Archive | June, 2018

The Native Child

29 Jun


On Wednesday evening I was invited to participate on a panel, titled: Identity vs persona. The panel was hosted by Sonto Pooe. The other panellists included Nonhle Thema and Nomzamo Zamo Dlamini.
We spoke on the importance of knowing one’s identity, the personas that some people put out on their social​ media pages. We also tapped into the entertainment industry and of course, I pushed the relity of sexual harraamnet and what our rights are.

The chat was broadcast live on our social media pages and it took place at the premises of NativeChild company, which is run by Sonto Pooe. I was really happy to see that more and more people are opting for natural beauty products and when I discovered that the business was the brainchild of a powerful​ black woman, I​ had to share her journey.


Who is Sonto Pooe?

Sonto is the CEO and founder and has served as a council member for the Society Cosmetic chemists of South Africa in 2007 and served on the education committee for 4.5 years (2007 -2011).
Sonto is one of the few South African women taking the hair care manufacturing industry by storm. She started doing her own hair since she was eight years old. This after the lady who used to do her hair plaited it so tight that she couldn’t sleep for a few days. She vowed to start doing her own hair.
“My first attempt led to me being mocked at school. But, I continued plaiting because I didn’t want anyone touching my hair. Over the years, I got better at plaiting, but struggled to find products that strictly catered for my natural hair,” she says.
This challenge motivated her to develop NativeChild, a natural hair and body care range. She named her business NativeChild to represent who she is – a proudly African woman with strong roots.
“Most of the natural products I found contained chemicals, and this frustrated me. So, I decided to locally develop and manufacture my own products. As a black woman, it was important for me to develop products that cater for our skin and hair type,” says Pooe.
In​ the beginning, finding a team that understood her vision was difficult. But through trial and error, she finally found supportive staff members.
“The fact that there are many natural products on the market can be challenging, but I have managed to keep moving forward. This is because I also educate my customers about which products will work best for their individual needs.”

The brand.
Native child is a natural hair & body care brand, created for the needs of women of colour. They are passionate about both hair & health. They have developed & locally manufactured a natural-based hair care system specifically formulated for the needs of  Afro, Kinky, Ethnic type hair. 

Why the need:
Ethnic hair is very fragile & dry by nature compared to other hair types and achieving optimal moisture & hair growth has always a challenge..until now.
They strongly​ believe that mother nature is far superior to​ man made alternatives. They only use plant based, natural, safe, sustainable ingredients of the finest grade in the production of their products and where possible the make use of food grade oils. Their products do not contain any harsh chemicals, sulphates, paraben or petroleum and are animal cruelty-FREE.

The company’s core focus is on providing customers with effective products that do not contribute to toxicity in the body. The products are designed to assist hair growth, restore moisture whilst reducing breakage and provide all the nourishment & minerals that your hair needs to grow and thrive.
Their contact​ details are as follows:

Unit 9, Bergzicht Office Park
3 Rooibok Street
Allensnek, 1709
Tel: 011 475 0551

Behind the prints of an abuser

25 Jun

Image taken from Google.

Anyone who follows my work knows that my three passions in life are Women, Africa and the arts. After being off social media for a few days, I found that on Saturday afternoon, 23 June 2018, I was tagged in the post that was posted by Simphiwe Dana, regarding a so-called​ well-known​ artist who apparently beat up a woman​​ at a Kenya airport. I immediately began to investigate who the alleged perpetrator is, as I am not an art connoisseur and I certainly do not pretend to be one, I had to look for his website, this is what was I found via

‘Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa.

Represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances, his “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.”

Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2009 and worked towards his Master’s degree at the same institution. His work engages race, the militarisation of society and the deep divides of post-apartheid South Africa and the post-colonial continent. He interrogates the collective narratives that inform our experience of the world, in particular those that evoke the black body as a site of fragmentation and distortion.

Modisakeng was awarded the Sasol New Signatures Award for 2011. He has exhibited at VOLTA NY, New York (2014); the Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11, Basel (2011); and Stevenson, Cape Town (2010). In 2013 he produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and the Saatchi Gallery, London as well as in significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA. After my investigations into the matter, I came across a post by a gentleman who was at the scene. With his permission, I have posted the facts that he shared on his Twitter feed….’


