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Keith Ngesi Radio a Continuous Sponsor of the Miss Eastern Cape Beauty With a Purpose program attended the Miss Eastern Cape Beauty with a Purpose fundraiser high tea in aid for Women Standing Against Gender Based Violence, which was held at Ronnie’s motors in East London on Women’s Day where there was successful women guest speakers who shared their wisdom and knowledge with the aim to empower, motivate and entertain the women who were gathered there.

Zikhona Ngxatha the Founder and Organizer of Miss Eastern Cape Beauty with a Purpose explained that their program is not just an ordinary beauty pageant but is rather ‘A girl child empowerment program’ aimed at improving the lives of young girls /women in the Eastern Cape. She also stated that “alone you can move a hill, but together we can move mountains”. The reigning Miss Eastern Cape queen Nomthandazo Shange who is a Medicine Student at Walter Sisulu University shared her journey with Miss EC and proposed that women must learn to confide and listen to each other and not judge but love themselves no matter what.

Nerina Le Roux a stylist and a qualified dancer advised that every woman must be a good version of herself, keep a positive self-image because it affects one’s health and happiness. She also added that women must always be confident and work on their posture and eye contact. Mrs Vuyo Zitumane who was talking about empowering a girl child in this day and age stated that an empowered girl will build a healthy family and society; she breaks the chain of poverty, improves literacy rates and raises honor and glory. She also added that women dominate; they are not the minority and should therefore claim their space.
Keith Ngesi Radio sponsored and took part in #TheTotalShutdown –women’s march against gender-based violence and a national movement which called on all women, gender non-conforming people and the LGBTQIA+ community which took place from East London Museum to the City Hall where about 100 women marched to the city hall on 1 August 2018 to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Mayor of the City.This initiative was triggered by the everyday reports of fermicides in South Africa. Women of East London stayed away from work on the day to join the national movement because social media complaints were being ignored by government.

Siyamthanda Ndlela from Soul City an organization for abused women and children in the Eastern Cape said they are fully behind the initiative and have decided to bring young girls from rural areas to join the march so they can know how to fight for their rights because where they come from gender based violence is taken as an ordinary thing. Tokozani Mtini from COSATU who has also experienced abuse said “This is an important day for most of us here, as much as we suffer alone individually we are united as women.” She also shared that there was a time where she went to report her abusive husband to the police and she was told to go back home and talk things through because arresting the husband will affect their kids.

Akhona a student from the University of Forthare said “This march means a lot to me, at least we as women of this day are standing up for ourselves because Gender Based Violence has been occurring since the old days and women have been silent about it but atleast now maybe our voices will be heard when we are taking a stand in saying No to Gender Based Violence”. Dr Rianna Oelofsen handed over the memorandum of the march to the Buffalo City Metro Xola Phakathi who received and accepted the memorandum. The march continued to the office of the premier in Bisho where the handover was done by Melissa Malambile to the Eastern Cape Premier Pumulo Musualle.
Department of sports, Recreation, arts and culture in the Eastern Cape hosted the Eastern Cape Sports and recreation achievers awards ceremony in the Nelson Mandela metro. One of KNR’s presenters Akhona Makalima was nominated for Presenter of the year for her show Women’s Sports Buffet .Keith Ngesi Radio had a live broadcast at the event which was graced in the presence of MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa of DSRAC and Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle.

The awards ceremony was to appreciate the efforts and hard work of those doing the province proud in sports. The MEC congratulated the nominees for the good work that they do, a well-known coach once said “The key is not the will to win, everybody has that, it is the will to prepare to win that is important” she said. Tunyiswa also encouraged the nominees by reminding them that impossible is just a word “Tonight all these finalists from all corners of our beautiful province have been told how impossible and unreachable their dreams are. You have been told how insignificant your convictions are, you have all been told how you dare vision a better tomorrow, you have all been told and asked who you to aspire for greatness, but tonight on this august evening you can attest that impossible is not a fact; your nomination, your ultimate receiving of the trophy, your standing on this award stage- maybe not tonight, maybe not here, but your ultimate ascension to any podium of this nature is testament that impossible is just a word!”

A Gold Medalist in various championships Games in athletics Luvo Manyonga who was nominated for Sportsman of the year and further nominated for Sports star of the year said his motivation came from his unprivileged background. He makes sure where ever he is, he always remembers where he comes from and he strives to make a change, not only in his family but around the world and on the lives of upcoming athletes that look up to him. “most of the upcoming artists go to the big cities like Johannesburg or Cape Town thinking they cannot make it in the Eastern Cape, we have to be close to them to show them that they can make it big here at home”, Luvo won on both categories he was nominated for.

