Voting DAnger

Who you vote for is your right and your secret. We now live in a democratic country where everybody has the right to vote and make themselves count in our young democracy. Your vote is your signature on the constitution.

Considering our past, voting is a big deal in this country…it matters WHO we vote for.

 

I am however uncomfortable with the number of black people advocating for the DA to lead South Africa. Wether we like to admit it or not, The DA is a white party. Yes it has a lot of coloured and black window dressing, but the core of the DA is white. DA absorbed the voters who used to vote for the NP. The NP need I remind you, had this country burning up in flames and war. When white people rule, black people suffer. White people have been oppressing black people since they got here. They set up inhumane social systems which robbed us of our land, identity and dignity. Looking back on our history, we can be certain that white people are incapable of leading a black majority. You cannot be the leader of a people you don’t even know. Buying fried chicken for hungry black people to campaign for you shows us exactly the calibre of people we are dealing with, manipulators.

 

When will black people realise that white people are here to protect their own interests, and those interests do not include us? In the past 500 years that the white people have been here they have managed to take over 70% of our economy. So essentially, we are poor BECAUSE they are rich. They have taken everything that belonged to us and use us as slaves to maintain their machines. What do you think is going to happen when they resume leadership? White people don’t even visit their black friends in the townships, they do not know the black experience nor do they care about it. Do you seriously think putting white people in power is going to benefit black people? Think again and look back a mere 30 years when armies where in our neighbourhoods, when we didn’t have access to anything, and when our men were thrown from the 9th floor at John Vorster Square. When white people were in power just 30 years ago they pushed us all into ghettos that had no decent sanitation and we built big beautiful houses for them. (the same ones they still occupy) Then they made our women clean those houses and pick up after their shit. They made our men manicure those gardens and pick up after their dogs shit. And they paid these people with…..not much. Hence these people remained in their mkhukhus instead of moving up a ladder into better jobs. Think back 30 years ago when we lost thousands of men in mining accidents. Men walked around with no limbs and lost their sources of income….which was not much. Because white people don’t think black people need to be paid as much as them.

 

DA wants to do away with affirmative action. Do you know why? So that they are not bound to employing black people and can revert back to their corrupt ways of nepotism in the business field. They keep shouting people must be hired on merit but if you look in many industries, especially property, you will realise that a lot of these white men and women who occupy these positions are not qualified either. In a black majority country, white people need to understand that it is natural that blacks will dominate. If our white people want white domination, they can go to Europe and lead there.

 

I think that DA is fine to exist as a party that represents white people. We do not have the same ways and cultures so white people certainly need a platform and voice so their views can be heard, as for the black people in DA, I don’t know what you are doing there. I truly don’t. I thought that by now you had realised that Mmusi Maimane is a marketing scheme to attract the black vote….hence LIndiwe Mazibuko a more credible leader walked away. Herman Mashaba got his ego played with by the white people, we are shocked but we will move on.

 

Power is in the economy, currently that is a white people position. Corporate SA is owned by white people. When you as a black person vote DA, you are just adding numbers. I realise that it is your right to vote for whoever you want, but I just want to point out that one vote of yours is going to affect us all. Please choose wisely?

 

Who we Africans will be led by is our conversation and we will find our leaders amongst ourselves. There are a few black led parties on that ballot and wherever you look in the world, politicians are corrupt. Nothing will ever be more corrupt than how white people have taken control over our economy.

 

My vote cannot go to white people because they have had 500 years to demonstrate their leadership and have failed dismally. I am smart enough to realise that the ANC inherited a rotten system, my disappointment with the ANC lies in that they maintained a toxic system to benefit themselves….instead of working to improve the lives of the majority in this land. I am bitter too that they have traumatised the black people so much, that black people are now running towards the DAnger we should be running from. All these black DA voters are a product of the frustration with a removed, superficial and celebrity crazy government. ANC has created this monster.

 

The political arena is fresh and ready to seed new political parties, new leaders who are concerned with the needs of the people. This is not the time to be moving backwards. Your vote affects us ALL.

