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Karabo Mokoena, the light to the dark femicide.

“Karabo, Sandile is going to kill you, you can’t go on like this. This is not a toxic relationship: I don’t know what to call this”. These are the words said by Lola Mokoena, mother of the late Karabo. Women abuse has been a fight for ongoing years, however, the story of Karabo Mokoena has awaken many to the dark realities of it.

April the 27th marks the last date, 22 year old Karabo was seen alive. In the following days to come,  the Mokoena’s came to hear the devastating news of their beautiful daughter being murdered, burned beyond recognition and found in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg day before she was reported missing. The one responsible for her murder was twenty seven year old boyfriend and Forex trader Sandile Mantsoe. Currently facing premeditated murder charges, Sandile bail hearing has been postponed, however , he will be held in prison until his next hearing .

3rd year International Studies student at the University of Pretoria,  Palesa Molebatsi is familiar with Sandile Mantsoe drug intake as his friend are part of it and now is more aware of the people she encounters as she cannot be friendly to everyone as she used to be.

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Sandile Mantsoe at Kong days after Karabo’s disappearance

Since media platforms were made aware of Karabo’s murder, the internet went on an outrage with #MenAreTrash, Forex Trader operations, reigniting the debate on femicide and broadcasting of messages along with voice notes being sent on WhatsApp to warn females of the situation currently affecting our country. Stories from women in Bloemfontein and Carltonville have come out explaining their experience and alerting females to be safe. While Karabo’s story took the media’s attention, other women since January have been reported killed or raped by either their boyfriends, husbands or other men.

Cases like Priska Schalk,29, who was  stabbed to death in February ,  Mananki Annah ,28 , stabbed and  body burnt in April, Nicola Pienaar, 28, murdered and buried in a shallow grave in January, Akhona Njokana ,31, shot dead in January and more are just a couple of  females who suffered under the hands of those who are meant to protect. With speculations’ surrounding the story of Karabo in regards to cheating allegations and more, that doesn’t distract the fact that no parent should ever have to bury their own child. This alert has called for many females to fear for their safety . The country is becoming a dangerous place to live in. Females can no longer walk alone without the fear of something happening to them. 3rd year Psychology student, Mbali Matsebula feels the need to look over her shoulders for not feeling safe as a women due to the killings currently happening.

 

It’s funny how social media opened so many of the public’s eyes to what has been happening for quite some time. It took a story of a young, beautiful girl to shake the country and set safety measures around themselves.  Who can one trust if the people who are meant to love us are the ones to take our lives? Close friends and family members warned Karabo about the abuse she was receiving from her Sandile, with Karabo herself taking pictures after an encounter with him.  The fight against women abuse and femicide will continue in the name of Karabo Mokoena and other women. 3rd year , Psychology student , Emilia Williams ,however, feels a positive light can be shun in the aspect that people are becoming scared for their lives putting in safety measures and aware of  abusive relationships.

 

With the rate of femicide going up, the image of men is being tarnished especially for those who are against the Karabo situation.  3rd year Fine Arts student, Ditiro Mokgatle gives his opinion mentioning that the situation is messy , however, it’s a two party thing that shouldn’t be down to one individual.

 

 

Not all men living are trash. Social media has a way of displaying the image of a portion as a whole.  If we going to generalize than we can say that all women are sluts, all men who have a feminine side to them are gay or all Nigerians are either drug dealers or fraudsters. Let’s just say that humanity in regards to trash is what they are; its own killer.

Entertainment through buying power

The prestigious Metro FM Awards 2017 hosted a previous debacle from the same show but the previous year with record label Ambitouz Entertainment, accused of buying awards, just this time Mabala Noise took the spotlight

Owner of Mabala Noise Reggie Nkambule Nkabinde, who also happens to be the Treasurer General of the ANC Youth League has stirred controversy with the opposing party EFF Leader Julius Malema accusing the label of money laundering. A record label owned by the ANC brings into question about what knowledge do they have about entertainment when they are in politics.