This morning, I read in the City Press newspaper, the headline states:
‘He was in a rage’ – Acclaimed artist arrested after airport assault
2018-06-24 08:16
by Charl Blignaut
The full article may be found via:

In the article it talks about how acclaimed artist Mohau Modisakeng was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman at a Kenyan airport on Tuesday, slapping her and tearing up her passport.
According to the article, ‘lawyers for Modisakeng (32) deny that he did any such thing’.

“Mr Modisakeng has confirmed that an argument ensued, but unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse in this regard. This was a private issue … and in no way resulted from a jealous rage.”

Having been in the activist space for many years, I know that there are common threads and incidents that happen when these ‘allegations’ surface.
There are many, but these are the most common facts that transpire:

1. The accused always denies the actions.
2. The voice of the survivor is either muffled or silenced.
3. The blame is placed on a woman or women in general.
4. The matter is referred to as a family matter. This usually happens when the survivor is dependent on the abuser and lives a life of fear as she believes that she will not be able to live a life without their support, this the lends to the fact that so many women remain in abusive relationships.
5. The perpetrator is always protected.

My main concern in this matter is the safety and well being of the survivor, as there have been witnesses, reports and allegation from people who were on the ground who witnessed how everything unfolded and now we are told that she has denied it all.
We have received a statement from a lawyer who claims to represent her but we have not heard or seen anything from her.

In my further investigations, I came across a Twitter feed, form a gentleman who had been at the scene and witnessed the incidents as they unfolded. With his permission, I have cut and pasted​ the post taken from his Timeline:

So once again, my concern​ lies with the survivor.
Is she safe? Does she know what her rights are?

If you are in contact​ with her, please let her know that through POWA, she is able to ​receive​ shelter​, support and counselling but she will have​ to​ make theinitial​l contact. If you do know her, please protect​ her and remind her that whatever transpired, it is not her fault. Any communication​ through POWA will remain confidential​ and her rights and privacy​ will always​ be protected​.

The Eagles have landed

25 Jun

Let them soar like the eagles that they are!

When I think of Baseball, my mind takes me to Central Park, in New York City​, in the summertime, hoards of proud fans gathering to watch their favourite American​ sport and sportsmen, what comes to mind is the typical stereotype of what movies portray New Yorkers as, usually of Italian heritage, who speaks with a heavy accent. So, when I am told that there is a famous girls​ baseball team who reside in the Eastern Cape, I suddenly need to adjust my senses and investigate further. As this falls into my three passions in life, being Women, Africa and the arts, I had to share the history and see how we can assist.
I was introduced to this phenomenal team by one of my spiritual leaders, pastor Edwin Bennett.

The​ Eagles Baseball club​ is​ based in Mdantsane, East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

This is their story:
In 1993 a group of Australians came to the Eastern Cape Province in a Project called AUSSIE SPORT. The project was aimed at introducing new games of sport to the learners who were attending school. Among the games they introduced was a game called T-Ball.
The T-ball game attracted a Mr​ Sthembiso Magengelele, an educator that was based at Sakhile Primary School at Zone 13 at Mdantsane. Mr Magengelele with the support of the principal, Mr M. Cube and staff of the school spread T-ball to the surrounding schools in a form of a code of sport. The games attracted more educators, especially the Primary School educators and learners.
The introduction of the games also attracted the South African Baseball Union {SABU} and that led to T-ball tournaments being staged at Mdantsane. In 1994 Mr Magengelele was taken to a T-ball coaching course in Gauteng. Having returned from the coaching course, Mr Magengelele was tasked to capacitate other educators around the Province. With the assistance of SABU and the Department of Education, that was made possible. In 1995 Wandile Diko, a 13 year old Sakhile learner caught the eye of the SABU scout. He went to a T-ball tour in Australia with the South African delegation.
T- ball proved to be the entry point to Baseball at Mdantsane and the Province. The first Border Team to play in the National T-Ball Day in George in 1995 came from Sakhile Primary School. The first U/15 baseball player to represent the province in the National selected squad came from Mdantsane, Philasizwe Ndevu also a student from Sakhile Primary School. He was joined by Zolani Mki also from Mdantsane.
Eastern Cape Province has for several years been represented by the Border players both in school and or club championships at a national level.
A Baseball Club was established which led to the establishment of Border Baseball. The region produced officials and players of quality who made the national side. They are :
Philasizwe Ndevu
Zolani Mki
Wandile Diko
S. Magengelele [Executive Member SABU]

I had the opportunity to speak to one of the coaches, Lwazi Mondolozi and he shared with me that they currently they have five other clubs under the Eagle brand. The sport has been introduced into the schools, through the specific training, the top players are recruited and placed into the various teams that fall under The eagles Baseball club. There are a large number of girls who wish to play and so they often have to dedicate specific days where the coaches go and train at specific schools. Three of the coaches are unemployed and through the assistance of the EPWA (Extended Public Works Program), they obtain a monthly stipend for their coaching.

