took the leap – and says she couldn’t bought a two-bedroomed flat in Germiston for R530 000. The
be happier. bank helped me finance it and I struck a deal so that I didn’t
She started her career working in a call centre, have to put down a deposit. I also used my savings to buy
but is an academic at heart, with a BCom Honours furniture, as I don’t believe in credit.” After that initial investment,
in financial planning from the University of she was hooked and just eight months later, she purchased a
Johannesburg and an MBA from the University of London. She’s second flat in Maboneng to rent out.
currently doing her doctorate in applied leadership and coaching “Acquiring these properties was a purely business decision. I
at Monarch Switzerland’s University of Graduate Studies bought flats I didn’t necessarily want to live in, but that prospective
in Management. tenants would find desirable. My first purchase helped teach me
Her first foray into entrepreneurship was at the age of 22, with how the property market works. My Maboneng purchase came
an investment property. She now owns eight different properties just before the urban regeneration of the area, which I knew
and is finalising a land deal in Nigeria. would happen.”

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“An investment property is a good
way of earning passive income
and diversifying your portfolio.
Just ensure you know what
you’re getting into – do your
research. Remember, this
is an investment property,
so think of it as a business
and don’t focus on your own
residential preferences.”


• Find out how much you qualify
for in terms of a home loan
by using your local bank. It’s
always wise to leverage other
people’s money as capital,
rather than your own.
• Identify the area in which you’d
like to purchase your property.
• Investigate how much the
property values in that
area have increased over
recent years.
• Find out what the growth
projections are there. Planned
developments like shopping
malls or schools will increase
the property’s future value.
• Determine costs you’ll be liable
for, such as bond repayments,
rates and taxes, as well as what
kind of rents are being paid in
that area. This will give you a
good indication of the

• Investigate which property
companies are specialists in
the area that you can use to
garner knowledge from, as
well as potentially manage the
property for you.
• Ensure you have enough
cash reserves on hand
for unexpected expenses like
a tenant defaulting on
a payment.
• Remember that passive
income has tax implications


are so that you aren’t taken

by surprise.

A few years later, while doing a
course at the Gordon Institute of
Business Science, she learnt that multi-
millionaires have at least seven streams
of income. That piece of information set

her on her entrepreneurial path.
“I had a salary from my job and income
from my property. Now I wanted non-
labour-intensive ways of boosting my
passive income streams. I started a career
management-coaching consultancy,
working with individuals and corporates Sisters Nella and Zinhle Qata are
in my spare time. I have a few clients
in the USA with whom I consult two carving out their own space in the
evenings a week. I also bought three
new vehicles for Taxify and Uber which
renewable energy sector
pay their own way from their monthly BY Claudia Padayachy
instalments to provide fuel and the
driver’s salary. In a good month, my
WHAT: Africa Energy Capital and Yabasha Energy Solutions
monthly profit is R5 000-R6 000 per
vehicle,” she explains.
PROJECTED ANNUAL TURNOVER: Africa Energy Capital: R1,2 million;
However, while the transport
Yabasha Energy Solutions: R3 million
industry’s been lucrative, she admits it
was an expensive learning experience. “I

did a great deal of research, but for this he Qata sisters are no strangers to the energy sector. Their father is the
business, you need life experience. In the owner of Tasol Solar, one of the leading solar equipment suppliers in
first three months, I lost a lot of money, South Africa and their enterprise development partner.
so I went out, asked many questions and “We grew up learning about green energy, but I didn’t really consider
learnt all I could. I even did a stint as a it as a career until I’d graduated from college and started working at
driver in one of the cars so that I could one of our dad’s companies while doing research on the national solar
really understand how it works.” heating programme. I got a new perspective on this sector and was
Msweli’s next business was a passion hooked. I knew we could make a positive difference,” recalls Zinhle.
project: an online store called Closet The sisters started Africa Energy Capital, which offers funding to young entrepreneurs
by Zaza. working in the clean energy space, and Yabasha Energy Solutions in November last year,
“I did a lot of travelling, especially also aimed at making this sector accessible and affordable for young people.
to China and Turkey, and made a lot of “We make and install solar-powered, low-pressure geysers and create innovative
connections, to diversify my exposure products or solutions for problems. We’re currently looking at creating a solar-powered
to the rand. It was another big learning barber machine for people who run micro-salons outdoors, so that they can do without
curve, as I’d never had much exposure electricity by harnessing energy from the sun. We want to help the youth by furthering
to the retail market, but it’s been an their economic inclusion in the green economy space,” explains Nella.
interesting journey.” The pair engage with critical stakeholders who manufacture the products for them. “We
Her latest project is equally close to propose the solutions and our partners design what we need, according to our strategy,
her heart. She’s written a book called which we form with focus groups. We’re passionate about clean energy, empowering youth
Imbokodo: Inspiring Conversations and formalising the township economy, so we wanted our value proposion to include all of
With African Female Leaders, which those elements. The energy space can be hard to enter and it’s not very inclusive, but we’re
should be published soon. “As a young aiming to change this with our cadet skills programme,” says Zinhle.
person growing up in Chesterville, “We’ve already done a pilot project teaching young people about putting up solar geysers
Durban, I looked up to women like Judy and how it all works, from manufacturing to installing,” adds Nella. “We’re also finalising
Dlamini, Yolanda Cuba and Daphne our partnership with the National Home Builders’ Registration Council so that we can
Mashile-Nkosi, so sitting down to chat to help train more young people through our cadet programme.”
them was amazing. It really appealed to Despite a good grounding in the market, the sisters explain that because their father
the nerd in me. I’m sure it’s how you’d mentored them, they’ve had to work harder to prove themselves. “We’re both Daddy’s
feel meeting Beyoncé!” girls and he expects more from us because we’re his children. There’s no going easy on
Her ultimate goal is simple. “I just us because we’re family. It was difficult at first, but we understand that business comes
want to attain financial freedom. I don’t first,” says Nella.
want a lack of money to prevent me from They’ve been in operation for less than a year, but have already managed to score
doing what I love.” two extremely lurative contracts, the first worth R2 million with Gammond Housing

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and the other with Inkanyali for R5 million for geysers for low- we’re capable and knowledgeable,” says Zinhle.
cost housing. “But we’re just going to keep doing our best and building up
“The biggest challenge we’ve faced is manufacturing the our reputation so that we can grow in this space and really make
solar-powered geysers, as technology advances so fast. We’re the it our own.”
only black manufacturers for these low-pressure geysers and
competing with bigger, more established companies is difficult,” “WE’RE BOTH DADDY’S GIRLS
says Nella.
“We have to keep pushing the fact that our product’s handmade
and has been fully SABS-approved and that just because we’re US BECAUSE WE’RE HIS
black manufacturers, that doesn’t mean we’ve cut corners or CHILDREN. THERE’S NO GOING
skimped on quality. We’re huge advocates for black excellence –
and we’re building up our name and reputation. As young black EASY ON US BECAUSE
females, we have to go the extra mile to persuade people that WE’RE FAMILY.”
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Nondwe Nyathi, the founder and
creative energy behind innovative
jewellery brand Indwe Designs,
has turned her long-time
hobby into a profitable business
BY Lindelwa Busakwe

WHAT: Indwe Designs

START-UP CAPITAL: Approximately R3 000
TURNOVER: Approximately R10 000

yathi’s natural curiosity and love for bold
African jewellery and cultures led her to
launch Indwe Designs. “It’s always been
my dream to do something I love and make
money out of it. I was also inspired by seeing
crafters succeeding as entrepreneurs. That
pushed me to polish my own talent so that I

Photographers: Zuzi Seoka & Leah Hawker. Make-up: Zenzi Masuku & Kathryn Marnewick
could reach the same level,” she says.
Her designs are mostly sparked by an African aesthetic – all the
pieces are individually beaded and handmade, with immaculate
detail and a unique technique.
That uniqueness, she says, has played a large part in driving her
success. “Each piece I make is different and usually a ‘once-off’
item. People like that. Everyone wants to be different,” she says.
However, it hasn’t been easy for the Cape Town-based designer, business like a hobby were the biggest mistakes she’s made as
as one of the biggest hurdles was finding the capital to launch an entrepreneur.
Indwe Designs. “I still have my day job as a salesperson because “I didn’t believe in my products for a long time. I think my
that helps fund my business. During the week I go to work, and at venture would be further along if I’d treated it like a business from
night and on my days off, I focus on my business production. I’m the start,” she says.
still trying to overcome my challenges and I’m nowhere near where After four years in operation, she’s learnt that an
I want to be. It’s a work in progress,” she says. entrepreneur’s engine is passion and being open to networking.
A self-taught jewellery designer, she commends her late brother “It’s not just about the product or service, but also about
for playing a significant role in her life and sparking her interest building sustainable relationships. As an entrepreneur,
in entrepreneurship. “He was a strong businessman. I used to you have to be an opportunist – and opportunities usually
assist him with his recycling business and attended his meetings come via people you meet. One must always be prepared,”
and arts and crafts workshops. I’d take wire offcuts and make she says.
myself beautiful statement earrings – I’m a person who loves Nyathi’s dream is to expand her business, open a boutique store
standing out.” and exhibit her pieces at international exhibitions around the
She feels that underpricing her products and treating her world.

