By Gina Cossavella

How the FNB Madibaz rugby team have fared in Varsity Shield

Last year the FNB Madibaz rugby team made it to the finals with an undefeated record, losing their only match of the season to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in the finals.

Prior to the start of this season, FNB Madibaz planned on making up for last year. Thus far, they have played four matches and have won three. A promising start but one that doesn’t leave room for anymore error, especially if they plan on being promoted back to the Varsity Cup tournament. For our PE boys to get promoted back to the Varsity Cup championship, they need to be the team that accumulates the highest points from both last year and this season.

The first two matches of this season were played on home ground and FNB Madibaz won the first match 25 – 5 against FNB UKZN on 14 February. The hiccup came on 21 February as they lost against FNB WSU 14 – 19. The boys came back with a bang on 28 February to beat FNB Rhodes 0 – 50 in Grahamstown and on 6 March, FNB Madibaz got back at FNB CPUT by beating them 32 – 24.

FNB Madibaz will be travelling to take on FNB TUT 20 March at 19:00 and will be playing their last round-robin match on home ground at 17:00 on 27 March as they take on FNB UFH who beat them earlier in the season.

Keep your eyes on the television and cheer Madibaz on in person to see how they fare in their last two matches, whether they make the final and ultimately get promoted.

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CAPTION: FNB Madibaz centre Johan Lombard goes on a run against Rhodes on 28 February 2020. Photo: ASEM Engage

Nelson Mandela partnership

by Ioanna Haritos

In honour of the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Nelson Mandela University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have partnered together to further forward Madiba’s legacy.

On 3rd February 2020, university vice-chancellor Prof Sibongile Muthwa and foundation chief executive Sello Hatang signed a memorandum of understanding in the areas of social justice advocacy, human rights activities, and scholarship and research.

“The foundation and the university are both cognisant of the great responsibility associated with carrying the name of Nelson Mandela,” Muthwa stated at the signing ceremony held at the Mandela bench on South Campus. The collaboration was a “match made in heaven”.

The university and foundation’s shared vision of helping to create an equal, just society has given rise to a number of projects aiming to make a meaningful impact on society.

The Transdisciplinary Institute for Mandela Studies (TIMS), a joint project between the University, Foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) was launched last year, which uses Mandela as a lens through which one can view societal challenges and generate workable solutions.

Another project is the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE), which is a partnership between the Foundation and Columbia University, in New York City. Mandela University will assist with developing curriculum content for the fellowship programme.

The Foundation, in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity, is also looking into working with the University’s Department of Human Settlements on affordable community housing.

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photo: NMU photo gallery on student portal

Happy Human Rights Day!

Who were 69 people that changed South Africa?

For this years Human Rights Day article, we will look at its history, its influence or impact and how we can celebrate it.

For the past years, South Africa as a nation has celebrated the 21st of March as Human Rights Day. However, this honorary public holiday stems back to 59 years ago at the police station in the South African Township of Sharpeville in Transvaal (today part of Gauteng).

Human Rights are recognized and enforced in all countries all over the world. There was a universal declaration of Human Rights after the Second World war on the 10th of December 1948 by the UN General Assembly. What did this mean for South Africa?

At this time, the apartheid system which was a policy of strict racial segregation was just introduced. Did this policy align with the Declaration of Human Rights?

To further answer this question, lets look at what exactly Human Rights are and how they influenced the Sharpeville Massacre.

“Right to life”

A simple and yet a demanding sentence.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

The 1948 universal rights based them humanity, freedom, justice and peace. In South Africa, they are entrenched in the Bill of Rights in Chapter 2 of the Constitution and they include the right to life, equality and human dignity.

The 7000 protestors

Imagine living in a society where failure to carry a little book detailing your name and origin would result to your arrest.

This internal passport resulted from the Pass laws that entitled police at any time to demand that Africans show them a properly endorsed document or face arrest which limited their freedom of movement.

On the 21st of March 1960, 7000 protesters peacefully demonstrated outside the police station against this passbook. The police later started shooting killing 69 people and injuring 180 others. Most of the injured people later died, suffered from paralysis and obtained major injuries.

