We are hosting our second #BossingUp Summit, this time in Mbombela!
Our first Summit took place in August 2018 at Wits University and it was a raging success. We had amazing young women from different sectors speaking about how they bossed up. We had Portia Mngomezulu speaking about how she started her amazing Portia M products, we had Gigi Ngcobo speaking about how she got a scholarship to top American University, Michigan State University.
#BossingUp is “the act of elevating your inner boss and creating success.”
#BossingUp is the act of authenticity, showing up as yourself, not how others say you should be.
#BossingUp is self-leadership, understanding that every single decision you take or don’t take, has a consequence, and you can create yourself a dynamic life or one of repetitive boredom.
#BossingUp Summit Details
Venue: TUT Mbombela Campus
Date: 2nd May 2019
Time: 12h00 – 16h00
Entry: Free – Girls Only! – 100 Tickets Only!
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We have an amazing lineup of speakers who will share insider info on their industries, giving you a heads up to get your career started NOW:
Dimpho More, 25 years – A sparkly and bubbly rising star in the entertainment industry. A true child of Mpumalanga, Dimpho had viewers fall in love with her character Nozi on 7de Laan for years. She now has a new role on another national, be the first to find out.
Yolenda Jawe, 27 years – Award Winning Digital Entrepreneur, speaking on how girls can leverage digital and social media and how she is growing wealth as a fulltime social media and digital entrepreneur, she bought her first home before 25 years old!
Karabo Randa, 28 years – A meritorious corporate climber who has worked as Category Buyers in our favourite retail chains, Pick n Pay, Dischem and now Game. Karabo creates and implements product and retail brand strategy.
More speakers to come…
Mpumi Mbethe, 31 years – A media maven who has worked with top companies as a media consultant and hosted TV and Radio Shows on SABC and Ligwalagwala FM, Mpumi currently hosts the breakfast show on Mpumalanga’s number 1 commercial radio, Rise FM!
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PS – Get A Free #BossingUp Goodie Bag Worth R250.00
What’s In It For You?
Indlela ibutwa kulabaphambili, it’s easier to go further if you don’t make mistakes already done by others, you can use other’s knowledge and experiences as a springboard.
This is what you will learn from the #BossingUp Summit:
- How to create a digital business from anywhere in the world. The future of work is remote work.
- Understand the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, what it takes to make it.
- How to leverage social media for your success, CVs are now digital, what does your digital footprint say about you and how to make sure it gears you for success.
- What is corporate South Africa really like? What does it take to climb the ladder?
- Relationships: How to leave an abusive relationship, understanding your value.
- How to spot entrepreneurial opportunities. Are there really opportunities for young women to start businesses?
By Khanyisile Msebenzi
In the space of two weeks we have had commemoration days that remind us about the pressure we humans have put the Earth under. We have had World Recycle Day, World Water day and this Saturday 30th March, we have Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is an international initiative to get the world talking about our connection to nature and why we need to take better care of nature. As the website says:
“We are the first generation to know that we are destroying our planet. And we are the last that can do anything about it”earthhour.org
This is a scary thought. If we don’t change our behaviours, we would be directly to blame by following generations for the destruction of the planet because once the planet changes it will be changed forever.
Earth Hour 2019 with its campaign ‘#Connect2Earth’ aims to build mass awareness on why nature is important and create an unstoppable movement for nature similar to when the world came together to tackle climate change.
How Are We Destroying Earth?
Everything on Earth is interconnected, every single organism matters to keep the whole planet healthy and thriving. Single-cell organisms that we can’t see with our naked eye matter and have an important role in keeping everything on Earth healthy. Yet, as humans we are conducting ourselves in a manner that is destroying many, many organisms and environments. We are over-fishing, we are over-farming, we are using too many toxic chemicals, we are de-foresting, we are causing the extinction of hundreds of species every year!
South Africa Is Not Immune
We are already feeling and experiencing the effects of our destroying Earth, climate change is being felt by everyone and is already having devastating effects on some communities. In South Africa we are also experiencing the effects of climate as weather patterns have changed and are affecting our ability to provide clean water for all citizens as well as food.
