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Durban heel dash

On Saturday, August 29th, men and women alike are invited to make their way down to one of Durban’s iconic beachfront venues, the Suncoast Casino promenade, to demonstrate their glamorous athletic prowess for a good cause.

Presented by Raise Your Voice in association with the Durban Fashion Fair, this fun-filled; glamorous event will see contestants compete in a 50m high heel dash and stand the chance of winning some fabulous prizes. The Winner of the Men’s Race will score himself a House of Monatic Make-over to the value of R5000.00 (Includes full designer outfit ) . The Women’s Race winner will garner herself adeluxe full  Day Spa treatment  at The Suncoast Towers Spa (R3500.00 ) PLUS a Mac Make Over (to the value of R500 ) and Designer outfit courtesy of Durban Fashion Fair . The contestant with the fastest time will get to speed home with a DSTV Explora . 

Leading the celebrity charge will be Idols judge and style icon, Somizi Mhlongo, who is calling on his peers to join him and step into some heels for a worthy cause.

 The world’s first high heel race was introduced in 2006 by Glamour magazine in Amsterdam. Since then, high heel races have gained popularity worldwide. From New York to Hong Kong, many cities around the world are organizing races of their own every year. These events are a global symbol of empowerment and solidarity for important women’s causes around the world.

In its inaugural year, proceeds from the Durban Heel Dash will be donated to The Open Door Crisis Centre; Kerr House and the Zimele Community Trust.

Zimele means “stand on your own feet” in isiZulu and the organization has spearheaded social development and women’s empowerment projects in remote and impoverished areas throughout KZN.Kerr House is a women’s refuge which provides shelter for women and children in crisis. It provides accommodation and meals for up to 17 mothers and children, as well as counselling and rehabilitation plans.

Contestants need to arrive at 11am with the races set to start at 12noon. Participants must wear suitable 2 inch (5 cm) minimum high heel shoes. No flats, wedges, boots, chunky platforms, or self-modified shoes will be allowed . Participation is open to anyone 18 and over and costs R40. (Prior registration via www.webtickets.co.za is advised.) .

For additional information, please see the event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/693307557436370/   or contact Karen on 0827508425  or emailkaren@raiseyourvoice.co.za .

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#TRUTUESDAYS BY FIERCO PRINCE NHLENGETHWA

They is no running away for me when it comes to stalking on social media. One person that I am all ways looking forward to see is the Pietermaritzburg born fashionista  and blogger Fierco Prince Nhlengethwa. He now lives in Durban and is a fashion merchandiser for Mango. This drama and performing arts graduate has activated greatness because he has been head hunted by Truworths man to do a series of looks, where he is gonna be dressed head to toe in Truworths clothing every Tuesday presenting to us #TRUTUESDAYS.

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He is a good friend of mine and I started chatting to him a few years ago and we bumped into each other at a club in Durban. When I gained contact with him recently, I reminded him and guess what? He still remembered what he had on that night! This goes to show that he is a die hard lover of  every thing clothes.  So with out wasting your time here are Q&A from an interview I did with him a few months ago.

Q_ What were you doing before landing this opportunity (fashion Merchandiser)?

“i was working as a trainer in a call center”

Q_ How long have you been with mango and how has it help you grow in the world of fashion

“Well i have been there for a year and couple of months. it has made me stronger and has been my way in to this world of fashion and retail. Now its my way forward”.

Q_ From here where too in fashion?

“Hmmm I would love to do trend forecast and also buying in the future. I have learnt to love simplicity.”

Q_ I understand when Top shop opened you were first in line, how was that for you?

“Well I got R1.5k voucher for that lol!”

Q_ As you all ways posting mad #ootd on your social media when do you decide on what to wear?

“Hmm it is so irregular. I have days where by before I sleep i have an outfit ready. Then days where I wake up and plan. Mostly i get up midnight because an idea is nudging me. A vision or something annoys me to getting up and planning”.