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BY Claudia Padayachy

knows that the arts can be a fickle
mistress, but that hasn’t stopped her
living her dream.
A lecturer at the University of the
Witwatersrand’s School of Arts and
the founder of theatre company
Bavumile Co-Laboratory, she says: “I’m
not a TV actress or big in commercial
theatre. My kind of artistry is fringe
and non-commercial. I’ve had to find
a way of carving my own space in an
industry which values things with high
entertainment value.”
It’s been a challenging process, she
adds, despite the fact that she holds
a Master’s degree in drama and is
currently doing her PhD.
“It’s been difficult finding ways to be
a viable artist when there’s no space
to do so. I’ve had to learn a number
of skills to be able to support creating
the kind of work I wanted to put out.
Now, as a lecturer, I ensure my students
understand that there are many ways
to survive in this industry if you want
to make your own art.”
Msimanga’s known for her

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thought-provoking pieces, such as
her performance at the Airing SA’s
Dirty Laundry exhibition and art
installation, in which she collaborated
with the project’s co-creator, Jenny
Nijenhuis. They were responsible
for stringing thousands of pairs of
used underwear along the streets of
Maboneng. The concept was intended
to spark a public dialogue during
2016’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
“That was something I’d been
thinking about for a long time: how
our artistry could be used to send a
powerful message. You have to take
hold of what you’ve got, start working
on it and run with it. You can’t wait
for someone else to do it – you have
to start these difficult conversations
yourself,” she says.
An outspoken campaigner against
violence endured by women, she’s
also doing street theatre in Alexandra
township as part of the Olive Tree

“That was
something I’d been 
I have a very interesting fight with

my material in order to get what I want

thinking about for 

from it.”
a long time: how always knew she was headed for a career in But it’s not all about creativity. “My
the arts. large-scale pieces require many intricate
our artistry could “I was perpetually making things as mathematical calculations. I spend days
be used to send a a young girl. My mom recently found a working them out. My commission for the
powerful message.” drawing I’d done in Grade 2 about our
future occupations, entitled: The Artist. As I
National English Literary Museum was a 10-
ton steel structure, which had to be signed
got older, I questioned my choice, as I knew off by engineers to ensure it was safe,”
Women’s Theatre Festival at the end of it wouldn’t be the easiest career, but I had to says Armstrong.
this year, about living with rape trauma trust my passion to take me where I wanted Now represented by the acclaimed
syndrome. “That piece had a profound to go.” Everard Read Gallery, she’s gaining
effect on me because I performed Armstrong is one of SA’s foremost worldwide attention for her work, having
it on the street, so it was open to all sculptors and focuses mainly on abstract won the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist
passers-by. Afterwards people had the designs in mild and stainless steel. Award for Visual Arts in SA.
chance to engage with me about it in “I’ve done some clay sculptures, but “I was thrilled and completely
panel discussions or conversations.” while doing my Master’s degree, I taught overwhelmed by the award, which has
Msimanga’s artistry is intensely myself to weld and that was it. I love the helped me grow in many ways. As an artist,
political – an element she sees as push and pull between the density and you want your work to be seen by as many
natural and one she loves. “The power looseness of steel – the contraction and people as possible and the award has helped
of the arts is the power of the people. expansion you get when working with it. me achieve this. I just hope my sculptures
My work’s all about engaging with It’s a physically demanding medium: I can affect people who view them.
people – it’s not about putting on a spend 12 hours a day or even longer behind “It was also very encouraging that a
show they can watch, tap their toes to a welding machine. It takes a lot out of me, sculptor whose work is more abstract, like
and then leave. I want them to go back but I need that exhausting conversation mine, has been granted this award. It’s a
to their lives and start questioning with my materials,” she says. different, but no less important conversation
what they’ve seen and how it relates to “I also love the permanence of these than work that’s overtly socially, politically
their everyday existence,” she explains. sculptures, which are solid and immovable. or culturally referential,” she says.

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NALEDI MAZABANE, THE FORCE cultural or religious appropriation, so I had to ensure I did this in
BEHIND SOPHIA BALI the right context.”
jewellery, is building an empire one stylish piece at a time. Her rise to the top has been gradual: she started out small at
Her contemporary, culturally inspired jewellery is gaining markets, then ran a stand-alone store, but has had to downsize in
international acclaim and she’s capitalising on it. order to gain more control over her business.
“Our jewellery line is a reflection of an ever-evolving African “I welcomed my time in markets, building a customer base, but
narrative by an African. African jewellery has transcended its it limited my design capabilities, as one’s selling price has to suit
stereotype, with all its interesting elements, and is nestling into one’s environment.
modern, everyday life with ceremonial limitations,” she says. “I’m now stocked at Butter Jewellery in Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Mazabane’s plan to evolve Sophia Bali into a lifestyle brand, in and am finalising a deal with The Space, which will also stock my
the same vein as Stoned Cherrie, includes expansion into home brand,” she says.
interiors, fashion pieces and even car accessories. Mazabane’s also expanded into the US market. “An American
“I started with jewellery to create awareness of the brand. This supplier saw our stuff on Instagram and now we’re supplying it
Heritage Month is the right time to expand. I didn’t want to go the with jewellery. The group comprises people who travel the world
Photographer: Judd van Rensburg

conventional route and start with scatter cushions, as I prefer the and select pieces to take home which can then be offered to
unexpected. During a recent trip to Greece, I was inspired by their their countrymen.
phareons [traditional headwear] and now I’m launching my own “My work’s been very well received, so we’re looking at doing
brand of hats. It’s been a very exciting journey, as I’ve had to teach more collaborations with them. I’m also trying to get the brand
myself how to put these hats together.’ into Australia.
She explains that she had to research ways of ensuring that “Much as I welcome international exposure, I believe in
her products wouldn’t be offensive. “I wanted to offer something capturing the local market first, which is why I’m still focusing on
stylish and different, but I was worried that it might be seen as taking the brand to new heights in SA.”

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The Escape Artist, a blogger at Financial Independence Retire
Early (Fire), wrote: “You can spend as much money as you
want on cars/holidays/designer fashion. Or you can complain
that you’re not rich. But you can’t do both.” That remains the
principle behind all wealth accumulation
BY Maya Fisher-French

bout 10 years ago, while writing an article 50, he’ll have enough money to yield him a passive income of
for a men’s magazine on retirement, I about R20 000 a month – enough to fulfil his desire of going
interviewed a 30-year-old guy who’d into consulting, which will give him the flexibility to alternate
accumulated R1 million in investment travelling with work.
savings. Adjusted for inflation, that’s The idea of Fire has become very popular, especially in the
almost R2 million in today’s money. The USA, where there are hundreds of blogs dedicated to the topic.
thing is, there was nothing special about What’s interesting about so many of these early retirees is
him. He had a normal job, earning a reasonable salary. He that they realised their dreams on a normal salary. Take, for
hadn’t accumulated wealth as a result of an inheritance or a example, Mr Taco Escapes, who by the age of 38 had earned
big business deal. He’d simply spent less than he earned. himself $2 million by saving and investing. He did this without
During his early 20s, he was fortunate enough to live at property investments, an inheritance or selling a business
home with his parents. Rather than spending his extra cash and lives off a high-dividend investment portfolio which he
on fancy cars, eating out and holidaying at luxe resorts, he put manages himself. He now blogs about saving money, which
50% of his salary away each month. By the time he was 28, he’d is best done by living a simple and disciplined life. The goal
saved enough to put down a hefty deposit on a townhouse, of early retirement is much harder to achieve if you can’t live
while still leaving money in his investment portfolio. Even if without your daily cappuccino or monthly manicure.
he never saved another cent in his working life, by the age of In her book SmartWoman, South African financial planner

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CONSIDER THIS: IF harder it is to reach that point. Those who

are genuinely prepared to do so, however, BEWARE OF SCAMS!
should follow these steps:
R50 000 PER MONTH, To find out how much capital you need It’s tempting to invest in
HOW DOES SOMEONE to accumulate, multiply your annual dodgy schemes which
spending by 20. If you’re spending promise passive investment
EARNING R25 000 A R300 000 a year, you’ll need R6 million. returns well above realistic
MONTH SURVIVE? If you’re spending R500 000 a year, you’ll rates. These are invariably
need R10 million.
EMULATE THEIR Ponzi or pyramid schemes
If you save 50% of your income, you
LIFESTYLE. can retire in 13 years’ time. It isn’t easy