At this point in time, they compete locally but the aim is to get them on a provincial level. So far they have gone the following awards:
Bronze Medals in 2016, where they were playing as District (Buffalo city Metro Municipality)
2017 They obtained second place.

In order to increase their visibility, training and support they need assistance with equipment, clothing.

For more information or if you wish to contribute skills Anor make a domnation, contact Lwazi

Mbali Nkosi- the flower that was meant to blossom.

19 Jun


Mbali Nkosi- the flower that was meant to blossom.

A few years back, a dynamic talent appeared on our television screens, her name was Mbali Nkosi. She was one of those presenters who beamed a high level of professionalism with a strong sense of intelligence and pride. I had the opportunity of seeing her on the set of the series Zabalaza and I continued to watch as her stardom grew. Fast forward three years later, I brought into the studio, one of my Pan African talents​ to MassivMetro. The slot was the TakeOver, where Mbali hosted the drive time slot 15h00 to 17h00 every day. In a brief conversation in-between commercial breaks Mbali mentioned that she had studied somatology as well as business, this sparked my interest as I knew that a mogul was brewing in amongst her Instagram and live posts. I felt that I needed to highlight and share the brand that is Mbali Nkosi.

Mbali meaning flower in Zulu is a true representation of this Southern​​ African media mogul.
When they say we are coming for everything, Mbali takes the saying to another level. This powerhouse is a South African actress, presenter, singer and dancer, business owner and marketing professional, she co-owns two businesses: Azuri Beauty Salon and Hotberry Corporation.


Where did it all begin?

During her school days, Mbali was trained through the La Gal Dance Academy​, where she learnt classical dance such as ballet, tap, modern, Spanish and drama. She later had dance lessons for hip-hop​, belly dancing and salsa. After she matriculated from Edenvale High School in 2007 she went on to study Somatology, a branch of anthropology.
Mbali started dancing for Thembi Seete in 2008, learning kwaito,reggae​e and pantsula. She toured nationally and internationally visiting countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, China, Dubai and Thailand, performing at numerous TV shows, events and concerts.
In 2010 she presented at a national road show programme for Coca Cola for the FIFA World Cup, which ran for four months and the following year was part of another road show called “Mom & Me” which encompassed singing, dancing and acting for the youth.
She has participated in various music videos for artists such as Kwela Tebza, Thembi Seete, Justin Chalice, Denim, Pascoul and L’Vovo.

Mbali, knowing that in order to succeed in the crazy world of entertainment, she needed to understand the fundamental principles of business and in 2012 she started a Business Management degree at Boston City College and pursued a marketing and sales career where she worked for Sam Mase Consulting, JTI and Kaizer Chiefs Mobile.

Mbali in her acting bloom:
In 2013 she made her screen acting debut in a minor role on the second season of the Mzansi Magic drama series Rockville, reprising her role on Season 3 in 2015.

In 2014 she had a cameo role on the SABC1 soapie Generations and played the HR lady Brenda on the Mzansi Magic soapie Zabalaza. In December that year,​ she joined the news channel ANN7 as a news anchor.
In 2015 she appeared on the fourth season of Big Brother Mzansi (the second season on the channel, subtitled “Double Trouble”) with her partner Chelsea Humfrey. They placed third on the show, lasting the full 57 days in the house.
In September 2015 she joined Nomzamo Mbatha and Anga “NaakMusiq” Makubalo as a presenter on the tenth season of the celebrity magazine show All Access Mzansi. She returned to host Season 11 in 2016.

Mbali in her business bloom:
Alongside Sharon Khuzwayo, she founded Hotberry Corporation, a dynamic company bringing a fresh perspective to brand activations. As it​ is a company owned and run by two young black motivated females, it sets itself apart from the rest as it one of South Africa’s few black women-owned​ marketing companies. Hotberry Corporation aims to empower young talented individuals by enabling them to be part of the marketing industry and in doing so providing them with experience which will aid them in the work force.

