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Glimpse into “INXEBA” actor Thobani Mseleni`s journey

Born and bred in South Africa`s second largest township Mdantsane, East London Thobani Mseleni says he got his break five years into the entertainment industry. He reveals that it was just a matter of being patient. “We are being auditioned by casting directors. If they don’t see you at that time, you must never question your talent or yourself. Just know that it was not yet your time”, he says.

ACTING HIGHLIGHTS

Playing a major role in an international award winning movie called “INXEBA” The Wound, was one of Mseleni`s achievements this year. Portraying the character of Babalo in the movie, Mseleni describes the experience of working with the South African film director John Trengove as really amazing. “It`s an experience I can`t describe. It was nice working with the guy,” he says. “Everyone made everything easy by working together. I am not really surprised by all the awards we have been scooping oversea”, he adds.

Mseleni relocated to Johannesburg in 2009 to pursue his acting career. He featured as an extra on Generations for many years before he got his first major screen acting role as Bhutana in second season of the SABC1 drama series Intersexions in 2013.

He has appeared on popular shows like Hiest, Matatiele, 90 Plain Street, Gold Giggers, The Queen, Moferefere Lenyalong, Single Guys, Swart Water, Inkaba and starred as a guest on various television productions.

BEING JACK OF ALL TRADES                   

Not only an actor, but Mseleni is also a singer, script writer, motivational speaker and the founder of Thobani Mseleni Entertainment. Mseleni argues that he does not have a hard time juggling all these activities. “If you are passionate about something you will make time. It`s really not a train smash”, he says. However, Mseleni admits that his passion lies more in acting, which is where he is currently focusing most of his energy.

Presently, Mseleni is shooting “The Imposter” which airs on Sundays 8pm on channel 161 Mzanzi Magic. The actor says he will make his debut on 19 November until the last episode of this drama series. “The Imposter” is a product of Ferguson Films, who are popular producers behind shows such as Rockville, Igazi and Mzanzi Magic`s popular telenovela, The Queen.

With a life mission to change people`s lives, give back, make his mother happy and provide for his family, the actor says Thobani Mseleni Entertainment is doing very well. According to Mseleni the company specializes in artist management, motivational talks and supplies actors and extras to various television productions, after they have undergone the relevant talent development programmes.

A Supply Chain Management professional Xolani Nyaqela, made his first appearance on the popular SABC1 soapie Isidingo in May, where he played the parole officer called Sfiso Dlezi. This happened after he enrolled for Thobani Mseleni Entertainment workshops. “I have always wanted to act, to be in the creative space in the industry. I am one of Thobani`s success stories as I met him through his acting workshops”, says Nyaqela.

Mseleni has recorded a song with Phelo Bala in the past, but had to pause his music due to his acting commitments. He says he plans to focus on his music next year.

WELL WISES FOR MATRICULANTS

A 2005 matriculant, Mseleni wishes the 2017 grade 12s the best of luck as they started their final examinations last week. He swears by the words “the essence of reward is patience. Be patient, you will be rewarded”. “Those who fail commit suicide. It`s not the end of the world. They are given so many opportunities to redo their matric. We never had those opportunities back then”, he says. “Be patient the only person that will reward you is yourself, and God will help you in the process”, he adds.

 

 

 

 

 

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Zahara`s Mgodi successfully launched

The Good Luck Bar, Ferreirasdorp in Johannesburg hosted a few selects who showed appreciation to Bulelwa Mkututwana`s music. The venue was filled with energy as Mkutukana popularly known as Zahara was launching her fourth album “Mgodi” on Friday evening, 20 October.

This comes after “Mgodi” was released on 13 October. According to one source, Warner Music South Africa`s marketing director, Adrian King confirmed that the album has sold over 16 700 copies within the last 24 hours of its release. In order for the album to be certified gold 15 000 copies need to be sold.

Zahara shares that “Mgodi” does not refer to a gold mine but a hole in which many people find themselves in because of their problems. She further explains that these people want to ask for help as they are trying to get out of the hole. This is a glimpse of what “Mgodi” is about.