“I survived by lying flat on the ground…”

“We can forgive, but we can not forget”

This event is regarded as one of the most triggering events in South Africa because it showed the world the extent apartheid had on its citizens. The lack of basic rights such as freedom of movement or speech and the non-existent relationship between the police and the people.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regards the 21st of March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Sharpeville demonstration was influenced by women in 1956 who protested against the racist Pass laws, when 20 000 women marched to the Union Building in Pretoria, singing “wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo meaning “you strike a woman, you strike a rock”.

How you can celebrate today

Considering the recent self-quarantine measures to control the spread of COVID-19, here are some things you can do today.

  • Research more about Human Rights Day and how it has shaped South Africa and the rest of the world
  • Educate someone about the rights they have
  • Learn about the rights not recognized or limited in other countries
  • Learn about your family’s history

It is important to note that Human Rights Day is not only about the Sharpeville Massacre, it is about reflecting on our rights, protecting them from violation irrespective of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and to remind each other that they apply to everyone citizen or not.

Its also to remind us to remain vigilant and report abuse and cruelty, such as human trafficking, child labour, forced labour and violence against women, children, and the aged.

To conclude, Human Rights Day is one of the most important days in South Africa. The 21st of March made history and encouraged our independence which has brough us where we are today. Remember to reflect on your rights and learn more about them.

Wishing you a happy Human Rights Day from MadibazNews!

Madibaz chess star set for World Olympiad

Nelson Mandela University student Charlize van Zyl continues to make her mark in the chess world, having been chosen to compete in the World Olympiad in Russia later this year.

The 20-year-old, who is in the third year of a BA media, communications and culture degree, was named in the South African team after an eye-catching performance in the national women’s Closed Championship in December.

“I was placed joint third in that tournament, which consisted of 12 of the country’s strongest female players,” said Van Zyl. “We competed in a round-robin format, meaning that we all played against each other.

“Funnily enough, I beat both the women who came first and second. It was because of these results that I was chosen for the Olympiad team.”

She said it was always her goal to make the Olympiad team as a young player and being selected for the national team for a second time was an extremely proud moment.

“It [the Olympiad] is a highly prestigious tournament and, by extension, it is an accolade to have made the team,” said Van Zyl. “I worked very hard to get there.

“The first time I made the team was in 2018 when it was held in Georgia.”

She added that the World Chess Olympiad was one of the most prestigious chess tournaments in the world, taking place every two years.

“Countries from all over send their best male and female teams, consisting of five players each, so the top players in the world will be there.”

This is the 44th Chess Olympiad and it will be held in Moscow from
August 5 to 18.

The former Erica Primary and Collegiate High pupil said she learnt the game from her father at the age of seven and it had become her passion.

“When I was eight I began to play competitively and I have taken part in many tournaments nationally and internationally since then.

“In 2013, at the age of 13, I attained the Woman International Master title, becoming the youngest South African ever to do so.”

Chess, she added, was a big part of her life.

“It is a massive passion for me. Apart from playing I am also an accredited chess coach, coaching at schools as well as privately.

“I believe that chess has had an incredible influence on me as a person, to the extent that it is part of who I am.”

CAPTION: Madibaz chess player Charlize van Zyl has been chosen to represent South Africa at the World Olympiad in Moscow, Russia, in August. Photo: Anathi Dzanibe



This September, 200 University Student Teams Will Embark on The Journey of a Lifetime Across Europe, Using Cans of Red Bull as Their Only Form of Currency

MARCH 10, 2020 – Johannesburg, South Africa. Public voting has concluded, leading to the selection of nearly 200 lucky university student teams from 60 countries around the globe for Red Bull Can You Make It? 2020, with two SA teams being part of the selection.

During the seven-day travel adventure across Europe, participants will rely solely on street smarts, charm, and negotiating skills to arrange transportation, lodging, and meals using cans of Red Bull as their only form of currency.

The strongest teams from around the world were chosen from more than 4000 applications. After a carefully scanned and verified voting process, a panel of judges picked the final teams for each country. The competition was intense this year, with application creativity at an all-time high. Among the chosen teams, SA applicants from Nelson Mandela University and the University of Witwatersrand who were selected as two of the 200 lucky finalists. Team Chilli Cheesy Chicks made up of Shrestha Arijune, Pavika Moodley and Madeliene Gounde from WITS and team Saffa Squad from NMU Jonél Roos, Bumnandi Jali and Gungubele Yolisa Jali will be traveling across Europe for the title.

