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Gospel Awards

Port Elizabeth- The Nelson Mandela Bay held its very first Gospel Music Awards on the 21st October, held at the Nangoza Jebe in New Brighton. The event was of a high level, from the red carpet, people looking amazing, to the performances from the choir and the artists as well. 

The main idea behind these awards was to give recognition to the local artists who worked tirelessly spreading the word of God. Talking with one of the nominees from the red carpet, Bukiwe Zigweyi who said that “I am very happy about the awards, because that simply means as artists we no longer have to go to other provinces, Gauteng to be specific in order to get recognition”. Bukiwe was one of the nominees for the Best New Comer.

One of the people who have attended the awards is a legend in the music industry,  Sizwe Zako. Zako has worked with different artists in the industry, producing music for artists such as Rebecca Malope and Vuyo Mokeana to name few. Zako explained how happy he is that finally Eastern Cape has its own Gospel Awards, saying the fact that people or musicians had to move to Jo-burg in order to get recognition had always bothered him, but now that there is awards he has hope that greater things are yet to come to the city.

The awards started at 5pm with the opening performance from the choir that made the whole house to feel the presence of the spirit. After the performance artists were awarded starting from Best Male artist which was taken by Sebenzile Hlafani. Then it move to Best Gospel Group, which was taken by St Johns Choir. Soon after Mzimeni Menti delivered his performance. The awarding continued with Best Female artist, taken by SD Marhawu, and then the Best Male award taken by Zukile Matshaya. Speaking with him after he took his award, Mr Matshaya, explained how happy he was to get the award and thanked his fans who had voted for him. Mr Matshaya said “I didn’t expect to get this award, but now that I have it, this will keep me going and I am very much grateful to God for the talent He gave me”.

The choir was on stage again, delivering its best performance. The award continued on the Best Supporting Church and the Empowerment Church took the award. Pastor Xhalabile took the award of Best Gospel Supporter. After that award it came to the most valued award of the night, which was given to Mr Sizwe Zako, the Honour Award. Best praise song was taken by Mzimeni Menti, Best Worship song by Sinethemba Mjuza. Before the event come to an end with one last award to be called, the founder of the Nelson Mandela Bay Gospel Awards, Mr Khumbulani Qekema was called on stage. Mr Qekema explained how tough the journey was into making sure that these awards become a success, saying with many challenges and having a tough time in finding sponsors, but he managed to pull through and he is very grateful to God for giving him the strength and a very hard working team.

When he was about to step down, he urged people to always fight to make their dreams become a reality as he, himself had a dream of making gospel awards in PE since he was a child, and he worked hard in making that dream a reality. He said people should work with what they have, and not depend or wait for help from someone else.

Mr Qekema stepped down and the last award was called, which was Best gospel song award and that was taken by Thembelani Mbilini and then he closed off with his song titled Noah. 


Nosipho Keuti


Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Show opens with a bang

Port Elizabeth – The Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week opened its show yesterday on very high note. The show started at 19h00 with an opening entertainment from dancers, who delivered the best performance. 

The showcase started with the Thabo Makheta designs, then followed by the Culture Cut, also showcasing the best designed clothes. After the two showcases the audience took a little break, as more was yet still to come. When the break came to an end, the show continued with its 3rd showcase, which was Lisokazi M designs. Kira Jade followed suit with his designs, this was then followed by another interval, the show then revealed the last designs, which was F-TEE Creations and Austin’s Creations

For those, who love to look good all the time, the 6 designers mentioned above are the people to go to, as they deliver nothing, but impeccable designs. Their designs are inclusive of different body shapes, whether one is a plus size or not. The Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Show will continue until the 14th of October.

Today, it will be the Rusultaan Fashion, where 5 designers will be showcasing their designs. Then, tomorrow (14 October 2017) the Fashion Show will conclude with Cleo Allison showcasing her designs, which will start from 15h00 until 19h00. This show will have lot of different heavy weights designers, such as Laduma Ngxokolo who is the designer behind Maxhosa.

Nosipho Keuti


Sello Maake KaNcube, proved once again yesterday to the audience as to why South Africans love him so much and being recognized as one of the best actors in the country. The former Generations and Scandal actor lived up to his standard by delivering his best performance at the Opera House, called “The House of Truth”.

The play that started at 19h00 covered the events that took place during the time of Apartheid to black people. The play revealed the pain of a black soul who wanted to pursue a career in teaching, but the Apartheid government kept on shutting doors face on.

