Career uncertainty woes haunting tertiary youth

Second year Bachelor of Nursing Science student at the North West University (NWU) Mafikeng, Tsholofelo Semaushu relates her tertiary experience. She too is tormented by the many challenges that plaque our South African youth.

The 21 year old Semaushu who considers herself an average student, passed all her modules last year and says first year was not difficult for her. She recalls how she enjoyed orientation time last year January. “It felt like we are back again at crèche. We played, we really had fun. It was really nice”, she said excitedly. In addition to making new friends, Semaushu sadly admits that securing financial assistance for her studies was the most difficult part of being a first year.

After matric she stayed at home for a year because she did not have money, as she was accepted for a psychology course at NWU. She discloses that nursing was never an option for her. Her dream was to study medicine, psychology being her second option. The physically captivating student says she also has aspirations of being a model but does not know where to start.

Since beginning with her nursing practical this month, Semaushu says that she is not sure if she wants to continue with nursing anymore. “I enjoyed working at the clinic but the hospital is very different. I meet people who are very ill”, she said in low spirit. “I feel pain and want to help them but I can`t. It becomes too much for me. I feel like I can`t anymore”, she added.

The future looks uncertain for Semaushu. She is currently trying to get all the help she can get. Being a highly spiritual person, she says she trusts God that everything will work out in the end. “If it gets too hard, I always pray”, she says.

Chilombo Mbenga who is a communications lecturer and also a final year PhD student at the NWU Mafikeng advices the students not to “sweat the small stuff and take it one day at a time”. She points out that in high school teachers give you a one on one whereas in university it is everyone for themselves.

Mbenga also shares a few coping strategies for the first years. “Proper time management is the most effective tool. We all have 24 hours in a day. What you do with those 24 hours determines your tomorrow”, she says. “Picking the right friends will either make you or break you. Get the right friends that will help you to go through your university career until graduation”, she added.

A 2017 guide co-ordinated by Dr Andre van Zyl who is the director of the Academic Development Centre at the University of Johannesburg quotes research done by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) in 2013, that tracked students in South African universities over a period of five years.

The research showed that the transition that students have to make between school and higher education seems to be particularly problematic. When the data were more closely analysed, it became clear that the first year of study is a time of exceptionally high drop-out rates.


MEC OR MOCHWARE message of condolences

The Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs is deeply saddened and shocked by the passing of Kgosi, Dr Lucas Manyane Mangope who was the leader of the Bahurutshe-Boo Manyane tribe in Motshwedi – North West Province.

We wake up with heavy hearts after receiving the sad news of the passing of Kgosi Manyane Mangope. Kgosi Mangope died on the 18th January 2018 and had just celebrated his 94th Birthday on the 27th of December 2017 in his home in Motswedi Village Lehurutshe.

He was the onetime President of the former Bophuthatswana Homeland and the founder of the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP). Kgosi Manyane Mangope had recently relinquished his duties as the Kgosi of his clan and was succeeded by his son Conel Kwena Mangope.

We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the Mangope family, relatives, friends and the Bahurutshe who have lost an upright leader, a teacher, a great disciplinarian, an astute orator and a politician.

On 13 March 1994, Lucas Mangope was ousted as President of the homeland of Bophuthatswana.  Mangope came to power in Bophuthatswana in 1966 during the reign of former Prime Minister B J Vorster Mangope governed Bophuthatswana from 1977 until 1994.  His reign was characterised by widespread corruption and mismanagement.  Mangope was deposed in 1994 after he refused to allow free campaigning in Bophuthatswana as well as not wanting to take part in the general election that was to be held during that year. In December 1991, like other homeland leaders at the Codesa talks, Mangope attempted to present Bophuthatswana as a semi-independent territory, with the same status as the British protectorates of Swaziland and Lesotho.  This ploy failed to change the view of Bophuthatswana as an Apartheid sham state.  In March 1994, rioting broke out in Bophuthatswana and Mangope called in his erstwhile allies the Afrikaner Weerstand Beweging (AWB) to support his regime and thus prevent the homeland from collapsing.  This invasion failed and the South African Government in consultation with the African National Congress (ANC) ousted Mangope as leader of Bophuthatswana.

Additional reporting from the South African History Online (SAHO)


Lets embrace 2018!

Most can agree that we experienced 2017 differently. Some got married, some gave birth, and some got major breakthroughs, while others did not attain their goals and even lost their loved ones. What is important is that we should all appreciate the lessons and achievements in 2017 and joyfully embrace 2018.

Never forget that whatever the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve. A mountain does not have to be a roadblock but a stepping stone towards greatness. The hardships that come to test us are not meant to break us but to make us stronger. Let us all use our 365 days fruitfully. Some watch things happen, some make them happen, which one do you chose to be?

Remember that in the end, life is what you make of it. Medallist Link wishes everyone a joyous, blessed and prosperous 2018!


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.


Intervening in a fight as a bystander

In order to help you stay safe this festive season, we talked to Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone who is the head of Corporate Communication and Media Liaison in the SAPS, North West. We conversed about whether bystanders have the right to intervene when they see a fight.

December is the busiest month of the year whereby crime is on the rise. Some of us have witnessed a fight and did not know how or whether to jump in. The SAPS encourages people that if they see that coming between a fight is going to endanger their lives, they should rather call they police instead of stepping in.