Q_ I know with fashion lovers if they didn’t buy some thing they saw, they dream about it for days. Would you say it is the same for you?

“Yeah it does happen. However rarely. I am decisive about what I want. I will know if its a Nay or Yay. I will just know to buy or not> Haunting averted. lol!”

Q_ So what inspires your personal style?

“I think I am propelled by power of transformation. I love looking different. I love doing whats next before rest. I love the future when it comes to what I wear and my surroundings inspire me”

Q_ What is your take on South African fashion? are we as the world or do we set our own trends?

“Well I love trends though it takes a while for our world to catch on. In all honesty  there are regional trends. However we are mostly global now. With social media, we are not playing catch up as much”

Q_ Your fave style icon if you have any?

“Hmmm I have many. However Anna Della Russo the editor-in-chief of Vogue Japan intrigues me. She is so jovial. It is sooo attractive and she loves trends. I also love Patricia Field, she is costume designer for Sex and the City. Her work is all ways beyond the time. I have looks from those movies i still wish someone can rock.

Q_ Man or Woman fashion?

“BOTH! Fashion is fashion to me!”

Q_ Any future plans of becoming a stylist or starting a business in styling, hopefully in Kwazulu Natal?

“KZN is very tricky. People haven’t grasped the concept of a stylist. They assume designers are stylist. If you are a stylist they expect your designs. Once they fully understand then i can make money off it. For now I do it part time.”

Q_ What is fashion for you?

“its one of my truest loves”

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Hope you fashion lovers are going to be glued on you social media pagers. Follow prince on IG:@princeedgi

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MIND WHAT YOU POST!

They is no doubt that i am obsessed with social media and of course thats why i am a blogger! lol! Well today it is the official Social Media day for Africa. With amazing news coming from Face book that they have launched their first offices in Africa and is headed by a women called Nunu Ntshingila, they is no doubt whats so ever in my mind that Social Media plays an important role in our lives.

I have been blogging for a year but must say that i have been following one of the most inspiring bloggers i have ever meet Sandy Nene and once featured in his blog years ago. The level of growth that he has had has truly inspired me to follow this quest of delving into my own being and write about my home town and its people. Since i activated this blog, i have meet with different people and really have made it plan that i develop and learn. most importantly they is no way that i can run away from the fact that social media has played a big role in communicating with people, meeting new people and eventually working with them. One should know that their cyber world is the same as their real world one should be really careful in what they say and post on social media. so here are some of the things you should keep mindful of before you press that publish button!

Early this year me and some of my friends changed work, they went on to continue with the work we have been doing but at a different place and well me joined my community radio station. In this they discovered some thing i have known for a while that companies check your profile on social media. They came to realize this through a guy who was not hired because of his alcohol post on face book. now to be honest who would higher some one who has more than 20 post about how drnk he is, how amazing the week end was and the pictures of bottles and bottles of alcohol.

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1_ Your face book page is your face! like branding it identifies you different from the other person. what ever you post is associated with you, it is believed it is you. which is why most people lie about where they work and what they do. Not saying you should do the same.

2_ As the bible says Words are powerful! all the time you should be really careful with your words< are they going to offend some one or not or are you using the correct words to describe who you are.

3_ Know your friends are they helping you to achieve what you want or who you want to be. are the people you following making an impact in your life positively or negatively? much as the company you keep is the same as having a bunch of friend in your social space

4_ balance your life! know where you are and where you headed. The places you go and the events you attend say much about you. so check where you checking in and traveling to!

5_ lastly be specific about how you feel about things, whether its politics, society or relationships. Know this Knowing to little about some thing may push you close or away your preconceived notions. keep in mind that a notion without knowledge is simply ignorance.

Make you face book or titter account work for you. In getting new friends who are positive and in achieving a goal. If you into sports show it, if you into media show it and if you looking for work in a field you qualify in say it. to happy posting. Enjoy social media day!!

