Shield Sibonis’ iDiski Takes Centre Stage

Shield Sibonis’ iDiski continues this weekend with trials in Soweto White City Jabavu (76 B Sikhakhane Street), KwaZulu-Natal, Escourt as well as in Northern Cape, Kimberley.

Shield is looking to give three aspiring footballers a chance to train with Chelsea and overall winner will secure a contract with Orlando Pirates Multichoice Diski Challenge team.

Shield Sibonis’ iDiski Head Coach Dumisani Thusi said they’re looking for hard working and dedicated players.
“We are looking for players with technique, someone who can master basics of football, someone who understands formation and has tactical understanding of the game”.

He also added that they are looking for people who have a positive attitude and are well disciplined. “We also want someone who is mentally strong, a player who can perform well under pressure, on and off the field.” Thusi concluded.

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Shield Sibonis’ iDiski 2017 runner up, Alanzo Kuhn says for a player to enter this competition they need to be committed, have the right mindset, have a vision and believe in themselves.
“Players need to go full hearted on this competition and be willing to learn from the coaches and other players,” Kuhn said.

The Mitchels Plain born player says players coming to this competition need to be team players and show leadership skills. He said his principles helped him get far in the competition.
” I have a very strong character, my parents taught me how to be responsible and disciplined on and off the field,” Kuhn added.

He says he hopes to inspire young football players to dream big and work hard in achieving their goals.
“I hope everyone who dreams of being a successful football player will be given a chance to live their dream. I’m currently training with Polokwane City and still in partnership with Shield. I hope to grow not only as a player but also as a person,” concluded Kuhn.

If you think you have what it takes to be part of this great initiative, come through to the trials near you and show the Shield coaches iDiski!

For more information follow @shieldza on Twitter or go straight to Shield SA’s website:

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Nedbank Aids Flood-hit Durban

Nedbank is challenging KwaZulu-Natal football supporters to #Team4KZN ahead of the sold out Nedbank Cup final between Kaizer Chiefs and TS Galaxy set to take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

KZN was hit by floods over the Easter weekend and they left devastating scenes all around the province, destroying homes and various infrastructures. As part of solidifying football’s status as ‘The Beautiful Game’, Nedbank has urged football lovers to show their support by retweeting Nedbank’s #Team4KZN post on Twitter with the bank pledging to contribute R5 towards relief efforts for every retweet of the post. Fans who show their support via retweet also have the added incentive of being entered into a draw for a chance to win tickets and VIP experience at the Nedbank Cup final.

“The 2019 Nedbank Cup final is one of the most anticipated events on the footballing calendar and is set to showcase a true David versus Goliath spectacle of football. Following the weather events in KZN, this match has however become about more than football. We will utilise the Nedbank Cup final to leave a lasting legacy by not only raising awareness for relief efforts ourselves, but also by enabling and galvanizing supporters to lend a hand in the province’s clean-up efforts,” said Head of Group Sponsorship and Cause Marketing at Nedbank, Tobie Badenhorst.

Nedbank and the Nedbank Green Affinity, in partnership with the Wild Trust, have started embarking on cleanup efforts at five beaches in and around the City of Durban. This initiative started on Saturday, 11 May and Sunday 12 May at Mangroves Beach and Durban Harbour respectively, the cleanups continue at the following venues:
• Wednesday, 15 May 2019 (08:00-12:00)
Beach cleanup: Umbogintwini beach (Meet at Amanzimtoti Golf Club)
• Friday, 17 May 2019 (15:00 – 18:00)
Beach cleanup: Durban Main Beachfront (Meet at Marine Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach)
• Saturday, 18 May 2019 (08:00-12:00)
Beach cleanup: Blue Lagoon (Meet at South side of the pier)

Supporters are encouraged to join the cleanups to lend a hand with the first 400 volunteers at each event receiving complimentary tickets to the final, a Nedbank T-shirt and a goodie bag, as a token of appreciation for their participation.

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“Been At My Lowest But I Still Show Up”

Have you ever reached a point in your life where everything was happening at the same time, both the good and the bad but mostly the bad but you can’t afford to break down because you still have to show up for work, school or to your business? Well, at this very moment I am in that state.

A few days ago, I was telling one of my friends that I can’t believe that we’ve reached a stage in our lives where no matter what we are going through we have to ‘show up’. A lot of things happened in the past couple of months that have deeply hurt me and also changed the way I look at life. My brother’s sudden death being the worst of it all.

I always talk about the importance of taking care of ones mental health. It helps you deal with challenges that you face in life a bit better.

