Wednesday, 13 June 2018

10 Questions with Nkululeko Dube, The-So Called Mafia

By Nqobile Mafu

Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube abruptly brought the Bulawayo arts scene down from the high of hosting the recently held Bulawayo Arts Awards when he suggested that there was a clique of arts practitioners that were holding the city’s arts scene to ransom. Ncube, speaking in a Facebook discussion interview with Iyasa founder Nkululeko Dube, said that there were eight people that acted as if they were mafia dons, creating the impression that the Bulawayo arts scene was their private playground. Ngiyesbanews interviewed Nkululeko Dube who's currently on tour in Europe.

1. Ngiyesabanews: Pliz can yu tell me a bit about yourself and your background?
Dube: I am the director and founder of Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts ( IYASA). I hail from Plumtree and started arts at a tender schooling age at Mzingwane High School and through my university and college education. I am greatly inspired by South African arts guru Mbongeni Ngema of the Sarafina fame. I am a father to, 2 lovely boys Mbongeni Dube and Vuyolethu Dube.

2. Ngiyesabanews: I understand you where in Mpopoma High before you became the Director of Iyasa;can you describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Dube: Well my involvement in the arts was a process rather than instant. I worked a lot at school with colleagues like Babongile Skhonjwa ( Skyzz Metro). I would also say Mbongeni Ngema had a huge influence in my life. I was also mentored by a lot of insipirational people like Cont Mhlanga, Albert Nyathi, Sihlangu Dlodlo, Nomadlozi Kubheka, Styxx Mhlanga among others. Working with the Mpopoma High School drama club that took the country by storm further catapulted my vision. I know a lot of people refer to the political controversy l got stuck in as a part of it but that was just a hiccup that propelled me from a comfort zone into the wilderness. It was the time l decided to go professional.

3. Ngiyesabanews: Explain what you do in 50 words?

Dube: l mentor young artists in music, dance, Theatre, poetry and various other genres. I then provide and find platforms for them to showcase their talents locally and internationally. I nurture unknown fresh and upcoming talent hence the reference to being a school of arts. I also work with schools in developing arts.I train and guide young artists in their journey into becoming ultimately big. For examples Sandra Ndebele, Futurelove Sibanda, Nkwali, DJ Prince, Silethemba and Pepsi Magonya, Tsungai Tsikirai, Michelle Msopero and many more are there to validate our efforts.


4. Ngiyesabanews: As a family man since you are always on tour,how do yo accommodate your family time?
Dube: I spend half of the year at home and half of the year abroad. My partner she's an administrator in the arts so we spend a lot of time together, sometimes they travel with me.

5. Ngiyesabanews: kkkkkkk, Dube baba, can you tell me, about the Mafia Saga as you are on the top of the list?
Dube: Hahahaha! So the list is out? And I am top of it? That is news to me. What l have seen is speculation in various platforms including the press and yes my name has been mentioned. Well, we live in a democratic era . If you ask me the mafia is a product of fertile imagination. To me the names thrown around are names of people that are doing good things in the name of arts and for the city. We should celebrate them. Yes I work with all of them. It is strange that when we all worked divided and in our corners people said it was the reason for our lack of progress. Now we bring our efforts together, create synergies, again we are accused of being in the mafia. I focus on what l do. I have no time to stop others from progressing their dreams. My conscience is clear on that one. Surely l can not dismiss those that a complaining totally. Yes maybe someone, somewhere has used dirty tactics against their efforts; but to say there is an organized mafia designed to do that in the city is a total exaggeration. After all half of the year l am out of the country. If claim is l am part of a mafia,I can safely tell you that is a figmentation of reality because l have never been in any meeting or any plan plotting the downfall of anybody. That defeats my purpose in the arts which is to promote upcoming talent.

6. Ngiyesabanews: Before you where the big five, now the number has escalated to eight,the empire is growing and now you are labelled as the Mafia, tell me more about this Mafia Saga?
Dube: Is it not strange that the same people who were named the Big five are again named the mafia. I am not the best person to explain what this is all about but Carl Joshua Ncube the comedian made the suggestion in an interview l had with him on a social media platform. Honestly to me it shows that l am relevant to the arts scene. I would worry if l had any sinister intentions. I help a lot of young artists and to me if they are content all these claims are baseless and won’t deter me. l help, mentor and sponsor. That is not the essence of why l help them.

7. Ngiyesabanews: Is it possible to give me the list kkkk?

Dube: Unfortunately l am not the source and neither do l believe in it.

8. Ngiyesabanews: What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
Dube: I could write a book on this. I have challenges everyday. We operate in a not so ideal arts sector compared to other developed countries. That means we need to treble our efforts to be seen, to be valued. Many of my challenges are born from that. Resources. Policies that are almost non existent. Above all working with young people is a challenge on its own.