In March of 2018, Mbali co-founded the Azuri beauty Salon, alongside her colleagues and friends, Thembi Seete and Sharon Khuzwayo.
The salon​ has been described as a space that is a secluded and serene the perfect getaway, thus encouraging their clients to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and treat themselves from the inside out with a much needed pamper session.
At Azuri the following services are offered; Manicures, Pedicures, Make Up, Eyelash Extensions, Threading, Tinting, Waxing and Massages. The beauty bar will also house AZURI COSMETICS.

Watch this space as the brand Mbali Nkosi extends to all four corners of the world, spreading her contagious and powerful blooming success.

Contact details:

Azuri Beauty Salon:
Appointments can be booked by calling the beauty bar at 065 829 5787, booking online or sending direct messages on any of our social media platforms. Clients are encouraged to visit for all updates.






13 Jun


In South Africa, the 9th of August has been declared as public holiday and the whole month dedicated to women. As we reach the month, many corporates and government bodies, gear up to plan ‘Women’s day celebrations’. Suddenly on our televisions and radios there is an overkill of messaging talking about how we should treasure our women, how far we have become and that women are the future. As much as I stand by and live by those sentiments, we cannot lose focus on the more important issues that women face on a day to day basis. The reality is that women are not safe in South Africa. In many homes, women and children are faced with harsh abusive lifestyles, on the streets we are sexualised, victimised, raped and disrespected, at work we have to fight for equal rights, face sexual harassment. The list is endless.
These are battles that women and children have been fighting for centuries, it is not an African problem but a global problem. With social media, we now have proof and more and more stories are coming to the foreground. We are still battling with many stereotypes that have been implemented from our patriarchal ideology which dominates our society. We are still calling for solidarity with survivors who speak out, we are still faced with our police officers who have turned away rape survivors and refused them the right to open case against perpetrators. The element of corruption at the police stations and courts is another argument for another day.
For centuries we have marched, picketed, signed petitions etc, yet we still live in fear. Our government appoints officials who do not have women’s interests at heart, women who have publicly sided with offenders and perpetrators.
We are in dire straits and we need urgent action. This is why I have endorsed and support the call to action under the hashtag: #TheTotalShutDown.

I spoke with the national spokesperson: Gretchen Sudenie who is a 35 year old woman living in South Africa.

Why are your involved with this call to action?
As a woman, I am in the disheartening position of stating that that we are experiencing an ever-growing national crisis which affects the largest part of the population. A woman is killed every four hours and for all the other times in-between, women are abused, molested, raped, and assaulted and and and…. In South Africa and these statistics are increasing. Children go missing every single day whilst the leadership of the country carries on with “business as usual.” We are helpless as we watch men in positions of power walk away from their crimes as if it had never occurred. It is for the above and many other reasons, that I have pledged my time, energy and whatever skill I possess, to help place pressure on our Government to put an end to this scourge.

Are women safe in South Africa?
Women are not safe. Children are not safe. I find it strange that women are asked to refer to themselves as survivors, because the startling truth is that we are continuously victimised. By men on the street who do not know us. By the men in our households and family and community who do know us. As it stands now, I will never stop being a victim until the patriarchy and its associated evils, ends. Our Government needs a reality check. Honestly. They are theorising our realities behind closed doors in spacious venues with security on a 24/7 basis whilst we are led away for slaughter. The women in Ministerial positions have failed us in that they have traded their solidarity for the comfort of a paycheck. This is not an insult: it is the truth. They should have used their voices to speak on our behalf. Instead, it is again incumbent upon us to have our own backs, as it were.

What do government need to do?
Government needs to look at qualitatively and quantitatively overhauling its draconian and patriarchal gaze in respect of the Law, the Economy, Social Development Services, etc, in relation to women. Without us, there would be chaos.

How can our Pan African families show support?
We have neighbouring countries, Lesotho and Botswana, who are on board and actively mobilising. This march is not country specific. I would that every country join in and we bring the world to a grinding halt…

I also spoke to another activist Yolanda Dyanti on her thoughts around the the call to action. Yolanda Dyantyi, 21, Is a Media and Communications task team member.

In your opinion why is the march necessary?

