Archive Dec 29, 2020

Here are all the new lockdown level 3 changes – including which businesses have to close.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the latest amendments to the Disaster Management Act, giving effect to the move to lockdown level 3 announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa on monday night.

The gazette officially moves the country to an adjusted lockdown level 3, and makes changes to the rules and regulations in place to protect the country from a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It also marks the third set of regulations associated with this particular lockdown level.

Ramaphosa said that the move aims to limit super-spreader events further, and will adjust previous level 3 regulations to keep the economy as open as possible.

It will also allow government to focus on the social distancing measures, and aims to ease the pressure on hospitals and health workers.

The change follows meetings held by the president and his cabinet as part of the National Coronavirus Command Council on Sunday, and come as the country surpasses 1 million cumulative Covid-19 infections and record daily increases.

A further 7,458 new cases were recorded on 28 December, taking the cumulative total since the start of the pandemic to 1,011,871. The country has reported 27,071 deaths from the virus, according to the latest data from the Department of Health.

“We have let down our guard, and unfortunately we are now paying the price,” Ramaphosa said. “We can only weather this storm if we immediately and fundamentally change our mindsets.”


Under lockdown level 3, every person will be confined to their place of residence from 21h00 to 06h00, and will not be allowed out unless they are granted exemption from a relevant cabinet minister via regulation (essential services), or need to attend to a medical emergency.

Businesses will have to close their doors at 20h00. This includes:

  • Cinemas;
  • Theatres;
  • Casinos;
  • Museums, galleries and archives;
  • Gyms and fitness centres;
  • Restaurants;
  • Venues hosting auctions; and
  • Venues hosting professional sport.

Wearing masks

Wearing face masks is now mandatory for every person in a public place.

Any person who fails to comply with a verbal instruction by an enforcement officer to wear one is committing an offence and may face prosecution.

This could results in a fine, or jail time not exceeding six months, or both.

You will not be allowed to use public transport or enter any public buildings without a mask. Employers are not allowed to let their employees work without a face mask.

The only exception in the gazette is that a face mask is not required when doing ‘vigorous exercise’ – however it is up to the minister of health to determine what constitutes this type of exercise.

Businesses and venues

Business and venues have to determine the area of floor space on their premises and use this information to determine the exact number of customers and employees allowed at any given time.

Social distancing measures need to be enforced at all times, and sanitisers must be available for use.

Failure to follow these regulations is an offence and can result in a fine or imprisonment, or both.

The following are closed to the public:

  • Night clubs;
  • Swimming pools (except for professional training);
  • Bars, taverns and shebeens;
  • Public parks, including facilities there, where there is no access control;
  • Beaches, parks and dams in hotspot areas.


Attendance at funerals is limited to a maximum of 50 people, and the duration is limited to 2 hours.

Night vigils are not allowed, and after-funeral gatherings are banned.

At funerals, attendees must wear a mask, and venue capacity may not exceed 50%.


All gatherings, including faith-based gatherings are prohibited for 14 days. This includes political and traditional council events.

Gatherings for the purposes of work are permitted, but need to follow strict social distancing measures.

  • Cinemas, theatres, casinos, museums, libraries, sporting grounds, restaurants and auctions are allowed to continue operating, but are limited to 50 people or less indoors and 100 people or less outdoors, and are subject to the same strict social distancing measures.

At no point can the number of people exceed 50% of a venue’s capacity, if it is too small to take 50 people.

  • Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and resorts are allowed to take full capacity of available rooms for accommodation, with social distancing measures in place.

However, dining and entertainment facilities at these places must follow the same guidelines as above.

  • Supermarkets, shops, stores and pharmacies are limited only to 50% of floor space.


Sport event, both professional and non-professional are allowed, but must follow the new regulations which include:

  • No spectators are allowed to attend matches;
  • Only the required number of players, match officials and support staff are allowed;
  • Journalists, TV crews, security personnel, emergency services and venue employees are allowed at the venue;
  • International events may only be held with teams from low or medium risk countries;
  • Any other directions issued by the sport or health minister.


Travel is still permitted. It is up to the ministers of transport and health to determine the specific directions for this sector.

However, the regulations specify that these departments need to prepare for the return of South Africans to work, and need to lay out the plans for domestic air travel and other public transport systems.

