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  2. 2. voice Ed’s welcome 1 What lies ahead and also looking at the importance of belonging Ur say 4 Letters to the Ed Reader writes 5 A reader values her virginity and refuses to give it up people gB profile 6 A former groundBREAKER tells us about her challenges 30 and becoming a valued member of the loveLife team Celebs 8 Taking a look at TKZee’s journey from their split eight years ago to their recent reunion features Staying in school 10 Why it’s important to leave school with a Matric - and tips to help you stay 38 Work it Taking a closer look at the intricacies of the printing industry Marching for Education 14 16 Emulating the 1976 protest generation, learners took to the streets marching to get libraries in their schools 2010 Soccer 30 Who does the World Cup belong to? A helping hand 48 loveLife's goGogetter programme helps aids orphaned and vulnerable children all about u This is my hood 18 Getting to know Phoenix, KwaZulu Natal Global ID 20 We travel to Uganda and meet up with a young man who started his own youth empowerment initiative Generation chat 22 Change is inevitable and sometimes traumatic – one about of those instances is when it happens to your body loveLife loveLife promotes healthy, HIV-free living among South African teenager a sustained high-powered multi-me s. Organised under the auspices of dia campaign with nationwide commun the loveLife Trust, loveLife combine ity-level outreach and support programm s are implemented by a national yout es for youth. loveLife’s programmes h volunteer service corps known as non-government organisations, 5600 groundBREAKERS in partnership schools and 500 government clinic with more than 150 community-based African Government and the Henry s across South Africa. Major funding J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Addition for loveLife is provided by the Sou al support is provided by Barloworld, th BMW, Cellsmart Technologies, Cha the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundatio ngeWright Consulting, DED (German n, Jumpstart, Mondi, Murray & Roberts, Development Service), Dewey & Le Rapport, the South African Broadcas Boeuf, IBM, Independent Newspap ting Corporation, South African Insti ers, Sun, Ster-Kinekor and the Vodacom tute for Entrepreneurship, Southern Foundation. For more information visit www.lovelife.org.za or call 0800 121 900. 2 UNCUT january/february 2010
  3. 3. all about u Relationships 24 An inter-racial couple looks to each other to find belonging Beat the bully tips 25 Tips on how to deal with bullying Mizz B 26 Answering all your questions about sex, love and life New kid 28 Tips for settling into a new school 1 in 49 million 32 From street boy to B-boy Street cred 34 What does it mean to belong? the ish Real song Award winning musicians Rhythmic Elements tell us about their hit track Hello Mr Imagine Afrika The T.V series that takes you around the continent 36 38 32 Sport 39 Eastern Cape Sports Academy offers free training to athletes who show potential MYMsta 40 Hanging out with one of SA’s hottest groups Gang Of Instrumentals Shout outs 42 Halla to the world Fashion 44 What does your school uniform say about you? BUWA 46 Readers get creative chill out The beat 54 The latest on the music front The written word 55 Books to read (or not) Puzzles 56 Exercise your brain Mahala 57 Must-have giveaways Media Director: Trina DasGupta Editor: Bongani Madondo Journalists: Nobhongo Gxolo, Roya Varjavandi Contributors: Molemo Mofokeng, Sky Radebe, Anele Ngweny 8 a Cover: TKZee, picture courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Design: black robot UNCUT call: Advertising: Lu Gover To advertise in Admin Team: Molemo Mofokeng, Cathy Moloisi Lu Gover 00 Nokuthula Maphumulo, Milan Naran (011) 523 10 Translators: Margarethe Booysen, Botha Swarts Printing: Paarl Web Gauteng january/february 2010 UNCUT 3
  4. 4. voice UR SAY Letters t o the Ed WINNING Do not ig LETTER nore you Parents must r kids ed ca re about the eucation their children’s ducation of th education. W eir kids. Many e only see the parents do no after that we m at the begin t actively take do not see th ning of the ye part in experience ev em anymore. ar for registra eryday. So I w They don’t ca tion, but ant to tell our re much abou tshwara pone parents that M t the challeng : please play es their kids a role in the e onwana olem - Boy Matheb ducation of yo ong ohloka em ela ur children. eng ho GIRLS MUST VALUE i THEMSELVES I AM loveLife Mpintsh Girls you are beautiful and God loves you. Stop despising The volunteer program that I have done here with yourselves . Your bodies are so precious and they are loveLife is about leadership, conflict management and not for sale; so don’t defile them. Use your minds drug and alcohol abuse. I am a mover as I write to you positively and find something that you can do with your now and still want to continue