South Africa is already teetering on the edge of climate change, our country is arid and semi-arid, and the areas that grow food are just suitable enough and get just enough water in good rain years. A slight change in weather patterns could have devastating effects for food security and the economy.
On a daily basis and individual basis we are destroying Earth by purchasing and using plastics that are polluting and strangulating nature. We are buying foods from companies that are using toxic chemicals, we are buying genetically modified foods that destroy natural environments, we buy foods that require too much water, we buy foods like meat, especially beef, which is causing mass deforestation. We drive cars and use transport and fueling systems that cause too much pollution. We are not questioning corporates and governments on why they aren’t doing better. We are all contributing to destroying Earth and we all, each and every person can do something differently to cause less destruction to the planet.
See here for our easy suggestions on using less plastic for instance.
We Will Be The Biggest Losers
There is nothing special about humans in the grander scheme. We may be the most intelligent species on this planet right now but the planet has restarted itself before and it will restart itself if we don’t start treating it better. Think about the ice age and the age of dinosaurs. There have already been 5 mass extinctions on our planet, where life almost perished and had to start all over again. Although the Earth suffers she is much stronger than us, she can start over and create a suitable environment for new life to flourish. So it’s not really about Earth, it’s about the human species, if we don’t change how we do things we will cause our own extinction, and this is something that can happen as soon as in the next two or three generations, our damage to nature and Earth will be irreversible.
Earth Hour is about making ourselves conscious, and everyone around us, to start being activists to save the planet and save ourselves. A start is to join everyone and switch off all electricals for an hour on Saturday evening 30 March 20h30 – 21h30. It should be easy for us, we have just come from a bout of loadshedding that has been leaving us in the dark for hours.
We love our African continent, from her iconic shape, majestic forests, beautiful people and epic wild life. Our home continent has a lot to offer, pristine beaches, numerous natural resources, precious minerals and metals. The origin of the human race is in Africa, South Africa to be specific. Africa is the mother land. I love our African cultures, we’re ancient and wise. Our rich history and cultural aesthetic is everything, people travel from all over the world to come to Africa. And, when they leave they go with beautiful African decor and art to decorate their swanky homes.
Yes there is a problematic history of Europeans stealing African artifacts and having them on display in their museums. Its almost as if they’re saying look at the work of these mighty cultures and look at how we were able to dominate the African people…
If you watch Top Billing you see some of the fanciest homes in the country and the interior designers mostly uses home decor that’s on trend. So like the copper light fixtures that dangle in the air. Many of the decor that we use in the home is from European culture. From the colours we paint the walls of our homes, the furniture in the home even down to the plates and mugs we use, all have that European sensibility.
I’d like to think, as we are living in the post-colony that there will be a remembrance and celebration of our dynamic African style. You can already see this in how African girls and women are embracing their natural hair texture. And how more and more people are wearing formal clothes made from materials with African prints. This reflects that Africans are considering their culture as sophisticated and elegant. Whereas in the past we were indoctrinated to see our culture and customs as inferior to that of Europeans. But right now, African aesthetics is absolutely on the ascent.
One way we can take back power is to decorate our homes with African elements. I’m sure you could go to some homes in South Africa and they will be decorated in exactly the same way in which homes are in England. You wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. This is of course a result of the colonial enterprise, as they took raw materials like wood from us and sold us processed goods such as dining tables and chairs made from that wood in an exploitative economic relationship. In order for us Africans to spend what little money we had on their processed goods was because they convinced us through oppression that theirs was superior. As well as stamping out the African competition and making it virtually impossible for African businesses to exist as Africans were to be the cheap labour for their businesses.
The shift has already began, we see the Chinese manufacturing companies have already started making clothes, furniture and decor that have the African feel to appeal to South African customers. If you walk into Mr Price home you will see African inspired decor. My suggestion is that we buy our African decor from African vendors and businesses, in that way we know that the money is coming back to fertilize the soil of African entrepreneurship.
So, for the love of home, the African continent and our literal homes, lets celebrate our super cool African artistic taste.