 

Rhodes University: State of Uncleanliness

It is now mid July and I have been frustrated (all year) about the state of uncleanliness at Gavin Reilly Post Graduate Village. I keep complaining but get dismissed by the warden Proffesor Juma. Last week when I complained, instead of addressing the issues raised, I was called in for a meeting. The junior warden Yanela said that it is too late to complain as it is now July. Wow. Despite the fact that I have been complaining all year.

 

When I moved into Gavin Reilly I was shown a few rooms and I could not live there as they looked like flats in a slum. I finally had to settle when I realised that all the rooms were in a less than acceptable state. I had just driven 12hrs from Johannesburg and it was night time and I was in no state to throw a fuss. Also I had been awarded a scholarship so I did not want to ruffle any feathers. But after much thought, I cannot be held hostage by this scholarship and be made to live like this.

 

I gave into the filth, used my sleeping bag and the next morning went to get cleaning agents. I spent my 1st day here scrubbing grimy walls and washing my carpets. The grease on my kitchen walls was impossible so I ended up buying gift wrapping paper to make wall paper. This was so that I could cook my food without looking at old, brown grease smeared on my wall. Then there was the oven which had black old grease. The baking tray was so filthy, it was like it had grilled many meals but had never been cleaned. There were thick layers and clumps of old burnt oil which I couldn’t even get clean with all my cleaning agents, including bleach. It was like the stove had been used all year or 2 without ever being cleaned. The inside of the oven was a blackness of dirt. That is where I was expected to cook my food. I complained and they replaced the oven immediately. I had won one small battle.

As for the filthy carpets, in the 1st week they shampooed them…..that was the last time. This is now something I do myself on all 4s with a brush, despite the fact they have machines to shampoo our carpets which get used once a year.

 

The bigger problem however was the infestation of cockroaches (owing to the state of filth.) Gavin Reilly has such a big cockroach problem I am surprised the staff was pretending not to know this when I raised it. Initially they made me feel like nobody else had the problem until I started speaking to other students. The other students were also equally mortified at the cockroach problem here. I heard stories of groups of cockroaches leisurely walking on walls. One student could even hear them come out and scratch on her walls and bed at night. She went as far as videoing them and sending the video to Juma. My frustrated neighbour knocked on my door 4 days ago in a complete state about the cockroaches. The grown man was close to tears saying the situation was just getting worse.

 

As usual, I googled every remedy to kill cockroaches, I found my budget being affected as I had to keep buying tea tree oil (not cheap) and have cockroach powder all over my room. But to add insult to injury, I have an asthmatic history so the more I sprayed doom, the sicker I got. My chest would act up from all the chemicals in my room and the constant spraying of this stuff that I KNOW aggravates my asthma. We managed to get our rooms fumigated but in true Rhodes style, they do it once and expect the problem to go away. I do not want to live with cockroaches so I use this fumigation solution frequently, however last time they complained. I’m not sure why because, if they know this space is filthy, then they should know that filth attracts cockroaches.

 

Now I am dealing with my bathroom walls. I have been complaining about these all year too. Imagine a bathroom wall which has seen thousands of showers from many people without being regularly cleaned. Can you imagine the black grime which gathers in between the tiles? Well, that is where I am expected to wash. When I moved in, the corners of my bath were peeling and it looked really ugly. Nothing you would want to bath in. In fact I only shower here, so that I don’t get to see the walls. The maintenance people came and did a half job and only sealed the bath corners. They failed to scrape all the old grime and dirt off and reseal the walls. In other words, the whiteness of the freshly sealed bath magnified the state of blackness on the walls. And every time I am in there I wonder whose filth I am washing in. I googled this too and found that if I use lemon and vinegar on my walls, it cleans old grime. I showed the housekeeping staff my new walls and gave them the remedy so they could fix other students bathrooms. From what I heard there was a student whose bath was so brown even the staff was complaining. Eeeuww!!!!! But how does the staff and maintenance even allow it to get there? I could not get it clean between the tiles and this issue needs maintenance to come scrape it off. I feel like I have truly done my bit and tried everything, I need to be met half way. I want to enjoy a nice bath in a clean bathroom, is that too much to ask?