I took part in The Shield Roundtable event a few days after my brother’s passing, a lot of people wondered why I went because even the team at Shield would have understood if I didn’t show up. The one thing I learnt from being depressed as a teenager is that you have to be mentally strong as a person and not let grief consume or discourage you from the things you have to do.

You have to train your mind to focus. Grieving is hard because you have to deal with denial, anger, confusion and loss. I felt all these things at once but I knew Sanele would have wanted me to go there and represent a brand that does something that I have always done which is giving back to the community through Sports.

I have also learnt how to control my emotions. I breakdown if I have to but still get back up and finish whatever task I’m busy with. I have days where I don’t even leave the house let alone do anything for the whole day. There are also days where I feel like there’s a sharp pain in my heart but guess what? I still show up as the best version of myself and that on its own has kept me going.

If there is one thing that I can advice people to always do, is to ‘Get up, dress up and show up’ everything else will fall into place.

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Shield Aiming To Develop Football Coaches Across The Country

It is rare to see cooperate companies investing in football development. However, Shield has changed the game with their Shield Sibonis’ iDiski campaign. On Wednesday the 17th of April I attended a Shield Roundtable discussion at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto where we tackled issues around football development in the country.

My biggest concern has always been around coaches in the townships and rural areas. They dedicate their lives to mentoring children, not only to be one of the best football players but to be influential citizens in our country. However, it gets hard for them since they do not get paid for what they do, so they end up looking for a full time job thus neglecting their calling of moulding young talent.

I have seen this in my own family, my big brother has been coaching kids in our village for more than 10 years. The kids he has trained have turned out to be well disciplined and respectful adults. He struggled with maintaining his life and ended up looking for a full time job. He still trains them after work but he always complains about being tired and that when you are training children you need to be fully present in the moment. I have raised my concerns about development coaches both on Social Media and at Roundtable.

I’m delighted to share with you that Shield has launched an initiative for development coaches called Coaching The Coach. This aims to groom and train the coaches with the necessary skills they need to develop players. Shield is not just changing young footballers lives but they are aiming to have an impact in football development as a whole.

This year they have 10 regions for trials in which players need to bring their ID’s in order to be scouted. 3 players stand a chance to win a lifetime opportunity to train with Chelsea for a week.

If more big companies would follow suits on what Shield is doing, I am sure that a lot of young people will be interested in turning their passion into a career.

Follow @shield_za for more information on their trials or go their website:

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HI-TEC LEO Celebrating Extraordinary Women With Their New Collection

Being a woman on the go could mean a lot of things.

I know life gets busy for most women, whether you’re working a 9 – 5, running your own business or you’re a stay at home mom.

I wake up in the morning, have to go to work, have meetings in between and also run errands.

My normal day includes writing articles in the morning, checking my emails, making sure that all my client deadlines are met and running in the evenings.

This is why I usually rock active wear, it makes it easy for me to move around and sneakers are very comfortable. I can simply go from running errands at the mall to working at the nearest coffee shop.

HI-TEC is celebrating extraordinary women with their latest Hi-TEC LEO Collection. They acknowledge that most women live lives that include juggling multiple roles at once.

This Chameleon-like Lifestyle requires comfy, effortlessly cool active-wear and that’s where the LEO Collection comes in.

“There is no doubt, that brands globally are capitalizing on the women’s market with specific attention being paid to self-ability and self-empowerment”, says Jo Esterhuizen, HI-TEC Marketing Director.

HI-TEC appreciate all these uplifting campaigns, and it is wonderful to see such a global movement.

“The LEO campaigns are not about capturing the hero moments, but the everyday moments. The HI-TEC LEO lady is self-empowered, she is self-confident, but we want her to celebrate the entire package that she is”, says Esterhuizen.

The LEO lady is what HI-TEC call a “Jade of all trades”.

The collection is proudly designed in South Africa and explores how true leisure, street and fitness wear can come together in one piece of clothing.

The soft material embraces the skin below and the bright print sparks the celebration of the strong female spirit. The purple shades are topped off with detailed feminine designs and include several layering items that will have you prepared for any type of weather. HI-TEC believes that every single woman is extraordinary. Whether you’re on your way to school, work, picking up the kids or looking for some exercise, LEO has got your back.

To celebrate YOU, I’m giving away a pair of LEO tights valued at R549.00! To enter, please tell me what makes you an extraordinary woman on the comments below, you have to be following me and HI-TEC both on Twitter and Instagram 🙂

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When Life Gets Blurry Adjust Your Focus

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Last year in October I resigned from my previous job. It was both a professional and personal decision.

On a professional front I felt like I wasn’t growing and I needed more. I have always wanted to be a sports journalist but my job had nothing to do with sports or journalism.

I sat myself down and started thinking about what I wanted to be in the next two years. That’s when I realized that journalism was more than just a career for me, it’s my calling.