to do, but consider this: if you’re earning

ruin. Remember, if it sounds
Sylvia Walker talks about living a designer R50 000 per month, how does someone too good to be true, then it is
life, rather than owning designer stuff. earning R25 000 a month survive? If you too good to be true.
“Living your designer life means living manage to live on R25 000 per month,
the life you value – you spend your money then you only need to have enough THE REWARDS OF
in areas you value, without trying to be capital to provide R25 000 per month ECONOMISING
like everyone else, influenced by what in retirement.
society tells you is important. It’s about One thing all experience-rich clients
not comparing yourself with others. It’s have in common is that they don’t have If you cut
about setting your own rules, feeding children or the costs of education, says your expenses
your own passion and creating your own Veldtman. “It’s one thing to make choices by 20%, you can
happy space. If growing your wealth is for yourself, but another thing altogether retire in
important, live accordingly,” she writes. to make choices that affect your kids,” 32 years.
This concept of a designer life is she adds. Try to maximise your savings
becoming far more prevalent, according before starting a family. If you already
If you cut
to Sunel Veldtman, founder and have children and they’re still very young,
Financial Planner at Johannesburg-based work towards saving more money once
your expenses
Foundation Family Wealth. She says they’re financially independent. by 30%, you can
she’s seen a significant trend in young Both these options mean having retire in
professionals wanting to leave the stress your non-essential spending under 24 years.
of corporate life and do work that gives control. Not all expenses can be avoided,
them a sense of purpose, rather than especially when it comes to supporting
If you cut
only a pay-cheque. Her clients include a ageing parents, paying rising transport
couple, both professionals, who wanted and food costs and taking out medical
your expenses
to see more of the world. They spent aid and insurance cover. But what can by 40%, you can
years formulating their plan and now be eliminated is impulsive or purely retire in
spend their lives travelling and working gratuitous spending on things you 18 years.
part-time, when they need to. However, love, but don’t need, like eating out at
achieving this goal took a lot of discipline restaurants, buying expensive clothes and If you cut
and sacrifice. “You need to start saving at gadgets, costly beauty treatments, luxury your expenses
least five to 10 years before you exit the groceries and lavish entertainment. Go
by 50%, you can
corporate world,” says Veldtman. While a through your budget and imagine not
financial advisor can tell you how much having these unnecessary expenses – retire in
Gallo Images/Getty Images/Istockphoto/Alamy

money you need to be putting away you’ll be surprised at how much of your 13 years.
to realise your dream, not everyone’s income they eat up.
prepared to live abstemiously for so long. Building a passive income is a crucial If you cut
“While some are happy exchanging a part of the strategy, as at some point your expenses
‘stuff-rich’ life for an experience-rich life, this money is what you’ll be living off. by 60%, you can
others just can’t do it,” says Veldtman. Property is another good way to generate retire in
Early retirement isn’t for everyone, but a passive income, but a high-dividend 10 years.
most people would love to reach a point share portfolio can achieve the same
in their lives when they can choose to results. Remember, you can also invest
work for passion, rather than to service up to 27,5% of your income tax-free in All the above assume that you invest your
creditors. The more bills we accumulate a retirement fund (to a maximum of expense savings into a growth fund that delivers
5% above inflation and that expenses remain the
and the less money we put aside, the R350 000 a year). same in retirement.

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Research shows that only
8% of South Africans are
engaged in the workplace,
which is why it’s crucial
for companies to invest
in genuine and effective
wellness programmes


Workplace wellness is about much more than receiving a and the organisation is primarily concerned with what
pay-cheque every month and the occasional thumbs up. each of the parties expects to receive and give in their
Not only does it help employees feel involved, committed, employment relationship. Unfortunately, the implicit and
passionate and empowered, but it affects their overall unwritten nature of the contract means its significance is
performance – and ultimately, the company’s turnover often overlooked in the work environment,” she explains.
and employee retention.
Linda Ronnie, senior lecturer in organisational ▶ CORPORATE WELLNESS:
behaviour and people management at UCT’s Graduate THE PAY-OFF
School of Business, says South Africans feel disengaged in Executive business coach Penny Holburn says the current
the workplace due to a lack of trust between employees and economic downturn has negatively impacted the way
employers, inadequate communication, poor leadership some companies approach employee wellness. “Due to
and unfair treatment. the state of the economy, some employers are of the view
“A psychological contract plays a key role in employee that employees should be grateful to have a job. Their main
well-being. This unwritten contract between the employee concern is the bottom line and employee wellness often

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isn’t on the agenda,” she observes.

Furthermore, the stress experienced by South African employees “EMPLOYEES FEEL
is critical. A recent Bloomberg study revealed that SA is the second
most-stressed country in the world, after Nigeria. So, beyond the
obvious impact on workplace performance and the bottom line,
employers have a social responsibility to help reduce the physical
and mental effects of depression and anxiety on their staff.
An investment in a genuine wellness programme not only gives
employees the resources to stay healthy, but also demonstrates
that the employer cares about their staff, which helps attract the
best employees. IDEAS AND GENERAL
Deirdre Elphick-Moore, Learning & Development Manager at
Just Property, says ensuring the psychological well-being of every WORK ISSUES WITH
employee is no easy task, as each person has their own expectations
and needs. For this reason, empowering individuals and building
their physical and psychological resilience must be a starting point.
“Employee engagement happens when the work environment
enables employees to give their best each day and helps them realise
their full potential. Managers and leadership need to know how to
implement methods that develop employees and motivate them to
contribute effectively to the organisation,” she says. Improv ing yo ur
wor kp lace happines s
The psychological contract is fulfilled when employees feel cared for
and safe in their employment relationship. While corporate wellness programmes are a key
Ronnie says that in order for this to happen, the following essentials aspect of psychological well-being, it’s important for
need to be present: employees to take ownership of their own happiness.
• High-quality management and leadership. Here’s how:
• Open and honest dialogue and collaboration. • Leave your baggage at the door: Don’t allow
• Personal development and educational opportunities. your past work experiences to affect the way you
• Involving employees in company-wide initiatives and sharing approach your current job. To understand the role
relevant organisational information. you played in an unhappy situation, you need to look
• Encouraging creativity and innovation. at what signs you may have overlooked, analyse
Holburn says people are psychologically at ease when they’re in situations where you should have spoken up, but
a job that suits their personality, skills and aspirations. “They feel didn’t, and decide what you can do differently,
happy when they can talk comfortably about problems, new ideas moving forward.
and general work issues with their colleagues and management. • Express your needs: Transparent, meaningful
They feel valued when they get feedback and know what’s expected conversations are key. When you have a grievance
of them. Compassionate managers who motivate to achieve results in the workplace, discuss it with management and
and provide regular feedback create engaged employees.” propose a solution in a professional manner.
Unfortunately, even when companies have genuine wellness • Have a career plan: Know how you’d like your
programmes, many of them are under-utilised. Part of the reason for career to progress over the next one to five years
this is that some employees are unwilling to talk about their personal and set realistic monthly goals that will help you get
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problems, while others don’t seek help until things are drastic. there. Track your progress.
For such programmes to be effective, regular briefing sessions to • Clarify your values: Let your values guide your
help employees understand what tools and resources are available decisions and priorities. Make sure the company
– and how they work – are crucial. Companies also need to teach and the work you do are aligned with these values
employees to recognise the symptoms of stress, anxiety and and you’ll be more driven in your job.
depression and seek help before these become unmanageable. • Challenge yourself: If you’re uninspired or feel as
“There needs to be a clear process for getting this help. While if you’ve stagnated, it’s time to take control of your
having a wellness programme is great, people need to know that it professional progress. Volunteer to take on more
exists. They need to know all the offerings, as well as when and how responsibility, improve your skills, further your
to utilise them, and they must feel comfortable and safe enough to education or discuss promotion opportunities
do so,” says Holburn.” with HR.

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life MY NAME IS...
Aloma Fay Foster (58).
An advertising agency as the Head of the Monitoring &
Evaluation Unit.
Of a society where women and children are revered, honoured
and feel safe.
To end my long and interesting career without any scandal or
wrongdoing towards my fellow colleagues.
Having enough money for medical aid and overseas holidays
when I retire at 60.
My 60th birthday bash next year. I’m also saving towards a
comfortable retirement, so that I can maintain my current
lifestyle, well covered and debt-free.
If you don’t have the money, you can’t afford it. I’ve lived by this
philosophy all my working life.


Photographer: Sarah de Pina. Make-up: Zenzi Masuku

“Firstly, Aloma should be commended for identifying a goal
and saving towards it. However, she has every reason to be
worried about medical expenses post-retirement because the
older one gets, the higher one’s medical needs and costs. She
needs to consult a financial advisor for a full financial needs
analysis in order to determine if she has post-retirement
medical care as a shortfall. She and her advisor can then
discuss what savings vehicles she should consider, so she can
cover herself in this regard. Most importantly, notwithstanding
her 60th birthday bash and desire to travel, Aloma shouldn’t
take on any debt at this late stage of her working life. She
should be completely debt-free once she retires.”

Retired and still taking on the world

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ondumiso Medupe is an Executive Chairper-
son of NexiaSAB&T and a founding Director
of Indyebo Inc. The new firm she’s leading
employs 400 staff members and is led by 38
Directors. Ndumi has more than 23 years of
experience, which includes external auditing, internal and
forensic auditing, corporate governance and financial man-
agement. On completion of her articles, she held senior po-
sitions in the telecommunications industry and the public
sector. She’s the author of Wisdom Nuggets (Zion Publish-
ers), which profiles women from the Bible and their stories
as beautiful, strong individuals. She’s sat on a number of
boards and is passionate about contributing to the growth
of professional consulting and transformation in SA.
My most memorable milestone was being appointed the
Executive Chairperson of Nexia SAB&T, a top 10 firm of
professional accountants, auditors and business consul-
tants where I have the privilege of leading a team of highly
qualified individuals whose diverse make-up is a true re-
flection of SA’s demographics.
Challenges I overcame: Being a Chartered Accountant
equates to working in a male-dominated environment
with tight deadlines and having to overcome work-life bal-
ance obstacles. I also had to assert myself as an effective
leader, especially on boards where I was the only woman
for years. Women have to consistently prove that they’re as
competent as their male counterparts. I do this by building
diverse skilled teams to offer a superior client experience.
Photographer: Andile Mthembu. Make-up: Zenzi Masuku

