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King Dope Kgosimoruti’s death a great loss to Motswako and Hiphop

By Sosty Rammutla

Musician Tshepo Kgosimoruti “King Dope” lost his life in the early hours of Tuesday December 19. Kgosimoruti was reportedly stabbed multiple times in his village of Magogoe, near Mahikeng in the North West Province. A case of murder is being investigated by Mahikeng Police.

He will be laid to rest this Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 06:30 am at Magogoe Tshepang Cemetery.

At 27 years and at the prime of his music career he was working on his debut release in 2018. His passing was followed by shock, and messages of condolences from fans and friends on social media.

He will be best remembered for his contribution to Motswako in his home town Mahikeng, and the North West Province at large. He Co-founded NordyWest Clique Movement and TisMusic, through which he worked with the likes of; Mo Molemi, TM,Tis89, FifiCooper, EzeLap, GreenFigures and many more artists.

King Dope was a developing artist and used his craft, to provide for his family, as a bread winner. His loss has left the Kgosimoruti family distraught, as he was the provider. The family has appealed to all and sundry to assist as they try to raise money for his burial. Any contributions are welcome. Contributors are requested to do so at the earliest time, as no arrangements can be arrived at without funds, to pay the costs of the funeral.

The Account Information is as follows; Capitec Bank, Name : Nkagisang Kgosimoruti, Account Number: 1465889491.

Artists in and around the province have joined the family, on their call for assistance. They have appealed to business and the North West Government to assist with the burial of their colleague.  “As we know Artists struggle to get support, they often barely think of funeral policies; which means in times like these the families struggle. In a time like this we plead to everyone and anyone to help assist the family in giving KingDope a well send off.” said Modiri Ka Tlhogo his friend and Manager.

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FAMILY OF FOUR FOUND DEAD AT IKAGENG

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, condemned a Gender Based Violence incident in which lifeless bodies of a 30-year-old mother and two children ages between two and nine –year-old boys were discovered 27 November inside the house at Ikageng Location near Potchefstroom.

According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that the 46-year-old husband had an argument with his wife that night before they went to bed. The Husband allegedly went to the children’s bedroom where he took the two boys, then instructed his 13-year-old stepdaughter to go and search for her mother in to the Township.

The stepdaughter allegedly came back and discovered her father’s body hanging on the roof rafters. She went to call the neighbours who alerted the police. The latter discovered three more bodies inside the house.  Subsequent to incident police are investigating three counts of murder and inquest. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage.

The Provincial Commissioner expressed her sincere condolences to the family. She also condemned the incident and said it is disturbing to see incidents such as this one at the time when the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children is taking place in the country. She urged members of the community to use services of available professionals to resolve their disputes.

Issued by North West Corporate Communication and Liaison: South African Police Service

 

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Legendary Cebo Manyaapelo to be laid to rest tomorrow

The funeral service of the iconic Clement Cebo Manyaapelo is said to take place tomorrow 30 November at the North West University Great Hall at 06h00.

This comes after South Africans heard the sad news of his passing on the 22 November, after a long illness. Government officials, colleagues, friends, family came to offer comfort yesterday at his memorial service held at the Freedom Square, SABC.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) expressed their condolences to the Manyaapelo family and friends upon the news of his passing. In a statement the SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said “the country has lost a very great man in Cebo Manyaapelo, and his work will continue to bring us great insight and understanding of the world of sport for decades to come”. “His meaningful contribution to the SABC will remain and continue to inspire all who knew him in his personal and professional space. He will be deeply missed and may his soul rest in peace”, he added.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo expressed his sorrow and disbelief upon hearing the news on the passing of Manyaapelo. “Cebo was a knowledgeable, eloquent and gifted radio personality who was admired and respected by his listeners, young and old. In Cebo Manyaapelo, the North West Province has not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator whom many emulated and looked up to”.

“Words seem inadequate to express my sadness about Cebo’s death, and I hope Cebo Manyaapelo’s family, friends and colleagues will find comfort and strength in knowing that the North West Provincial Government and its communities share in this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased family, and may Cebo’s soul rest in eternal peace”, said the heart-broken Premier Mahumapelo.

Manyaapelo affectionately known as CC will be remembered for his immense contribution at the SABC as the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998. He later became a Sports Presenter for ‘Mamepe’, a sports programme on Motsweding FM. He continued with ‘Mamepe’ as well as being a television Sports commentator, for ‘Laduma’ since 1998 until his untimely death. He worked on big special events where SABC was involved, like the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and 2010 and the AFCON 2013 and 2015.

Manyaapelo has a rich history in broadcasting environment which dates back from 1984 as a Sports Presenter for the erstwhile Radio Bop. Cebo, as he was affectionately known to the millions of South Africans was one of the best Sports Commentators in the country. His in-depth, factual, well informed and yet playful commentary captivated many football fanatics to the SABC channels. His ability to use Setswana for football commentary inspired many youngsters and attracted them to the sport field.

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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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ABSA hosts women in business seminar

Networking, enrichment, motivation, were the order of the day as ABSA Enterprise and Supply Chain Development invited women in business to their event held at Mmabatho Palms on 8 September.

“We have had conferences in the past but nowadays we are focused on making connections that matter, the first connection we need to make is with ourselves”, Nokwezi Luswazi, head of Business Development Support Enterprise and Supply Chain Development at ABSA, alluding to the purpose of the day.  “I was pleased to see that the theme today is be your own hero. Sometimes we look for answers external to ourselves, external to our environment. African women have so much to give because of their rich experiences and knowledge”, said Luswazi.