The afro-pop singer urges people to buy the “Mgodi” if they want to know more about her, as the 12 track album is narrating her life experiences. She says she has navigated her way out of this hole. “I have found my help and draw strength from God, my parents, siblings, friends, my business partner”, she says. “The most important thing is the inner strength within, and God as he is the one who has entrusted me with this talent”.

Zahara disputes recent reports from various media that she is leaving Africa because she feels unappreciated. “I am actually going to the U.S to promote my album, promote my country, but they got it twisted. I will always come back, this is home”, she says. “I want to stand up besides Rihanna with Xhosa”, she exclaimed.

Born in Phumlani Informal Settlement outside of East London in Eastern Cape, South Africa, Zahara sings in both Xhosa, her native language and in English.

Zahara released her debut album “Loliwe” in 2011, which went platinum in 13 days and double platinum after 17 days, selling over 100,000 copies in South Africa. On 1 May 2012, at the annual South African Music Awards, Zahara worn eight awards, including “Best female Artist” and “Album of the year”.

She started out singing in her school`s choir in the Eastern Cape, when she was six years old, and at the age on nine she was told to join the senior choir because of her strong voice. At the age of 13 she was made the worship team leader in the church and discovered her real musical talent.

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Acquiring inspirational wisdom from Mo Klaasik

Mogomotsi Klaas born and bred Mahikeng artist, known to his fans as Mo Klaasik, brings a unique flavour to the RnB soul genre. His motto is “be you, do you, it does not matter who says what”. “I want to motivate youth. I want to show them that in life you fight for your dreams”, he says. Klaas also asserts that this is the nature of the legacy that he wants to leave for his 10 year old boy.

GET TO KNOW HIM

Currently managing Klaasik Entertainment, founded in 2011, Klaas says he is not stereotyped to focusing on being an artist only.

Klaas has released two singles from his album which he plans that will be out early 2018. His latest single “happiness” which is receiving air play from various radio and television stations around the country, Klaas says was motivated by his pursuit for happiness. “Through everything that I have been doing, it`s all about seeking happiness. Fame, money, all these things are just a bonus”, he says. “Life for me is about happiness. If I am not happy there is no way I am going to move from point A to point B”.

A professional recording artist from the year 2000, Klaas went into being independent after leaving a recording company he was working with. He went through a traumatising phase of his life when Nosipho, his mother passed on mid-2017. Written and recorded by him, produced by Jerah Mothusi, “happiness” was written a week before his mother`s passing and was recorded two months later. “Through my mother`s sickness, the only thing that I kept trying to instil in my mind is that there is hope”, he says. “There is always tomorrow, a loophole that one will get and find a way where to attain happiness”.

HIS THOUGHTS ON MUSIC

Passion evident in the energy that he executes, Klaas asserts that what makes his music unique is because he always experiments and doesn`t restrict himself to one specific sound element. This is evident in his track “happiness” which is fused in with pop and classical tunes.

The 34 year old RnB soul singer believes that music is a platform to share a lot of things. “I share the life I have been through, the life I know other people might have gone through”, he says. “I don`t expect my music to be special but trust me, you are going to stop and say, wait who is this”, he adds.

Klaas admits that every journey has its ups and downs, but says that his experience in the industry has been and is still an exciting one. He continues to earn reputation for himself and he has had the opportunity to share stage with various award winning artists such as the likes HHP, Tuks Senganga , K.B Motsilenyane,  Morafe, MoMolemi and outside province he has shared stage with Solly Moholo,Hlengiwe, J.R,Thembi Seete amongst others.

One of the changes which the musician would like to see happening, is the recording companies being transparent with regard to the monetary side. He has learned that going independent is hard for every artist given the current economic status quo. “I want to be me, do me and sell me to the people”. “The music industry shapes people to be which I believe I won`t align easily to. That is why I don’t want to sign my name as an artist to someone else”, shares Klaas.

