Tweeps divides on #KaraboMokoena alleged Killer

The brutal murder of Karabo Mokoena has raised debates on social media with others symphasing with her and others her boyfriend’s

Karabo Mokoena went missing on April 27 and was found dead and burnt in a veld two days later. Her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe was arrested, having confessed to killing and burning her body before dumping it in a veld in Lyndhurst.

It has since been revealed that Sandile had been abusing her for the most part of their nine-months relationship. Further developments has surfaced that she even tried to open a case against him but Sandile countered that by opening one against her too.

Mantsoe (27) is a Foreign exchange (forex) trader who lived in the rich suburbs of Sandton while Karabo was just a 22 year-old part-time student.

Social media has had reacted on the matter with users visibly devided on their views of who to blame.

One tweeter user by the username of @Cashisblack sympathises with Karabo and hopes that Sandile get the maximum punishment for his act.

“#KaraboMokoena I hope this Sandile ms**u gets life and get raped in jail on a daily basis,” he said.

Another user known simply as Antoinette is also of the view that Sandile Mantsoe deserves to be in jail.

“#SandileMantsoe I pray and hope that we won’t hear that ‘there is not enough evidence’ of all this. Can justice be served!! #KaraboMokoena,” she said

However one tweeter user took the unpopular route of playing the devil’s advocate by coming to the defence of Sandile. Cotty Hlatshwayo said Mantsoe should be given a chance.

“#SandileMantsoe can the brother be given bail, it’s his right. He’s a first time offender and not a flight risk. #giveablackchildachance”

Lack of Funding has Young Mens Dream Hanging by A thread

At a time when the government is talking radical economic transformation, a lack of funding has one of the most interesting black owned project on the brink of missing out on it’s big break. The Inhlonipho Business Enterprise ticks all the boxes to give the government one of the first success stories of the much talked about slogan.

“We are a 100% black, youth owned business that is ready to knock on the doors that many thought we’re closed for black youth,” said Cebo Msomi, Inhlonipho co-founder.

We are an egg-supplying business that was started, less than a year ago, by two unemployed boys who had grade 12 as their highest qualifications. Today we have 25 chicken giving us between 21 and 24 eggs per day.”

Though the business is still at it’s infancy stages, it already has the chance to supply eggs to one of the biggest restaurants in the country, provided they get the neccessary funding.

“Early this year we took a risk that has the potential to change our lives forever when approached Wimpy and asked to supply them with eggs. The manager agreed provided we could provide them with 1000 eggs per day, which is about 40 times more than we are producing right now,” explained Lungelo, another co-founder.

Since then we have been trying to raise funds to add at least 1500 layers but that’s proving too difficult in practice. We thought we would sell the eggs we have inorder to raise the money but the money from the eggs can only cover the costs of their feed at best.”

Inhlonipho Business Enterprise was started by Cebo Msomi and Lungelo Mbelu in 2016, after numerous attempts to get into University without luck. The issue of funding has been a major challenge for them since day one but they’ve managed to deal with them well up to this point. Inhlonipho was always meant to be an eggs-supplying business but since they didn’t have the funds to buy the egg-producing chicken, they found alternative ways to raise capital.

“We bought 50 hens that we raised to be broilers (meat-producing chicken) and then sold them when they had grown. We used that money to buy the 25 layers (eggs-producing chicken breed) that we have today and that was the start Inhlonipho,” explained Lungelo.

Though it is still in it’s infancy stages, Inhlonipho has proved one of the most daring projects around. They are taking risks and “knocking on closed doors” as Cebo puts it.

“We are not scared to take risks, getting into the agricultural industry at a time when the local market is at it’s lowest state ever and spending all our savings on a small-scale project was always going to be risky. Doing it as black kids with neither a mentor nor an academic background of note sounded suicidal at first but we’re trying our best to rise above those challenges too.”

The National Youth Development Agency said only the manager is authorised to talk to people other than the actual applicants but efforts to reach him proved fruitless.

The Importance Of Leadership In Sport

Continuing with my look at Sundowns journey to the summit of African football, I will look at the importance of leadership.

Leadership has always been one glorified aspect in sports and there’s never been any doubting its importance in the game. That is why when things are not working out, either in team or individuals sports the coaches are the ones who are always sacrificed.

But the essence of leadership and a coach, specifically, has never been in as much spotlight as it has been in football this season.

The coaches has always taken the backseat with players, rightly or wrongly, taking all the headlines especially when days are bright.
But the trend this season is the coaches are taking the driver’s seat again, not only when the team is in the firing line.

Sundowns’ decision to couple the experience of Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi with the young but talented Rhulani Mokeana has proved a masterstroke. And having Mngqithi and Mokeana as assistants to Pitso rather than one or both being a co-coach has further ensured that any confliction of opinions is ironed out easily because there’s a leader who bear the onus of final decision-making.

I believe that this decision has been tested to the limit in the last 24 months, when Downs dominated the local and continental scene like no other South African team has done before. The fact they’ve emerged from the test victorious and are getting their due credit is only just about right. At a time where all the top teams in Europe are paying unprecedented amount of money to have the best coach around (see the Barclays Premier League), the Brazilians has been step ahead for some time now, recruiting not one but three of the best in the country.

The leadership did not start and end with the coaches though, Sundowns have assembled a team full of leaders in it’s playing staff. They range from players who’ve lead the biggest teams in the country as well as national teams.