The key note speaker was Zipho Sikhakhane who is a global speaker, entrepreneur and investor. Born in Madadeni, a small township in Northern KwaZulu Natal, Sikhakhane captivated the audience when she shared the story of her upbringing, challenges and achievements.

One of the speakers was Matshediso Jansen Mwase who is acting HOD of the Department of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development in the North West Province. “There is nothing more powerful than believing in yourself. You can achieve greater heights by believing in yourself”, said Jansen-Mwase who was presenting under the theme “moving out of your comfort zone”. “No matter your circumstances in life, you will definitely achieve your goals, if you are committed to your dreams”, encouraged Jansen-Mwase who has recently undergone a major ear operation and survived a car accident in 2014.

Proceedings went well despite an unexpected interruption. The programme had to be paused and everyone taken out of the venue due to urgent investigations which had to be conducted by Mmabatho Palms.

Ten people walked away happily as they won free expo visitor tickets to the Enterprise Supplier Development Expo sponsored by ABSA to be held at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg on 20 September. One person also won a price in a form of a stall which will also be sponsored by ABSA.

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Experiencing Urban Family Market

WHAT IS URBAN FAMILY MARKET

This is an entrepreneurial hub which offers small businesses an opportunity to showcase and sell their products. The first Urban Family Market which is planned to take place monthly, was officially launched on 29 July. “We have noticed that we actually have a lot of talent around Mafikeng. This is a way for us to try and get everyone in one space to showcase their talent”, explained Mokgabo Pule, the organiser and founder of the market. The market which took place at Mmabana Picnic Park hosted a total of 28 vendors. Pule says that her target is to host 50 vendors for each market as the park is big enough. Moreover, she asserts that “For me it is not only about the vendors displaying their products. I am aiming to create a network of small businesses”. Pule further emphasized that the network is meant to enhance communication between small businesses.

WHAT THE MARKET OFFERS

It offers a family set up which caters for every member of the family. One can expect food vendors, adult and child beverages, farmer`s corner, fashion and accessories corner and also a kiddies corner, amongst other things. Basically, people can expect to have an interesting outdoor and shopping experience while enjoying their meals, cocktails and music. “People are sitting under trees with skills because there are not affordable platforms for them to do something like this. This market is offering an ordinary person next door, to come and give us what they can offer”, emphasized the zealous Pule.

MOTIVATION BEHIND THE MARKET

Pule who describes herself as a perfect balance between being an introvert and an extrovert, a people`s person who loves outdoors, is an owner of multiple small businesses. She is currently having a nine to five job where she works as a financial manager for an engineering company based in Johannesburg. During the weekends she diverts her attention to her financial company, farming business, and now the market. In her response to how she manages she said “I think it is more about discipline. For a person to learn to divide their time they need to be much disciplined”. “I am not drowning yet but I do realise that there is going to be time when I need help with all of this”, she added.

Pule points out that she has previously been a part of markets around Johannesburg and other towns. However, here at home Pule did not have a fixed spot where she can be located and exhibit her products. “I figured it out that I need to come and start this for people who have the same issue as me. There are people who have a lot of talent but nobody exposes them”, says Pule.

 

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Passionate about keeping dirt off

Mrs Nomhle Winny Leshomo is the current CEO and founder of the two businesses which specialise in cleaning, laundry and soap manufacturing. Leshomo describes herself as a born entrepreneur and remembers clearly buying herself a pair of school shoes from the profits she made after selling a packet of sweets back in primary school. Her first business MNPKR started with a few ladies whom she had trained. They would go to houses and clean, until her friend advised her to add laundry services as well. She has never looked back ever since.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BUSINESS

MNPKR Cleaning& Laundry Services was founded in 2009. The other company, Speedchem Manufacture PTY Ltd started operating in 2013 and was registered in 2015. Speedchem manufactures powder soap, both low and high foam, industrial and domestic powder soaps. The company also produces cleaning chemicals such as thick bleach, bath foam, ammonia cleaner, dishwashing liquid and pine gel. Speedchem also recently introduced a small unit where they produce 100% natural products, such as glycerine soap, goat milk and caramel soap, African Black soap, body butter and African Black shampoo. MNPKR is an acronym which was formed from the first letters of Leshomo`s family names, husband and three children.

WHAT MAKES THE BUSINESS UNIQUE

Leshomo argues that they do their laundry in a unique way, not like any other. “We wash your clothes separately. We do not mix clothes even of the same colour”. “For example, my white shirt might not be the same as her white shirt, so it might contaminate”, says Leshomo. The energetic Leshomo further expresses that she has trained her employees that when they get to a house for a cleaning service they should start with the door frames, then electric plugs. “This is because these are the things which people do not focus on. Once you do it right, people will see the difference”, says Leshomo.

In expressing the secret behind her excellent service, Leshomo points out that “I love what I do and every time I do something for anyone, I do it as if I am doing it for myself”, says Leshomo. The enthusiastic Leshomo finds encouragement from making contribution to humanity. She points out that the fact that there are people working for the business is an achievement for her. “We start businesses for money but the main thing is to see other people benefiting from what we are doing”. “That is one of the things that give me much joy than money”, she adds.

ADVICE TO OTHER ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS

Leshomo motivates that perseverance, hard work and self-belief are the ingredients of every successful entrepreneur. She further asserts that for one to be successful he/she has to let go of fear of the unknown. “Start something that you love. Don’t try and copy someone else`s idea. Someone else`s idea will never be your own idea”, she cautions. “Even if people can steal what you come up with, they will never do it like you. Talk to anyone about anything because you will find help where you did not expect it”, she adds.