 

When I moved here, I was shocked to learn that we do not at least get housekeeping once a week. This is a shared space it is the university’s responsibility to ensure that the living conditions are acceptable. If there are about 70 units here and we all pay R42 000 a year then I do not understand why they do not cater for housekeeping. They are dealing with students who are here to learn, their focus may not be on housekeeping and as a result we now have a cockroach manifestation problem accumulating from a state of uncleanliness. It is unfair that this issue is not addressed. It is not nice to live in dirt.

 

I do not want to have meetings with you professor……I want to live in a CLEAN space, WITHOUT COCKROACHES!

 

Ntsiki Speaks Thanks……

Ntsiki Speaks Thanks……

 

Sinethi Mpepo for driving me to persue this dream

Zikhona and the Fringe team for supporting me

The whole National Arts PR team (i had no marketing budget…you saved me)

Raymond, Fufu Miya and RMR for sponsoring me with flyers

Leon at Pick n Pay for helping me with putting up posters in town

Perry Mason for the twitter campaign support

Samkela Stamper, Phumzile Macwili and the Kidz Network team what a beautiful journey

Everybody who bought tickets for the Take A Black Gal to theatre campaign…..wow…siyabulela

My director Masi Heshu and sis Nox for stepping in when I needed help

Masi Heshu…..you brought out the best in me

Buti Terror and Bra Jon and the rest of the technical team…u were amazing 2 me

All my twitter friends who RT my promotions and helped me with visibility

The journalists who wrote beautiful reviews

My bestfriends Boni and Lizo for coming in from Jozi to dream with me

My little sister Nomi, for your endless support

And finally thank you to my tenacity and strength and that I never give up…..against all odds …here i stand VICTORIOUS!

 

Umntu ngumntu ngabantu…..thank you so much for teaching me such a valuable lesson

 

Cassper and Americans

Let me start by saying that just before Cassper blew up, there was a woman called Ntsiki Mazwai who was tweeting constantly about him, she would even go as far as tweeting radio stations asking why they are not playing his music. So bottom line is…..Ntsiki is a fan. Despite the fact that he stole my song urongo without so much as acknowledging it, yes, you can google it Cassper uRongo….lol! yup. Anyways back to the matter at hand. I have loved watching Cassper grow and develop. I have been inspired by his work ethic and I was completely blown away at him selling out the dome. uCassper mina ungichazile…..up until that Sway interview. I have never been so embarrassed to be South African in my life.

 

That interview single handedly showed me that artists should not only focus on the craft…but artists should also be readers and be more conscious of the position they occupy. In an interview to MILLIONS of listeners world wide Cassper proceeded to grovel for Americans. I think what was even sadder to watch was the dj trying to bring consciousness to the conversation but Cassper just could not keep up. The dj started the interview by framing Hip Hop and its roots beginning in Afrika. That WHOLE conversation FLEW over Casspers head when in his response he started gushing about America and how we south Africans aspire to be American. No Cassper, that is just you and your self worth issues, the majority of south Africans are VERY African. And only some of the kids who grew up fluent in English aspire to be American, and let’s be honest now, that is quite a below average aspiration. Next time please speak for yourself and don’t make us ALL look ignorant.

Actually, that was the embarrassment, having that ignorance on the washing line for the whole world to see.

 

I suggest now that South African artists know that there is a global interest in us, can we start teaching ourselves about ourselves and our history. We cannot occupy global positions and gush at America. That is a disgrace. As the interview progressed you could literally feel the discomfort in studio as the co presenters didn’t know how to deal with suddenly being hailed as the gods of Africans. South Africa, you need to learn that you are powerful in your own right. You need to own it.

 

I wont go into how Cassper wanted American groupies over south African ones, that made him look rather lame I must admit. Then he proceeded to say that the experience he can give to an American groupie is that in SA he is a superstar so she will get mobbed. Really Cassper?? Really? The level of depth was sadly a missing element in that interview.

 

Essentially, in that whole 45mins Cassper said nothing powerful, nothing to make South Africa look good. He basically made us seem like we are a nation of Americas groupies. The interview left me feeling embarrassed about the youth. Do the youth really wanna be American? If so…..WOW!