South African Broadcasting Corporation which is a state- owned company, is known to be in charge of broadcasting the Metro FM Awards along with other shows on the network. 2016 saw the ranking of Ambitiouz Entertainment collecting majority of the awards at the Metro’s which began speculations of the label purchasing awards, fast forward and its 2017 where Mabala Noise is facing the heat with the same debacle. The recent #ZumaMustFall march outside the Union Buildings sparked the question if Mabala Noise scandal is another reason the public rallied against our fellow president on his 75th birthday. Either the fact that Mabala Noise is owned by a member of the ANCYL, Mabala signing artists to million rand contracts , artists like Duboiz with no influential background making music with international artists and winning awards or maybe former label mate Riky Rick’s speech at the award show exposing Mabala Noise, steering the internet as the platform to be heard.

Riky Rick at Metro FM Awards 2017

The purchasing of awards has sparked many people’s attention to what effect the controversy has on the industry and the impact it has on those hardworking deserving artists. The matter that politics is now  part of entertainment shocks many of the public about what the industry is made of.

3rd year,Boston Marketing student, Thabo Johnson feels that industry has become  thug ridden .

Moreover, brother-in-law of  the famous DJ Tira,Griffin Khathi recognises a pro of an artist’s financial value increasing

Helen Zille comments “racist” for the public

 

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Straight from the controversy of Helen Zille tweets regarding colonialism , DA leader Mmusi Maimane took it upon himself to address the matter , justifying colonialism as a ” system of oppression and subjugation”. Many people regard Helen Zille’s comment as racist, following her comments she has ” unreservedly” apologized . The question in mind is Helen Zille’s comments towards colonialism ” racist” or it is because the words were uttered by a white woman in a party known to be racist the problem . EFF leader, Julius Malema has had many remarks regarding the white community , yet no response has thought of  his words as racist. Is it  that the comments made  touched the public or is it that relevance of  color that is being portrayed .

Racism since 1994 has been a topic of discussion where it is debatable to an extent of what can be considered racist and not . Recalling her statement , Helen Zille mentioned that colonialism shouldn’t just be considered negative. Capitalizing on the word ONLY, meaning certain parts of it was beneficial to the country. Why the uproar, clearly reading her comments you can conclude that a portion  of what she can be agreeable. Is it because she mentioned words offensive to the public or again because she is a white woman from a white party happened to mention those words.

Monash University in building expansion

With Monash University designed for five and a half thousand students, the current number lies just below four thousand. From the end of the year to the approaching of 2017 Monash University , South Africa ” immediate planning is not to add new buildings, but intend to bring some change to in buildings”. With the implementation of new academic departments such as law and engineering , Monash University seeks to see effectiveness . A favorable environment , that exceeds to a large extent  appending changes in Monash are yet to address matters concerning students, infrastructure , facilities, respect for cleaning staff, online learning ,accommodation of new staff and more. New developments that  Monash University plans to implement will seek to see the university reign as the top university in the world , among many recognized universities. It is just to show that the concern of the students and the environment they study , matters to Monash University. 2017 is yet to see the expansion in Monash South Africa and  the growth within.

Venture Tents manufactures, repairs and maintains quality luxury

Keen camper with A God send business used leftover capital to establish Venture Tents within a couple of days to produce quality products of nature

With nine employees, six permanent and three temporary , Venture Tents located in Ontdekkers Road in Krugersdorp, Roodeport has outlived economic constraints to produce, modify and maintain quality products like  replacement tents for caravans, stitching and introducing pool covers, gazebos, tents for caravans and campers working side by side with those who camp per minute. Operating in a semi industrial area seeks more opportunity and demand for Venture Tents. In the light of Chinese imports as competitors, the business aims to search the market for quality products at cheaper rates due to economic constraints in the country to please customers and maintain equilibrium with their competitors.  Good feedback from customers, the constant demand for camping and quality products with longevity, Aamir Carlinsky’s optimism for the future of Venture Tents plans to continue to entice the market with good quality products and further expand his business to equip his own assets. With the establishment operating within two days , the future of Venture Tents is yet to see the opportunities that lie ahead. A God sent business, with a eager camper and production , modification and maintenance of good quality products, Venture Tents is in order to continue to overcome economic constraints and succeed to customers’ satisfaction.

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GOLD for South Africa

Two gold medals , two successful runs. Wayde van Niekerk along with Caster Semenya raise their South African Flags high as they run to victory. With a new world record and a second gold medal in reach all that can be said is ” Victory is ours”. Two out of four gold medals is what SA holds . Two talented athletes is what we possess. Not bad for a female from Polokwane and a young colored boy from Cape Town. 2016 Rio Olympics have seized to see the reign of two gold medalists in representation of our beloved African continent. VIVA SA VIVA