On 29 September, 2020, teams will start their journey at one of the five starting points in Europe: Barcelona, Budapest, Amsterdam, Milan and Copenhagen. During their week-long adventure, teams must stop at a minimum of six checkpoints before reaching the finish line in Berlin on 6, October, 2020. Teams will make it through their trek with the help of kind and generous people along the way. Red Bull Can You Make It?, originally planned for 21-28 April 2020, was postponed in light of the current concerns from health authorities.

Visit www.redbullcanyoumakeit.com to see the full roster of 200 teams.Meet the South Africa 2020 Teams for Red Bull Can You Make It?

Red Bull Can You Make It? 2020 is brought to you by our mobility partner Hyundai and our hospitality partner ibis budget. Click here to discover ibis budget’s world of adventure. Our official mobile phone partner HONOR enables us to stay in touch with all teams and capture the mesmerizing moments of this once in a lifetime adventure.

About Red Bull Can You Make It?

Red Bull Can You Make It? challenges teams of three university students on the adventure of a lifetime. Teams from various countries across the globe will have 7 days to travel across Europe using only Red Bull as a currency. A daily social highlight program will follow the stories throughout the week, and judging will be based on three factors: Checkpoint Challenges, Social Following and completing tasks on an Adventure List. It’s not about the first team to the destination – it’s the adventures along the way that matter.  It is a journey of charm and strategy that leaves one question; CAN YOU MAKE IT?  www.redbullcanyoumakeit.com

Madibaz netball event extended to three days

Nelson Mandela University will host its biggest netball club competition yet this weekend when the SPAR Madibaz Tournament takes place over three days for the first time.

Seen as the opening event of the Eastern Province season, the university club will host at least 80 teams from Friday to Sunday as the popularity of the tournament continues to soar.

Madibaz Sport netball manager Melinda Goosen said she was amazed each year at the remarkable interest in the event.

“This tournament has grown exponentially over the past five years from a one-day event to a three-day tournament for the first time this year,” she said.

“Last year we accommodated a record number of 80 team entries and this year we are expecting the same, if not a few more.

“We have already received entries from as far afield as Gauteng, as well as teams from the Western Cape.

“Over the past five years the tournament has gone from 48 teams to a record number of 80 entries last year. This is the biggest club tournament in the country.”

The tournament, Goosen said, was initiated in the days when Mandela University was still split into UPE and Technikon.

“Both institutions had special netball tournaments in the Drieka Nortje Memorial [Technikon] and the Irma du Preez Memorial [UPE].

“When we became NMMU [Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University] it changed to one tournament and was just called the NMMU Memorial tournament in respect for the ladies mentioned above.

“Over the years, this has evolved into the SPAR Madibaz Netball Tournament, starting on Saturday morning and ending that evening. Now we have to extend it to three days.

“It has always been a tournament that takes place early in the netball season and for the past seven years it has been seen as the opening-of-the-season tournament in Nelson Mandela Bay’s netball calendar.”

Goosen said they received entries mainly from Eastern Cape and Western Cape clubs, but for the first time this year Gauteng clubs had shown an interest.

“It is a senior club tournament, but we do allow for U16 and U18 school teams, who will be slotted into appropriate sections.”

A total of five sections will contest the women’s competition, while provision is also made for a men’s division.

Goosen said the tournament was perfectly positioned to provide insight into the various clubs’ player resources for the season.

“Coaches love to enter this tournament due to the number of teams they can enter, giving them a chance to assess their players against some of the best clubs around.

“Having a sponsor such as SPAR assists the Madibaz club in making this tournament such a success.

“To be able to bring a special vibe to the greater netball community in Eastern Cape is an awesome feeling.  Every year I am amazed at the atmosphere and how the players enjoy being part of this.

“It’s not just about the netball, but in essence the friendships that are made and the new people that you meet.”


Can love be blind?

Is it possible to fall in love with someone without seeing what they look like?