Maake KaNcube portraying a role of Daniel Canodoce “Can” Themba who was the famous writer during the time of Apartheid. Can wanted to be a teacher, but he could not be one because the Apartheid government felt he was not good enough to become a teachernot because he did not qualify, but because of the colour of his skin.

The play draws similarities between the conditions of black people under the Apartheid era against the conditions of the contemporary South Africa, twenty odd years later into the new dispensation.

Speaking with Maake KaNcube after the show, he said the idea behind the play was to tell the story of Can Themba during the time of Apartheid. Maake KaNcube also concluded by saying that, “I don’t see the issue of race in South Africa coming to an end, in my time maybe in the coming years it will.” when he was asked on whether he believes that the issue of race in the country will ever end.

For those who missed the show yesterday, the play will continue until the 14th of October from 19h00 until 20h30.

Nosipho Keuti


Off Campus Res Season of Beauty Pageants: Mr and Miss Laboria 2017

IMAGE: Mr and Miss Laboria 2017 – Yakhani Xongwana [left] and Philasande Mnukwa [right]

The season for beauty pageants in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University off campus residences has yet again arrived for the year 2017.

Students almost all over the off-campus residence around Port Elizabeth have kicked started their much-anticipated beauty pageants. House Committees who are the student representatives for a resident are enslaving themselves to make sure that these events work out perfectly and are enjoyable, especially for first years as this proves as a big and important opportunity for them.

First years are both excited and anxious for the upcoming events as they embark the streets in towns. It is fascinating seeing them entering every shop at the malls looking for the best clothes to wear at the main events, as everyone wants to look their best, or as they say “dress to kill”.

Kicking off the beauty pageants this year and asca regular starter of these events in the past 2 years, was none other than the Terminus Rank based off campus resident, Laboria Residence.

The residence recently held their annual beauty pageant dubbed ‘Mr and Miss Laboria 2017’. In becoming the first off campus residence to host a beauty pageant, it means an advantage to the winners of Mr and Miss Laboria as they automatically become the VIPs in all the upcoming beauty pageants hosted by other off-campus residents – this, of course, proves to be a very exciting experience for the winners.

The event, themed, Saints vs Demons, was held this past weekend at  the  NMMU’S North Campus Auditorium. It started off at 18:00 pm until 23:00, with the after party kicking off right afterwards which took place at the newly opened club in Parliament Street called The Captains.

Being a part of the audience and the designated photographer of the event the whole night – it proved to be a night one would refer to as “epic”. The show was filled with a lot fun, exciting acts by the contestants, spectacular performances by the hip hop artists, ballet dancers, poets and not forgetting a vibrant host, who kept the crowd laughing at all times.

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IMGAE: Designs by Neliseka Colidiza

One of the highlights of the nights came in right after the dance, when Neliseka Kwanele Colidiza, an upcoming fashion designer and founder of the fashion brand ‘Milani’ who also resides at Laboria, showcased her designs for the first time using the contestants.

The consistence looked phenomenal in their striped black and white outfits with a blend of green. With everyone stunned by the Milani founder’s talent, Neliseka Colidiza, the event went on with more talent and performances by a local hip hop and house group from South Campus Residence who call themselves Medallions, with their club anthem ‘Skirt’ with the crowd singing along with them, this followed by Laboria’s very own rap artist Costa, who also did not disappoint with his entertaining performance.

The question and answer phase of the competition took place and the judges announced their top 3, with Xabiso Blayi coming in as Second Prince, Nigel Ndlovu as First Prince, while at the females side the Second Princess was Sesona Bay and Zizo Sikiti as First Princess. The new Mr and Miss Laboria 2017 was crowned by the judges which was second year student, Yakhani Xongwana (Mr Laboria 17) and first year student, Philasande Mnukwa (Miss Laboria 17).

Luzipho Yanela



Sam Jam Session
Pictured: Sam Jam Session (Facebook)

If anything, the Atheneum was ‘lit’ on Friday. Miss Jay Jennings, a local hip hop DJ in Port Elizabeth, hosted her first hip hop session, called Sam Jam Sessions, this past weekend. In an intimate space, full to capacity with avid hip hop fans – the event was off on a good start.

It did not only encompass Miss Jay’s work, but it also allowed hip hip DJ’s such as Adon Geel, Pablo and Beatology to showcase their take on hip hip music. As well, Ergo Zen‘s Nozuko Ngicizela, a fashion designer in PE also got a chance to promote her work at the event. So basically, the Sam Jam Sessions were a platform for emerging artists in the city.