I wonder if Cassper is aware that NO American has EVER filled up the dome, just like I wish that AKA knew that the Lyons are a cast of ACTORS, he is the real rapper. Would AKA think it is an achievement if he was on a set with the Generations cast?? So manje why does he think the Lyons are special? Ayi guys……a le eme ha nyani. Khani buye amazweni….niseMzansi.

 

Thankfully Casspers verse at the end of the interview saved most of his content. We are going to have to rather focus on that. But all I know is that, the next time DJ Sway wants to have a conscious conversation about Hip Hop in south Africa……please don’t call Cassper.

 

TAKE A BLACK GAL TO THE THEATRE!

TAKE A BLACK GIRL TO THE THEATRE….

 

 

Since starting to prepare for my production NTSIKI SPEAKS at this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival, I have realised that this is a divinely blessed production and process. I have received so much love and support, I wondered how I could make my blessings spread around to other people.

 

As you know I have always been the voice of the Black Gal. My 1st popular poem Hey Black Girl is a true reflection of my commitment to the advancement and betterment of black girls especially in South Africa. I have always been crazy about the black girl. I have always addressed issues affecting the Black Gal. My purpose in life, is to use my gifts to empower the Black Gal.

 

It hit me like a ton of bricks when I realised that I had the opportunity to gather some black girls and share the NTSIKI SPEAKS experience with them. I want girls from eRhini to have access and from the neighbouring village, Peddie.

 

I don’t have the money to pay for all their tickets, but I do have a following that has disposable income and is thirsty to make a difference. People can give by giving a Black gal access to the theatre. The Black Gal can see herself reflected on stage and know that anything is possible. We want to inspire dreams and we want to inspire greatness with this initiative.

 

Who knows, maybe the next Dolly Rathebe will be a girl from Peddie.

 

To donate tickets: buy tickets at https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/ntsiki-speaks/ and send your confirmation to ntsiki_mazwai@yahoo.com and cc akhona.daweti@nationalartsfestival.co.za

 

Tickets are R50 each. Please book on the 2nd of April as the daytime show accommodates travel arrangements from the village.

 

Thank you so much for your support

 

Hey Black Gal

Hey Black Gal

With any issues

Throw away you box of tissues

The time has come for emancipation

Sing our song of celebration

 

Hey black ngehips nempundu

Awusemhle ntaka

Yamandla

Bendicela ukubamba isandla

No one works those hips

The way that you do

I found that it’s true

These hips are for keeps

Hey black gal ngehips nempundu

Ngamaxesha akho

Stand up and be counted!

 

Hey Black Gal

With any issues

Throw away you box of tissues

The time has come for emancipation

Sing our song of celebration

 

Hey blue, blue black girl

Let it go

You fear of yellows, reds and greens

Their sentence was lean

For their misinterpretation

Of her celebration

Of being mother creation

Iintsikelelo kuwe

Black ndlovukazi

 

Hey Black Gal

With any issues

Throw away you box of tissues

The time has come for emancipation

Sing our song of celebration

 

Hey black gal

Ngenwele ezineGrowth!

Ziyeke

Zinake

Ngamandla akho

Curled, locked and entwined

It’s divine

The message in your hair

Hey black gal

Ngama afro puff

strut your stuff

Show them

This is not a bluff

 

Hey Black Gal

With any issues

Throw away you box of tissues

The time has come for emancipation

Sing our song of celebration

Dear Government Celebrities

A letter to the government of South Africa

 

Re: Government interference in arts

 

We seem to be having a problem with government officials thinking that they form part and parcel of the entertainment industry. For the record, you are not in the entertainment industry, we have put you in office to manage the affairs of the country. This does not include you usurping industry events and making boring speeches.

 

Let me start by saying, the people in the industry are trained and experienced performers. You coming onto our stages, is as arrogant as us walking into your offices, getting into your computers and doing your job with you. We have taken speech&drama classes, we have studied performance. It is not something that JUST happens. Being an entertainer is a SKILL. What you are currently doing is bastardising the quality of our shows and productions.

You get on stage and you are inexperienced and you kill the flow of the energy of the show.