Here Are Some African Decor Ideas
I love this hall way for example. From the colour of the walls and the clay pot that is on top of the wall unit, holding the green reeds, is just a vibe. Embracing African cultural style is akin to embracing the organic as lot of our decor is made from wood, straw and clay, all sourced from the natural world and therefore are environmentally sustainable. As you can see the indoor plants, create a natural ambiance. In our culture we embrace nature and see our indigenous plants as beautiful. In African culture there is respect for Mother Nature.
This outdoor furniture set is goals, for example. Realistically though, this furniture would have to be in a lapa or have a big umbrella over them because you wouldn’t want them to get rained on. Or you could go the more colourful route for outdoor furniture as displayed in the picture below. How epic? I can definitively can see myself doing my African Queen things like playing an African musical instrument on those cushions.
I also love the idea of having indigenous flowers in our vases when we get treated to some flowers. Next time you have guests over or you just like beautifying your space, try indigenous grass flowers like in the picture below.
If you keen for colorful native flowers, you can try South Africa’s national flower the Protea, seen in the picture above. Alternatively, there is also the funky bird of paradise flower, shown in the picture below.
For a more durable and cost effective house plant you can try South African succulents pictured above. The geometry of the petals is so beautiful and there is a definite sense of calm you get when you look at the beauty of nature.
You can have an African print carpet like the one above, but you know what would be cool? An Ndebele geometric print carpet. Wouldn’t that just be fabulous? If you’re into vibrant colors it would be perfect but if you’re into a more monochromatic theme then something like the a bedroom carpet in the picture above is more suited for you.
Why have a regular American style washing basket when you can have a stylish African straw basket? Sure the normal washing basket will probably last longer as it is made from plastic. But we know we need to decrease our plastic consumption, as we have the massive problem of plastic pollution.
How about this African candle for your bedside table? Candles are a cost effective decorative item. Also with our load shedding woes it would be nice to have sexier candles than the tall, thin white ones we normally use.
It’s time for us to embrace our Africanness, it’s not only paying homage to our Ancestors. It is liberation.
By Khanyisile Msebenzi
Every few weeks I walk into the grocery store and load up on fruits and veggies because I really do want to eat more healthy. I want to be the girl that reaches for nuts and raisins instead of chocolate. Or the girl that reaches for a banana instead of wine gums.
Now I really do love bananas but I always seem to run out of time to eat them! Every few weeks I get that familiar smell of sweet banana that is overripe, and I don’t particularly enjoy eating overripe bananas yet I prefer my bananas to be ripe. Now you can see the slippery slope there, as I wait for my bananas to ripen the next day they are overripe, especially if it’s a bunch of bananas.
It irks me each time I throw out my overripe bananas because it really is a waste, but the same time I don’t feel good giving them away to the security guards at my complex gate simply because I don’t like giving away food that I wouldn’t eat.
So I looked into what I can do with my overripe bananas, and here are 5 things to do with overripe bananas that you may want to try too:
- Using overripe bananas in my smoothie has been the best thing to my smoothie life. Since I started trying to eat one raw meal a day, I prefer a smoothie to a salad, adding an overripe banana makes the flavour of the smoothie sweeter and more rounder. I actually previously stayed away from smoothies with banana from fastfood outlets because I didn’t like tasting the not-so-ripe banana. An overripe banana makes for an amazing and filling smoothie.
2. Banana facial mask, there are many different recipes on how to make facial masks with banana, you can choose according to your needs. The one thing they all have in common is that the banana must be ripe. I tried the mask for dry skin because the banana fruit has so many health benefits for skin, including moisturising effect, anti-ageing effects, and anti inflammatory properties due to them being rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Potassium, B-Vitamins, Lectin, Amino Acids and Zinc! My skin felt smooth and moisturized after my skin exfoliating banana DIY mask. Here is a simple yet effective recipe: 1 banana + 1 spoon of honey + 1 spoon of lemon juice + 1 teaspoon brown sugar
3. I used the cool peels of the banana to reduce puffy eyes after I went to bed crying after watching Queen Sugar, I woke up with puffy eyes. I didn’t have cucumber in the fridge so I tried a banana peel. It worked like a charm, although I felt I had to really press the peels to my eyes, which had me worried I would aggravate my already puffy eyes, but it worked. I would still choose cucumber though, smells and feels better.