The one that immediately springs to mind is current captain Hlompho Kekana but there’s also Teko Modise, having had spells with the armband at Pirates, Sundowns and Bafana Bafana. Then there’s Mweene having captained Free State Stars and Chipolopolo. Ntethe, Laffor, Arendse, Moriri and even Keagan Dolly who lead South Africa at both the African Youth Champs and the Olympics.

THE IMPACT OF ORLANDO PIRATES 2013 JOURNEY ON DOWNS

It is impossible to look at the story of Sundowns and not link it to the psychological boost that Orlando Pirates’ road to the Champions League final in 2013 had on them.

In a speech titled It’s Possible, Les Brown shares the story of Roger Bennister’s ground breaking 1954 feat and how it unshackled the mind of thousands of others generations of athletes

“Before 1954, the universal belief was that man could not run a mile in less than 4 minutes. It had never been done…
Roger Bannister came along. And he broke the 4 minute barrier. Since that time, up to this day, over 20.000 people have done it, including high-school kids! What changed?
Here’s what happened when they got on the track: they knew it had been done! And because they knew it had been done, there was a new belief about this barrier, about this goal that was “unreachable”. And those 20 000 people got in the race believing, knowing that someone had done it, that IT’S POSSIBLE, that they could do it”

I think Pirates’ run, albeit unsuccessful, to the 2013 & 2015 continental finals had more impact on South African football than most of us realised at the time.

I’m not a psychology student or anything but I really believe in the intangibles, especially in sports. Sundowns themselves have not hide away from the fact that they drew inspiration to that Pirates side.

Now this is not me stealing Downs’ shine away, in fact I think they should be congratulated for successfully their desire and focus on the job at hand. Drawing inspiration from previous sides is one thing, being deciplined and successfully executing it is a different game altogether. Even those Pirates side were inspired by the 1995 generation, head people who were influential in that team but they still couldn’t get over the finish line, which just goes to highlight the magnitude of the Downs achievements.

The Intangibles : Sundowns Subtle Steps In Their Continental Journey

By now it is general knowledge that Mamelodi Sundowns became the second South African team to win the club continental crown, after Orlando Pirates 1995 victory. The best commentators and sports writers in the country have already shared their thoughts on the win and rightfully hailed Pitso Mosimane and his charges for a stellar work.

I,however, want to take the traditional route and express what I’ve The Brazilians successfully journey to the summit of African football.

In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a series of posts where I’ll be offering my thoughts on the win in such a way that has not been explored before

Baroka FC Is A Model To Be Followed

Baroka FC keeps on breaking new avenues in the local scene. Coming from the humble surroundings in the rural GaMphahlele and negotiating their way from the lower leagues to the PSL is an impressive feat. To do it while playing some of the best football in Mzansi, despite always having to deal with the big guns poaching their best players every off-season is an even more outstanding achievement.

From a team perspective you just can’t possibly ask for more. But the Baroka model is more than just pursuit of excellence on the field, the club a whole is one of the best run club.

According to this site, Baroka is set to unveil another sponsor on Wednesday, just three months after signing one with Miami Lodge. This is proof that the club is run by groudbreakers who are never rest on their laurels. There is a school of thought that companies are not willing to sponsor teams, especially outside of Gauteng, but here is Baroka, a 9 year old club, signing another deal on top of Clover, Umbro and Miami lodge.

Teams who have been around longer, both in terms of formation and playing in the highest level, can learn a thing or two from the Baroka model. Teams like Maritzburg United, Platinum Stars, Arrows, Free State Stars and others with no sponsors have a lot to learn from them.
In terms of hustling, ambition and grinding : we all can and should learn from them

My View On Online Radio

For the conservatives who fear that online radio is here to replace the traditional terrestrial radio, in light of radio veterans increasingly joining Gareth Cliff in the online radio sphere, I’ve decided to revisit my take on online radio from a few months back.

Radio is a unique mass communication medium. It is unique in more ways than one, but what really set’s it apart is the fact that it has that sense of a one on one conversational relationship between the listener and the host, that no other medium can match. It’s greatest strength is that it is an extension of the age old way of communication : oral storytelling. The fact that it has no visuals is one quality that has made it live without a direct, like-for-like alternative for decades.

But with the dominance of internet in the 21st century has forced us to think of new ways that will help radio appeal to the new generation, the “digital age”. This is where online radio comes in.

Online radio is already proving itself harder and harder to ignore. Modern technology, the internet to be exact, dictates that everything, especially in the media sphere, must go online. The internet has already took newspapers online, took television online and now radio is can join the party.

“The rise of the internet has put a lot of uncertainty on the traditional media players in all spheres, be it television, print and lately radio. With the world taking the digital route in the 21st century made people question the sustainability of the old communication medium that had carried us so successfully since their respective inception.”

One thing that online have over traditional media platforms is that it has a far wider reach. Using internet as it’s medium means it is guided by no geographical boundaries. With a suitable internet connection, an online radio station can reach any and every single part of the globe. For instance, a South African based online radio station can be heard by a person as far away as in South America or Australia. This is as important for the station as it is to a South African leaving abroad.

Using a South African online radio is the best yardstick to measure our readiness for online radio. The Cliffcentral.com is arguably the biggest South African online radio and it’s numbers are staggering. In a blog post on the site, Cliffcentral.com boss Gareth Cliff wrote “To date, CliffCentral has been heard in every single country bar three (Central African Republic, Borneo and Cuba), and just three months ago one of our listeners smuggled a downloaded podcast into North Korea on his iPhone, thereby taking us to places the Internet doesn’t even go,” this was on 22 June 2016. This just goes on to confirm the power and pull of online radio. That’s the reason why traditional radio’s are also taking the online route.

 

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