ADVICE FROM THE ARTIST

Klaas counsels that humility is one of the qualities that every artist should possess. He says knowing where you come from can set you apart from a lot of people. “I am looking at the music industry right now. Very monotonous is terms of character. Everybody displays an I don’t care type of attitude”, says Klaas. “Don’t sell fake stuff to people. Don’t be a different person on stage and totally different off stage”.

One of the lessons that Klaas wants to pass on to other aspiring artists is that no other person can manage you better than yourself. “The best thing that you can do is to study this industry as much as you can”, he says. “You don’t have to go to university to do that. There is so much information at your disposal on the internet”.

Klaas urges artists to be creative, find a loophole in the industry where they can make a mark. He further elaborates that that is what he is trying to do and does not want to go the obvious route which is hip-hop.

To follow Mo Klaasik and know more:

Facebook: Mo-Klaasik (Klaasik ENT)

Twitter: @MoKlaasik

Instagram:@mo_klaasik

 

 

 

 

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Enthusiastically challenging entrepreneurship status quo

Trending now on Mothibedi Moss Sereme`s social media posts is his brainchild initiative, Entrepreneurship O-Walk With The Coach. Currently the Group Chairman of Accuracy Group, CEO of Platinum Leadership Talk and also Chairman of Letlotlo Foundation, Sereme has always been active and passionate about initiatives that aim to enhance entrepreneurship. Sereme asserts that close to two years of preparation went into this project and he is certain of its success.

WHY THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP O-WALK

Sereme argues that there is a serious problem in the country, however, it seems like North West is one of the leading provinces where entrepreneurs are faced with serious challenges. He contends that entrepreneurship development programs in place are not satisfactorily effective. Through the O-Walk, Sereme aims to raise awareness on the culture of entrepreneurship, and enhance the relationship between entrepreneurs and the government. “We round the province, talking to small businesses. Trying to push them and say, you can do it on your own”, he says. “When the government comes, let it be a relationship not a parent, hence why the O-Walk started”.

The determined Sereme says that he wants to see people taking charge of their ideas. He laments that he has seen great innovations go down the drain. Sereme observes that the how to do it part is usually the problem. “Once there is somebody who says you can do it, if you don’t know how, let us tell you how to do it. That is what we want to do”, he says.

HOW IS IT GOING TO WORK

The business coach, Sereme, will be walking 746km from one district to another across the province. The walk is expected to start on 30 October to 25 November. Workshops and seminars are going to be held in various specific towns where they will be stopping for the day. They recuperate for the night and the following morning the workshop or seminar starts. Sereme irons out that workshops will be given for free, but people have to pay for the seminars because corporate speakers will be invited. The walk is expected to start and end in Mahikeng.

From 20 October they will be going around various shopping centres doing mall activations. They will be giving out pamphlets, answering entrepreneurship related questions and also selling merchandise such as caps and t-shirts to support their project costs. Sereme assures that everything is in place, security, accommodation, resources and he has also recently gone for a full medical doctor`s review.

“I have been doing walks around the country. This will be for the first time doing it on my own, not joining other teams”, admits Sereme. Sereme is certain that everything will be done within the expected time frame. “You control your time. Your motivation, enthusiasm and commitment has to propel you to achieve your goals”, he says.

LESSONS FROM THE BUSINESS COACH

“Learn to commercialise your passion. Don’t go into business because people are saying it makes money”, says Sereme who started his first business at the age of 12. “Go out there and change the world with your art, skill and passion”, he adds. Sereme further advices that life is a result of prepared effort. “Opportunities don’t send an invitation, they just come. If you are not prepared, they are not going to wait”, he says.

There are many misconceptions and definitions of what an entrepreneur is. According to Sereme “entrepreneurship is all about providing solutions. If you cannot provide a solution, stop calling yourself an entrepreneur”. “Doing business is making profit but doing entrepreneurship is about giving solutions”, he says.