KNR’s very own Akhona Makhalima made it to the runners up on her category and shared her experience as an exciting one, she said, “I was really excited to be nominated, that alone to me is an achievement, especially being the only woman in the category. I am still grateful about the exposure and seeing that people appreciate my hard work and support the vision of reaching out to the masses with the message of transforming lives through sport. The cause is to influence as many women as possible; with that nomination I am confident it changed somebody’s life”.

Akhona added that hard work brings success and that one must work very hard and let their success make the noise. “The awardees were all hardworking people from humble beginnings and disadvantaged backgrounds but they all outstanding in the world stages, which really goes and blend well with them at the end of the day, ‘Be the Legacy’. I’ve noticed from all categories there were very powerful sportswomen and men who have achieved a lot in their fields of sport which made the competition very tight. So not everyone was going to be a winner but that doesn’t define the runners up as failures either. In a nutshell I’d say dedication and discipline was displayed as the results where fruitful and rewarding to all the awardees and winners.
Award winning film writer and director, Jahmil Qhubeka’s production company Yellowbone Entertainment, with co- producer and Editor Layla Swart are producing South Africa’s very first boxing film in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape. They approached Keith Ngesi Radio for a commentary type team to be part of a closed scene shoot in the film for a script that requires a radio commentator, branding and broadcast equipment as props .Mbulelo Coto of the show First Touch Was delegated to shoot for the role.

Mdantsane is known for having a rich history of boxing and having produced multiple world boxing champions, this is the major reason why the production is exciting for Mdantsane born Qhubeka “It is my intention to capture the essence of life in Mdantsane and the restless pursuit of being a champion in a society that dictates failure”, said Qhubeka. The film follows the life of Dudu Nyakama (played by Scandal actor Bongile Mantsayi) who with the help of his criminal brother finds himself fighting in the biggest boxing match of the year after pleading for a chance to participate, The sport is seen as a ticket out of the drudgery and poverty of the township.

The movie has brought job opportunities and exposure for people that reside in East London and surrounding areas. The production gave opportunity to aspiring actors as well as behind the scenes crew members and some property owners also rented out properties to have parts of the movie to be shot Mbulelo Coto said he was nervous being in the film making environment but was also excited to see how a film is created and he felt great to be part of that “The experience is not what I expected at all, creating a film is very complicated and hard, it can take up to two days to just film a scene that might be just 10 minutes on the actual film”. Once again the KNR flag flew higher and hopefully this is just the beginning of such great opportunities.
Koloni Consulting Enterprise in partnership with Keith Ngesi Radio and other partners hosted the first ever creative economy indaba in the Buffalo City Metro on September 06, 2018 .The Indaba focused on arts, culture and heritage and was a platform for BCM-based artists to connect, acquire partners and investors.

Mr Vukile Pokwana CEO of Koloni Consulting Enterprise outlined the purpose of the day; as the empowerment of artists through sharing with them the opportunities they can take advantage of and how to access them. Pokwana highlighted that artists are faced with various challenges whether it is market access, copy-rights, funding and that an environment of showcasing and job creation through art must be generated. This of course requires the intervention of the government.” The government does not take artists seriously and the Eastern Cape is the only province with only one municipality that has a policy on creative industry compared to other provinces like Gauteng and KZN”.

MEC Bulelwa Thunyiswa of the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture-who was also in attendance- applauded the initiative of the event and shared about how the creative industry adds value to the Rand and the South African economy, “Art is needed for its intriguing value but as South Africans we need to look at art for its market value if we’re taking the liberation of our people serious”.

Thunyiswa added that we need to apply collective wisdom with art organisations and be creative at looking at sustainable service delivery methods that economically live far beyond regular festivals. The Arts and Culture Trust, Department of Trade Industry, Department of Arts and Culture, the Industrial Development Corporation and the SABC delegated representatives to make presentations at this event. They each explained about the loans, grants and incentives they offer to artists and how these artists can access these offers, they also shared about initiatives they supported and appealed to artists that all their ideas and proposals must make commercial sense in order to get their support.
Keith Ngesi Radio sponsored the Black Pearl Foundation 5km Spring Parade on the 15th of August in East London, Nahoon. The spring parade was aimed at raising funds for Kuluyolo daycare Centre, and underprivileged crèche in Ncerha village. The starting point of the parade was at the Nahoon Lifesavers Club.