with the programme if hands to generate money for yourselves. Don’t go there are still others to do. To all groundBREAKERS, around begging from men. You can use your sweet guys I love you and you keep it up. - Solomon Seitshiro voices to sing, and your minds are just as capable, so value yourself. You are as beautiful as the stars at night. Ed’s Note: Mpintshis can and should apply to become - Atsile Mampe a groundBREAKER! Simply call 0800 121 900 to find your nearest regional office and get more info on the groundBREAKER recruitment process. “2 achiev da impossble 1 mst thnk absurd...coz ryly nothing is impossble wen da possblty of being possble is possble. nd rememba ppl - succes consists of failure, bt 2 fail witout loss of enthusaism. so do yo bst. blive in yoslf nd dream big. gudlck 2 ol of yal” - MYMsta user ace champ Send your letters (including your age & postal address) to: The Editor, PO Box 45, Parklands, 2121 or email uncut@lovelife.org.za. The winning letter will receive a hamper of books and CDs. You can also post your comments and views on www.mymsta.mobi (standard data rates apply) 4 UNCUT january/february 2010
  5. 5. voice Life throws a million challenges at ecause I decided not to us, but we always have choices. I B have sex, my peers classed me as inferior and ‘not worth it’ because of my chose to retain my purity rather than give it away. Today, I am proud to say that I am ‘untouchable’ body, as they called it. They had me under their thumbs an ‘untouched girl’ and I will remain and made me feel as miserable as untouchable until I’m prepared to possible. At a certain stage they deal with the consequences, like succeeded, and I was totally the chance of getting HIV or falling uncomfortable. pregnant. To the girls whose virginity was stolen away from I also came across sisters whose them, I say, “Sisi you are just as last portion of pride was snatched pure, you remain a virgin until you away from them by selfish choose to give it away”. strangers. Those men took something special from them that We tend to forget HIV/Aids runs they cannot buy back from any after no man, but we run after it. store in the world. This disease knows no race, wealth or beauty, so it can infect anyone. Each time I prayed, I asked God UNCUT magazine gives us inside to spare me from any temptations stories on HIV/Aids in every issue. and He did. I then figured out that They can only do so much to give the only reason someone wants to us the guidance, but what we do make you feel like an outcast, is with it is up to us. to make themselves feel good. I posses a quality that they long to have, which is why they class me. Wanna share your story? Write to Reader Writes, UNCUT, PO Box 45, Parklands, 2121 or email uncut@lovelife.org.za (with “Reader Writes” as photo robert burress your subject line). Remember to include your contact details, age and a photo. 5 january/february 2010 UNCUT
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  17. 17. all about u Do you think you are 1 in 49 million? Tell us why and send your details to The Editor, PO BOX 45, Parklands, 2121 or email uncut@lovelife.org.za with “1 in 49 million” as your subject line. 18 UNCUT january/february 2010
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  20. 20. all about u GENERATION CHAT: GROWING UP How young people experience puberty is completely differ another. This mother and daughter duo tell us about theirent from one generation to different experiences Kelebogile Montsheng (16) is originally from Mafikeng and is about to start Grade 11 at a co-ed high school. Puberty is a stage when humans reach adults need to give guidance and sexual maturity and are able to reproduce. understand that everyone reaches a stage I got this from my natural science text of adolescence that might be tough for a book, as I’m studying it right now! young person. My mum has always been reasonable, except with boys. I think I reached the stage of puberty when I got my first menstruation at 13. I think the transition is made easier if The most difficult thing was experiencing parents are responsible and period pains. During this time my understanding. I actually liked growing confidence was not affected and when I up into the person I am. I learnt that it’s got it I knew what was going on, so I normal to become a teenager after being, didn’t struggle that much. basically a child. No-one should be My mom had told me about the scared. It’s a normal thing. It’s life and menstruation thing before it started. I think you will get used to it. Mapule Motsheng (35) originally from Mafikeng, is a part time student and full time mom. I grew up in a rural area where no one teaching my daughter means she will taught you anything about life. As a result have a smoother time than I did. I was in the dark about puberty. Life was I blame myself for controlling her a lot not easy. I was not staying with my when she was younger. She was shy