This march is necessary as issues of gendered violence have always taken a back stage in South African politics. In a country engulfed with violence, we can no longer ignore the perpetual violence instilled on women, minority intersectional groups and children. As a nation we have conditioned within us and normalised for far too long the violence that occurs daily. We need an action plan from government, ASAP.

From your experience, are one safe in SA and why?
No we are not. Stats alone speak volumes.

In your personal opinion, what do our government need to do in order to change the dire situation that we are in?
Developing the education firstly. GBV is a something conditioned. Through education people can relearn violent ideas/behaviours. Programmes that are home centred and community centred which will also hold individuals accountable

For those not in SA but want to show solidarity, what should they do?
Participate in a stay away, or mobilise and march on the streets in solidarity with us but also because GBV is real everywhere.

Please find the official press release.

National Shut Down Against Gender Based Violence

06 June 2018

On the 1st of August 2018, a day that marks the beginning of women’s month, women from all sectors of South Africa will shut down the country in protest against gender-based violence.

Women in Lesotho and Botswana will also form part of the mass action.

We have nothing to celebrate. Every week we receive multiple reports of women who have been brutally murdered, kidnapped or abused, and there is no sense of urgency from our leaders to find ways in which society can tackle this violence. Women, children, gender non-conforming people (GNC) and the LGBTQIA+ keep dying at the hands of men in South Africa and something needs to be done.

This is a national crisis. We call on all women to stay away from work and join the protest on the 1st of August 2018 in their respective provinces, Universities and colleges.

A memorandum of demands will be handed over to government on the day of the shutdown with clear actions. Further information will be shared about the protest action over the following weeks on our social media pages.

For interviews contact:

Lesley Ncube: 0725442920
Loyiso Saliso: 0738389477
Gretchen Sudenie. : 076 973 8639


The Time for Rori.

12 Jun


I believe that interaction with different human beings and circumstances are all deliberate and part of our journey. The past weekend I took off a few days to relax and spend time with my mum. My mum lives in Phokeng, Rustenburg, which is situate in the North West province. On this particular visit, I took a walk to the near by shop to collect some supplies and groceries for our home. As per usual I was dressed casually with a touch of African. I have made it my effort to always wear something African, whether it being a head wrap, African accessories or designs. On this particular day, I word my comfortable long dress shirt, with my neck piece by Afrik-Jewellery accompanied by a lime-green​ head wrap. On returning from the shops, I was stopped by a friend, Ororoseng, we call him Rori. We began to catch up on life and he mentioned that he was designing African pieces and in fact when he had stopped me, he did not initially know that it was me but was attracted by the African inspired outfit. I was interested in seeing his range and agreed to meet with him and possibly blog on his designs, with the aim of getting him some exposure.
What followed was a beautiful conversation on passion and the importance of communication.

On his arrival at my home, we began to talk and he laid out the jewellery on my coffee table, I began to ask him questions, so to get an understanding of the meaning behind his creative work, that he has branded as Time and Rori. The name is a combination from his name and his mentors business. His mentor owns a shop called Timemate.

Rori Ditsele was born in Phokeng, Rustenburg and matriculated in 2010. After his matric, he had entered Mr South Africa as he had always been interested in the modelling and fashion world. Although he did not make the finals, he was exposed to a Mercedes Benz Fashion week which gave him the opportunity of walking down the ramp and to be part of the mayhem behind the glitz and glamour of the fashion world. As he relays the story of walking down the ramp, he remembered how nervous he was and how he could feel his cheeks trembling as he walked down the long cat walk ramp. It was after that that he decided that he wanted to pursue his career as a model. Equipped with his dreams, passions and a small amount of money that his mum gave him, he got onto the first bus to Cape Town and started his adventure. He chose Cape Town, as he knew that was the fashion capital of Southern Africa.
Rori reflected on this time with nostalgia, as he had just completed the book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. He shared that it was that book that led him to start writing in a journal, a habit he continued for many years on. His memories, fears and passions were all recorded as he opened up onto a new life chapter. On the day that he left he made the decision in his mind that he was looking for growth in three areas of his life, being spiritual, financial and mental.
A paragraph from his journal:

On arrival in the Mother city, he soon discovered that the world of modelling was not what it seemed and in fact was a far cry from the glitz and glamor that is portrayed. He approached many different model agencies and was rejected by many, he was only signed approximately six months after his arrival and his first job was confirmed another six months after that. The first job that booked him was as a model for a stills commercial for the brand Oudemeester.
During this time, he managed to live with family friends, who were originally from Phokeng and had relocated there with their family of five and they welcomed him and he became the sixth member.
During his time, of searching for an agency that would sign him, he had to take on a number of jobs to pay for his day to day living expenses. Each of these jobs he worked well it but served their purpose after a certain amount of time. Without realising it, each of his jobs, equipped him for the next stages of life which led to him understanding the importance of communication and human interaction. Whilst being unemployed he used to walk through the streets of Cape Town, pondering on his thoughts and what he wanted to achieved, on one particular day, he was attracted to a shop window as it displayed beautifully crafted mens shoes. He went into the store and looked at the designs and was mesmerised by the quality and workmanship of each shoe. Then when he looked at the high prices that they were sold for, he realised that true style and quality definitely comes at a price. He also made a decision that he needed to feel and wear such quality. He introduced himself to the owner and signed up for a Lay bye agreement. Where he was able to put a 50% deposit down for the shoes and then made plans to pay off the rest over time. During this interaction with the owner, who became known to him as Mr. AJ John, this relationship would be one that would be cemented for years to come.
Mr John, soon became his mentor and educator.

Mr John originates from Nigeria and had been living in Cape Town for may years. The conversations which sparked the mentorship started with Mr John confessing to something about many South Africans. That is that many South Africans have this elitist idea about themselves and therefore rob themselves of so much knowledge surrounding tradition, culture and the beauty that is found on the rest of the continent, simply by not interacting and communication with panafrican people.
Mr John was intrigued by Ororrsengs’s non-judgemental approach and eager to learn more about life, design and business. In their many conversations Mr John always emphasised the importance of time, reading and feeding ones mind with positive and constructive thoughts and facts. Mr John introduced him to a new world of knowledge and literature which included books such as:
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein; Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe; 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and David Ickes literature,

As he stated Mr. John had this fountain of knowledge and a good quality product. He would often sit with Mr John who would read and teach him on the importance of human interaction. Saying that Mr John would often read 6/7 different books a day, reading different paragraphs for the various texts. He shared how he was always searching for that knowledge. He learnt that he should always keep growing and learning. Mr John always taught him the importance of trust and would leave Rori with his shop. The lessons that he learnt from Mr John were that keeping hope alive is important. He stated: Hope can be the most traumatising thing to a human being but often its hope is what you need to get through each day.
Rori met additional people through him.

Whilst going through this life experience, Rori became immersed into classical fashions and styles which found him shopping at various thrift stores in the city. On one day, he was looking for an item and was directed by the shop assistant to a thrift shop that was situated on the neighbourhood called Observatory, which is quite a distance from where he was. As he had embarked on a journey of self discovery, he opted to walk the distance as he, like many hikers and seekers, know that many messages are sent along your journey before you reach your destination. Like in Paulo Coelho’s :’Alchemist’, he can seek and seek but as we reach a particular point, we realise that in fact we hold the jewel to our destiny. In this case, Rori, discovered this through the interaction with a homeless person that he met along the road. This homeless person, approached Rori and offered two items of jewellery that were made in leather, he offered both pieces for R20. Rori obliged and paid for them. He then was intrigue by the workmanship and went home and began to unravel the jewellery to understand how it was created. That then set him off on his passion, as he realised that he was in love with the creative element and decided to make his own pieces. He shared this new found talent with Mr John, who encouraged him and directed him to a factory where he could purchase offcut leather pieces and he would therefore be able to make his own pieces.
Another turning point in his life, where it has been proved that through human interaction an communication, concepts and thoughts are born. If had taken a taxi, he would never have walked, met the homeless man and therefore he would not have taken on a new direction in life.

He applied his work and creativity to the learnings that he received from Mr John, who lived by passion and knowledge. He soon began to grasp the understating of the importance between quality and brand value.
Through his additional reading and consuming all this knowledge he saw it as a mechanism of connecting with the soul. He was introduced to the world of Credo Mutwa, who shares universal messages about the origins of African and the power behind African culture and tradition. Rori, shares with me on how Mutwa talks about the fact that so much genocide happens in Africa and it is due to the fact that we are being distracted from our wealth, through our minerals, tradition and culture.; he talks on how we have become enslaved as a means to stop our development. The writing are the knowledge that every human race should be left alone to discover their own destiny without being interrupted. As Africans we have always had interruptions, destroying our cultures and beliefs. As a way forward, Africans should focus on their own creativity to succeed.