Some specifics for public transport include:

  • Bus and taxi services may not carry more than 70% capacity for long-distance travel (>200km), and may carry 100% capacity for any other trip.
  • Drivers may not allow any passengers to travel without a mask.


Alcohol sales are banned, for both off-site and on-site consumption.

Consumption of alcohol in public spaces is prohibited, and wine tasting and the selling of liquor to the public in any form is not allowed.

Transporting liquor is also banned, except where it’s for the use in the manufacturing of hand sanitisers and household cleaning products, for export purposes, or for storage.’

Clarity on regulations

Nkosazana Damini-Zuma clarified a few points of confusion around the lockdown regulations, particularly around travel and social gatherings.

All social gatherings are prohibited for 14 days – there is no distinction between a public gathering and private gathering. All gatherings are affected. This means private parties and gatherings of friends are not allowed for the stipulated period. This will be reviewed after the 14 days are up.

Inter-provincial travel is allowed – people are away on holiday and need the freedom to return home. So inter-provincial travel is permitted “for now”, Dlamini-Zuma said.

Oscar Tee is unstoppable!

South African artist Oska Tee returns with ‘THE UNSTOPPABLE ALBUM’. This is Oska Tee’s fIfth studio album. It is a follow up to his previous albums: The Ultimate album 2005; The Unique album 2008 and The Utmost album 2010 and The Upstage album 2018. Oska Tee brings 12 new tracks through this new offering.

Oska Tee, born Batandwa Oscar Tyumre in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, started singing at an early age at home, school and in church like most musicians. He has been in the music industry for almost 30 years and has worked alongside many big names in the music industry including one of Africa’s biggest music icons Brenda Fassie with whom he did over 100 shows within one year as a road-show manager in 1998 – 99. Oska Tee also worked alongside other big names like Patricia Majalisa, whom she managed for ten years, wrote four songs in her album Epatini in 2010 and featured her in his previous album the upstage in a song I heard them. He also still works with Majalisa band. Oska also managed By4 and did backing vocals for popular groups Splash, Dalom Kids, Nomuntu Kappa, Suthukazi Arosi and Mercy Pakela, to name but a few.

Due to the world music market becoming smaller and smaller because of technology, Oska Tee decided to produce an album that will accommodate a wider range of audiences globally. Though staying true to his African roots and to the South African bubblegum music sounds that inspired him in the late 80’s, Oska Tee added a lot of different influences that have also had a huge followership in South Africa in his teenage years. That includes: Rock’n roll, country, funk and reggae.

EMSINI is a house disco track, in which Oska Tee conveys a message that regardless of the many losses of their colleagues as artists, they as survivors will continue in the game in remembrance of their fallen loved ones. UBOMI is another hard-core dance tune and its message is that each of us in the world gets a turn to shine, it just happens in a different time for each of us. LENGOMA, inspired by Brenda & the big dudes 80’s hit Promises, is also a dance tune, against tribalism, xenophobia and racism. EBUSUKU, a modern Afro-soul love song, featuring a young dude Frans CEO is a beautiful mid-tempo groove, a love at first sight story. NDIYAKUTHANDA is a fusion of rock and disco. Oska Tee shares with a loved one how only love can fill the void inside a man and not fame. It is a great all age song. HAPPY MAN is a tribute song to Oska’s fallen colleague and friend. It is a fusion of disco reggae and Afro-pop with a country music touch. BOY AND A DREAM is a Caribbean reggae piece, telling a story of tough times growing up and how a blessing of a grandmother helped through it all. KONDELELANI is a hard-core disco track with its message dedicated to all the people of the world to persevere and that COVID-19 like other pandemics will fade and life will be back to normal if we adhere to regulations. This one’s music was inspired by an old Dalom kids hit God of mercy. YOU’LL BE MY FRIEND is another hard-core disco tune, the kind of sound made famous by Benjamin Ball, Chicco, Splash and its a love song, produced by Nikie Nikie. UYINTO YONKE is an Afro-pop ballad song where SA meets Uganda. It is a beautiful love song featuring Ugandan singer Kim K. GOOD OLD TIMES is a fusion of funk and disco. Crafted beautifully, the song remembers good old times spent with a close friend and times of great music. STAY WITH ME is an interlude of an R&B/soul love song previously done by Oska Tee and Zeppra Safari in the 90’s.