To conclude the month of love, we thought we would tackle a controversial and often talked about topic. The word “love” on its own calls for widespread debate. Others argue of its existence and most especially the significance of Valentines Day while to others, it is everything.

                            Physical attraction + emotional connection = Love

Believed to be the love equation, it has been debated as to whether physical attraction contributes anything at all. A new Netflix series titled “Love Is Blind” attempts to answer the question with an experiment that pairs different people who have never seen each other in separate “pods” to establish an emotional connection. The motive? to see if you can propose to someone you have never met before.

 A little spoiler, five days down the line and they were already two proposals. You might argue that five days is to little to decide who you’d like to spend the rest of your life with especially with the modern day “three year dating” rule, but these people seemed genuinely convinced that they were ready.

Meeting your fiancée for the very first time

The rules of the show are that you and your fiancé/ fiancée meet for the very first time a day after the proposal. Luckily, most if not all of them were also physically attracted to their partners. However, they were still asked if their partners physical appearance had at all changed their feelings for them. To which most of them said no.

Let’s take a deeper look. What is an emotional connection?

According to Everyday Health, an emotional connection s a bundle of subjective feelings that come together to create a bond between two people. The word emotional means to arouse strong feelings.

Other studies have shown that in order to have an emotional connection people must be willing to become vulnerable with each other. This vulnerability builds trust which then forms a strong bond.

Susan Johnson and Hara Estroff Marano, authors of the article “In the Name of Love” (Psychology Today Magazine, March 1994), “We fall in love when a strong attachment bond is formed. We stay in love by maintaining the bond.”

The show is set up to encourage this bond by the using the pods so that the pairs do not see each other. It is believed that people are most vulnerable to a stranger. Someone they can’t see. No facial expressions to discourage them, no fear that they might judge them.

Astrology and emotional connection

Most people believe that their star signs affect their love life. Phases like “Scorpios can not date Leo`s” or that “if you find a Libra then he is a keeper” how true could these be?

Zodiac signs have dominated the world for centuries to the point where some people start off their greeting by saying “What star sign are you?”

They are also believed to influence the emotional bond because since zodiac signs are known to tell peoples personalities, most people believe that they can only get along with certain traits and personalities and so the zodiac signs are a great way to tell.

But again, it depends with the type of people. What about physical attraction?

You have seen movie scenes where a man approaches a woman with pretty blond hair in a coffee shop, orders her a cappuccino, asks her on a date and months later they are in love, living together with their dog Bruce. Well, does that really happen in real life?

“I fell in love with her from the first moment i saw her”

“it was love at first sight”

Love at first sight is a tricky subject

It could mean either that; 1) the persons personality appearance e.g. the way they talked

                               2) Their actual physical features e.g. blond hair, blue eyes

Other people genuinely have a certain type of people they are attracted to first. Sometimes, they don’t even notice the coloration with their past lovers.

In the Netflix show, most couples are attracted to their lovers. However, it has outlined that they are certain factors that play a huge role with physical attraction. Especially if there is an age difference or race.

Research has shown that women are more likely not to be attracted to men younger than them


Internet dating sites like Tinder or Cupid match also work with physical attraction. You swipe according to a person’s profile picture. Internet dating has dominated the market. While other sites encourage meeting and first dates, others are there for people who would like to have long distance relations. The same concept, loving someone you have never met.

To go back to our first question, can you love someone without ever meeting them? The answer is it depends. It depends with the personalities and the people involved. Phases like “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” which mean beauty doesn’t exist on its own but is created by observers has been used to back up the theory that you can indeed love someone you have never met.

 Let’s look back at our equation

Physical attraction + emotional connection = Love

What do you think?

To conclude, there are various factors which play a role in both the emotional connection and the physical attraction. But all in all, love is different with every single person. They are people who have fallen in love with animals and they believe its genuine. While to others it sounds like pure insanity. In the show, nearly all the couples get married. So maybe physical attraction doesn’t always play a role after all.

Madibaz aim to bounce back against Rhodes

The FNB Madibaz rugby team are determined to regain their intensity after they went off the boil to suffer a Varsity Shield defeat against Walter Sisulu University in Port Elizabeth last Friday.