9. Ngiyesabanews: How do you feel about the internet in the arts business?
Dube: The internet has brought the world to our doorsteps. It is easier to connect to sell to be relevant but again only if we put it to good use. Most of us spend time using it as a battlefield rather than a platform for business.

10. Ngiyesabanews: What changes would you like to see to the arts industry and what advice do you have for young upcoming artist?
Dube: We live in an era where Talent is no longer adequate to make it to the top. I would love to see young artists develop themselves and not only rely on Talent. I also hope our country can come up with policies that make Zimbabwe a fertile nation for the growth of the arts as a business. Zimbabwe has not reached its potential



For More Info about Iyasa visit their website:
http://www.iyasa.net/index.php?id=home
https://m.facebook.com/Inkululekoyabatsha/?locale2=en_GB&soft=bookmarks

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

10 Questions with BAA, Winner Matesu Dube

By Nqobile Mafu

It's almost a week since the awards took place at Bulawayo Large City Hall, tears and joy still buzzing in Bulawayo especial in Njube suburb where Ngiyesbanews came across with an award winner. Matesu was so delighted to be awarded the Outstanding Theatre Director at the 2018 Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards on the 26th of May for the play Ihloka, written by Thabani Moyo. The play Ihloka also got the Outstanding Theatre Production award and also the Outstanding Actor went to Ishmael Muvingi.

(1.) Ngiyesabanews: Pliz can yu tell us a bit about yourself/background?

Mate: My name is Matesu Dube, born and bred in the city of Bulawayo. I am an award theatre arts director.

(2.) Ngiyesabanews: What’s the name and the meaning of your group?
Mate: Umkhathi Theatre Works is the name of my group. Umkhathi means weather in Ndebele language. As a performing arts ensemble we perform different art forms that range from traditional dance, theatre to music that’s why the name Umkhathi comes from.

(3.) Ngiyesabanews: When did your group was formed?
Mate: Umkhathi was formed in 1997 by a group of people that included myself, John Phiri, Mthandazo Sithole (late), Alexander Mhlanga, Richard Mahachi, Maqawe Moyo and Tsoka Ndlovu.

(4.) Ngiyesabanews: Tell us about your achievement in BAA awards?
Mate:Well it was nice for us to scoop 3 awards in the Theatre category at the Roil BAA on the 26th May 2018. I got the Outstanding Theatre Director award, Ishmael Muvingi got the Outstanding Actor award and our production, Ihloka got the Outstanding Theatre Production award.

(5.) Ngiyesabanews: What did you like the most about BAA awards?
Mate: The awards are well organized and I think they are currently the best event in Bulawayo and Zimbabwe as a whole.

(6.) Ngiyesabanews: is it possible to name three artists you’d like to be compared to?
Mate: Well I am my own, god created us in a unique way, so I would like to be compared to anyone else though I admire other people's works.

(7.) Ngiyesabanews: What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
Mate:My biggest challenge has been to look for funding, for productions that I would like to do. Funding for costumes, stage set, lighting and other things to produce a show that I want; in a professional way.

(8.) Ngiyesabanews: How do you feel about the internet in the arts business?
Mate: The internet is good, it makes us market our works and connect with people in different parts of the world.

(9.) Ngiyesabanews: What changes would you like to see to the arts industry, that will allow you to make a living from your projects?
Mate:The government must remove tax and duty for imports of art equipment. Funding should be availed in the country. The government and corporate sector must work with artists in their projects.

(10.) Ngiyesabanews: What advice do you have for young upcoming artist?
Mate: Love the art in you not yourself in the arts. Learn from the people who are already in the game. Also I would to thank the writer,of Ihloka, Thabani Moyo for believing in me and Umkhathi Theatre Works. To the cast of the play Ihloka, I say congratulations you made us proud. I love you all guys.


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

10. Questions with Future Dube of Khaya Arts

By Nqobile Mafu

We are delighted again, for BAA now in its second year; they recognise the very best of Bulawayo Arts Industry. The ceremony is taking place on May 26, 2018 at the Large City Hall. On the night, 50 awards will be given away to deserving winners. The night will also feature high quality entertainment by both nominees and selected artists from Bulawayo Good luck to all of the nominees, as we count down for the red carpet ngiyesabanews interviewed one of the nominees.

1. Ngiyesabanews: Pliz can yu tell us a bit about yourself/background?
Khaya Arts: my name is Future Dube the director and founder of khaya arts. I was born and bred in Bulawayo on the 29th of September 1984.I did my primary level at Queen Elizabeth 11 and my higher education at Mandwandwe high school. I started arts when I was in primary after inspired by our after school drama club since then I haven’t looked back.

