SA youth set for Mandela Fellowship in US

Approximately forty-six South African delegates are set to travel to the United States to partake in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship programme from 18 June to 2 August 2018.

The 6-week fellowship aims to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young leaders from across Africa with the Americans.

The participants are aged 25-35 and were selected for their record of promoting innovation and positive change within their organisations, communities and countries.

Chargé d’Affaires, Jessye Lapenn said: “The program reflects Madiba’s optimism, idealism and belief in what he called the ‘endless heroism of youth.’ The program remains committed to those goals today.  As we celebrate the Mandela Centenary, I hope you take this opportunity to ‘Be the Legacy.”

The Mandela Washington Fellowship programme reflects the diversity of the African continent, with participants coming from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and regions. 

The 46 South Africans will join 700 other young people from sub-Saharan Africa for leadership training, networking and academic coursework, focused on civic leadership, public management, or business and entrepreneurship which will be hosted by 28 US Universities.


#LocalFindsWednesday: Khosi Nkosi flies the flag high

Nobukhosi Nkosi is a South African designer who established the Khosi Nkosi fashion brand in 2008. She was inspired by African role models to start her own fashion house while expressing her understanding of fashion, she also aims to enrich the hearts and lives of people.

Nkosi designs fusion of traditional and modern tastes clothing, while playing around with African print. Her garments are worn for occasions like weddings, birthdays and office parties. The brand’s marketing has featured a number of prominent South African women including Nomzamo Mbatha, Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie, and Mrs. South Africa 2016 Candice Abrahams.
Khosi Nkosi’s website describes its customer as a “Strong, Modern, Worldly, Nubile woman that loves and respects herself and pays attention to detail.”

In 2008, she was the winner of the young designers competition’ and in 2012 she was awarded ‘the most innovative brand in Young Designers Emporium (YDE).
The brand is available exclusively through the Young Designers Emporium (YDE) a chain store in South Africa that features young South African designers.

The Khosi Nkosi Spring Summer collection in 2016/17, she draws inspiration from the Ndebele, Xhosa, Venda and Pedi cultures to design African print patterns that she is known for.
In 2017, Nkosi celebrated ‘all sizes’ with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.



Iconic game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona

South African soccer fans are delighted to have first-hand experience of one of the most iconic games to take place in the country on Wednesday night. Mamelodi Sundowns will take on FC  Barcelona at FNB Stadium in a friendly match to commemorate a century of Nelson Mandela’s death.

Barcelona agreed to be part of the celebrations and promised to bring players Lionel Messi‚ Louis Suarez‚ Gerald Pique and the outgoing captain Andres Iniesta. The last time these teams played together was in was 2007, where Barcelona won the friendly match with 2-1.

Motsepe Foundation representative, Sizwe Nzimande has confirmed that the Mandela Centenary Cup match will be broadcasted on SABC and Supersport.

Tickets to the game have been sold out, FNB stadium is said to have a full capacity close to 90 000.

Nzimande encouraged the fans to arrive early at the stadium to avoid congestion before the kick-off.

“We have been involved in a series of meetings with Stadium Management‚ planning for the safety of the fans before‚ during and after the game. So far everything is going according to plan‚” he said.


Minister Lindiwe Sisulu reiterates good governance in Budget Vote Speech

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu believes that SA is now in a period of renewal to good governance and responsiveness to its people.

During the Budget Vote Speech of the Dept. of International Relations and Cooperation, Sisulu said that the new era will re-energise the country’s foreign policy. “We want South Africa to be once again a moral compass and a voice of reason in a world increasingly overcome with selfish, narrow interests. We want to be the hope for all in times of despair.”

She also spoke about plans that will unleash not only South Africa’s potential but the African continent.   

“The President’s target is to raise R1 million in investments over five years, which we will not only use for South Africa, but also on the African continent. We believe that if we can create a stable Africa, we can unleash its potential. The resources of this continent are enormous and properly tapped will change the fortunes of the whole generations to come.”

Sisulu added that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be co-chairing a meeting of the High-level Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organisation with the Prime Mister of Sweden.