I was called into this world to change people’s lives whether through my writing or through sports and education.

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After resigning, I started freelancing as a Sports Journalist. Freelancing is no child’s play as you are never sure whether the client will pay on time or not. The last three months of 2018 were hell.

I decided to move back home in December. Not permanently but I needed to spend some time with my loved ones and reflect on what went wrong.

The energy at home is beautiful, so you kind of regain your strength. I convinced my big sister to start jogging with me since she was complaining about her weight gain but not doing anything about it.

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I then decided to start writing again. The first article I wrote was for Gareth Marshall’s website, where I was talking about how we need to adopt the mind of an athlete when it comes to business.

A few weeks after that I got a call from Shield South Africa and they wanted to partner with me for this year’s Shield Sibonis’ iDiski Campaign.

I did write about the campaign last year on my old website and promoted it on my social media pages for free. I did it pro bono because firstly football development is my passion. I also wanted to get to know more about Shield as a brand and how they work. Exposure is not so bad if you align yourself with the right brand. You always have to ask yourself if the Partnership between you and the brand will benefit either of you in the right way, it was easy for me to do it with Shield since they are about football development and fitness, which is basically what I am about as well.

I have also had two of my articles published by Kick Off Magazine on their website. The first one was with the former Banyana Banyana player Simphiwe Dludlu, who is now the National Under-17 women’s team coach and the second one was with the Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Desiree Ellis.

I did all this while working from my grandmother’s couch using my phone to write, do my research and send emails. I am not always inspired to write but I push myself to write almost everyday because I want to be one of the best sports journalists in the world. Do no wait for inspiration to hit you, do not wait for the right moment, don’t wait for circumstances to change. I achieved so much in “rock bottom” than I ever did in an air conditioned office with a Mac Book.

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Pictures were shot by: @bhekimthembu_

Makeup done by: @maxmnguni

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My Skin Care Journey With Skin Renewal

Happy Monday!

What an amazing weekend at home, I needed to take a break from the city and just relax with my loved ones. I got a lot of compliments back home regarding my skin. I have had acne for 10 years and last month I decided to take the first step and meet with Dr Mareen Allem at Skin Renewal in Morningside.

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She put me on two facial products and a night cream which I use everyday and has to stop 3 days before my treatment.

I went to the clinic last week on Thursday for my first treatment. I first did The Azelan Chemical peel which takes about 3 minutes. It helps the skin by lifting off dead cells. My skin was still peeling 4 days after the treatment but my therapist suggested that I don’t touch my face so that it will stop scaring.

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The second treatment was Carboxytherapy which is known as “Carboxy”. This is when they inject carbon Dioxide just underneath your skin which helps with stimulating circulation and collagen production which improves the appearance of your skin. Injecting Carbon Dioxide also makes your body think there oxygen deficit and it responds with increasing the blood flow. This treatment takes about 10 minutes.

The last procedure was The Laser Genesis which takes about 15 minutes. This procedure has been proven to produce new collagen. This procedure also helps with improving results for skin problems such as deep wrinkles, acne and superficial scarring.

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One thing I like about all these treatments/procedures is that they do not have any side effects. I just have to use a face balm for 5 days after the treatments and stop using my face products 3 days before my treatments. If you have noticed most of these procedures mostly help with producing new collagen. Collagen is found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells.

It also helps with improving the health of our skin and hair.

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Lucas Radebe’s Partnership with Jawitz Property

I was lucky enough to have a sit down with Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe and he spoke to me about his collaboration with Jawitz Properties, what makes a house a home, his son’s football career and how he managed to stay relevant even after hanging his boots.

Why did you decide to collaborate with Jawitz Properties?

Jawitz Properties and I, we have a history. I bought my home from them back in 1999 and it was such a good experience. Buying and selling can be a daunting prospect, but if you’re looking for someone to genuinely partner with you every step of the way, Jawitz is the real deal. I also really liked the authenticity of this campaign, it’s all about what home means to real people: people like you and me. It was good to team up with them again.

How important is it for South Africans especially from the townships to learn about investing in property?

It is one of the most important things. Historically, people from the townships did not have the best opportunities, but that’s all changing now. The sad thing is that you will still see a fancy car parked outside a match box house. People need more help and guidance managing their money, and making it work harder for them.

What makes a house a home for you?

I have lived in many houses in my lifetime. From Diepkloof, Zone 4 to Bophuthatswana, all the way to Elland Road in Leeds… and the thing that makes a house a home for me is knowing you’re sharing a space with the people you love. It’s the support, the memories you make together, that love and passion. Oh, and of course the smell of home cooking. That’s a big one.