The most useful advice I ever received… is to be authentic

and emotionally intelligent, invest in continuous profes-
sional development and in your relationships, add value
and get the best out of your teams by boosting their con-
I empower others by encouraging team members to invest
in education. I assign tasks and projects that boost self-
esteem and improve growth. I also give and receive 360o
I admire strong women in business who have complex
portfolios and female entrepreneurs who’ve grown their
businesses, but still lift others and have achieved a healthy
work-life balance.
spirit & well-being

“The beautiful
and when
Nature resumes her
the human soul
is apt to
– Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897), American abolitionist and writer
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What’s your
Investing in a spiritual
belief could be
your ultimate key
to fulfilment. Two
women share how
they came to discover
and embrace their
spiritual journeys
By Kemong Mopedi


The lesson: “I pray like every other person,
even though there’s a popular belief that
Christianity and traditional practices are
mutually exclusive. I reached a point
where I stopped associating with people
who undermined others’ beliefs — the type
who get offended when you mention God
and amadlozi (ancestors) in one sentence.
It’s not up to me to convince them that
spirituality and faith work hand in hand.”
2009 was a very dark period in my life,
both emotionally and physically. I’d moved
back home to Botshabelo in the Free State
because it felt as if there was a dark force
that was constantly pulling me back,
when all I wanted was to move forward.
Whenever life serves me lemons, I have
no qualms about selling up everything
and going home to start afresh. It’s
like returning a faulty cellphone to the
manufacturer! Back in Botshabelo, I had
a sudden urge to practise ukuphahla [a
ritual in which one converses with the
ancestors]. I learnt much later that this
wasn’t just an urge, but one of the many
ways in which my ancestors communicate
with me.

I have the gift of the calling and have been very spiritual paths. We need to find what fulfils and feeds our
fortunate in having my paternal grandmother and souls and when we do, not everyone has to understand
maternal uncle, who are both sangomas, guide me every it.” I grew up in a Christian family where we all went to
step of the way. I grew up in a family who are big on church every Sunday — this was never open for discussion.
Christianity and ancestral beliefs, and have noticed that In my teenage years, I started questioning the idea of
until you fully experience the power of these spiritual being forced to attend church when I couldn’t relate to
guides, you’ll always doubt their existence. half the things that were preached. The priest always
Six years ago, I answered my calling – but it was the dwelled on what constituted good behaviour, without
wrong time, because I was in a hurry to get it out of offering guidance. So I waited until I was at university to
the way and work on launching my music career. One shut this spiritual door that I’d inherited.
of the pivotal aspects of answering I didn’t set foot inside a church or read
one’s calling is selecting the right “I HAVE THE GIFT OF the Bible for four years.
person to act as your spiritual guide. However, life gave me a big nudge when
Unfortunately, I’d made the mistake THE CALLING AND HAVE I started working at the age of 21. I had a
of choosing someone who wasn’t in BEEN VERY FORTUNATE job I was supposed to love, but I lived with
sync with my ancestors and refused to an inner emptiness that I couldn’t put into
take guidance from them. Ancestors
IN HAVING MY PATERNAL words. I pegged the void down to the fact
are like family – they let us burn our GRANDMOTHER AND that I wasn’t earning enough money, so I
fingers and once we’ve come back to started attending seminars on investing
our senses, they take care of us all over
MATERNAL UNCLE, WHO and trading and also immersed myself in
again. Right now, I’m like someone ARE BOTH SANGOMAS, literature on those topics. What I learnt
who’s never undergone ukuthwasa [an GUIDE ME EVERY STEP OF from most speakers at the seminars was
initiation process in becoming a fully that the teachings they were disseminating
qualified sangoma]. However, I’m also THE WAY.” were in the Bible, so I re-acquainted myself
at the point where I can’t wait to use with the Holy Book.
my gift of healing. What’s afforded me From then on, I became a self-help
peace of mind is learning to listen and Thobeka junkie – and a proud one, at that! I watched
co-exist with my ancestors. Nogxina spiritual shows like Oprah Winfrey’s Soul
Two years ago, I was unhappy with Sundays. My spirituality was initially God-
the record company to which I was and Bible-based, but all of that changed
signed. I thought of defying the contract when I read Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth
and recording music independently, but [Penguin], which taught me how to live an
kept getting messages of reassurance enlightened and conscious life.
from my ancestors that everything was I enjoy being responsible at all times
under control. About a year later, the and had been beating myself up about
company hired a new label manager the wrong decisions I’d made and
who saw how disappointed and angry I opportunities I’d missed. However, while
was and offered to release me from my reading this book, I suddenly felt light and
three-album contract. To me, that was could finally breathe.
yet another sign that I should trust my Through meditation and journalling, I
ancestors to take care of things. After all, learnt how to quieten my mind and shut
they’re what some people call angels. out negativity so that I could hear my
Most people don’t understand why inner voice clearly. Our families have
my hair’s always unkempt, especially certain expectations of us — which become
for someone who works in showbiz. the drivers of our lives — but I had to learn
The reason I don’t wear weaves or to let these go.
earrings any longer is because, after four years of being At the beginning of the year, I went to church and
rebellious, I realised that my ancestors don’t approve of experienced the same boredom all over again. So now,
them. every week I create my own church in my car or home
by listening to Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and Andy
AT ONE OF THE BIG FOUR ACCOUNTING FIRMS For me, spirituality is a way of being connected to
The lesson: “When I started my spiritual journey, I our ultimate purpose for being on earth and our belief in
didn’t want to share it with anyone because I didn’t feel Who put us here.
like being questioned. Spirituality isn’t a one-size-fits- In life, we always get guidance, be it from God or
all quest and we should all feel free to carve out our own our intuition.

@destinyconnect |
BY Lynne Gidish

ver the past 50 years, high-income nations to do so involves both tangible and intangible costs, such as time
have generally shown a marked drop lost on projects and head-hunting fees, which – together with
in birth rates – and SA seems to be relocation of tasks, scheduling of work and accommodation
following suit. of women who are absent for at least four months during
According to the SA Board for People maternity leave, as well as the cost of training temporary
Practices’ Women’s Report, the average replacement personnel – are issues companies would rather
birth rate has dropped avoid. Since male employees don’t ask for
to 2,36 children, a steep decline from the 1960s similar accommodations and their way of
average of six. The report suggests that this is
linked to access to higher income by women,
“It’s in the interests of working is regarded as ‘normal’ practice,
it’s hardly surprising that pregnancy is
the high cost of education and housing, birth a company to retain still regarded as undesirable in the
control, non-flexible workplace practices and workplace today.”
a lack of feasible childcare options, among
a high-performing
other factors. woman and to ensure UNDER PRESSURE
Many women are electing to have Studies suggest that women face unique
fewer children at a later age, says clinical that her pregnancy challenges when they take up leadership
psychologist Vuyo Temba-Monchusi. “We’re and maternity or high-powered roles, especially in male-
finding that the peak years for childbearing dominated environments, adds Temba-
are increasingly coinciding with the peak periods are positive Monchusi. “Their heightened visibility
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years of a woman’s career development.

Women are now experiencing significant
experiences.” renders them vulnerable to increased scrutiny
and pressures of minority/majority dynamics.
interruptions in their working lives because While women may not necessarily be working
of domestic responsibilities, which places additional stress on in a radically different way from men, they’re nevertheless
many already anxious expectant mothers, particularly those in perceived differently and are subject to criticism for choices they
high-powered or leadership positions.” may make, such as starting a family. Expectant women generally
In the workplace, women who fall pregnant have to deal with have to contend not only with the physical and psychological
a number of realities, explains Anita Bosch, Associate Professor challenges of pregnancy, but also with the pressure of workplace
in human capital management at the University of Stellenbosch performance. Some women feel ill a lot of the time and are unable
Business School (USB). “Though the global economy has stalled to function, let alone work. What’s more, disrupted sleep can lead
and unemployment levels are relatively high, especially in SA, a to fatigue and impaired cognitive functions, which may negatively
talented and conscientious woman is difficult to replace. Trying influence productivity.”