“We continue to be committed to keeping peace. We stand for potential solutions whenever there is conflict. Our track record of keeping peace on the African continent is unchallenged by any one country. Our efforts in creating dialogue are hallmark of our foreign policy. We have had great successes in the past on the continent and we will continue to put at the apex in our interventions.”





BRICS NDB could speed up Africa infrastructure projects

The Capacity Development Officer of the new Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), Bob Kalanzi has revealed that Africa lacks adequate infrastructure that hinders regional trade and the delivery of basic services such as health and education. 

Kalanzi said infrastructure was Africa’s  top priority and that the continent has suffered from low levels of intra-regional economic exchange and had the smallest share of global trade.

“Bridging this gap can only be achieved through [greater] regional and continental cooperation, which could be achieved through support from the New Development Bank (NDB),” he said.

He pointed out that infrastructure development in Africa must be prioritised to achieve the accelerated industrial development of the continent.

The African Union’s (AU’s) Agenda 2063 plans to propel intra-African trade to 50% by 2045 and Africa’s share of global trade from 2% to 12%.

Kalanzi also added that infrastructure had the potential to raise gross domestic product by 2% and develop the backbone for rapid industrialisation across the continent, boosting capacity to generate more domestic resources.

“The NDB signifies developing countries’ coming of age and reflects their aspirations to stand on their own feet. It also focuses on funding sustainable development and infrastructure in member nations, as well as other emerging and developing countries,” he said.

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The 2018 Africa Youth Summit: African Youth, Building Our Legacy

The second edition of the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit gets underway in Johannesburg today. The Pan African platform is created for young Africans to network, collaborate and form partnerships across socio-economic and political spaces.

This year’s theme is ‘African Youth, Building Our Legacy’ that was inspired by the Nelson Mandela centenary’s call to action to “Be the Legacy”. The event it will be hosted over five days in Johannesburg and Pretoria with over 200 delegates expected from across the continent.

Lorato Modongo, organising committee member and gender activist from Botswana urges young people to contribute to building a better Africa through some of the resources give to them.

The summit is supported by various partners, including Brand South Africa who wishes to showcase the beauty and brand power of SA through this platform.

Brand SA’s Strategic Relationship Manager, Toni Gumede said the company’s collaboration with the summit was “a natural marriage” that speaks to Brand SA’s ‘Play Your Part’ drive.

“The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit really resonates with what our organisation is about, specifically with the mandate that is articulated in the National Development Plan regarding strategic and critical intra-Africa relations. This seeks to do what we aspire people to do – to break down borders by building an active citizenship and inspiring new ways of doing things,” she said.



Laws protecting women and children in SA

South Africa has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. Women are murdered, physically and sexually assaulted, threatened and humiliated by their partners on the hour. Several organisations have estimated that one out of every 6 women are regularly assaulted by their partners.

According to crime statistics collected, 3,478 women and children were murdered in 2017, 2,639 being women, 574 boys and 265 girls.

The country saw a number of femicide cases where the perpetrator was romantically linked to the victim, one such case being Karabo Mokoena who was killed by her lover Sandile Montsoe in April 2017 and has since been sentenced to 32 years in jail.

Acting Judge Peet Johnson described Mantsoe as the ‘devil in disguise’ who will now be an outcast in the community and deserve nothing less than harsh punishment.

“Although the final outcome of the case will never return the Mokoena family their beloved daughter, we hope that the manner in which justice was served will contribute significantly to assisting the deceased’s family begin the long journey of healing and hopefully find closure.”

South Africa has an Act that intends to afford women protection in cases of domestic violence by creating obligations on law enforcements bodies such as the South African Police Service to protect victims as far as possible. 

The Act 116 of 1998 recognise that domestic violence is a serious crime against the society and extends the definition of domestic violence to include not only married women and their children but also unmarried women who are involved in relationships or living partners.








Travel Indaba comes to a close

The Africa Travel Indaba wraps up in Durban today. This year’s event welcomed over 7 000 delegates from 80 countries, 23 of which are African countries. The annual Indaba plays an integral role in shaping Africa’s stories along with the success of the continent in the future.