All the songs have been composed, written and arranged by Oska Tee himself and are produced by Oska Tee and various experienced producers from within Africa’s music industry, including his long term producer Harold Loftazz Khoza and others such as Nikie Tjale (SA), Kim Kainja (Uganda), Collen Thulare (SA) and Dj Noza (Zimbabwe). From the 12 tracks on the Unstoppable album each song is different and unique.

The album has been released by the O’Tee productions in December 2020. It is available on iTunes, amazon, google-play, deezer, symphy@Africa, MTN music, and selected shops & Cd stalls around the country and neighboring countries. Oska Tee productions also does direct postage to fans who still prefer hard copies.

Oska Tee continues to work as a manager for Abazi productions, an independent record label. Whennot on tours or rehearsals he’s in Abazi recording studio or office on a daily basis.

For bookings; orders & more information please call or whatsapp: +27 73 130 1620 / +27 65 808 0838.


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For Noluthando Nyandeni, Lambano Academy helps mark a new life!

For Noluthando Nyandeni , Lambano Academy helps mark a new life.

The holiday season is  finally here! A season known for goodwill and cheer. Happiness is shared amongst families and friends in gatherings to exchange gifts. 

 Festive spirit has been experienced at Lambano Academy .This after they are now pronounced fully registered entity.
“I’d like to thank the parents who were brave enough to believe in this vision. “The journey starts here. We will produce quality education . Our learners wont be pushed around like wheel barrows” She sighed.

Its believed the end of the year means Christmas and all the good things associated with it . For over 15 years , Gutzy Noluthando Nyandeni has been known as the force behind 100 percent pass rate in the westrand district . With her outstanding leadership qualities much credit should be directed accordingly.
 Speaking at the closing ball of her “new baby” Lambano Academy she said ” 2021 will be the first time Lambano gets a 100 percent pass. ” i am going to reclaim that achievement “. Said Nyandeni.

” We have tried to adapt to online methods of teaching but there would always be data issues so then we have decided to continue teaching our learners. ” One of our educators has been trained from England , so we have quality education. She added. 

The majority of the time there’s something fantastic on the other side. The school cater for the grade R to grade 12. They also conduct drama lesson runned by the celebrated Mpumi Mpama . “This will help learners to polish their skills and open doors in the entertainment industry”. 
in her conclusion she said “Not every child want to be a Doctor , some are meant to entertain “
“I urge parents not to underestimate Drama ” Said Nyandeni.

for more information please Contact Lambano Academy email: or call +2710 023 3113 or 083 308 7638

Ramaphosa announces new lockdown restrictions for South Africa – including beach closures, curfew and alcohol sales

Staff Writer 2 days ago

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced new lockdown measures at both national, and district level for South Africa.

In a national address on Monday evening (14 December), the president said that the country has been hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections with nearly 8,000 new cases reported on Sunday.

There can no longer be any doubt that South Africa has entered a second wave, said the president. “If we do not act urgently, the second wave will be even more severe than the first wave.”

The president pointed to four provinces leading this second wave, including:

  • The Western Cape
  • The Eastern Cape
  • KZN
  • Gauteng

There are probably many reasons for this massive spike in infections, but some key contributors are now becoming clearer, the president said.

Ramaphosa said that most cases are reported in young people between 15 and 19 years. He said that one of the main reasons for the massive spike in infections are social gatherings and parties- particularly the matric rage event.

“In many of these gatherings, social distancing is not being observed, venues are crowded and not adequately ventilated, hand sanitiser is not readily available, and people are not wearing masks,” he said.

Many people consume alcoholic drinks at these ‘super-spreader’ events, with the result that people become less careful about taking measures to protect themselves and prevent infection.

“We now know that nearly 1,000 young people from Gauteng who attended the event have tested positive for the coronavirus. What we don’t yet know is how many more people each of them has infected.

“It is said that up to 300 families could in turn have been infected. The sad truth about is that festivals, concerts & parties – which should be occasions for fun & joy – are proving to be sources of infection & illness and may even lead to deaths.”

Other reasons behind the rise infections include increased travel between provinces and a relaxed attitude to current lockdown regulations such as wearing masks.

“The more we travel, the greater the potential to spread the virus,” the president said.

He said that the relatively low rates of infection over the last few months have made us more relaxed about wearing a mask over our nose and mouth every time we go out in public.