Should the scene end in murder, you are actually considered a witness. One of the challenges that the SAPS is encountering is that witnesses don’t usually want to come forward. Most of the time this is because of fear of being implicated. Mokgwabone reminds us that the law recognises everyone`s role in the scene and deals with the aftermath accordingly.

“If you are trying to separate people who are fighting and then someone dies, there is no way we can say you are guilty because you were only trying to assist”, advised Mokgwabone. “Unless if you had a hand in terms of killing the person. For example, maybe in the process you end up taking a firearm and shooting one of these people. Then you will be responsible for this particular incident”, he added.

Sometimes it happens that unintentional murder can occur through this intervening. Mokgwabone enlightens us that at the end of the day, where life is lost, somebody will have to be held responsible. What is going to happen is that a case will be opened for investigation and it will be taken for persecution. They will decide based on the statements or evidence whether they are going to persecute.  Sometimes they will even decide whether you are charged with murder or culpable homicide.

“One can say that we want members of the community to assist us in the fight against crime. We also don’t want them to endanger their lives”, said Mokgwabone. “Whatever they do they must make sure that they do it within the spectrum of the law”, he added.




Watch Onalenna Leepile MESA Brand Ambassador


MESA Brand Ambassador pushing tirelessly to get ahead

Onalenna Leepile of Madibe Makgabana, rural village outside Mafikeng has worked hard towards, and recently obtained the title of Miss Eagle South Africa (MESA) Brand Ambassador for the North West Province.

Leepile`s modelling journey kicked off in 2016 when she made it to the top 5 of the Miss Heritage North West pageant. This automatically qualified her for Miss Heritage International but could not go further due to a lack of sponsorship. The size 32 model who enjoys the gym, jogging and participating in marathons reveals that, this was her first pageant ever in her life.

She went on to be crowned Queen of Fashion Challenge on 24 April, which is one of the local pageants. The 20 year old is also a finalist for Face of Mafikeng where she will compete for the tittle on 3 March 2018 at Mmabatho Palms.

Leepile relates that there are four levels for MESA. The contestant, brand ambassador, semi-finalist and finalist. She started as a contestant then completed particular tasks which qualified her to be the brand ambassador. Points are accumulated through generating publicity such as doing interviews with the media, attending events and so on. Meaning that she needs to accumulate enough points in order to advance to the next level.

The second year Bcom Economics student at the North-West University Mafikeng, has proven that she has the brains behind her beauty by passing all her modules. In addition to being a model and a student Leepile runs Helping Hand Initiative which is a project that donates clothes, toys and sanitary pads to disadvantaged young children.

MESA pageant is going to take place in Sandton on 15 December 2018. Leepile shares that her mother who has always been her number one supporter is already organising transport for those who want to support Onalenna at the pageant. “I attribute the person that I am to my mom. She has made it clear to me that circumstances don’t determine where you are going. If you love it that much, go for it” excitedly said Leepile.

Leepile admits that 2017 has been hectic for her because of the pressure of having to juggle multiple roles. “Miss Eagle S.A is one of the most challenging pageants ever. It has brought me off my comfort zone”, she said. “Doing that and also balancing school was not easy at first but now I am already used to the pressure. It has been interesting and fun. I am enjoying every minute of it”, added Leepile.

She says that she is not planning to quit modelling even if she obtains a well-paying job after completing her degree. “Once I get my Bcom degree I am not going to sit back. Even though I am working I am still going to continue with pageants”, said Leepile who passionately expressed her love for modelling and her studies.

You can follow Onalenna Leepile on her Facebook page: Ona Leepile Miss Eagle S.A Brand Ambassador 2018

Instagram: Ona Leepile_MESA 2018

To vote for her sms Ona to 35334


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Reconciliation and HIV/AIDS remains part of government agenda

The North West government recently held the reconciliation and world AIDS commemoration at Mogwase Stadium, Moses Kotane Local Municipality, under the theme ‘Unity in diversity, I have the right to know, prevention is my responsibility’.

“We have gathered here today to commemorate World Aids Day and to highlight achievements reached with regard to the HIV/AIDS programme. As we do this, we also want to reflect on milestones we have achieved as provincial government in fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS”, said the MEC for health Dr Magome Masike on presenting the purpose and background of the day. “The need to coexist peacefully is greater than to harbour conflicts amongst communities and individuals. It is therefore apt to commemorate these two together”, elaboarated Dr Masike.

Speaking in a humorous metaphoric tone, the keynote speaker Premier Supra Mahumapelo urged the community to refrain from having unprotected sex and to take care of their diet. HIV/AIDS activist Matlakala Maropefela who has lived with HIV for the past 18 years also shared her moving story. The community was also entertained by the likes of Mmausi, Chomza and others.

Prior to the proceedings the entourage visited the Moses Kotane Hospital. The Acting CEO indicated that they are encountering infrastructural challenges. Part of their major concern is a sewage treatment plant which is not functional.

The Acting CEO further indicated that the sewage problem is currently being taken care of. MEC Dr Magome Masike and Premier Supra Mahumapelo further related that they are aware of the matter and is currently being dealt with. “I think we must make time to come back. We will have to start from the beginning, when this hospital was constructed, regarding compliance issues and so on”, said Mahumapelo. “If the quality of service is lower, it means we are compromising the health of our people, and in turn it compromises our image and standing as a government”, Mahumapelo emphasized.


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