For more information and to follow the walk: Entrepreneur O-Walk on Facebook and Twitter. You can also call Moss on 071 381 1928. Merchandise will be sold at the mall activations and during the walk to support the costs.

 

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Delicate parenting for your dog

For ages a dog has been known to be a man`s best friend. Dogs are mainly kept for companionship, for their ability of distinct sniffing and for guarding purposes. Regardless of its usefulness, there are dogs which continue to endure poor nourishment and improper care. Kgakgamatso Moseki, an inspector at SPCA Mafikeng enlightens us about dog cruelty and how to ensure sound care for your dog. Moseki holds a BSC Degree in Animal and has been serving the organisation for close to seven years.

PROPER DOG DIET

Dog diet is a critical aspect which should never be overlooked. A properly nourished dog is a happy, active, and healthy dog. Moseki points out that you can feed your dog twice or once a day. What is important is that the quantity should be adequate for the dog`s particular weight and age. Moseki advices that canned food is fine as a treat but not as daily food. Regular canned food will give your dog dental problems in the long term.

In some homes dogs are fed left overs and bones. Moseki points out that some dogs do adapt to that, depending on how that particular dog was brought up. She also cautions that some dog`s stomach might be sensitive and can react to food such as onions and peanuts. Furthermore, bones can be hazardous as they sometimes get stuck on the throat. “We normally ask people to buy scientific vet approved dog food. Unfortunately most people cannot afford them because they are expensive”, she says. “Any nutritious dry pellets would do. You have to look at the back of the package, for the contents of the nutritional value”.

MORE WAYS FOR DOG CARE

Regular bathing of your dog is essential for hygienic purposes. “Washing your dog and dipping it prevents so many parasites like fleas and tricks. You also get to see if there is anything wrong with your dog”, says Moseki. “The water should be warm, depending on the weather. For example, you can`t bath your dog when it’s very cold”.

Effects of poor dental care on the dog includes halitosis and gum diseases such as gingivitis. Moseki relates that regular eating of dry pellets usually cleans the teeth naturally. She forewarns that if you notice that your dog has gangre, which can be identified by a black spot on the teeth, you have to take it to the vet.

Moseki agrees that it is important for you to observe your language around your dog. “The way you talk to your dog it is the way it will react to you. If you are aggressive, it will not bond with you as well”, she says.

Denial of vet treatment is a form of abuse and a contravention to the animal`s protection act. “Make sure that your dog is fully up to date with vaccinations. Ensure that your dog is vaccinated every three months and dipped every month”, she says.

CRUELTY THAT DOGS ARE OFTEN SUBJECTED TO

Not cleaning after your pet, giving it drugs, hitting it, terrifying it, denial of food and water is considered as abuse to the animal. Moseki strongly condemns animal mutilation. She cautions that dogs use their body parts to show emotions. “If a dog is angry it will raise its tail, if it is happy it will wag the tail. If you mutilate such parts, then you won`t be able to read your animals, she says.

Moseki argues that there are some people who tie their dogs to an extent that the dog is not able to move, which is another contravention to the animal`s protection act. She maintains that if you have a dog your reason for tying the dog should justify why you have to tie it. Moseki elaborates on the correct way of tying a dog. “You have to get a runner which will allow the dog to have easy movement. A runner is where you have a wire which is about five to eight metres, you can make it longer”, she says. “There is a chain that extends from the dog to the wire, which allows the dog flexible movement. It should be able to access, shelter, food and water.

ADVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Moseki emphasizes that it is important to integrate the pet into the family. “You have to decide as a family that you are going to get a pet and it is going to be a part of the family”, she says. “You have to take it into consideration that you will have to take it to a vet when it is sick, provide nourishment, and clean the animal and where it stays”.

SPCA is an acronym of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They go out and do inspections when cruelty complains have been launched. They also do educational talks and outreach in the community.

If you have a complaint with regard to animal cruelty, call the SPCA on 018 381 0374. They promise that their sources remain anonymous.

 

 

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