We understand that being on stage/tv is exciting and feeds into the ego which is why you are so hungry for it. But honestly guys…..this is not your strength. Let the entertainers do their job in peace.

 

The fact that you fund these events does not mean you are entitled to absolute control of these events. Might I add that the money you are funding these events with, does not belong to you. That money is from taxes from the people of this country. So essentially, artists are paid by the people. You are just the agents we have employed to ensure that this money is distributed fairly to the different industries. It is not your money, it is not you show…..your show begins and ends with the governance of this country.

 

Your branding is EVERYWHERE at these gigs. That is enough. Please….stop forcing yourselves onto stages. You are not good at it.

 

It worries us as the people when the government is more interested in Red Carpet events than service delivery. We know your outfits for the SONA but we don’t even know what you DO. Please, leave the Red Carpet and Celebrity stunts to the entertainers. Your main focus should be how to get South Africa to be a better place to live in for ALL. (Not just for you)

 

Any form of art should be respected. Art is for the people who are gifted creatively. If you wish to pursue a career in the arts, by all means do so….but do not disrespect our stages by getting on them unrehearsed. Some of us have spent decades rehearsing on these stages, stop with the one night stands.  You look pathetic, then you make our whole show look pathetic which makes our industry look pathetic….

 

It is no wonder that promoters book overseas artists because with our shows looking so amateur…who would wanna book that? Stop turning major musical events into Open Mic Sessions. My dear government, you are out of place.

 

Nobody is telling you how silly you look because they need your tenders. But from me, sister to government I say…..Stop The Insanity and Respect our Artists. You can speak at your political rallies and imbizos…..but please……leave our industry alone.

 

We need your support in funding….we don’t need your help on stage.

Stop undermining our talents and disrespecting our offices.

 

Your faithfully

A South African Artist

MEDIA RELEASE: Ntsiki Speaks

Ntsiki Speaks

Ntsiki Mazwai

Poetry Play

Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Ticket bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/ntsiki-speaks/

CONTACT: ntsiki_mazwai@yahoo.com

 

Ntsiki Speaks is a 1 woman poetry play reflecting on the experiences of being a young woman in South Africa. It is a collection of poetry that reflects some of the social politics in the country. It explores themes such as Identity, Gender Issues, Family Dynamics and Racism. It is an honest expression of the issues that face South Africa. Known for her no holds approach to speaking her mind, Ntsiki Mazwai weaves some of her favourite and best known poems with her provocative new work.

 

Ntsiki Speaks is the story of a young woman coming of age. We, South African women, are this young woman and a time has come to SPEAK.

 

 

 

A trailblazing force on the South African cultural landscape, Mazwai’s journey has been awe inspiring.

Mazwai is a talented and unique artist who tells multiple stories through various disciplines.

An avid contributor to social dialogue, Mazwai is known as being ‘the voice of the voiceless.’

Her artistic trajectory often creates a stir as she has a way of expressing herself honestly…sometimes brutally, while she raises social consciousness.

 

Her works include 2 spoken word/music albums, MAMIYA and NDINGUBANI; an autobiographical poetry anthology, Wena; a beadwork fashion range, The House of Mobu; her popular and provocative blog; Ntsiki also has a twitter account she uses to stir up national debates. She has also produced some theatre works, The Mama Said Sessions and Ntsiki Speaks.

Ntsiki has performed in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Amsterdam, Italy, Jamaica, Swaziland, Botswana, NYC and across South Africa.

SntsikiSpeakshe has recorded songs with Pops Mohamed, Madala Kunene, Khuli Chana, Thandiswa, Nomisupasta, Dj Euphonic, Dj Kent, Mahoota, Mandla Spikiri, Bantu Soul and many others.

 

Her works explores the themes of femininity, black consciousness, racism, family dynamics and spirituality. Her enviable stage presence makes her a popular favourite.

She has also won awards for her service to the community; as well as her for her works.

 

Ntsiki is currently doing her Masters Degree in Creative writing at Rhodes University, after being awarded The Andrew Mellon Scholarship.

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Half woman, half goddess……Ntsiki Mazwai is a powerhouse.