Tshegofatso Sithole is a 26 year-old fashion and accessories designer who has made a come up for herself like no other.
The Johannesburg based Designer graduated in 2015 from the University of Johannesburg. She completed her fashion design course and soon went on to bigger things.
She gained recognition and success when she showcased her Autumn/Winter 2017 collection at South African Fashion week in association with Sunglass Hut where she made it to the top 8.
Tshegofato is also a part of HerRitual, which is a proudly South African women’s clothing and accessory brand.
Tshegofato draws inspiration from her rich African heritage, music, art and natural surroundings which is always present in her designs.
First Thursday with Thandi with Keenan
The Standard Bank Gallery has pulled out all the stops to make #FirstThursdays special!
Expect an unforgettable performance by 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz Thandi Ntuli accompanied by guitarist Keenan Ahrends.
Artist Simphiwe Mlangeni will be responding to Thandi’s music by producing a piece of art on the spot.
You’ll also get a chance to speak to curator Usha Seejarim and learn about the vision behind the #Search4Ubuntu exhibition.
for videos on artist visit the Music page, www.arterygal.com/music
See you at 19:30 on 1 March. Free entrance and underground parking in Frederick Street, Johannesburg.
Rumbi Dube: What is the greatest hurdle you have had to overcome as an African woman?
Tsitsi Dangarembga: The greatest hurdle I have had to overcome as an African woman is lack of access to resources to maximize on my abilities, skills and achievements. Sometimes this hurdle manifests socially because society tells you that a black woman can only do this or this but not that. When society makes that decree, there is little to no support when you as a black woman opt to do the thing society has indicated you should not do.
This can even begin in the home as you grow up, because most of our families are patriarchal, this includes our mothers. Many of us have had patriarchal mothers. I am glad to see some change in this respect, but there is still a long way to go. At other times the hurdle is material, for example, when I have no access to resources, such as land and buildings to realise a dream that needs to go further. At yet other times the hurdle is lack of access to human resources because men or political parties or patriarchal women – of which there are many – may not support your excellence. The hurdle is also financial since, generally, as a black African woman, you are excluded from capital.
As a black African woman on the continent, you are generally relegated to donor aid and this donor aid is usually tied to political or another form of power. It is also predicated on a world view that sees Africa as a continent of peasants who need to be saved. So if you are not grass roots, and do not need to be saved, but need to be empowered to fly, you seldom qualify for donor aid. I call this financial apartheid. This brings me to the last hurdle in that the cumulative outcome of all these other hurdles is that one’s ability to contribute to one’s community and society is seriously compromised.
In its current configuration The Brother Moves On performs mainly as a band. Members include Siyabonga Mthembu aka Mr.Gold (storyteller, lead vocalist, performance artist), their first cousin on their father’s side Zelizwe Mthembu aka Makongela (vocalist, guitarist, flautist), Ayanda Zalekile (vocalist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist), Simphiwe Tshabalala (vocalist, drummer) and Molefi Kgware (saxophone). The band feature a variety of instrumentalists from bands in the Johannesburg live music scene namely Itai Hakim from poetry duo Children of the Wind, Malcolm Jiyane from the Malcolm Jiyane trio and Solethu Madasa from the Solethu Madasa quintet.
Lebohang ‘Nova’ Masango is a writer, poet, activist, feminist and speaker – living her best life, in love and service to girls and women. She writes for Essays of Africa magazine and the acclaimed website for teen girls, Rookie Mag. She is currently featured on musician, Reason’s song “Endurance” alongside Hip Hop Pantsula. She is the ambassador of the ‘Zazi’ campaign, the official sexual health programme for girls and young women across all higher education institutions in South Africa. She has also collaborated with Zonke Dikana on the ‘Zazi’ theme song. She was the youth representative at the UNAIDS’ November 2014 meetings in Geneva, Switzerland to address sexual health programming concerns with global stakeholders. Nova has been invited as a speaker at the 7th Annual South African AIDS Conference in Durban. She has been published in the July/ August 2015 edition of the renowned Poetry Foundation’s publication, Poetry Magazine.