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@destinyconnect |


One of the biggest issues pregnant women deal with in the cut-throat KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
corporate world is that of discounting, where they’re sidelined or The Code of Good Practice on the Protection of
excluded from projects, or their power to engage in decision-making Employees During Pregnancy and After the Birth
is removed on the basis of their pregnancy. of a Child ( emphasises that
“While this may be explained by management as ‘relieving you’ discrimination relating to pregnancy is strictly
and ‘beneficial for your unborn child because it reduces your prohibited and also deals with certain aspects during
workload’, it can also arouse such fear of losing your job that you may pregnancy that may affect work, namely morning
find yourself going to the other extreme: doing everything yourself, sickness, backache and varicose veins as a result of
rather than delegating – and this, of course, could put both you and prolonged sitting or standing. Bosch explains that
your baby at risk,” says Temba-Monchusi. She adds that women who Section 25 of the Basic Conditions of Employment
are being discounted may experience feelings of resentment, anger, Act entitles you to at least four consecutive months’
paranoia, inadequacy, reduced social connection and helplessness. unpaid maternity leave. However, you can claim
They may also succumb to the “impostor phenomenon”, believing from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for
that their achievements are undeserved and that they’re about to be up to 17 weeks (four months). “In the South African
exposed as frauds. labour environment, some employers simply apply
These emotions all need to be worked through either with your the minimum legal provisions in terms of the law,
partner, a professional counsellor or a trusted colleague, says Temba- whereas more progressive companies provide six
Monchusi. She and Bosch offer the following coping strategies: months’ paid maternity leave, although this does have
• Make sure you’re heard in the boardroom by being firmer and UIF implications,” she says.
more assertive.
• Keep fear from impacting on your decisions and don’t be afraid to
say “no” to requests that deplete you.
• Speak to your boss about receiving reasonable accommodation, “I WAS DISCOUNTED”
with specific, agreed-upon KPAs. Andiswa Bheki experienced discounting during both her
• Don’t over-extend yourself: accept that you can’t be everything pregancies, which left her feeling stressed out and insecure. “In
to everybody. 2011 I was a Senior Account Manager at a small PR agency and
• Be proactive right from the start. Discuss the projects you’re working with the largest client, but was told to hand the account
working on with your manager and indicate your willingness to over to my colleagues during the last few months of my pregnancy.
continue with them and the role you want to play. I know it was to reassure the client of continuity in my absence, but
• Be specific about your health needs and what you can and can’t I was devastated. I felt very anxious about my career future. When
do at work. I returned from maternity leave, I still wasn’t permitted to resume
• Prioritise work tasks and determine which projects will provide working with the client, so I resigned,” she recalls.
the best opportunity to showcase your skills. When Bheki fell pregnant a second time, she was working as
• Don’t keep quiet when you’re being sidelined. Voice your concern a high-intensity General Manager Trainee for a large corporate
and indicate how you’d like the discounting behaviour to stop. and was again sidelined. “My pregnancy coincided with the
• Celebrate your pregnancy and enjoy this special journey.  
“Don’t forget that it’s in the interests of a company to retain a year contract. Although a clear career plan had been in place
high-performing woman and to ensure that her pregnancy and prior to my announcement, I was sidelined by my direct manager.
maternity periods are positive experiences,” says Bosch. “Women I received no support for my last presentation and when it came
who are treated well by their organisations during this time will to discussions about the future, I was continually left hanging.”
return the favour. In SA, your employer isn’t legally obliged to pay She tried setting up meetings with various decision-makers to
you during your maternity leave, unless the company’s policy, a gain clarity on her position – but nothing worked.
collective agreement or your employment contract provide for this “It was a huge learning curve,” says Bheki. “I realise now
[see sidebar]. However, many organisations wanting to retain senior that I should have been a lot more assertive in minimising any
women provide six months of maternity leave and invest in them disruptions my pregnancy caused to my working day, like making
by paying their full salary, with benefits, throughout that period. In appointments with my gynaecologist for less busy hours.
general, women are happy to sign agreements to return to work for a “I worked long hours and tried to ensure that my colleagues
specified period post-maternity leave in exchange for this.” were copied in and updated on everything I did, but at the same
Bosch adds that as a successful corporate woman, your reputation time, I refused to apologise for my pregnancy. I focused on staying
and professional standing have been built on the back of the delivery healthy and limited as much work-related stress as possible.
of projects or key achievements which should give you greater power “And when the time came for me to have my baby, I chose not
to negotiate more flexible conditions during maternity leave and in to sign a permanent contract and left the company. Given their
the initial period upon your return to work. “It should also ensure  

that your career progression when you return from maternity leave for me,” she recalls.
won’t be set back,” she says.

104 | September 2017


BY Claudia Padayachy

106 | September 2017

Women fulfilling their destiny

Theoretical physicist Marais – who’s
also one of the 100 Mars One Project
astronaut candidates in the running
to move to the red planet in the next
decade – isn’t afraid of breaking
new boundaries. Living on another
planet was her childhood dream and
now she’s actively working to make
it come true. She’s determined to
leave a lasting legacy and a powerful
contribution and says: “The potential
discovery of evidence of life on Mars
would be one of the most profound
possible contributions of science
to humanity.”

“Be human, be curious and never

stop learning. Each and every one of
us needs to create a future of which
we’re proud.”
“Stay hungry
to learn at all costs BARBARA
and never be put off FOUNDER
by the appearance of
challenges. As long Mallinson’s Obami is a social
networking platform aimed
as you stay open to specifically at South African
schools which connects teachers,
learning, progress parents and pupils in a highly
is inevitable.” effective virtual community. This
learning solutions company has
RAPELANG RABANA, FOUNDER been recognised by the likes
AND CEO: REKINDLE LEARNING of CNN and Business Insider
as one of the most innovative
Rabana is not only an internationally acclaimed technologies in the world, as well
technology entrepreneur, but is also a Young Global as one of best start-ups to come
Leader and was named Entrepreneur for the World out of Africa
by the World Entrepreneurship Forum. Rekindle
Learning, her dynamic tech company, provides “For the past few decades, the tech
educational and performance support tools to
improve learning efficiency and reduce time to
scene’s been dominated by men.
competency for both corporates and academia. That’s starting to change now and,
Thanks to her unerring ability to critically evaluate
the use of technology in a social context, Rabana
boy – or should I say ‘girl’!? – am I
brings a refreshing perspective to the tech space. excited about it!”
@destinyconnect |
An entrepreneur, digital leader,
lecturer and mentor and co-editor
of a book, Thotsejane is a woman
of many talents. She co-founded
FlavaLite Innovations with the aim
of pioneering innovative products
in IT service delivery. She’s also co-
edited a book, Big Data Analytics
“Thanks to the
for Improved Healthcare, to be support we’re
published at the end of the year.
Thotsejane’s worked in both the creating for
corporate sector and academia and
is passionate about learning. “I’d
women in tech
tell any girl hoping to enter the and innovation
technology space to get distinctions
at school and add measurable value now, it’s possible
to every project in which she finds
herself, but without compromising
for them to be
her dreams and passions.” 10 times better.”

“Tech without
women is like a


Technology innovator and award-winning
functional, it’s the
entrepreneur,Menzies has established several successful tech 

businesses. She’s developed practical, easy-to-use software

solutions for the start-up and small business market, such
the ecosystem,
as the online accounting system SMEasy and Finfind, which bring it to life and
provides access to finance solutions for SMMEs. Menzies
strongly believes that business should play a leading role add the magic.”
in the fight against poverty in Africa and in that spirit,
Adriana Marais, photographer: Daniel Craig Johnson

she often works work with government and corporates to HEMA VALLABH, CO-FOUNDER OF WOMENG
combat youth unemployment and promote small business AND WOMHUB AND FOUNDER OF THE
development in the country. PASSIONATE PROFESSIONAL
“Passion, grit and hard work A chemical engineer by profession, Vallabh is also a serial social
entrepreneur committed to making a difference. WomEng is
trump gender, education an international NPO developing the next generation of female
and geography. I’d back engineering leaders, while WomHub is an umbrella company to host
various gender parity programmes.
courage over qualifications Her latest venture, a solo project called The Passionate

every time. Just dream, dare Professional, is an incubator of leaders with a focus on mentorship.
To ensure maximum impact, she’s partnered with business school
and do until it’s done.” IDM to found the School of Mentorship.

108 | September 2017

Women fulfilling their destiny


Here are the 50 women who won the Inspiring
• Aisha Pandor, founder: Sweep South Vodafone Enterprise
• Anita Loots, Head of African • Mokhudu Macabda, Director:
Planning: SKA Kopanang Agricultural Co-operative
• Anitha Ramsuran, Manager of • Nafisa Akabor, freelance
Innovation Skills Development: technology journalist
Technology Innovation Agency
• Ndoni Mcunu, co-founder of Black
• Anne Githuku-Shongwe,
Women in Science
founder and CEO: AFROES
Transformational Games • Ngwako Lethabo Ramohlale,
CEO: Nunnovation
• Anusuya Chinsamy, Professor and
Head of the Department of Biological • Nneile Nkholise, founder of Likoebe
Sciences: UCT Innovation Consultants
• Ellen Fischat, MD: Silicon Cape • Nokuthula Ndlovu, founder and
• Audrey Verhaeghe, Chairperson: Strategic Engagement Partner:
Innovation Summit Limit Breakers Global Foundation
• Barbara Mallinson, founder and and Barclays Africa Group – Africa
CEO: Obami Technology
• Boitumelo Menyatswe, founder • Nomso Faith Kana, MD: Sun n Shield
of Minderz 84 Technologies, Blaze Away SA &
• Darlene Menzies, founder and CEO: Taungana Africa
SMEasy and FinFind • Nothando Moleketi, COO: ReWare
• Dr Mmaki Jantjies, Head of the • Nunu Ntshingila, Head of
Information Systems Department: Facebook Africa
University of the Western Cape
• Phadiela Cooper, Principal: COSAT
• Dr Adriana Marais, Head of High School
• Pontsho Maruping, Councillor: SA
EXECUTIVE & HEAD OF REGION: • Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana
Council for Space Affairs
• Portia Maurice, Director:
Nehanda Group
• Ellie Hagopian, CEO: Nomosphere
Mashale’s currently responsible for strategy, • Pria Chetty, Regional Director:
• Emma Dicks, founder and Director:
revenue retention, growth and expansion of EndCode
Code for Cape Town
Vodafone customers for the sub-Saharan African • Rapelang Rabana, founder and CEO:
• Esther Titilayo Akinlabi, Associate
region. A self-confessed tech geek, she’s been Professor in the Dept of Mechanical Rekindle Learning
involved in the ICT sector for 20 years and still Engineering Science: University • Regina Luki Kgatle, founder of 67
loves it. “Technology is the centre of each and every of Johannesburg Games and co-founder of WeSmooth
industry, regardless of what your business is. It’s an • Fikiswa Majola, Deputy Director of • Saidah Nash Carter, Head of
Space Science & Technology, Dept of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation:
enabler of communities, empowering people – Science & Technology Thomson Reuters
no matter what their situation – and changing • Hema Vallabh, co-founder: WomEng
• Samantha Wright, blogger, YouTuber
lives,” she says. and WomHub and founder of The
and content creator: TechGirl
Passionate Professional Hub
• Sibongile Sambo, founder and CEO:
• Julie Cleverdon, Director: Cape Town
SRS Aviation
“Don’t look to outside •
Science Centre
Kim Normand Dobrin, Computer • Stephanie Cowper, CEO and co-

influences or worry Literacy teacher: The Tomorrow Trust

founder: BeSpecular
Suzana Moreira, founder of Mowoza
• Lethabo Motswaledi, co-founder and
about who you’re CEO: 3D Power • Vere Shaba, owner and

competing with – rather • Lindiwe Matlali, founder and CEO:

Africa Teen Geeks
Director: Shaba & Ramplin Green
Building Solutions

focus on being better • Lynn Wilson, Systems Manager, HR

Information Management: TFG
• Videsha Proothveerajh, Country
Manager: Southern Africa Intel
than you were yesterday • Magda Wierzycka, CEO: Sygnia • Xoliswa Kakana, CEO: ICT-Works
• Maximillian Kaizen, co-founder
so that you can achieve of Treeshake
• Yolisa Kani: Public Policy Head: Uber

your goals.” • Mickey Mashale, Managing

Executive and Head of Region:
For further information,

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Nyakallo Tefu & Kibo Ngowi

I also love the idea that whether you’re an intelligent creative, a
career woman or a woman with problems, you can always make
time to cut loose.”
Hall plays best-selling author Ryan Pierce, who arranges the
WANT TO KICK BACK AND ENJOY A FUN jaunt and who, despite the outward trappings of success, really
NIGHT OUT WITH YOUR BESTIES? LOOK doesn’t have it all. Pinkett-Smith plays divorced single mom Lisa,
NO FURTHER THAN GIRLS TRIP. WE TALK who desperately needs to have some fun. Haddish is hilarious
as the aggressively sexual Dina, while Latifah plays a struggling
celebrity journalist/blogger.
ABOUT HER NEW MOVIE Watch out for cool glimpses of concert performances by
artists like Mariah Carey, Sean Diddy Combs and Common,
among others.

elatable and funny, Girls Trip delivers on its Despite the movie’s light-hearted feel, its underlying
promise of a raucously good time: from dance- message is serious: women are continually talking about what
offs, catfights and male nudity to golden showers men and society need to do for them, but seldom pay attention
and unbelievable sex advice, there’s something to the way they treat each other. “We’d get a lot further if we did
for everyone. it together. We all need to move towards that and understand it,”
College girlfriends Regina Hall, Tiffany says Pinkett-Smith.
Haddish, Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah are the Flossy She also stresses the importance of strong female friend-
Posse, who – having lost touch with each other – reunite for a ships. “It’s crucial to have the support of other women in your
wild weekend in New Orleans, USA, during the Essence Festival. life who understand what you’re going through and can relate to
The movie’s leading ladies share some great chemistry and it. There’s a certain perspective that one has as a woman and we
their bonds extend beyond the camera, explains Pinkett-Smith. need to share it with other females. Just being women together in
“We had a great time on set and we built up some beautiful this world is important.”
friendships in real life, which I feel are conveyed on screen. What But that’s not to overlook the film’s entertainment value. “Girls
really drew me to the movie were the camaraderie between the Trip gives you a good experience. After all, everyone needs some
characters and the different facets of womanhood they reveal. laughter in their life,” says Pinkett-Smith. – CP

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his September, Cape Town and Johan-
nesburg play host to the fourth annual
Street Food Festival, where you can enjoy
tantalising treats prepared by the country’s
best chefs, from tasty bunny chows to vinegary fish
and slap chips, overflowing Gatsbys and tempting
braaied meat, straight off the coals.
Capetonians can head to Side Street Studios
in Woodstock on 2 September and also enjoy the
launch of a new night market, as well as live DJs
and free talks. Jo’burgers can attend the festival on
10 September at Maboneng Precinct, where added
attractions are talks by experts such as Jako van
Deventer from The Rogue Cheddar, caterer and pop-
up dinner host Mpho Masango of Plump Kitchen
and small-scale urban farmers the Kotze Rooftop
Garden Co-operative. It’s finally getting warmer, so this is a great time
Visit or get your to expand your drinks repertoire! Recent local
tickets at the entrance or from – beer addition, Kalahari Craft Beer, is produced
and go hungry! – CP in Upington, pays homage to our wildlife and
comes in two varieties: delicious, pale
Gemsbok Lager and the German-styled
Puff Adder Weiss. The beer contains
FUN FITNESS alcohol levels of 5% and 440ml
Love Adidas? Then join its 3Stripes bottles retail for about R24. Visit:
database for awesome special – CP
events like pop-up exercise
classes, fitness news and a
chance to win cool products. This
exclusive membership club also
offers a host of other benefits, all
while helping you get healthier.

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Bibliophiles are spoilt for choice this September, with
two great book festivals in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The much-anticipated annual Jozi Book Fair
(31 August-3 September) features literary powerhouses
Kopano Matlwa, author of the critically acclaimed works
Coconut, Spilt Milk and Period Pains, and Kenyan poet,
EVENTS playwright and novelist Shailja Patel, author of the
best-seller Migritude. Both festivals include panel
This year’s edition of this annual event offers flowers, camping, discussions, workshops, book launches, poetry readings,
dancing, running, singing and plenty of family fun. Stop and smell theatre, live music and children’s activities.
the blooms on either a 21km, 9km or 4km trail run. If running’s Cape Town’s Open Book Festival (6-10 September),
not your thing, enjoy live music, an educational flower and bush which has twice been shortlisted for the London Book
walk, sunrise yoga, waterfall hikes and much more.
Venue: Gifberg
Fair Excellence Awards, has established itself as one of
Dates: 1-3 September SA’s most innovative literary events. – CP
Visit: Visit: and
Celebrate Heritage Day with this event at the Kievits Kroon
Country Estate, just 10 minutes’ drive from Pretoria, which HLOMU THE WIFE BY DUDU BUSANI-DUBE (HLOMU
offers a luxurious backdrop for artistry, eateries and wineries. PUBLISHING, R186)
The annual festival celebrates diversity and culture, with local
performers jazzing up the vibe.
The novel is centred around two ultra-macho Zulu
Venue: Kievits Kroon Country Estate brothers who are powerful, sex-obsessed, violent
Dates: 30 September-1 October and arrogant. They share a dark past and are
Visit: intensely close – until one of them, Mqhele, meets
young journalist Hlomu. Obsessed by her, he begins
Join over 20 000 die-hard fans at Crocodile Creek Polo Estate stalking her and sweeps her off her feet. However,
in Lanseria and groove to an eclectic mix of homegrown artists his abusive treatment of her – interspersed
performing everything from rock to house, rap and dance. This with moments of genuine tenderness – make her life one of dread
year’s line-up includes Kwesta, Prime Circle, Cassper Nyovest, and uncertainty.
Gangs of Ballet, AKA, Sketchy Bongo, Goodluck, Matthew Mole,
Despite the book’s well-sustained drama, compassion and flashes
Micasa, Timo ODV, Shekinah, DJ Kent and Euphonik.
Venue: Crocodile Creek Polo Estate, Lanseria of beauty, I was left unsure about Hlomu’s dual portrayal in the novel:
Date: 9 September on one level, she represents a housewife trapped by money, fear and
Visit: dangerous family secrets. On another, she’s the archetypal Zulu wife,
using her femininity to effect change and dark family secrets. However,
on yet another level, she occupies a central role in the Zulu family.
If you haven’t seen the Wits Art Museum’s exciting exhibition of
iconic pop artist, Andy Warhol – whose works captured the spirit Through her soft power she succeeds in positively changing their lives.
of the Sixties (and, indeed, the 20th century) – get there soon. It
includes over 80 of his major screenprints. GHANA MUST GO BY TAIYE SELASI
Venue: Wits Art Museum’ (PENGUINRANDOMHOUSE, R167)
Dates: 26 July-8 October
Tel: 011 717 1365. Visit: – SM
Kweku Sai is a highly respected Ghanaian-born
surgeon at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in
Boston, USA. However, when an operation on a
prestigious patient fails, he’s dismissed from his
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post. Embarrassed to face his Nigerian wife Folu

and two children, Kweku flees, triggering the entire
family’s disintegration.
“My one regret in Struggling to cope financially, Folu sends her children to her
stepbrother in Nigeria, where they’re sexually abused. After being
life is that I’m not rescued, they return to their mother, but their traumatic experiences

someone else.” – leave them emotionally scarred well into adulthood. Only when Kweku
dies of a heart attack does the family reunite in Ghana, where they
Woody Allen begin exploring the issues that have destroyed their past.
Ghana Must Go is an interplay of gender, race and class, but its
numerous twists, turns and flashback-filled narrative make it difficult to
follow sequentially. – Dr Lulu Gwagwa (

