Mandela Day 2021

By Shitshembiso Mahlathi

Mandela Day is an annual international commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, swhich is observed on July 18th each year. As the world remembers Nelson Mandela’s life, leadership, and commitment to humanity and humanitarian issues, we give thanks for his life, leadership, and dedication to humanity and humanitarian causes.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2021 will be remembered as a watershed moment for the entire world, including South Africa. The pandemic wreaked devastation and caused many things to shift and change, but it also raised awareness about mental health. In a society where one in every three people develops a psychiatric disease at some point in their lives, South Africa’s nationwide lockdown posed a major threat to public mental health. South Africa has been dubbed the rape capital of world and within the first week of the lockdown, gender-based violence rose in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Because outreaches and charity events are not possible due to the lockdown laws, and because we spend so much time online, it is critical to be proactive with the 67 minutes of Mandela Day online. Young people can utilize these minutes to make a positive difference by teaching their peers on the importance of mental health and how it is perceived, as well as gender-based violence and how it can be combated, via social media.

Using social media to engage with people outside of your typical social groups might be beneficial. Use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites to host 67-minute livestreams to raise awareness about mental health. You can also talk to strangers online to get them to open up about their mental health and then try to help them by providing them ideas on how to deal with it.

Road to Financial Freedom

By Ashley Malepe

Financial freedom in a land whereby almost half of the people above the age of 18 fall below the upper-bound poverty line, may sound impervious and unattainable for most people. Poverty in South Africa cannot go unnoticed and continues to be a wide prevalent issue in the country. STATS SA’s Poverty Trends in South Africa report, released in August 2017, shows that a quarter of the population lived in extreme poverty in 2015. More than half the population (56%) was considered to be living in poverty as defined by the upper-bound poverty line. According to the report, the people most vulnerable to poverty in South Africa include women, black people, minors, youngsters/students, and residents of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo. This is due to the inherited riddled history of South Africa that the country still continues to grapple with financial oppression, inequality, and financial illiteracy.

But just what is financial literacy and why is it important especially for youth?

To understand financial literacy means that you are very well on your way to financial freedom. First things first, what does it mean to be financially free? Joanelle Smit, financial planner, and director at Spectra Plan BlueStar defines financial freedom as a state in a person’s life in which you have enough savings, investments, and cash to afford a lifestyle that you may wish for yourself and for your families. This does not mean being rich or having huge amounts of money saved up for ‘rainy days’ but knowing how to manage your financial woes and having enough when needed. This now leads to financial literacy, which is better defined by Jason Fernando who is director at Voyager Holdings, Jason defines it as the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. Financial literacy is the foundation of your relationship with money, and it is a life-long journey of learning. The earlier you start, the better off you will be, because education is the key to success when it comes to money.

Being financially illiterate can lead to several pitfalls, such as being more likely to accumulate unsustainable debt burdens, either through poor spending decisions or a lack of long-term preparation. This in turn can lead to poor credit, bankruptcy, and other negative consequences. Thankfully, there are now more resources than ever for those wishing to educate themselves about the world of finance. One such example is getting a bank that charges you less and offers more than just banking but a range of free learning resources or articles to help you be savvy with your ‘Randelas’. However, to be savvy with your

‘randelas’ it may mean that there should be some source of income. This now becomes a challenge for most youngsters in South Africa specifically students, juggling academics, social life, finances may prove to be a bucket full of sweat. It is reported that 70% of students struggle with finances as a result, tend to lose their balancing act and slip into depression. The problem is not, although a contributing factor, having source of income but financial literacy. Financial illiteracy is more common in young adults or students than one may think. Interestingly enough, sometimes the place you are in may influence your way of living, financially. Several studies have found geographical location to statistically influence financial literacy more than economic and demographic characteristics.

Since financial freedom enables financial literacy, which frees you from financial stress and lop-sided spending, wouldn’t you want to get in on that kind of a cool culture of money? Not having to wonder where your next meal is coming from or if your bank will approve your loan? Being financially free enables you to have many options, you are never broke! well that may sound too good to be true but…

Here are ways to achieve and attain financial freedom:

· Side hustle- getting a side hustle is the first step to “short walk to financial freedom”. This will ensure a source of income and discipline. Be that as it may, it does not have to be overtly demanding which will affect your studies. In the contemporary times we live in, it is rather much difficult to find work, so being entrepreneurial-minded will better your chances of getting a source of income. A skill, or an idea that you always had but never believed in it, well now may be the time to believe in it.