Black my light

          

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I was all ways inspired by history movies so when grade 9 came, I was sure of what I was gonna do in grade 10. Well word had it going around that that’s for dumb people and well you won’t have a career. Fortunately I was one of those brilliant kids who was polite and very respectful. So that sort of gained me access  to teachers minds and when ever they was a career guidance expo some where I was there. My research lead me to a hell of careers out there for a just “general studies” student. I mean one can count, social work, media, politics, philosophy, sociology, etc.
Unfortunately through the mist of it all I was an orphan and had to take care of my cousin who was then in grade 6. Me being me, my dreams and possibilities all ways were facing me. Passing school was never an issue as I did just that in due time.

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The realization of life came after high school. You won’t believe it because I faced homelessness and life couldn’t get worse. It was turned upsidedown and I lost my self. I lost my self to pitting my self, submitting my self to low starndars and forgetting what I really wanted and who I had created my self to be through the guidance of the OBE and FET education. While in that situation the library became my friend. Excaping the war of my stumach constantly reminding me that I am hungry. I would loose my self in dreams which in reality were fiction but in my reality truth. So the philosophy of the secret fed by Opra h was my living testimony and all I could do was send it to the world.  As I thought God  was bbecoming an in existance lie, He came as a women in a time where I thought all was lost and bleek.the next five years of my life became a vacation and I was lost in the freedom of being taken cared of. Life became a pay back for all the time I felt lonely and lost as a teen, praying asking God why didn’t he give mom a second chance.
I woke up and I was 24 years old, had no career, my soul yearning and screaming for more, life! Vintage cru reminded me of how I all ways aspired to be different and in just months they were performing for Somizi and in big stages. Social media became an escape world to a life (then again) of posibilities and now seeing young man doing it. Really doing it. This set the tone for my next chapter and some how Jo’burg was buzzing with young, gifted, black and motivated young people. I mad a decision and told my self that now its time to redirect my life and search for a new start. Starting with what skill I have and how I can improve. I set new goals and I planned what exactly I wanted and who I could contact. Then boom that same year I made my way to Durban and I never looked back.

So here I am in Pietermaritzburg, my lovely home town. I hoped from orpoturnity to orpotunity. I had one goal that I set and went for, but took a year for me to get it but it finally came. I was at my local radio station and I was there even when I was not needed. My passion for media grew even more.  I was a volunteer for all most six months and had started blogging and my life was changing every day. I tell you today that I am a proud receipian of a learnership in radio production, where I will be getting a level 5 certificate, which is 2 modules away to a diploma. The joy that came with this has been the same as the challenges I am facing though I must say my government is taking me t school, for free since first day of school 15 years ago. I am also co hosting the drive home show and running well to my believe the only visible blog in Pietermaritzburg. I think to my self if I had woken up at age 24 and told my self its never possible I would be dead by now. Now here is my thought, seen as its June 16, I could have not had this opportunity if it wasn’t for the straggle of the black consciousness youth of 1976. Not only I, but many who are in universities, collages and still in school. One should really take this day and ask them selves is my life a dream?
With this I thank you for reading to the end and I hope you share it with your friends, family and with a strangers even. I hope by me sharing my story this June 16, will remind you that any thing is possible and we are really a free generation. Are we lost? Dam no! We have a vision of the globe. It has even grown in us that we can conquer the world! So here is to running with diplomas, degrees and certificates.

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CALLING ALL DANCERS AND SINGERS!!!

After attending the Grand launch of the Hologo Production recording in the last weeks. I was left proud to be a residency of Pietermaritzburg. The resilience That Dr Themba Njilo has in making sure that this town is developed not only in business but also in its Artistry. The passion he has for music and raw talent was shown through out the event.

the reception of the event was amazing. This event even brought different sectors like businesses and government offices. Not only that the over whelming of people who attended was amazing. The call to different stake holders to continue supporting the youth and different initiative was kept through. Must say again it lives me blessed to be part of the Pietermaritzburg community.