The 19-14 result was the Nelson Mandela University side’s first loss in the round-robin phase of the competition and coach Jarryd Buys said they wanted to bounce back against Rhodes in Grahamstown this week.

Friday’s fixture will renew an old rivalry between the Eastern Province-based varsities and Buys said they needed to rediscover their best form against the home team.

“We have spoken about the other teams lifting their games against us, but only until you see it actually happening do you realise that it’s the best way to learn what we are facing,” he said of the Walter Sisulu result.

“In terms of the individuals and the team that will be a massive wake-up call and it’s another warning that you can’t take anything for granted.

“There are other teams out there who want it just as badly as we do.”

Buys said there was no need to panic, but he acknowledged that they had to rectify what went wrong on Friday.

“We can’t just coast along and think the wins are going to keep happening.

“But the attitudes are right and we had a good training session on Monday. It’s been a tough couple of days but the guys have to take it on the chin and it’s often in adversity that a person’s character is shown.

“The way we played on Friday we need to put in a mammoth performance this week.

“It needs to be physical, it needs to be ruthless and it needs to be a case of showing ourselves that what happened on Friday was a once-off.”

He admitted they lacked the proper intensity against Walter Sisulu.

“Losing last year’s final [to Cape Peninsula University of Technology] was one thing because we actually played decent rugby and fell off in the last few minutes.

“But Friday’s result was tough to take. We were flat and very unhappy with how things went and the performance we put in.

“The way it went in the first game [against UKZN] the players perhaps took it for granted that the same intensity was going to be there against Walter Sisulu.

“Each guy was looking around expecting it from the other guy and not doing it himself.

“But now we have to get back up and move onto the next job – and that is our priority in Grahamstown on Friday.”

CAPTION: FNB Madibaz player Kyle Cyster prepares to set off on a run in their Varsity Shield rugby match against Walter Sisulu University at Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth last Friday. Photo: Michael Sheehan


LOVE like a bee

What is love?

The Oxford dictionary defines love as: to adore, to be fond of and to care.

In yoga, it has been established that every human being craves love. It started from the time we were babies, we craved love from our parents. We wanted them all to ourselves, but we eventually realized that they also loved other people (e.g. our siblings). So, some of us moved on to our grandparents where we found out it was the same story (if not worse). We started to go to school and met a teacher that showed us love. Yet again we thought this teacher only loved us but when we looked around, the teacher gave the same care to all the other kids (maybe even more love to other kids). We found a best friend who would only love us but that best friend had other people to spend special time with, in the name of love. Then we get married and become “ONE” with our partner. “This is it” we think, only to find out then, yet again that our partner loves and cares for other people more than just us. Then where can we find a love that will fulfill us?

Well, yogis believe that we must have an attitude of giving love without expecting any of it back. They say the best place to find love that is fulfilling is within. It’s easier said than done really. However, through meditation it can be done. During the yoga lesson, we started to meditate upon love. We were told to hum like a bumble bee, to that I wondered what is so special about a bee? Thinking about bees I wondered why we consider “honey” to be the sweetest thing to call a loved one. Is it a random word because honey is naturally sweet? Alas, the thought of this article was born. Where we discover what love is, from a Honeybee’s point of view.

Did you know? African bees are aggressive and resistant to viruses and technological threats (i.e Wi-Fi) as compared to their commercial counterpart bees from other continents.

The Honeybee

The honeybee is one of the most important pollinators on the planet. It pollinates about ¾ of all the vegetables, fruits and nuts that we eat (considering that there are also other pollinating insects and animals). In America it pollinates about 1/3 of all their food, with a revenue of $15 billion dollars a year. Without honeybees there would be no fruits like blueberries, mangoes, pears and apples. Due to population increase and globalization we demand more food, meaning we demand more bees to perform a natural risk on a very unnatural scale. They simply cannot handle.

To make things worse, technology also interferes with the bee ecosystem. Our Wi-Fi and other technological frequencies harm the honeybees. Without honeybees, human beings will suffer from food shortage and this will contribute heavily to the possibility of human extinction. Unfortunately, there are no substitutes pollinators for the honeybee.