· Getting a bank- getting a bank that understands your hustle and acknowledges you being a student takes a little bit effort and lot of sitting-down-thinking.

· Budgeting- drawing financing plans and expenditure is like adding fuel to your car. You will simply not get ahead if you do not effectively plan for you money. The feeling of wondering what happened to your money is the result of not doing your accountings. It does not have to be done in a ledger but a simple detailed plan of how you will spend your money will do.

· Sticking to your budget- consistent budgeting and sticking to it, shows and requires a great deal of discipline and commitment. You tend to also realise or pick up

mistakes you may have done in your budgeting, this helps you in making wise financial decisions.

· Savings- this appears to be the hardest part about the “short road to financial freedom”. However, if your goal is financial freedom, you need a buffer for the unexpected life events that happen to all of us, such as broken appliances, medical emergencies etc. Having the cash on hand to cover an unexpected life event gives you peace of mind and is a critical part of your overall financial plan. Once you have that fully funded savings account, you will start to feel more flexibility in your budget. You will be able to say yes to shopping splurges and specialty lattes with no guilt at all! Since you are not taking on debt, you will also need a savings plan for big purchases that are not emergencies. Let us take summer vacation for example. It is simple! Create a line item in your monthly budget and divide the total amount by the months you must save. You are not living in debt anymore, and that means you can enjoy your vacation instead of having a credit card bill follow you home.

· Do not live above your means- part of making wise financial decisions is knowing what you can afford or buy and still survive with savings on your bank account. Most students or youngsters love to splurge money on temporal things, and this is a great downfall for them.

Financial stress can be a waking nightmare for students or young people, and it can be a huge factor in talented students dropping out of varsity or slipping into depression. financial literacy should be compulsory for young people, especially students. financial freedom can be attainable, and it can be achieved through passive profit. “Passive profit is what you have after your fixed expenses have been paid. It means you still have enough money to live comfortably.” – Joanelle Smit.

Out of the closet. Into the streets

By Somila Tiwani

In South Africa, the LGBTQI+ community has come a long way with much progress recognized with celebrating its members. This progress has also inspired individuals to “come out of their closet”, that is to embrace their sexuality. “Coming out” refers to the process of recognizing, accepting, and sharing one’s gender identity and/or sexual orientation with others. For some, it may be quick and easy, but for others, it will be longer and more challenging.

The acronym (LGBTQI+) stands for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersexual and the + is an indication of different sexual orientations such as Asexual, Pansexual, and Ally, a term used to describe a non-queer individual who supports and advocates for the Queer Community.

In most countries, including South Africa, June is officially recognized as Pride Month. Pride Month is for everyone to embrace who they are and it also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of current issues facing the LGBTQI+ community.

The rainbow represents the month-long celebration’s diverse activities and flavors. Massive rallies, pride parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and countless other LGBTQI+ activities draw people from all over the world. The Pride community takes great pride in their cause, dressing up in colorful costumes, make-up, and of course, glitter for the world to see.

Coming out can be a challenging journey, but it can also be liberating and empowering one. You can now be genuine and true to yourself. You can come across a large community of people who are like you and feel supported and encouraged.

Even if it’s frightening to consider coming out to others, the benefits might outweigh the difficulties. Take pride in acknowledging yourself.

This Youth Month, as we reflect on the 1976 Soweto Uprising, an iconic period in South African history in which the youth defied the apartheid system to fight injustice, it is equally important to celebrate the LGBTQI+ community.

MOTHER’S “APPRECIATION” DAY.

By Liyema Mpompi

Mothers play a pivotal role in their children’s livelihoods; they are there from when they are born to their first day of primary school and all the way to being strong supportive figures in times where they must make tough decisions as young adults. Mother’s Day is held annually on the second Sunday of May to show appreciation to mothers and mother figures.

Previously women who never had an opportunity to give birth to a child were made to feel left out on this day. However, Mother’s Day has become more inclusive and all women who play a parental role to any child are to be celebrated and honoured.

Here is a suggestion list of things that can be done on Mother’s Day to show appreciation:

  1. Take your mother to a spa day.
  2. Bake a special cake.
  3. Replace plates that have been broken.
  4. Cook a family recipe.
  5. Plant mom’s favourite herbs.
  6. Since winter is soon, buy warm Blankets.
  7. Write a letter.