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It may still be three months to Christmas, but it’s not too early to
support a good cause and spread some joy with the Santa Shoebox
Project, which distributes boxes of essentials and toys to needy
youngsters. Each box contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, a face-
cloth, soap, a toy, an outfit of clothing, school supplies and sweets.
Irené Pieters, founder and CEO of the project, says: “We
exceeded 650 000 boxes last year – an astronomical figure – and
we’re beyond thrilled. We’re working hard to reach one million
underprivileged children in the next two years. The only way for
this to happen is if every South African gets involved.”
Your small contribution can make a big difference. You
can either make up your own box or donate a virtual one
worth R400. Simply register as a supporter and choose a child
to gift with a box. Pledging opens on 1 September.
Visit: – SM

In 1959, SA’s first black jazz opera opened to rave reviews at
the Witwatersrand University Great Hall in Johannesburg, with
The Star proclaiming it to be “the greatest thrill in 20 years of Trending social media leaders
South African theatre-going”. With a score composed by Todd
Matshikiza, it launched the careers of some of SA’s most legendary @tshepi_mabs Radio personality Tshepi Mabulana,
artists, including Miriam Makeba, Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas brand ambassador of Delush wines, is a game-changer
Gwangwa and Hugh Masekela, and became an international of note. If you’re looking for girl power, she’s definitely
sensation. Now, some 70 years later, Eric Abraham offers a new one to follow.
production of it in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The work relates the tragic story of 1950s heavyweight boxing @MosalakaeM This actress was nominated in the
champion Ezekiel Dlamini (known as “King Kong” because of Rising Star category in the Mzansi Magic Viewers’
his immense strength), whose meteoric rise to boxing fame Choice Awards 2017. Check her out!
degenerated into drunkenness, gang violence and eventually
conviction for murdering his girlfriend in a jealous rage. At his @khosinkosi Fashionista alert: Nkosi offers great
trial, a disconsolate Dlamini requested the death sentence, but fashion advice, especially for traditional clothes with a
the judge decided otherwise and handed down a sentence of modern edge.
12 years’ hard labour. Shortly afterwards, Dlamini was found
drowned in the Leeuwkop prison farm and was thought to have
@preciousplanner Plan your wedding or party
taken his own life.
with style, using tips and inspiration from Precious
In the lead role is Andile Gumbi, best known for playing Zweli
the Planner.
in the Mzansi Magic soap opera isiBaya. The cast includes
Nondumiso Tembe, Sanda Shandu, Tshamano Sebe, Ntambo
@sbahle_mpisane Time to get your body summer-
Rapatla, Sne Dladla, Lerato Mvelase and Sabelo Radebe.
ready. If you need inspiration to get moving, follow the
King Kong runs from 25 July-2 September 2017 at the Fugard
Fitness Bunny for workout tips at gym. – NT
Theatre in Cape Town and then at the Joburg Theatre’s Mandela
Theatre from 12 September-8 October 2017. – KN

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BY Ellen Batshegi

THE BUZZ: DESTINY Editor-in-Chief 4

7 Sheena Adams hosted a panel discussion
exploring how we can learn (and profit)
from older generations. The panel included
inspirational speakers such as Old Mutual’s
Financial Service Advisor Imtiaz Shaik,
singer and actress Nandi Madida and Tutone
Communications founder Melanie Ramjee.

1. Mpumi Cele, Customer & Intermediary Solutions,

Personal Finance: Old Mutual, Nandi Madida and
Sheena Adams.
2. Zona Zilungile, student at Kings Commercial
College, Silindile Malinga, Information Technology:
Unilever, Naome Naicker, Financial Advisor: Old
Mutual, Ezile Matha, Customer Development:
6 Unilever and Ningi Malinga.
3. Silindile Malinga and Sheena Adams.
4. Charmaine Mhlongo, Assistant Brand
Manager: Unilever.
5. Asanda Kraba, Branch Manager: Absa and
Vuyiswa Kraba, Senior Traffic & Transport Planner:
Delca Systems.
6. Sheena Adams and Zona Zilungile.
7. Melanie Ramjee
8. The Old Mutual Activation Station.

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Power players
1 2
Cassper Nyovest
cover celebration

THE BUZZ: Ciroc cocktails were

served to arriving guests, who included
Nyovest’s siblings, Tsholofelo and Thuto
Phoolo, his best friend Carpo More,
Afro-soul singer Donald Moatshe, Major
League DJ twins Banele and Bandile
Mbhere and fellow cover icon Sizwe
Mpofu-Walsh. 4

1. The Ciroc barman mixed sublime cocktails.

2. Thabiso “TT” Tema, DESTINY MAN Editor with
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and his wife,
Sumaya Hendricks.
3. TT Tema, Thuto Phoolo, Cassper Nyovest,
Tsholofelo Phoolo and Carpo More.
4. Cassper Nyovest and twins Bandile and
Banele Mbhere with a beautiful frame by
Artform Factory (

1 2

Mandela Washington
Regional Conference
THE BUZZ: Young individuals from Angola,
Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia,
the Seychelles, SA, Swaziland, Zambia and
Zimbabwe attended the Southern Africa
Regional Conference as part of the American
government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship
for Young African Leaders.
1. Honorary MP Bogolo Kenewendo speaking
on a panel.
2. Author and blogger Khaya Dlanga moderating the
opening debate.
3. 2016 South African Fellows Shiluba Mawela and
Cleopatra Makoni with 2016 Zimbabwean Fellow
Neliswe Fente at the networking reception.
4. The 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows who
attended the conference.

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Road trips to
refresh the
• SA has something for everyone - and a road trip
allows you to enjoy both the journey and
the destination
BY Sheena Adams

ituated at the foot of the majestic Cathkin
Peak, the Drakensberg Sun is a perennial
family holiday favourite for its comfort, sense
of adventure and impeccable service.
My six-year-old son stood quivering on the
wooden tree platform, mumbling to himself
that he was “never going to make it” across
the 120m chasm of trees and mountain streams that lay in
front of him. It took the wisdom of a few energetic staffers
at the Drakensberg Canopy Tour company, as well as some
Drakensberg Sun guests, to get him sailing – and smiling – off
the platform on the zip line. After the next nine platforms, we
had ourselves an adrenaline-fuelled insta-family.
Apart from the views, the resort’s attractions include its
warm, convivial managerial style, which extends to service
providers like the Canopy Tour, fuss-free days in the gar-
dens, sailing the lake with champers in hand – and jumping
off platforms.
Dinners in the recently renovated Lakeview Restaurant
(freshly caught trout daily and a wood-fired pizza oven are
highlights) are casual and child-friendly, although a separate
dining area for small children is also an option. Meal spreads
were generally expansive and included traditional roasts,
grills and curries. A perfectly respectable wine list completes
the offerings.
The establishment’s on a green drive, with organic waste the hotel’s bowling greens.
from its laundry and kitchens processed through a wormery. Other family excursions include the vulture hide at Cathedral
A local farmer is also converting the hotel’s old cooking oil Park, looking out over a somewhat eerie vulture “restaurant”
into bio-diesel, contributing to the Drakensberg Sun’s low where animal carcasses are served to the last remaining, critical-
carbon footprint. ly-endangered Cape vultures in the area. With only 330 of these
The standard family rooms, affordably priced at just over birds left in southern Africa, the hide experience was an
R2 000 a night when booked in advance, were clean and unexpected highlight. The hotel’s also well equipped
roomy, accommodating two double beds. for team-building events and corporate conferencing.
Spa facilities were cosy, situated amid serene birdsong near Visit:

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The Panorama Route will introduce
you to dreamy Mpumalanga,
offering a treat for the senses –
and the imagination
BY Yamkela Mdaka

The small town of Graskop was originally a gold mining

camp back in the 1800s and has since become a central stop
on the breathtaking Panorama Route. are no safety railings at the viewpoint.
I’ve witnessed this region’s beauty on several occasions, The most thrilling moment for me was standing at the top of God’s
but on each visit, I discover something new, as if I’m seeing Window – the most popular site on the route. It’s a sight to bolster
it and experiencing its magic for the first time. anyone’s faith and make one marvel at the intricacies of creation.
There are a number of waterfalls on the route, Mpumalanga is sometimes referred to as “Paradise Country”, and now
including Berlin, Bridal Veil, Lisbon, Lone Creek, Mac-Mac I understood why. While the climb to the top of God’s Window is steep
and Sabie, each with their own distinctive personalities and tedious, the reward of standing in the clouds and looking over what
and enchantment. seems to be the entire world is enough to inspire one to repeat the climb
The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which mark the beginning 100 times.
of the Blyde River Canyon – the world’s third-largest can- Filled with a rich history, the Panorama Route offers plenty more
yon and its largest green one – are a fascinating geological to see, including mountain passes, caves and forests. There are also
formation which are said to have been formed over numerous B&Bs dotted along the route, roadside stalls, citrus farms
thousands of years. and country restaurants, surrounded by the verdant lushness that
In the course of my journey, I stopped at the Three characterises Mpumalanga.
Rondavels, formerly referred to as the Three Sisters. These Whether you’re in the area to visit friends, en route to the Kruger
are three mountains shaped like traditional huts that National Park, enjoying a break from the city or simply joy-riding in
rise 700m above the rest of the countryside. They make a this scenic wonderland, it will revive your appreciation of SA’s natural
dramatic sight, but keep an eye on your little ones, as there splendour.