“Another factor in the rise in infections is increased travel with many people not observing prevention measures as they move within cities, towns and rural areas, and between different areas.”

“The festive season now poses the greatest threat,” the president said. “Unless we do things differently, this will be the last Christmas for many South Africans,” he said.

Local restrictions

Ramaphosa said that it is necessary to take extraordinary measures to save lives, while still protecting livelihoods.

These measures include local lockdown restrictions for the Sarah Baartman District in the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route District in the Western Cape, which have been declared hotspot regions.

From 00h01 on Tuesday, until a drop in infections is seen, the following additional restrictions will take affect in these areas:

  • Hours of curfew will be from 22h00 – 04h00 except for essential workers and emergencies;
  • The sale of alcohol will only be permitted between 10h00 and 18h00, from Monday and Thursday at retail outlets;
  • Alcohol use will be banned in public places such as beaches and parks;
  • All gatherings, including religious gatherings, may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events;
  • At all times the total number of people may not exceed 50% of venue capacity;
  • All post-funeral gatherings are now prohibited.

National lockdown

Ramaphosa also announced that further national restrictions will be reintroduced from 00h01 on Tuesday.

These restrictions will be reviewed in early January based on the state of the country’s coronavirus cases, he said.

The new restrictions include:

  • Stricter enforcement of existing level 1 lockdown restrictions – This includes that people in public buildings and public transport wear masks.
  • Gatherings – Gatherings will be further restricted to 100 people for indoor events and 250 for outdoor events. The total number of people in a venue may not exceed 50% of the capacity of the venue.
  • Funerals – All post-funeral gathering are prohibited across the country.
  • Beaches – Ramaphosa said that a differentiated approach will be used for the country’s beaches and public parks. In areas with high coronavirus cases beaches and parks will be closed from 16 December to 3 January – this will apply to all of the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route. Beaches will also be closed in KZN on days which are seen as particularly busy. These include 16 December, 26 December, 31 December, 1 January, 2 January, and 3 January. Beaches and public parks in the Western Cape and Northern Cape will remain open for now.
  • Evening – South Africa’s national curfew will be extended: 23h00 until 04h00. This means that non-essential establishments such as restaurants will have to close at 22h00 so that staff and patrons can go home before curfew. The curfew is in full effect on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • Alcohol – The sale of alcohol will only be permitted from 10h00 – 18h00 from Monday to Thursday at retail outlets. Wine farms can remain open and sell alcohol for off-site consumption as per their licence hours.

Department of Health to launch pilot programme for a new web-based Travel Health Questionnaire COVID-19 screening platform

With the full resumption of international travel, the national Department of Health has increased efforts to strengthen active screening and surveillance at ports of entry in South Africa. The department is launching a pilot project for the COVID SA travel system, which is a digital screening solution, that allows travellers to complete the required travel health questionnaire (THQ) on their personal devices ahead of their arrival at the ports of entry.

The Department is intending to make a move from paper-based screening systems to a digitized screening solution in a phased approach. The web-based THQ platform will complement and strengthen the existing method of screening and surveillance at ports of entry, as a user-friendly tool allowing travellers to complete the travel health questionnaire on their personal devices prior to their travel.

The web-based travel screening solution will allow travellers to complete their travel and symptomatic information at any time from 2 days ahead of their journey to ensure that the exposure and symptoms information provided is relevant. Once completed, the traveller will receive a unique number (look-up ID) which they will present to the Port Health official at the respective port of entry to proceed with the screening process. Over time, as more travellers use this system it can save them time and help fast-track screening at ports of entry.

The department will introduce through a pilot, a digitized screening system for international travellers arriving and departing from South Africa. As of the 17th of December 2020, international travellers arriving at O.R Tambo International Airport, those departing from Cape Town International Airport, those entering the country through Beit Bridge land border and those exiting through Maseru Bridge land border will be expected to complete the web-based THQ.  The paper-based system for COVID-19 screening will continue to be in operation at all other operational ports of entry.

This system will play a critical role in assisting Port Health with managing travellers, identifying potential high-risk travellers and to respond effectively.

Security of personal information was one of the top priorities throughout the development of this system. Accordingly, best practice guidelines as per the POPI Act are followed to protect all traveller’s personal information at all times.