According to Nyke Broek, “at least 800 women pass away each and every day during pregnancy or birth and more than 15000 each day babies are still born or die in the first day of life.” These incidents occur most in low- and middle-income countries. This serves as a reminder of how much we should be grateful of the gift of life and why we must show more gratitude to women during this Mother’s Day and all year round as it is visible that pregnancy can be life threatening

Hlumis’imfundo: Creating Pride for Our Learners.

By Zukisani Gali.

Hlumis’imfundo is a tutoring programme situated in the location area of Port Elizabeth in Motherwell NU 1, based at Masiphatisane Senior Secondary School – and they need our help!

The programme assists scholars with various subjects through different grades, indirectly assisting them in building a future and restoring their pride. It was founded in 2018 by Mr Andile Mbuqu (26) and implemented in 2019 and since the start, parents of the tutored scholars have applauded the programme for the results it has brought to the table (and reports). One parent said, “My son always brought intonga (sticks – literally level ones throughout the year) but ever since Hlumis’imfundo came, his marks have improved.”

Hlumis’imfundo is more than a tutoring programme, it is a nonprofit company seeking for investors and sponsors. The tutors are passionately working voluntarily, and Mr Mbuqu would like to see that change. Learners come from different backgrounds and some of them, from the most unfortunate side.

Mr Mbuqu and Hlumis’imfundo are asking for assistance to help those who are struggling to help themselves, with the statement “You cannot concentrate on an empty stomach.” They are pleading for someone to help complete the pride of the new generation, and that person could very well be you!

To obtain more information on how to join or invest in this program, please contact the Administrator: Mr Zukisani Gali by emailing zukisanigali97@gmail.com, Cell number: 0626008167.

The smallest donation could put the biggest smile on someone’s face!

“The hand that gives is the most blessed hand than the one that receives”- Andile Mbuqu.

Facebeat 101: The Do’s, and the (Please) Do Not’s!

Knowing how to do make up is a skill, some may even call it art – but knowing how to do it properly? Goals. Danielle Fontana Dooley, the senior digital editor of the New Beauty Blog guides us through the basics.

There are many people who prefer not to use make-up due to anxiety issues or the fear of not being able to do it properly. Contrary to popular belief, there is a wrong way of using make-up, and that is doing it badly. Yes, there are even rules in make-up!

The first thing you need to focus on when beating your face, is your eyes. Through this, you can achieve beautiful results in the cleanest way as you will be able to remove excess fall out from under the eyes without ruining the whole process.

Blush and bronzer are known to give you that extra ‘little something’ and shine, but they share a golden rule – do not wear them both at once. Fiona Stiles, a celebrity make-up artist, and Ella Thweni a local one, pride themselves in this rule and state that “bronzer looks more believable when there’s a bit of flush to the skin.”

Lipstick, one of the most used make up products, also has a rule, Ella walks us through this one. Match your lipsticks with your lip liner, one can get so much definition by lining your lips with a darker colour shade, and fill inner corners, then only apply a brighter shade of lip liner on the inside. New Beauty says that only then should you add lipstick as a finish, to get a long-lasting, fuller lip. When using foundation, one should wear powder on top, and a dense brush must be used for liquid make-up.

Know your colour, get one to match your face, follow these rules and you will look like a celebrity MUA touched you up!

By Zukisani Gali

Bonded by Blood.

By Tsireledzo Musecho

As the world evolves even more to the modern era, certain things that were once seen as taboo have become the sore on everybody’s tongues. This is the ‘normalization’ of terms or topics. An example of these once taboo topics is the talk of menstrual bleeding, commonly known as periods.

In the past and throughout present days, most women were embarrassed or ashamed to talk or to even be seen having a pad which would indicate that they are going through their menstrual phrase. In some cultures, during this stage women are told not to go out or to tell anyone, but as times change, more and more women are teaching young girls the self confidence in their natural body processes. One of these women are the mother and daughter that founded PetalsSA, Ms. Mpho and Aphiwe Motloung. PetalsSa is a girl’s period box that helps women with their cravings during this moody and sometimes painful time of the month. In a virtual interview with the founders of PetalsSa, when asked what they think period pains should mean to all women, rather than the typical taboo, they responded that, ‘menstruation is a part of life. Same as how everybody sweats and uses the bathroom, it’s a natural thing’. They further explain that it is important for women to be confident in themselves and their bodies instead of being ashamed as menstruation brings life.

With a change in the world, the bigger picture is to empower women.

For more information on the PetalsSA initiative, do check out their Instagram page at PetalsSA.

The Department of Health fails healthcare workers.