After consuming this knowledge and power, Rori decided to move back to the North West province and pursue his career in design, using his skills, creative mind and passion. In 2017 he moved home and began designing various pieces from earrings, to bracelets, neck pieced a chokers. He uses off cut of leather and suede, each intricately designed. His aim is not to mass produce but to create beautiful time pieces that reflect quality, precision and passion.
All of his pieces require a lot of time as he uses his naturally resources being his hands and mind. The only instrument that he uses is a pair of scissions to cut the material.

This read necklace was made after he went to purchase off cuts from a factory that was manufacturing bags and belts. He took a piece that was meant for a bag, he took time, looking at the way the pieces had bene attached, he designed a neckpiece then using pieces of metal to intertwine with the material to create another effect.

His future plans are that he wants to learn the trade and be able to take his passion to great international platforms, he wishes to purchase a laser cutter, which will eliminate the time he spends on cutting out each piece of leather or suede. He plans to market his trade, he wants to take his designs online and create retail stores.

When asked what his personal journey will include, he said with a broad smile: I want my art to be a source of healing, I want you to wear my art piece and express an emotion or express your joy through it. See the difference and uniqueness in my work.

With that passion, vision and talent, I know that the brand Time and Rori, will be a brand that will be able to stand and compete amongst some of the worlds leading labels.

He can be contacted on the following mediums:
Email or
Telephone/WhatsApp +27765840882


Simba Mudereri becomes a truly Pan African voice.

1 Jun


When I travel to a new country I always like to engage with people that fall into my three passions in life, being Women, Africa, and the arts. So when I visited Botswana a few years back on an activism assignment, I made the best of that opportunity. I was interviewed on a number of radio stations and one being GabzFM. The station is a young and powerful one that has a large demographic and speaks to the young and young at heart of Botswana. One of​ the presenters who I met at an event afterward​, was Simba Mudereri. I was not fortunate enough to have been interviewed by him, but we sat and spoke and exchanged stories, shared our dreams and expressed our passions. It was soon after that that I discovered that this man was not just passionate about the arts, his voice but a man of credibility. An incident occurred where he had the option to turn a blind eye but he took the higher road. He stepped up as a ​gentleman and provided protection and support to me in so many ways.

Simba at his first Waka photo shoot.

Soon after that after watching his career, he soon became a WakaStar. I have watched him travel between Johannesburg and Gaborone on voice over assignments, pushing his dream and believing in his passion and God-given​ talent. I know after booking him for an emcee event, the testimony from the client will exude one of satisfaction at his professionalism and ability to represent any client or brand that he works for.

In 2017, he was the official emcee from the TedX Gaborone conference. He has emceed a number of events from financial institutions, telecommunications, hotel and restaurant etc.
His voice has been heard in South Africa and across Zimbabwe.
He has been interviewed on many platforms​ from, Transafricaradio, ​ and MetroFM with DJ Fresh.

On Cliffcentral he hosted his own podcast, called Random Musings.
He spoke about a dreaded question that many may be familiar with – “When are you getting married?” Simba looks at when is the right time to tie the knot, whether this institution still deserves a place in modern society, and whether or not age plays a factor in a successful marriage. Together with his in-studio guests, Simba provides advice on how to know whether or not you want to marry a particular person, or whether you are simply compatible with them. ​his gguests​included​ myself and Waakstars Kim Jansen​ and Mapumba Cilombo.

He is not only a consumate professional, he is a God fearing brother, and my partner in crime. He is a powerful​ peoples person and makes friends wherever he goes.

This year he made the decision to move back to his home country,Zimbabwe​. Simba knows and sees the need in using his powerful voice and be part of that enigmatic change that is happening in the country. He has joined the ZiFM family. Simba has replaced DJ Munya on the energetic The Rush  on ZiFM Stereo.
He truly lives and understand the Pan African agenda and I know that this journey will bring him challenges but he will definitely create an amazing platform and leave a mark as he did when left Gaborone.


At present Simba travels between Harare, Johannesburg, ​and Gaborone for other emcee, speaking, ​and voice over events.

If you require additional information on his work, bookings and rates, please contact us.
Telephone: +27 0102861935