The COVID SA travel system provides us with additional armour to better manage and survey travellers to prevent importation and exporting of the virus. The system will also provide better data collection and storage which can be helpful with identifying potential high-risk travellers. An algorithm that helps determine the risk profile of travellers is embedded in the system. In the event of a positive case, the system will assist with identifying potentially exposed travellers who were in proximity to the positive case, further assisting with better contact tracing.

The COVID SA travel system will be live from noon on 15  December 2020 to allow travellers to complete the web-based form ahead of their travel and can be accessed using this link: Travellers who have already booked their tickets can still access the web-based THQ at any time after the system goes live.

Travellers will still be subjected to the screening protocols in ports of entry, including temperature screening and are still required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained not more than 72 hours from time of departure.

Travellers arriving into South Africa are required to download the COVID Alert SA application on their mobile phones.

For more information, please contact

Popo Maja, Departmental Spokesperson

072 585 3219


“Troubled” is the lead single created by iconic Botswana artists teaming up with a Danish based production team for a new project exploring mental health in the creative industries. Forming Part of the Heartstrings & Heartbeats campaign, the song Troubled features the popular stars Solly Sebotso and Mpho Sebina from Botswana and is written by Danish star Spliff, produced by Kiz Keyz.

Troubled fuses Botswana’s four-string Guitar (a local traditional folk music) and Danish Electronic Dance Music in a cool, contemporary style. The goal is to stimulate public discourse on mental health among creative people as well as the use of music as an effective public engagement tool.

The single releases to the South African market from this week. 

Heartstrings & Heartbeats is a two year multi-stakeholder public engagement project aimed at exploring the science behind mental health issues among creatives while placing communities and those who are impacted and inflicted as drivers of their own solutions. It will promote and facilitate diversity of people and ideas about mental health science and creative works between the global north and South.

The first phase of the project is meant to foster cultural relations between Danish and Botswana music artists as well as trigger dialogue  on issues of mental health among creative people. This will culminate in a campaign to raise awareness among the public and inform research.  

The second phase of the project will bring together stakeholders to co-create  solutions that utilises action research to explore mental health among creative people. This global public engagement project seeks to create knowledge exchange between scientists in the global north, (starting with Denmark) and global south (starting with Botswana) including collaboration on projects emerging from explorations of mental health issues affecting creative people.  

In addition to the support and collaboration from various stakeholders, Wellcome Trust (Funder), University of Botswana’s Faculty of Medicine, Infers Group, All Things Musical, Oceans, Industry Media, Duma FM and The Dialogue Group, it is hoped that stakeholders will be attracted to invest in the future opportunities of the project.

“Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion every year in lost productivity – and take a terrible human toll. How can we build healthier workplaces that support mental health?“, World Economic .

Stay up to date with their latest updates here – 

SA’s Choccy Chox releases hot new single, “Fire (Remix)”

Choccy Chox is a South African singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born into a musical family, he has grown up with all things music around him. For the past 5 years Matthew was a third member in the award-winning, chart-topping live electronic band, GoodLuck playing live synths, saxophone and singing. Off the back of Eleven #1 radio hits in South Africa, the band sold-out live shows – which took them around Europe, Asia, Africa and the UK, across global stages.

Today, Choccy has taken the opportunity to focus on his solo music career as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has enjoyed experimenting and discovering his own style. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in the studio. I’ve grown so much over the years as an artist and putting all my creative energy and passion into making music has been such a happy experience”. He is looking forward to sharing his music with you.

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Kamisa’s ”No To Femicide” :A tool to speak to men and young boys to bring an end to gender based violence.

A group of SA’s favourite celebrities have added their voices to No To Femicide, the new anti-violence on women single by Kamisa. Released this month to mark the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the R&B single speaks from the heart. 

“The song is about the current situation our country is facing where Gender-Based Violence has become the norm. We want this song to create awareness amongst men, who in most cases are the main perpetrators – so that they will stand up and oppose Violence against Women and Children. Gender-Based Violence is not acceptable in any Society” says Kamisa’s Mr Linx. 

Many stars appear in the music video with cameos including actor Siv Ngesi, cricket icon JP Duminy, radio star Stan Mars, music star Choccy Chox (Matthew O’Connell), comedian Kurt Schoonraad, music legend Grandmaster DJ Ready D, and MMA Champ Faeez Jacobs. 