At what age did you buy your first house? (I couldn’t find anything on this.)

It was just after I turned 26 and I needed somewhere to start my own family. I saw this house in Morningside and I said “that’s the one!” So I made an offer and they accepted. I was in that house for 10 years and I still think about it sometimes. A home full of happy memories really stays with you forever.

Do you think investing in property is more important than buying a car cash? What’s your take on that?

This is a tough one. On one hand, generally, property will continue to grow in value over time and be worth more than what you paid for it when you decide to sell, while a car is a depreciating asset. That said, a car will help you get around, which may make it easier to get a better job and more money. My advice would be to buy the cheapest, most reliable car you can find and then put the rest down to save for a deposit on a house. Property is an investment, a car is not.

You’re obviously a family man, known for loving his kids. Your son is a footballer now – do you see him blowing up like how you did?

He definitely has the football genes and he works hard, so yes, I can see him following in my footsteps. The only thing I keep telling him is that football is not a long career. When you get a chance, make the best of it, because you can live much longer than your career. As long as continues on this path with respect, commitment and humility, I will support his decisions.

You are not only a legend in SA, even in Leeds they praise you, what’s your take on that?

I worked hard to get where I am, and it took a lot of dedication and determination. I made many sacrifices. I think it’s that work ethic that people look up to and admire. I like to think of myself as an example of what people can achieve when they put their minds to it. And I must say, it feels really great when people appreciate you while you’re still alive.

You’ve managed to stay relevant despite hanging your boots, what’s your secret?

I think it comes down to the way you behave, and how you respect people – young or old. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I received during my life, and now I am dedicating my time to helping others, especially children, build their success. As a retired footballer, I feel like I have a duty to pass on the lessons I have learnt. I will continue with passion and a positive attitude, using my God given gifts for good.

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Investec Soccer League crowns Dr. Beyers Naude as champions

On 15 September 2018 I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the 10th annual Investec Soccer League final match. What an enthralling encounter it was, after the match Dr. Bayers Naude were crowned champions of this development league which kicked off on 09 May 2018, for their prowess they took a whooping R250 000 prize money.

South African Football legends Brian Baloyi and Stanton ‘Stiga’ Fredericks are both ambassadors of this amazing initiative.

I had a chat with the latter and he shed some light on what it means for him to be part of this initiative.

“Firstly as an ex-professional soccer player I get excited when I hear school sports because that is where everything started for me. I was playing Football at school then later represented my province and that is where I got identified,” said Fredericks.

Speaking on the importance of education, Fredericks added that the amazing thing about this tournament is that schools are identified through Maths and Physics which means this league does not only promote football but academics as well.

Talking about mentorship, Stiga emphasizes that it is important for young children to have a mentor. “It is very important for children to have someone to look up to, who reminds them of what success looks like. Me and Brian Baloyi are that to these upcoming soccer players. We are trying to build confidence in them and thanks to Investec for that opportunity,” he added.

He also encouraged parents to let their children play sports in school. 

“Sports is so beneficial to a young person because it teaches you so much aspects of success. It’s about social elements like how do you make friends, how do you behave in a group, do you take instructions well? Are you disciplined enough to attend trainings? Are you encouraging? So sports is just so massive in a young person’s development.” He concluded.

All in all, the tournament was a success and a lot of young people got the opportunity to showcase their talent. When it comes to sports and academics, I can safely say that the future looks bright for our country.

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Spring Shopping At Cotton On

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you but it seems like we have been waiting for Spring since forever. It’s finally here though which is good on our end.

With the flowers blossoming and the sun shining brightly, I thought it would be wise for me to join in on the fun and try to find something that will also make me shine! So what’s better than visiting the only people who know how to make people shine, and in the process I also found my new favourite colour.

I know, I know I am too old to be getting new favourite colours but I’m dark skinned so I never thought yellow will ever look good on me. Which is why I was also amazed it could look good on me, that of course was until about three weeks ago when I went to Cotton On in Rosebank and found the Soho T-shirt.

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Oh, another exciting thing about spring is that we get to wear our shorts again. I really fell in love with this high-waisted short also from Cotton On, I like the leopard print details on the sides. The checked shirt I got from the men’s section. I’m 100% sure that it doesn’t come as a surprise to most of you that I took a shirt from the men’s section since I’ve always been a Tom boy. The socks finish off the look nicely because of the yellow stripes as well.

Furthermore, on top of the great clothes that I always find at Cotton On, one thing that keeps me going back to their stores is the feeling I get whenever I walk through the door. It feels more like a homecoming in a way. Having spoken to some of the customers there, they pretty much feel the same too. It’s a place where people of all shapes and sizes, personalities and backgrounds are welcome.

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