Coupled with great music and company, the Atheneum was the place to be. And until Miss Jay graced the stage, we thought we’d heard it all – this couldn’t be further from the truth.

She through it back with Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s Kana Uchema, and the floor went crazy. A mix of old skool hip hop, lacal is lekker, and a great crowd to bump heads and contort bodies – myself included, the event was nothing short of amazing.

Nondumiso Tshabalala



Pictured: Earthy Queens (Facebook)

Earthy founders, Zemvelo and Sesethu hosted an event they call Earthy Talks. The past Sunday at Pintxos Tapas and Wine Bar in Walmer, was abuzz with women rocking their hair in all kinds of beautiful styles – clearly there to indulge their eagerness about their hair.

Earthy Talks sought to decode ‘the science of hair’ and the many myths attached. The founders explored the idea of African hair in relation to healthiness and growth. Looking at how men and women, who prefer natural hair, could become experts at maintaining their own hair.

The event attended by a host of women kicked off with Zemvelo encouraging that each one introduce themselves and then mention what relationship they have with their hair. What came across as interesting is the fact that all women had a guide as to the many terminologies that explain hair – and so suddenly each one knew what hair type they had and its functionality (or lack thereof).

Further, into the talk, Zemvelo spoke about five fundamental steps to maintaining natural hair:

  1.  Love – one should appreciate their hair for where it is first.
  2. Moisturize – drink enough water to feed your hair and wash it often enough.
  3. Protect – refrain from using cotton to cover your hair at night, it dehydrates the hair of its moisture.
  4. Cleanse – use natural products like castor oil and coconut oil after a great wash
  5. Love – pay attention to having healthy hair before worrying about length

The interactive talk explored the different strands one’s hair might encompass, ranging from straight and much more spacious strands to the extremely curled ones – talking about (among other hair obscurities) porosity – which is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. Additionally, Zimvelo’s almost ‘open lecture’ explored hair texture, curl pattern, learning about the shapes of hairlines and how to maintain healthy ones even after extreme hairstyles.

Sesethu told us about the hair products that the company offers, a combination of natural products. These result in a combo of Liquids, Oils, and Creams (@R350) – all meant to treat and repair natural hair. A ticket cost R150 inclusive of great food and mingling.

In addition to all of the fun facts that were shared, the guests were treated to a makeup showcase by Naso and Aluve, who also run their own beauty blog. Fashion designer, Visiswa, also showed off her range from VJJ’s Jungle gym line for plus size women. To say the least, all the women who found themselves at the presence of such enlightening information and entertainment, left happy and full.

Nondumiso Tshabalala




Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday

The friendly city is abuzz with lifestyle and entertainment activities for vibrant personalities to indulge. Sundays, henceforth, will not be the same with the introduction of a fashion event which aims takes over the last Sunday of each month.

The Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday had its first installment on the 26th of March and is said to have been a major success, with an attendance of about 100 people. The show was launched by the team which executed Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week last year.

In a press release, the founder and Project Manager, Llewellyn Williams said that the event will alternate between Roof Garden Bar (33 Chapel) and an undisclosed location in the township.

Designers Mooi Mooi by Lauren Gravett, Kira Van Heerden, Thembani Selani, Phathiswa Madiki and Austin Lee wowed the crowd dressed to the theme: Dress to Impress with their vibrant tailor-made outfits at Roof Garden Bar in Chapel Street.

NMBFW organiser, Siphosethu Martins said that ‘the Show went according to our plan, we didn’t experience any glitches in terms of models, designers and production guys. Out of the few models we were interacting with, some of them say they have never worked with a team that is as united as we are, where everyone does their part.”

The full NMBFW team consisted of:

Llewellyn Williams – Founder, Project manager

Siphosethu Martins – Chief Financial

Njabulo Ntombela – Chief Operations

Nduduzo Mjaja – Chief Risk

Toronto Malawu – Head of Media and content curator

Kagiso Gqadu (Kiso Metsi) – Official NMBFW photographer and photography/art director

Sanelisiwe Mdashe – Demand creation manager

Lwethu Tenge – Head of model management and training

Lihle Mtya – Model Trainer

Yonella Nobaza – volunteer

Headline Sponsor: Amarula

Makeup artist and make up sponsor: Woolworths SA (Walmer Park)

Sponsor: Score Energy Drink

The next Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday is confirmed for 23 April 2017 from 2pm at Roof Garden Bar

Amarula Bay Fashion Sunday