Siyabonga Encourages Model Intrinsic Motivation

27482a9a-46d7-4301-870c-c00a86cc15ddSiyabonga Sofala, a 16 year old model, encourages self motivation and confidence in the modelling environment. She discovered her passion in modelling while she was in forth grade performing her first pageant called love at first site. She later joined Miss Mamelodi Finalist this year, 2018. “I did not win, but I’m happy for the winner”, said Siyabonga Sofala. She added that it was fun, she had a great experience and she got to meet new people. “I’ve always told myself that in life there will always be winners and losers, there’s saying that I always reflect on, saying “quitters will never be winners and winners will never be quitters”, It also helps to have a supporting team including my family and friends who were always there, encouraging me, telling me that I’m a winner no matter what”, said Siyabonga. Siyabonga made it clear that it is not easy to get into the modelling industry, as a model you need to be self motivated, have discipline and confidence with your own body, have to be a hard worker and know that you are not always going to win and be prepared for disappointments and lastly love yourself the way you are and change for no one or anything.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Artist Of The Week Who’s Soon To Go To USA.

Some call him Lucas, others call him Edgar and I call him Marvin but this guy’s name is The MEL!

2018-01-19-PHOTO-00050704Meet The Mamelodi Happenings Artist Of The Week The MEL (Marvin Edgar Lucas) from Mamelodi East, BufferZone. He started singing when he was only 7 years old and fell in love with Hip-pop when he was 10 years old. He started singing with his sister Margaret. He writes his own rhymes and choruses. Nothing ever stopped him from there on. Mamelodi is his first song that he released on SoundCloud in 2015 and is actually the most streamed songs he released until this day. The MEL is working on releasing his first album and planning a tour to America in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and if the DAC agree to fund him and which is yet to be confirmed. “I’m planning to go to America tour and if the right people at the DAC agree to fund the tour it will be an honor and a huge achievement on my side”, said Marvin. He once performed in Washington DC at open mic which inspired him to do more. He also performed at the South African State Theater in Pretoria, Cappelos at Sunny Park, The Village in Mamelodi, Fashion Show in Soshanguve to name few. His late brother, Cecil Lukas is and has always been his inspiration. His brother was a rapper and when Marvin was young, he would guide him and sometimes even battle with him to see if he was growing lyrically. “He was a true inspiration, basically his love for Hip-pop has passed on to me. Recently, The MEL released the following songs, Say My Name, Street Impact and Ceilings.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview With Angela Motsepe

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Angela Motesepe, a 24 year old young women who’s currently running her own fantastic online magazine called The Art’Logue, artloaguemagazine.wixsite.com. The magazine have been running since February 2017. If you are an artist or love art this is for you to follow!

When did you start with your  online magazine?

I started the magazine last year and our very own first issue was published in February.

What is your magazine about? How did you come up with the name “The Art’Logue”?

The whole aim and purpose of the magazine was to showcase different forms of art, name Art’Logue is short for Art ‘Catalogue.

Why did you decide to have an online magazine? Have you ever thought of moving into print?

Print is the ultimate goal for Art’Logue we were testing the waters online and we wish to venture into print someday.

What has inspired you to start your own magazine, do you have anyone who ispired you or a role models?

Starting my own magazine has always been a dream to me since I stepped into in to varsity I knew I wanted a publication of my own. The joy and fulfilment of writing about what you love and what you’re passionate about. Honestly, I do not have motive or role models, I am just a dreamer who isn’t afraid to chase after her dreams because I believe we owe our dreams, our courage.

How  would you describe your journey as an entrepreneur?

It is full of bumps and grinds, the journey of entrepreneurship is quiet draining and challenging it requires one to be mentally prepared.

What are the interesting things you came across in the journey, that you regard as best moment of your life?

Meeting other passion fueled young entrepreneurs, exchanging and sharing and sharing ideas and advises. Those moment and priceless.

Do you/can you make a living off your magazine?

I believe the magazine will one day sustain itself and become lucrative.

What do you think is best between working for yourself, working for someone or both? Please elaborate.

Working for yourself is best. Working for yourself unlocks creativity, it gives a feeling that is almost close to freedom. While working for someone else there are certain rules you have to adhere to it almost make one feel caged .

What have you achieved so far?

Turning my dream into reality, into something tangible.

How many people are currently following your magazine?

We have about 1200 people following us on Facebook

What message would  you like to spread to young people, especially young entrepreneurs regardless of what they do for a living.

 

You owe your dreams your courage no matter how insignificant you think they are.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

The New Beginning…

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What I’ve been Doing?

I have been working voluntarily for the community centre for three months at the same time volunteered at Mamelodi FM (Mams Radio) since beginning of this year. Not forgetting to mention that God has been with me through out the journey no matter how difficult it was. I have worked before as a young journalist, PA, Administrator and all the doors were at some point closed. There’s a saying that when one door closes the other opens. I prayed to him and had faith that something will come up. It didn’t matter to me whether is big or small opportunity.

