Artist behind the three hands Mmabana drawing

Born and bred in Itsoseng Township, North West Province Thato Seboko says he has been an artist since the age of 7. The Fine and Applied Arts National Diploma graduate from the Tshwane University of Technology also has his painting on the Mmabana Arts and Culture Mafikeng wall.

The painting is still there and was done last year February. Seboko explains that there were four artists painting on that wall and each one had to come up with their own concept.

He shares that his painting was different because it was more on challenging the thinking than aesthetics. “While I was serving as an intern at the Department of Arts and Culture one of my colleagues was deaf. We used sign language in the office”. “I got my inspiration from that. I painted three hands that say art. I did not add anything else to the sign language”, explained Seboko.

Some of his recent work includes a mural at the Itsoseng Youth Centre. The mural is basically a collage of all the activities that happen at the centre.

Seboko, popular trending with the name Thato Sbk, shares that he draws inspiration from everything around him. Some of his paintings are a comparison of the life he has lived in Pretoria as compared to that of Itsoseng. He has also done works on abuse, children, environment and so on. Having experience with different art materials, Seboko is now using hair dye.

The passionate artist reveals that there is some work that he is attached to but a more specific one that he is never selling to anyone. In 2009 his brother had a daughter, 2010 December he died in a fatal car accident. 2011 Seboko did a pen drawing of his brother and daughter. “That was an emotional piece for me. That was the closest piece I have ever been through. I am never selling that one”, said Seboko.

“In the township, being an artist is seen as a hobby. When I used to tell me parents that I am going to study art, they will say that art is not a career”. “I am trying to change that perception of us black people looking at art as a hobby. That is not just for white people. Us blacks can take this thing and make a living out of it. And also have fun with it”, said Seboko.

Article also published on Mafikeng Mail of 15 December 2017 Updated on 29 February 2020


Tactics for less hassle in the kitchen

Have you ever wondered why it takes one person half a day to prepare a meal while it takes only an hour for another to prepare the exact meal? Chef Andrew Manoto shares with us tips for less stress and saving time in the kitchen.

Currently a chef lecturer at Hotel School Mafikeng, Manoto attributes planning, being organised, preparation and keeping a clean working station as essential strategies for spending less time in the kitchen. “Know what you are going to cook, so that you can defrost your food on time. Peel your vegetables in advance so that they are ready in the morning”. “Know your kitchen very well, where you put everything. In the industry we use the term clean as you go. Meaning that every time you must clean as you work”, he says. Undoubtedly, most of us consider these as minor details but they can make a big difference if implemented.

The chef enlightens us that when you start cooking, particularly stew, there is no moisture, so it is important to cover the pot. However, when you realise that the stew is cooked and there is still excess water inside, you should simmer the stew, leaving an open lid in order to reduce the moisture. He swears that following this process will improve the quality of the taste while also thickening the stew. Letting the rabbit out of the hat, he asserts that “not allowing the moisture to escape is the reason why most pots burn at the bottom”.

The passionate chef dismisses the perception that cooking on maximum heat makes the food cook faster, as high heat hardens the food. He advises that it is better to simmer the food or cook on moderate heat even for stubborn dishes such as tribe.

Manoto who has over eighteen years of experience in the industry also shares few hygiene practices. He cautions against defrosting food outside of the refrigerator. “When you defrost in the sink or water you are losing nutrients and lowering the quality of the food”. “You might also develop food borne diseases, reason being that the food temperature will drop. It is very risky to expose food to room temperature for prolonged hours”, explains the chef. He suggests that the correct way of defrosting is to take food from the freezer and put in the fridge for the required time.

Written: 05 February 2018 Updated: 21 February 2020


Precautionary counsel on cohabitation

Lately, more and more people are choosing cohabitation over marriage. Various reasons can account to this, such as financial constraints, to test for compatibility, fear of marriage in case it ends in divorce, while some simply do not believe in marriage. How many cohabitees have actually paused, to think of what will happen if the other partner dies?

There are speculations that if you live with a partner for a prolonged period and share children, you are entitled to part of his assets upon death. That is not according to the South African law, there is no default marriage. This implies that in the absence of a will, biological family of the deceased have a right over his assets and can evict the surviving partner from the house.

“One of the most common major protection measures that can be implemented is to do a will, whereby you can leave some of your assets to your partner upon death”, says a law expert Eric Morweng.

“There is a principle of universal partnership agreement. In this partnership agreement, both partners can contribute to the relationship. This way even without marriage they can equally benefit at the end of the relationship, depending on the terms and conditions of their partnership agreement”, says Morweng. He strongly recommends that when cohabitees find that the relationship is going well, that is the best time to start thinking about the future.

A News24 article by Bridget Siebert enlightens that universal partnership affords cohabitees to claim a share of assets acquired during the period of living together. However, being in a universal partnership does not mean that the parties involved enjoy automatic rights. When one of the partners dies without leaving a will the surviving partner does not automatically become the beneficiary. The surviving partner must prove to the court that he/she was indeed in this relationship and thus owed something.

In one scenario you find that a sister has also been contributing towards the renovations of the house and is not prepared to be kicked out without a fight. Currently the director of a Mafikeng based law firm Morweng Attorneys, Eric Morweng advices that in such instances the sister can approach the court to interdict them for kicking her out. He shares that this is not an easy process, as it can take time and can be very costly. Morweng says that in such an instance the person laying the claim has to produce visible evidence which proves that she has been paying some of the items of the house.

Written: 17 February 2018, Updated: 21 February 2020