“Kamisa was fortunate enough to work with Randall Jean-Pierre, one of the most talented composers and producers in Cape Town. We also asked Siv Ngesi, known for being vocal on social media against Gender-Based Violence to perform a powerful spoken-word piece on the song” says Kamisa member Jay-P. 

Where did the inspiration for the song come from? Jay-P explains: A close family friend is a nursing sister at the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Cape Town. In March she told us about a devastating fire that ripped through the Centre and destroyed the sleeping quarters of the abused women and children that the Centre looks after. Kamisa wants to use No To Femicide as a tool to speak to our fellow men and young boys to bring an end to this absolutely ugly and unacceptable scourge, and we also want to use the song to somehow help the Centre to raise funds so that they can restore the damage caused by the fire.

Watch the “No To Femicide” music video here –



Each year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

Each World AIDS Day focuses on a specific theme, which this year will be Global solidarity, shared responsibility. This year’s theme joins a growing list of challenges that World AIDS Day has alerted people to globally.

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever international day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to HIV.

  • Awareness-raising activities take place around the globe.
  • Many people wear a red ribbon, the universal symbol of awareness of, support for and solidarity with people living with HIV. 
  • People living with HIV make their voice heard on issues important in their lives.
  • Groups of people living with HIV and other civil society organizations involved in the AIDS response mobilize in support of the communities they serve and to raise funds.
  • Events highlight the current state of the epidemic.

World AIDS Day remains as relevant today as it’s always been, reminding people and governments that HIV has not gone away. There is still a critical need for increased funding for the AIDS response, to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on people’s lives, to end stigma and discrimination and to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV.


2020    Global solidarity, shared responsibility

2019    Communities make the difference

2018    Know your status

2017    My health, my right

2016    Hands up for HIV prevention

2015    On the Fast-Track to end AIDS

2014    Close the gap

2013    Zero discrimination

2012    Together we will end AIDS

2011    Getting to zero

2010    Universal access and human rights

2009    Universal access and human rights

2008    Stop AIDS. Keep the promise—lead, empower, deliver

2007    Stop AIDS. Keep the promise—leadership

2006    Stop AIDS. Keep the promise—accountability

2005    Stop AIDS. Keep the promise

2004    Women, girls, HIV and AIDS

2003    Stigma and discrimination

2002    Stigma and discrimination

2001    I care, do you?

2000    AIDS: men make a difference

1999    Listen, learn, live! World AIDS campaign with children and young people

1998    Force for change—world AIDS campaign with young people

1997    Children living in a world of AIDS

1996    One world, one hope

1995    Shared rights, shared responsibilities

1994    AIDS and the family

1993    Time to act

1992    AIDS—a community commitment

1991    Sharing the challenge

1990    Women and AIDS

1989    Our lives, our world—let’s take care of each other

1988    A world united against AIDSREAD MOREWORLD AIDS DAY CAMPAIGNS

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2017 / My health, my right

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2014 / Close the gap

2013 / Zero discrimination

2012 / Together we will end AIDS

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Mzwakhe advocates for inclusion and a diverse society!

Its understood that many parents find it difficult to engage in conversations to discuss sexuality with their teenagers , however its imperative to try if they want their children to develop healthy self-esteem , embrace their own differences and accept what is different in others.

Speaking to the publication , Mzwakhe Bolotina spoke proudly to say “I am Gay and I advocate for inclusion and a diverse society! My dream is to be a Member of Parliament” said Bolotina.

Aspired by the likes of Thami Kotlolo and Nomzamo Mbatha  , a 17 year old founded Boitumelo Naligugulethu , a foundation which is believed to have dealt with every aspects of Orphans , Queer bodies and abused individuals. 

Based in Soweto Mofolo as well as westrand  Krugersdorp , this started as two and now they are one (Boitumelo food parcel Foundation) and (Naligugulethu key Foundation). 

Sharing about his challenges in his community he said “My community have welcomed queer bodies as I am not the only queer..however we still have a lot of work to do in educating heterosexuals about homosexuality. “When I am at school, church or any public space there will always be that one person who would be homophobic, who will try and bring your confidence down but I choose to walk away from such” he expressed.

In his conclusion he said “My advice to parents who have a queer identifying child is to just be supportive and not be our first bully” he concluded.   

It is time for those who have a platform to change the narratives and make it a point that there’s  inclusion of all genders,sexual orientation and all races in government offices and public spaces. 

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