Scott Larney from Durban ICC shared his appreciation of the city playing host to the Indaba for the next 4 years.

“We hope our attendees have formed some meaningful relationships from being here and have seen the value of the show.” Larney said.

According to the Travel Indaba organisers, the highlight of this year’s event was partnering with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary.  An application called Madiba Journey was designed to experience the 100 locations around the country that defined Madiba’s life and legacy.

SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona said that the Travel Indaba is a marketing platform that enables Africans to showcase their talents to the world.

“We’ve come to the end of this show. It was an environment full of energy and we’re very proud of the show we’ve put out.”

#LocalFindsWednesday: Maxhosa by Laduma

South African knitwear and esteemed runway designer, Laduma Ngxokolo started his brand, Maxhosa by Laduma in 2010.

The brand was inspired by the Xhosa culture with the vision to create a modern Xhosa-inspired knitwear collection that would be suitable for Amakrwala – Xhosa initiates – who dress up in new ‘dignified’ formal clothing for six months after their manhood initiation.

Laduma felt inspired to create knitwear that caters for men and women and celebrates traditional Xhosa aesthetics and drew inspiration from Xhosa beadwork patterns, symbolism and colours.

Since his career took off, Ngxokolo received numerous achievements and captured the hearts of fashion lovers, both locally and abroad, more specifically London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York. In 2016, the Design Indaba awarded Ngxokolo’s shawl the coveted title of ‘The Most Beautiful Object in SA’.

Here are some signature Maxhosa by Laduma collections (courtesy of

– The Mtanom’gquba collection celebrates dark skin tones in contrast with bright hues to elevate the appreciation of colour diversity. It captures the beauty of being truly African in a modern context that seeks an eternal way of communicating culture through fashion.

– Socks collection – Maxhosa believes that your feet carry you to an occasion you never anticipated you’d appear in

– My Heritage, My Inheritance which was dedicated to his late mother Lindelwa Ngxokolo, whose dream as a knitwear in the 80s was to travel to Paris to see high-end fashion. Maxhosa made his mother dream come true when he was invited by the Labo Ethinik Fashion Week to showcase his 2013 knitwear.

The brand has also received numerous accolades, including:
– 2014 Premium International Best Emerging Designer for SS15 Menwear
– 2014 Africa Fashion International Emerging Designer of the year award
– 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa Award
– 2016 Fashion Designer of the Year Southern Africa: ABRYANZ Style and Fashion Awards
– 2017 Pride of Africa: Africa Fashion Week Barcelona Awards

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Responsible Tourism: Travel Indaba Day 2

Day 2 of the Travel Indaba was led with a business conversation about responsible tourism in South Africa. Alongside various delegates, SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona shared experiences about managing and running business operations successfully in the country.

Ntshona reiterated the importance of working together to uphold an excellent standard of tourism on the continent, in order to compete globally.

The Chief Marketing Officer of Wesgro, Judy Lain was involved in the recent global campaign to inform the world that Cape Town is still open for business despite the water shortages.

“We provide incentives to promote responsible tourism. Things like the responsible tourism awards are some of the measures we have to encourage more people to get on board.” She said.

Lain mentioned that the drought crisis taught people to change their relationship with water. “From our Wesgro perspective, our job is to bring tourists. We faced a lot of backlash from community about bringing tourists into their communities during a crisis.”

She added that their job was to highlights the benefits of tourism while encouraging visitors to save water like a local.

“Sharing the problem with tourists and inviting them to be a part of the solution has been an effective method. These issues affect all of us, we need to encourage people to be part of the solution.”

Lain also mentioned that millennial traveller is a responsible traveller. “They want authentic experiences and doing things as the locals do them is an experience that appeals to the consumer. If they can live like a local, they can save like a local.” She said.

The Fair Trade Tourism’s board member, Jane Edge referred to a conference they hosted that focused on the impact of waste on the environment, as a result lot of tourism stakeholders pledge to support and take measure to fight the issue.

“Responsible tourism is about mitigating the long term negative impact. With over 1.8 billion people travelling in 2018, we need to have measures in place instead of reacting when issues arise.”