and parents and it’s difficult to talk about life used to stay at home a lot with me. She with a person outside your family. I went Photos by: Roya Varjavandi never used to speak to people like she through hard times when I thought nobody does now. loves me and I learned that life is not always nice. That’s why Kele lives with At 15 she started getting used to people me; I want to be responsible for and had a lot of new friends. Sometimes my daughter. it worries me because I don’t know the friends. But I realise now if I don’t say I learnt one thing that if you are a mother anything she will not come right. you don’t have to leave your children behind as they must learn the basics of Tell us what you think – is puberty tough or easy? Log onto life from their parents, and not from other www.mymsta.mobi and post your comments in the “Is puberty tough families. The way I’m bringing up and or easy?” forum in MySpot. 22 UNCUT january/february 2010
  21. 21. all about u RELATIONSHIPS: BELONGING IN A MULTI-RACIAL RELATIONSHIP You may think that in order to feel a sense of belonging with someone you’d have to be from a similar background, but that’s not always true as this multi-racial couple have proven Nancy Moloantoa (26) hails from Mamelodi, Pretoria and works Armin Lalui (26) lives in Pretoria and works as an Economist in vehicle finance and is studying toward being a counsellor for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) Belonging is a state of mind; it should not be defined by race, I have never felt that I belong to one nationality or another. class or status. I had both a “white wedding” and a “black I was raised in a multicultural family and I try to take a global wedding”; basically a cultural wedding. perspective of things rather than from a nationalistic point of view. I truly felt I belong to both. Celebrating my culture and teaching my husband about my culture is very important. It also shows More than any cultural link, I think my strongest sense of respect towards my family in terms of staying true to my self belonging is to my Faith. I am a member of the Baha’i Faith and where I come from. and the teachings of this Faith define my views more than any other aspect of my life, such as education, nationality, race As a multi-racial couple we are not defined by the society or or gender. community we live in and that's how I think it should be for anyone. We resemble unity in diversity - we cut across both I think being in a multi-racial marriage is healthy as it broadens racial and class divisions that have for so long South Africa my perspective of different issues. I also think that as the world has struggled with to get along. becomes more globalised and more multi-cultural relationships are formed, people will develop greater tolerance for those who I married a white man purely because I love this man—not his are different from us. It will not be as easy to say we belong whiteness. Had I fallen in love with a black man or any person to one nation or another as the world will be a much more Photos by: Roya Varjavandi from a different background and race it wouldn’t have been diverse place. any different. 24 UNCUT january/february 2010
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  23. 23. all about u MIZZ B ...answers your questions on sex, relationships and all the ish life brings you. Crying about the past I am a 22 year-old-lady and was abused by family members, emotionally and physically. I’ve lived with this since I was eight years old and never told any of my family except my fiancé. I grew up without my mother, as she left us with my father when we were young. I ended up being raped by my father’s brother. I grew up hating my dad and step mum because they never cared for us. Now I’ve found myself a very understanding fiance and things are going well except that I’m very emotional and can’t stop crying because of my past, and he is also stressing about me. I’m scared that my past is putting a strain on to my relationship and that I might lose him because of that. I’m working and happy where I am, and I’m paying tertiary fees for my sister, but I can’t stop feeling bad. I need help. It’s obviously difficult to forget your past, but how you deal with them is the important part. You have been through a lot and feel that no one loves you. The important part is that you realise how the whole experience affects your relationship with the man you love, and who loves you back. Therefore you have to seek professional help about it. Please go and consult with social workers or a psychologist so that you are able to deal with the hardships that you underwent. You will not forget about them but the social worker will assist you to cope with the experience and help you look forward to a brighter future. You have a lot of great things in your life that you should be proud of. The fact that you are working, assisting your sister and have a life time partner is worth celebrating and surely proof that you have the potential to be a better person in life no matter your upbringing. Go out there and seek help to let go of the hatred, as it is hindering your happiness in life today. The most important thing to know is that no matter how bad people treat you, there is nothing wrong with you. Don’t blame yourself and don’t let it impact on your self esteem. Go out and seek counseling before you get married. You have come too far. Use your effort to make yourself and loved ones happy. 26 UNCUT january/february 2010