There is a small town in China called Sichuan where all the bees died due to pesticide abuse. The small town pollinates its own fruits, pears being the common fruit. There is so much work that goes into this; It is said that an individual pollinates 30 tress a day (with hundreds of flowers) while a single beehive pollinates 3 million flowers a day. If this was to happen to a country like America it would cost them $90 million a year.

Why Love like a bee?

The focus in this article is on honeybees and their signature product, which is honey. Honey never spoils due to its long shelf life. Honey as a unique and special product produced by bees goes through a long process. It takes a lot of teamwork, organisation and hard work to make honey.

1 pound of honey requires over 10,00 bees that fly around the world three times (more than 75 000 miles) pollinating 8 million flowers.

What’s teamwork without love in the midst of it all? To make honey, every honeybee has to play their part. There is a certain level of trust and expectation among bees in making the honey. However, the most significant act of love as we know, is self-sacrifice. The bee is no stranger to this form of love. The bee is always ready to protect its beehive with the attack of a suicidal sting. How heroic.

So, I ask the question; are we willing to love like a bee? Where we play our part in a team/family, working to create something as sweet as honey? And most of all are we willing to put others first to protect our beehive?

In simple statement, are we willing to give out love without expecting it in return but with the hope that someone out there would do the same for us? Do we have someone or something that we’re ready to die for?

Why the future is female

The 21st century has seen a massive increase in activism and movements. The messages that these groups aim to spread have been given platforms to achieve a wider reach. We are talking about movements like #Blacklivesmatter, #loveislove, #metoo, the list goes on but the focus on this article is on #TheFutureIsFemale. In this short article, we will breakdown the three reasons why the #TheFutureIsFemale exists.

  1. Smartphones

Ever since the telegram, communication evolved immensely. From landlines to mobile phones to smartphones. Smartphones were considered “Smart” because they could multitask. The ability to play music, play games and then pause to reply to a text message. The game started to change (see what I did there).

With Smartphones evolving and getting better and better, so did the apps. The advancements of the apps started to trigger a new way of living. Now people are expected to multitask and do more than before. You can’t just be a traditional marketer anymore, now you must be good at social media, photo and videography editing and graphic design. Yet again the list goes on. [For homework, I would like you to look at the job requirements of a specific position e.g. Marketing assistant, secretary, teacher. Compare today’s requirements for the job and the requirements for the same job 10-15 years ago. You will get a better understanding.]

However, with multitasking being the keyword. It has been proven that females are better at multitasking than their male counterparts, making them well equipped for the future.

2. Speech

When you look around our society today it’s more women that are vocal. I look among my peers and it’s the females that are more vocal. More females have YouTube channels and are active on their social media platforms. More females are fighting for a cause (it’s not just feminism). The males are barely making ripples, I wonder why they are so silent. Don’t they know what silence does?

With my female peers voicing out opinions now, regardless of how right or wrong, their opinions are, they are learning to speak. In five years, they will be better at it as compared to the ‘silent’ male counterparts.

3. Agreeableness

T. A., Livingston, B. A., & Hurst, C. (2012). Do Nice Guys—and <d Gals—Really Finish Last? The Joint Effects of Sex and Agreeableness on Income. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(2), 390-407.

Statistics show that those who score low in agreeableness tend to rise the ladder more as compared to those that score high in agreeableness. Men dominate in the workplace because they tend to score low in agreeableness as compared to their female counterparts that tend to score high in agreeableness. However, the leadership topic has been under close investigation. We need more leaders than mere mangers. The world is lacking in leaders. It has been proven that the most effective leaders score high in agreeableness. As we look for more effective leaders, yet again it is the females that will be better suited to lead the future (Interesting huh?)

In conclusion, when I say “The future is female”, I do not mean it literally but rather the personalities of women have started to prove to be of more value than the old school personality traits that were more male-dominated. I think it is recommended that we learn the skills of both genders and find the best mix. For someone who scores high in agreeableness, you will lose out in negotiations but provide a more motivated and effective environment for your employees or followers. For someone who is not good at multitasking, you will deliver excellent work because of the focus but you will struggle in the modern world that demands a person to be able to multitask.

That is my take on why the future is female. What do you think?