The organiser of the event and founder of the Black Pearl Foundation Ms Vuyokazi Nkohla was very happy and grateful about the turn out, she said “The turnout was amazing and I’m very grateful to everyone who came and supported me, and because of that the event will now be an annual event”. She added that her favourite part of the day was the bikers.

Warm ups and enjoyable aerobics were done at the beginning of the parade to prepare the runners and walkers, they were led by CEO and head trainer at the Hercules Bootcamp Singwa Hercules Silinga. The Spring parade was not only about the walk, there was entertainment from bikers, drummies and activities during the walk. There were four prizes available to be won, a Premium Hotel Voucher worth R7260, a one night stay at Southern Sun Hotel including breakfast, two Spar food vouchers and R600 Emerald Spa Voucher.

Winner of one the food hampers who also took part on the parade, Athini Ngcayi, said “ I really enjoyed my walk and to think I almost didn’t come but thank God I decided to come as I also won the food voucher” he added that he was proud of what Vuyo has achieved and wish her more success. The Spring parade was a success and the bikers promised to further support the initiative by helping build the crèche, provide toys and help paint it.
Keith Ngesi Radio a continuous sponsor of the Buya’ Mbo cultural celebration attended the second annual Buya’ Mbo cultural celebration which took place on September 23, 2018 at Mthombo’s Palace in NU7 Mdantsane. The event was hosted by Project Khulisanani Non-Profit Organisation to raise funds for the 2019 back to school campaign. Activities that took place included entertainment from local DJs, cultural dancers, drama, poetry and also a fashion show. All the artists that performed and showcased their craft were from Mdantsane and surrounding areas.

Phindile Makupula owner of 7BOB Aggressive clothing who studied fashion designing at Walter Sisulu University and is now working in the comfort of her own home was one of the fashion designers showcasing their work on the event. Phindile said she is really impressed with what Project Khulisanani has been doing for they young children and it was her first time supporting such a great initiative and would definitely do it again; the appreciation of her work by the crowd was overwhelming to her she said. “It is a great initiative that is worth supporting because it is backing up the future of the nation after all” .Phindile added that for kids who would like to pursue a career in fashion they should have the passion and patience for it because it is a slow industry but worthwhile once it you get the appropriate support.

Bohlale Buzani one of the co-founders of Project Khulisanani explained that the main focus of their organization is community and youth development that operates solely for the benefit of those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. The organization runs a lot of programs and the back to school campaign is one of them which aims to buy school uniform for non-affording kids, the campaign now has more than 300 beneficiaries. Bohlali concluded by thanking everyone who contributed to the major success of the event and said “Children will now have school uniforms next year because of you”.
One of KNR’s team members saw a call for help on a Facebook group on September 26th where a lady Siphosethu Mxhadana with her 2 year old daughter lost their home through an arson committed by her drug addicted blood brother in Unit-P, Mdantsane leaving the Siphosethu and her child homeless and hopeless. The lady and her child got taken in by a neighbor they go to church with while her brother remains in custody. KNR believes helping other people can be a cure, not just for those in need but for the souls of the helpers as well.

The two siblings have no parents and their grandmother left them with the RDP house. As the young man got addicted to drugs, he started misbehaving and selling almost everything in their home including bathroom tub and sink just to get a fix. Siphosethu had enough of this behavior and filed a protection order against her brother. The young man was displeased with his sister’s actions and on the night of September 22 he decided to lock the house doors and windows and even sealed those with glue and set the house on fire while his sister and niece where inside sleeping. The victims were saved by a call me message Siphosethu sent to her neighbor who called for help and managed to get Sethu and her baby out of the house safe and sound.

The KNR team collected clothes and other necessities for Sethu and on the day of delivery October 4th was coincidentally her birthday. The KNR team further helped by taking her to the SASSA and BCMM disaster management department where she was registered and got food parcels and is now awaiting a temporary house. Siphosethu said it was a really nice birthday surprise for her as she did not expect the amount of help she got and especially from a radio station after she has been trying to get help through her ward councilor and not getting any response. Keith Ngesi further tried to contact the ward councilor but never got any response and he took the matter to the speaker’s office, which helped Siphosethu get a new identity document. KNR made a noise about Sethu’s situation on air and social media and the response from listeners has been amazing that it even influenced a listener who resides in the USA to donate R3 500 to help Siphosethu rebuild. The KNR Team is glad to have lent a helping hand.

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