In more exciting news again the Themba Njilo Foundation in association with Msunduzi municipality for cultural exchange program are holding auditions this coming Sunday. If you think you have what it takes and can sing and dance then this is your chance to be selected amongst 15 youngsters who are talented to travel to Italy.

For more information contact 074 467 1846/ 071 156 7427/082 954 9241. See you there guys.

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MAKE IT HAPPEN *WOMANS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT*

The Themba Njilo foundation who is a baby of Induduzo Funeral Home invites all woman who aspire or in business to be part of an eventful day, that will see emancipation and manumission of woman entrepreneurs in Pietermaritzburg.

This is an extension of what the Themba Njilo foundation has been doing in the last Six years. Aiming at looking into social ills of the community of Kwazulu-Natal. They have been working hard at emancipating marginalized women from the poor of the poorest communities, with out fail. Which during this time have celebrated woman in the month of August in stadiums, in the district of Msunduzi Municipality.

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This will be a launch of a roll out program that the foundation will facilitate. Which will aid in bringing together women in different sectors such as private, public, political, business and the likes. During this dialogues burning issues around women liberation will be tackled, developing new strategies on economic and social freedom.

The event as mentioned above is open to all women who are entrepreneurs from all walks of life. They will be engaged and speakers will be addressing the barriers in business faced by women such as reason to start up, skills and experiences, education, entrepreneurial characteristics and so on.  I mostly excited to name the performers who will be providing entertainment. I mean Naima k, Lira, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Thobekile, Heels over Heed ( all female jazz band), The lipsticks ( all female pop band) and many local female artist. They will all so be edutainment,  which will be a quiz and answers and lukey ladies will win different prizes.

After all the speeches and deliberations, they will be a partition encouraged between Nigerian government, South African government and the UN, on the emancipation of equality of man and woman. all this festivities will be Tomorrow at the city hall and will start at 9h00 in the morning of 14 March. This will be a continuation of celebrating International Women’s Day which was last week Sunday the 8th of March.

For more information you can contact Thula Mhlophe Number is 082 954 9241 or email thula.mhlophe@gmail.com.

see you there lovely ladies!!!!!!

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KWASUKA SUKELA: PMB GOT LOVE

Here we go again. It has been a minute since I last did a post and I can only be grateful and pleased to do this post and introduce some thing fresh and breath taking. This event marks the beginning of a positive change for our community and a change that is brought by young talented and passionate youth.

hot toffee communications is a newly formed blacked-owned integrated marketing communications agency. They are inspired and driven by South African talent. They are young, funky, witty and playful with a mission to create, build and grow brands whilst showcasing outstanding, effective, creativity and strategic partnership. This partnerships are with other youthful, passionate, daring individuals and brands who have provoking thoughts and interconnected visions. This young talented people are passionate about life and all about innovation and exploring  fresh untouched paths.

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hot toffee together with anatoli photography and Swaggnote present: Kwasuka sukela: PMB Got love. A love inspired tale with a central massage of spreading love in the capital city of Kwazulu Natal. This event has 4 fashion designers, 4 photographers, 4 poets, seven Djs, 4 dance groups 4 MCs, 2 hype man, one crafters community development projects and 8 musical acts.

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This is to celebrate Pietermaritzburgs abundant talent, a family fun day that encourages the community to donate old toys, teddy bears, books  and clothing to enter. All in which is going to be distributed to Edendale Hospital. This event aims to sharing and interesting experiences, providing authentic cues in social environment. This universal stories are aiming at bridging cultural, linguistic and age divides. It will be stories which will allow a imagination of new possibilities, encouraging us to have respect for all life, values and working towards overcoming adversity. This is where a new story begins. Once upon a time PMB GOT LOVE

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEAS CHECK OUT THERE WEBSITE HERE; www.hottoffeecommunications.weebly.com