Call For the interview

I’m forever on social media. One day when I was going through my whatsapp text messages I got an exciting text to say that I might have an interview and should expect a call anytime soon. I was lying in bed and flew of my bed and the next minute I was on the floor, believe me I had no idea how I got there. Waited for a call….

One morning when I got to work I phoned the organization asking if the interview is still on. I was asked to be patience and will get a call and I did. I never stopped reading about who they are and what they do. That was important because some of the interview questions were based on if I know what they are and what they do.

Talking about the interview

I left Mamelodi in the morning after preparing for the interview a night before. Took a Gautrain to Johannesburg, Sandton. I was 3 hours early and I just hang about where I could get lunch. I was surprised that I was hungry, I couldn’t eat breaky! I told them that I was in Sandton and they told me to come through. Guess who was there?

JJ Onkgopotse Tabane was one of my interviewersImage result for emoji …have a read about this guy, he’s so interesting.. As powerful as he is on Radio, trust me he’s even more in real life. Educated and don’t want to talk about his political views LOL, listen to him yourself on power FM from 9pm to 12am. Its nothing but power!.

When I read about him, he’s was just as many in one. He’s a political activist, CEO at Oresego Holdings, Author of Let’s talk Frankly and Anchor on Power FM, just to name few…. He has a PhD in Media and many more other qualifications, heard that he’s still studying. I’m so inspired. I’m telling you that next year I’ll be studying something…

My expectations…

Until now that I found out that I will be in the same company as powerful, famous and motivational people. I’m so blessed and can’t wait to start tomorrow and work my *** of !.  Let’s say The New BeginningImage result for emoji

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Clean-up My Mamelodi Group Visited Stanza Bopape

IMG_1532Fortune Zondo, the founder of Clean-up My Mamelodi Campaign and Black Lives clothing visited Stanza Bopape secondary school and Stanza Bopape Clinic yesterday to clean the areas around them.

The purpose of the visit was to get the school and the clinic clean so students and patience will be in a cleaner and healthy environment. “We see a lot of schools in Mamelodi near dumping site, it is not safe for them since some kids play in these areas. Same in the clinics it is important to keep it clean since people come to the clinic to seek medication”, said Fortune.

Thabang Ngobeni, the founder of Student Motives, added that the idea to run this campaign is to work on motivating young people, realising that we have many ways to realise their potential in using their hands since we talented in many ways. IMG_1517

One of the caretakers said it had been a great thing that the group did, they helped a lot with cleaning and would like to thank them for their love and support. He said that the group came on Wednesday to ask for permission from the SGB (School Governing Body). “I would like to encourage young people to participate in such campaigns to bring back to the community “, said David Motaung.

Clean-up My Mamelodi started this year March and Stanza Bopape High School was their first to clean. Zondo said he’s targeting all the schools and clinics in Mamelodi. He’s looking forward to cleaning other schools in Mamelodi West, one of them being Mamelodi High. Vincent Mampane, a teacher at school said he would like them to come back a week before the school open and thanked them for cleaning the school. IMG_1507

Miss Teen Mamelodi 2017, Ofentse Mathebe, Kagiso Moshimane (Founder of Miss Teen Mamelodi) well known as KG-Perry-Sanny-Gaga, Youth group from Methodist church (WG) Mamelodi East branch, Stanza Popape care-taker and CPF also participated in the campaign. Tateni and Eddie Nguni sponsored the campaign with plastic bags. Fruits, water and sandwiches were from the founder’s (Fortune Zondo) pocket money.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

I woke up this morning hoping I will do something better with my life and the day passes, then comes the following morning and same thing happens. That’s what happens when you’re waiting for tomorrow. I guess that’s the short-cut of saying you will wait forever!

Don’t wait for tomorrow rather start today. If you have been saying tomorrow and years have passed it’s never too late you still have a chance to fix it. I have learned that action speaks louder than words, it is not enough to keep on saying I’ll do this or I want to do that, just put it into action. Is the same as someone who has a dream and preaching about it, man once said don’t speak your dreams but show them.

We need to start believing in our selves, knowing that we can make it despite challenges we come across. Through the grace of God and hard work. I have dreams to accomplish and don’t want to continue dreaming without making them come through, otherwise .. I will dream forever and that will not change anything, haha.

How about you start writing your goals down on paper (short term, medium and long term) just so you know what you’re working towards and what you want to achieve. It is never impossible if you really believe in yourself and have confidence in your thoughts, views, ideas or even dreams. Yes everything has its own time and sometimes takes time but if you work hard on it believe me or not it will happen and your life will change forever. By the time it won’t be too early nor late for you but just the right time. Stay positive..

By: Fortunate Machaba