4. To ensure that my caloric intake is not compromised, I made banana muffins for my treat instead of indulging in cakes from Woolies. I didn’t use any fats or butters in making the muffins and I replaced sugar with xylitol and I have my perfect guilt-free sweet treat. I Googled the recipe, there are plenty of recipes to make low calorie banana muffins or cake. I don’t like baking, nor do I like cooking but I will definitely be making this treat over and over. I am thinking in future I could add other sweet fruits like berries to the banana, and make banana and berry muffins, yum!
5. The last way I am using my overripe bananas is to make banana toast spread. I am a vegetarian working towards being a vegan but I am struggling to cut out cheese and milk. As a lazy cook, sandwiches are my quick fix, when I’m not in the mood for peanut butter, I go for cheese. I tried a banana spread and I am sold, it was delicious, just the right kind of sweet and tasted good whether cool or warm. But I only like it on toast not on fresh bread. I just mash banana and apply, but you could add other things like a syrup of your choice or cinnamon or vanilla extract, the preference will be yours.
I am currently exploring with making banana peel compost. I will report how that goes in due course. I am trying to get a small veggie garden going, I need to at least get spinach from my own garden.
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Elizabthe Moss
Length: 2 Hours
Written, Directed and Produced by Oscar Winner Jordan Peele
Girl Boss Rating: 8/10
The thriller (well Jordan Peele claims it’s a horror – so it is a horror) we have been waiting for has finally hit South Africa’s cinemas. It officially made its debut at 8pm on the 23rd of March at selected Sterkinekor cinemas across the country. As you can imagine seats were limited, and that meant that they were quickly sold out. But if you missed this debut, don’t worry It will fully return in the next week, and that time it will be available for screening at all Sterkinekor cinemas nationwide.
I love horror movies; the suspense just gets to me. This was no disappointment. In the past I have never built enough courage to actually go view a horror/thriller movie at the cinema, but this is freaking Jordan Peele man, a legend amongst many other black Hollywood directors, I had to book my seat, I had to show up, and I did.
‘US’ is a build up but not a sequel from his 2017 film ‘Get Out’ that Peele won a best original screenplay Oscar for. So you can imagine the anticipation surrounding this release, because damn, ‘Get Out’, we all thought was the one. It was just so brilliant, so genius, so well played, just a beautiful orchestration that played on all the human senses. That, I feel, is what makes a great thriller/horror film, a film that plays on our senses as an audience, particularly sensory deprivation.
Sorry, I got carried away…
‘US’ follows a typical family of four on their vacation to Adelaide Winston’s beachfront family home, where she grew up as a child. What her family does not know is that she had a traumatic experience that has haunted her to the point that she went mute. Her family, oblivious to her traumatic childhood experience, just wants to fully get into holiday mode, but her fears quickly surface and that is when it all goes down. Her fears become a reality, and soon they are left fending for their lives.
Plot Twist – Spoiler!
A part of me likes it, but most of me hates it when there is a sudden plot twist in a film, particularly towards the end. Ambiguous endings are just the worst, but the end of this movie will have you questioning your intelligibility. There had to be an explanation released afterwards, because it’s genuinely a ‘what the fudge’ moment. The answer as to who really is the villain is based on perspective and that will require your introspection.
What I Enjoyed The Most
This film will have you at the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. It is thrilling, exciting, anxious, hilarious, and scary all at the same time. Of course being a Jordan Peele movie, you will have a good laugh. I kid you not when I say that watching this film in the cinema will just add to the ‘fun’ of experiencing horror movies. The whole audience is with you, experiencing the same emotions with you, some more than others. Spoiler! I also loved that it does not have your typical heroic ending – you know where the good guys always win, although it might seem like it, but it’s not the case. However as I mentioned, you will be left to determine this on your own.
What to look out for
I would recommend that you pay close attention to Red’s narrative, from the second she says “once upon a time”, there are plenty of subliminal messages in her story, and this will help you get a better picture of the tethered version of the story.
But this is a definite must-watch because firstly ‘its freaking a Jordan Peele Production’, but more importantly because the true message of the movie is something we should all think about, although most of it is a fictional creation, but what really happened to the network of abandoned, underground tunnels across America… Oh, Peele alerts you about this at the start of the movie.
Watch the trailer here