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SA has a lot to offer both tourists and locals.
To celebrate our heritage, we explored some
of the country’s most fabulous spots in the
comfort of two beloved hatchbacks
BY Aurelia Mbokazi

KIA RIO best-loved hatches that offers great value for money. Fortunately,
FNB STADIUM, JOHANNESBURG Kia hasn’t just relied on its good looks to popularise it, but has
ššš›Vœšš› filled it with technology that offers comfort, convenience and
Photographer: Andile Mthembu

Although it was revamped just in time for Africa’s first Fifa World connectivity, such as the 7” touch-screen infotainment system
Cup in 2010, the stadium remains as impressive a structure seven that incorporates a rear park assist system with integrated rear-
years after the event. Ranking among the 10 largest stadiums in view camera in the LX model. This also comes with Apple CarPlay
the world and set on a plateau, it’s imposing, yet its bird’s-nest and Android Auto, which ensure full smartphone integration .
design is feminine, warm and inviting. Its beauty can be enjoyed We found the best time to enjoy the stadium to be early
even when there’s no big game, concert or activity inside it, morning, so that we could see the sunrise over the City of Gold
though it’s hosted some remarkable events. and dawn joggers pounding the streets while we sat back and
In similar vein, Kia’s new Rio has steadily become one of SA’s listened to music.

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Besides being one of the world’s largest town-
ships and fast becoming an entertainment
hub where the Beautiful People gather, Soweto
contains historical and cultural landmarks such
as Vilakazi St (where two Nobel Prize Laureates
– former President Nelson Mandela and Archbish-
op Emeritus Desmond Tutu – once lived), Walter
Sisulu Square, the Regina Mundi church and the
Soweto Theatre. However, you also
shouldn’t miss the giant cooling towers
that symbolise the township. Adorned with
colourful murals and 100m high, they’re a
popular platform for intrepid bungee-jumpers. If
you’re on a guided tour of Soweto, stopping at Orlando
Towers for a refreshing drink or a shot of adrenaline is
almost mandatory.
The Golf GTI is one of the most
admired rides in SA’s townships. In fact, it’s
acquired a variety of nicknames, including
“Vrrr Phaaa”. Gliding along Chris Hani Rd (formerly
known as the Old Potch Rd) in rush hour, the car
commands respect for its sterling performance, while
its good looks and tailpipe roar don’t hurt. The Pro
radio-navigation system allows you to play your
favourite music by simply gesturing with your hand
in front of the 9,2” touch-screen. There’s also a
myriad of driver assist features, such as the blind
spot monitor with rear traffic alert. Don’t be
alarmed if perfect strangers in Soweto come
up to you to admire your ride, ask questions
and share an anecdote or two about their
own cars. In these streets, that’s simply
known as ubuntu.

Rump steak is tender
and delicious, while the
intense flavour of the
sauce elevates the meat to
something special.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
BY Mokgadi Itsweng
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6


• 400g rump steak, cut into 6cm cubes
• Salt and pepper to season
• 15ml (1T) olive oil
For the pepper sauce:
• 3 mixed peppers
• Salt and pepper to season
• 60ml (4T) olive oil
• 5ml (1 tsp) garlic, crushed
• 5ml (1 tsp) cumin
• 20ml (4 tsp) white wine vinegar
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 15ml (1T) honey
Traditional Mzansi food is all about • 1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
• 1 handful fresh mint, chopped
meat – particularly beef. Cook up a • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped

storm this Heritage Day with one of METHOD:

these sumptuous meals • Pre-heat oven to 200°C.
• Place the peppers in a roasting
pan and roast for 30 minutes, until
the skins are blistered and slightly
blackened. Allow the peppers to
cool before peeling them and
removing the seeds.
• Secure the steak cubes onto
bamboo skewers and season with
salt and pepper.
• Heat a griddle pan until smoking.
• Brush meat skewers with olive oil and
cook them on the griddle pan for 2
minutes on each side.
• Remove from heat and set aside.
• While the meat rests, make the sauce
by blending together all the sauce
ingredients, including the grilled
peppers. Season with salt and pepper.
• Pour the sauce over the meat skewers
and serve with a simple green salad.

OWN IT: Mix cayenne pepper,

brown sugar, paprika and olive
oil to make a spicy rub for the
skewers before grilling.

Beef olives are a
fabulous way of
using minute steak
and mince. Ask your
butcher to make the
olives for you, or
make your own by
flattening the minute
steak and then stuffing
it with spiced mince.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4
• 4-6 beef olives
• 45ml (3T) olive oil
• 5ml (1 tsp) garlic, crushed
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 400g canned tomatoes
• 15ml (1T) brown sugar
• 5ml (1 tsp) fresh basil
• Salt and pepper to taste

• Heat oil in a pan and brown
the beef olives on both sides.
Remove from heat and
set aside.
• Using the same pan, add
garlic and onion and cook
over a medium heat for 3
minutes, until onion is soft.
• Add the tomatoes,
sugar and basil and cook
for a further 15 minutes,
stirring continuously.
• Add the beef olives to the
sauce and season with salt
and pepper.
• Cook for a further 10 minutes
over a low heat.
• Serve hot with mashed
potatoes and a green salad.


chopped spinach to the
sauce and top the beef
olives with feta cheese
before serving.

OWN IT: Marinate the meat in

soya sauce, sweet chilli sauce,
ginger and coriander for a
sweet and sticky roast.


Roast beef is perfect for entertaining. The leftovers can be used as fillings for wraps or
in salads. The Béarnaise sauce adds creaminess and balances the spices in the roast.

Preparation time: 10 minutes • 5ml (1 tsp) lemon juice over a double boiler, then adding the
Cooking time: 45 minutes • 2,5ml (½ tsp) mustard onion and wine vinegar. Remove from
Serves: 6-8 • 5ml (1 tsp) parsley heat and add the egg yolks, cream,
• 1ml (¼ tsp) salt lemon juice, mustard, parsley and salt.
YOU WILL NEED: Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and
• 700g beef roast METHOD: return to the double boiler.
• Salt and pepper to season • Pre-heat oven to 180°C. • Whisk over the double boiler for 1
Photographer: Roelene Prinsloo

• 45g Thai green curry paste • Season the roast with salt and pepper. minute, until thick and creamy.
• 15ml (1T) olive oil • Rub the roast with the green curry • Remove from heat and allow to
For the Béarnaise sauce: paste and place it on a roasting tray. cool slightly.
• 80g butter • Drizzle olive oil over the roast, place • Remove the roast from the oven
• 5ml (1 tsp) minced onion it in the oven and cook uncovered for and allow to rest for 15 minutes
• 15ml (1T) white wine vinegar 45 minutes. before carving.
• 2 egg yolks, beaten • While the meat roasts, make the • Serve with roast vegetables and
• 30ml (2T) cream Béarnaise sauce by melting the butter Béarnaise sauce.

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Exit interview

At just 28, Legend Manqele –
CEO of production company The Barleader
TV – has produced some of SA’s most
popular shows. He attributes his success to
humility and knowledge of self

BY Kemong Mopedi

ow would you describe yourself? I’m a man who
continually invests in his mind and soul by read-
ing and seeking peace in the spaces I occupy and
the people with whom I surround myself.
How did you end up in the TV/film industry?
During Experience Week in high school, I was placed at the
bureau office in Durban, where I learnt that there was nothing
glamorous about this industry. Nevertheless, I love storytelling,
so I applied to AFDA, the Juilliard School, Yale University and the
New York Film Academy knowing full well that I couldn’t afford
any of them. After matriculating, I worked in retail in Durban
for nine months. My life took a different turn when I visited a
friend in Hillbrow, Johannesburg and decided I wasn’t going back
to Durban. I walked for almost three hours to the Urban Brew
offices in Randburg, which I entered as an audience member of The
Big Breakfast Show. While I was there, I encountered a producer
who asked me to help out on the set. The offer didn’t come with a
salary, though, so every day I walked from Hillbrow to Urban
Brew. I was eventually offered a contract for R1 500 a month and
accepted it. I learnt a lot during my stay at Urban Brew, as I got
pulled into other shows.
In 2013, Lara Cunha and I produced a film for the 48 Hour Film
Project, which we won and got to screen at Cannes. With the
confidence I gained from that project, I joined Don’t Look Down lives of others. I’ve also learnt to reserve a place in my heart for
TV and in 2015 I established The Barleader TV. the people who genuinely care about me, and that people don’t
What shows has your company produced? Channel O Top 50, deserve trust until they earn it.
Dineo’s Diary 4, The Cover, Rich Kids 2, Living the Dream With What new projects can we expect from your company?
Somizi 2, Being Bonang and Cishe Ngafa. A lot of self-commissioned content. There’s a Vuzu show we’re
What keeps you focused on your goals? In this industry, you working on in Mauritius, as well as a show for SABC1, but both are
need secret weapons that keep you sane. I’m lucky that I have the still embargoed at this point. I also co-own a pharmaceutical com-
ancestral calling, which is why I leave work early and why I live pany called Human Limitless with TV presenter Boity Thulo and
next to a river. I’m in the process of answering this calling, which Rasheed Patel. We believe that “a better place” starts within each
helps ground me. Humility has also helped me. of us and our first product is a manifestation of that principle.
What key lessons have you learnt about being an entrepre- What advice can you offer those wanting to follow in your foot-
neur? I’ve had staff members who told me they became better steps? Hold your own, know yourself and go your own way.
individuals when they joined The Barleader TV. That taught me What keeps you afloat? God’s love. I kick-start my days with
that being an entrepreneur is actually a pledge to improve the prayer.

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