  24. 24. all about u HIV Testing I recently had sex with my girlfriend and we didn't use a condom. It was my first time MYMsta forum in My Spot not to use it. I know my status and I always did, as I test regularly. The thing is I am not sure if I “im a big dreamer,im talented yes i know,but it seems like 4 the past 3yrz the trust in myself has should invite her to test with me. I know I am going faded away,i now dont know what to do because to test this week and two or three months later each time i thnk abwt it i wana kil myself,i feel just to be on the safe side. Was I careless? like a failure coz i need inspiration” It’s great that you get tested regularly, but you i feel the same way,m also a dreamer bt iv mesd up definitely need to go again since you had my lyf by dropin outa skwl n takin drugs so plz dnt unprotected sex. And yes, you’ve been careless, kill yo dreams lyk i kild myn – nawty ofy because you do not know your girlfriend's status and therz onli 1 lyf, its either u live it or u die, its either having unprotected sex puts you at risk. Also even if u sit nd feel sory 4 ur self or u rise again, rember, if you know your status and your partner’s status, you its prblm then its definately worth solving – go getter still need to always take precautions by using a condom luk u jst need wa i cal faith. i knw it iz wrkng fo me in order to avoid unplanned pregnancy and because an it wil wrk fo u if u, jst belive, an nv give up on ur you have no guarantee your partner will be faithful. I self, tel everone dat u dnt mind waiting fo da rite advise you to take your girlfriend along when you go tym, it wil come, an nv compare ur self wit others u for your test so she can also be tested as well. It’s hv to serve ur own purpose, an it iz unique tk care - cooluboy definitely something you should do together, and doing so will make your relationship stronger. Mizz B: Having a dream is a wonderful guideline on what you want to achieve in life. For example, your dream might be to finish your studies or start your own business. The challenge is that in order for this dream to come true, it requires hard work and sacrifices. So you need to keep focus at all times so that you don’t loose sight of what you want to achieve, and yes part Stuck in the middle of your focus involves a lot of inspiration like reading motivational material, volunteering in companies/organisations that carry what you want to achieve or by having a mentor who will be there as Two people are fighting, the first is my cousin a guide and to offer support. Killing yourself is not and the other is my friend. My cousin told an option! You life is important and who will live your dream if your gone?? Keep hope alive, and me that he heard people saying that my friend is you WILL succeed. Most importantly keep on gossiping about him; my friend told the same story making your move, and keep working towards your dreams. about my cousin. These two are furious and want to fight. How do I solve this? You are in a very difficult position because two people that you care about are now fighting. This can make you feel like you must choose between them because of loyalty. This is unfair because you risk losing either your friend or your cousin. Are you sure that this fight is really about gossip? Maybe there is some jealousy happening because you are close to both of these people? If you can, remove yourself from These comments are posted by MYMsta users and do not necessarily this tension by explaining to them that you are feeling reflect the views of Mizz B, loveLife or a professional counsellor. frustrated by their fighting. This will make them realise that you do not want to choose. Maybe then they will Send your questions to Mizz B, PO Box 45, Parklands, decide to resolve this fight on their own because they 2121 or email talk@lovelife.co.za. You can also call see it is unfair to you. If this does not help, then maybe loveLife’s toll-free youth line on 0800 121 900. And remember that Mizz B is also on MYMsta. Log onto you can encourage them to sit down and talk. There www.mymsta.mobi and you can send her messages might be a misunderstanding and talking is the only anytime. She will respond within 48 hours. way to find out if there is a solution. (standard data rates apply) january/february 2010 UNCUT 27
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