By Yonelisa Mabotyi

South African healthcare workers have protested over poor working conditions and urged the government to end corruption in the procurement of Coronavirus personal protective equipment. However, these grievances appear to be ignored by the department and government officials and thus have caused healthcare workers nationally to be frustrated.

Linen cupboards at Port Elizabeth’s Provincial and Livingstone hospitals are running bare and doctors are struggling to admit patients because they do not have enough hospital gowns or sheets to prepare beds for them. Patients are advised to bring  linen and one patient was seen trying to cover herself with newspaper to stay warm.

It is reported that there are numerous issues with the linen bank and laundry service in the public hospital sector. These issues include unresolved labour disputes, insufficient laundry aids. The staff also fears contracting COVID-19 from the patient’s linen. This has resulted in a complete malfunction of laundry services at the hospital, posing a further risk to patients and staff.

Workers at Dora Nginza Hospital in Gqeberha, including general workers, nurses and administration staff, downed tools from 9 to 11:45 am on Monday, 11 April in protest over outstanding performance payments. Protesting workers are complaining about the poor state of health services at Eastern Cape public institutions.

According to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa(DENOSA), their demands include danger allowance during the period of Lockdown; Absorption of all contract nurses; Filling vacant position to ease pressure on nurses; Urgent attention to the slow implementation of the new organogram that seeks to provide slavery and more burden to the nurses; Translation of nurses salaries to the reasonable and competitive scale; Restoration of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to nursing education; Lastly rural allowances for emergency nurses working under terrible conditions.

Following the protests at Dora Nginza, the Minister of health, Zweli Mkhize briefed the media. He stated that the challenges of the Eastern Cape are not new. He continues to say that there are issues that relate to several aspects such as funding being a challenge throughout the province. Lack of human resource, weakness in leadership management and issues relating to infrastructure which lead to gaps. He concludes by saying in general, health services are underfunded and need an increase in funding.

The Change On The Tertiary Pass Rates Is Unpredictable

By Sisipho Magadla

Online learning has received so much exposure and attention from higher education institutions in the past few years, it has become even worse as the whole world is going through this time of the pandemic. This was the best alternative way of continuing with studies, but not everyone is copying. In most cases first year students are not prepared, and they are the most vulnerable, it is even worse for the students who come from poor families and are not well prepared for the University environment.

Online learning requires reading and writing skills, independent learning, motivation, and computer literacy. Some students lack some of these skills and that leads them to failing or even dropping out, but for those who have these skills, online learning is very effective for them.

Ever since online learning took over, the pass rates have increased in massive rates, and the reason for that could be because students are studying in their comfortable spaces and environments and they are studying at their own pace. Even though this method of learning comes with more stress and destructions, but students however find a way of saving their academic year and pass with good grades.

The fact that extra help is being provided and students are given options of reaching out to their lecturers if they have questions and even extra material is being provided so that every student is clear with chapters in their modules helps a lot. The institutions are doing their most to meet students halfway and giving them all the help, they need.

Service delivery protests in Gqeberha flare-up.

By Yonelisa Mabotyi

The impact of high unemployment remains a great concern to residents and all key stakeholders in the Metro. Such issues lead to service delivery protests, where roads are blocked with rocks, stormwater pipes, garbage and burning. And cars are stoned and turned back. Different groups of protesters have gathered and are demanding basic municipal services, houses, and jobs at Transnet and Coega.

Many reasons for these protests are offered. The primary reason is dissatisfaction with the delivery of basic municipal services like running water, electricity, and toilets especially in informal settlements. Unemployment, high levels of poverty, poor infrastructure, and the lack of houses add to the growing dissatisfaction in these communities.

Several service delivery protests flared up across the city in the past month alone. Two trucks were torched on the Addo Road, Wednesday, 14 April. Two Algoa busses set alight on the M17 on the way to Kwazakhele on Tuesday morning. A beer truck looted and torched on the R75. Before that, a tanker truck was set alight on the corner of the M17 and R335 to Addo.

The informal settlements in Port Elizabeth can have about 2,000 residents who are not getting any service delivery.  They share broken standpipes and must queue for water. These residents share pit toilets with 15 other shack dwellers. The toilets are said to be unhygienic and cause young girls and women infections. When wet, the roads become unconducive. Ambulances do not come because they have no proper roads.

The rising number of service delivery protests highlights the growing need for local businesses to protect themselves financially from the possible risks associated with social unrest. Given the increasingly violent nature of demonstrations in recent months; protests, strikes and riots need to become a permanent part of a business’ risk management plan.