2. Ngiyesabanews: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Khaya Arts: I have never done any job beside arts in my past career as an artist I have worked with Simunye Simunye arts and Black Umfolosi

3. Ngiyesabanews: We understand that it has been a hard and long journey as an artist how true is that?
Khaya Arts: it’s true because arts in my country is not recognised as an industry but it’s just like a hobby to other people also it’s hard to break through because of the propaganda I think you know what I am talking about kkkkkkkkkkk


4. Ngiyesabanews: Tell us about your nomination of BAA awards?
Khaya Arts: it’s our first time to be nominated and a great achievement to me and khaya arts at large. We have been trying for the past years to be recognised at the national merit awards but this time we made it. this will play a big role for our CV.

5. Ngiyesabanews: What do you like the most about BAA awards?
Khaya Arts: First, it is for us by us. You get to walk on the red carpet at your doorstep

6. Ngiyesabanews: Name 3 artists you would like to be compare with?
Khaya Arts: kkkkkkk I didn't see that coming, that’s a tight one no comment

7. Ngiyesabanews: When are you launching your new production and what are you promising your fans?
Khaya Arts: To our fans, Khaya arts will never be the same again and we are working hard to give them quality entertainment and more surprises and productions are on the way

8. Ngiyesabanews: What challenges do you face in arts industry?
Khaya Arts: Lack of funding and sponsorship also we need full support from our parents and the whole community.

9. Ngiyesabanews: where can fans access your products?
Khaya Arts: They can log on to our website .www.khayaartsproductions.co.zw or our Facebook khaya arts productions twitter @khayaartszw

10. Ngiyesabanews: What advice do you have for young upcoming artist?
Khaya Arts: They need to be strong coz it’s not an easy road at all

Thank you future it was nice chatting with you. ngiyesabanews wish you a good luck hope you will get the award as you are nominated in 2 categories. We urge your supporters and followers to vote for Khaya Arts and make their dream a reality.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Jocob Zuma full speech

Fellow South Africans, I address you after weeks of speculation about my future as President of the Republic of South Africa. In particular, I make reference to the much publicized and awaited decision of the African National Congress issued on 13 February 2018. It is now public knowledge that the National Executive Committee of the ANC resolved to recall me as the President of the Republic. I have also learned that, before I respond to the initial decision, a new decision has been made by the ANC, whose effect is that I have now been compelled to resign by way of a motion of no confidence, set down for tomorrow, 15 February 2018. The ANC is indeed the party on whose nomination I became a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa after its victory of the national elections of 2014. It was on the ANC’s nomination that I was later elected by the majority in the National Assembly as the President of the Republic. I am forever indebted to the ANC, the liberation movement I have served almost all my life. I respect each member and leader of this glorious movement. I respect its gallant fight against centuries of white minority brutality, whose relics remain today and continue to be entrenched in all manner of sophisticated ways, in order to ensure the continued survival of white privilege I do take seriously and am grateful to the ANC that, in the face of its revolutionary mission to ensure a better life for all and the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa, it deployed me at the pinnacle of its role in government. I was also elected in terms of section 86 of the Constitution and from that moment pledged my loyalty to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. It has indeed been a great learning experience, a mammoth task, the performance of which can never be done without difficulty and learning on the way. None of us, no matter how perfect, can claim that the building of a new society and the marshalling of a former liberation movement into a modern political party all happen in a straight line. It has detours, human error and boulders strewn along the path. Because the struggle and politics are human activities, their pursuit is not without the taints of human nature. All my life, I have served and will continue to serve the ANC in its pursuit of the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution. I serve in my capacity as President of the Republic of South Africa within the prism of our much acclaimed Constitution, whose foundational values I fully subscribe to. I understand fully that while I serve at the pleasure of my party, the ANC, the door through which I officially came to serve the people of South Africa is the National Assembly, without which no political party can impose its candidate on the electorate, no matter how popular. This Constitutional line between Party and State is often forgotten in the usual business of party political contestations. As we fight our own battles in the corridors of political power, and sometimes serving the very interests of the oppressors of yesteryear, who joyfully celebrate as we lynch one another, we often forget the citizens on whose behalf we create a better life. We tend to place the political party above the supreme law of the country, which is the rule book for the country’s political engagement. I do not make this reference because I am above reproach. Nor do I wish to proclaim that in undertaking my political responsibilities I have been the epitome of perfection. If truth be told, none of us are. However, I respect the prescripts of the Constitution and its consequences on how we enter, stay in and exit political office and Government. There has been much speculation about how the President of the Republic should exit his or her office. In my case, some have even dared to suggest that one’s perks and post-service benefits should determine how one chooses to vacate public office Often these concerns about perks and benefits are raised by the very same people seeking to speak as paragons of virtue and all things constitutional. Some even suggest that the relevant constitutional provisions, sections 89 and 102, in terms of which the President should be removed from office, would constitute an embarrassment or humiliation. For that reason, various suggestions are made to help leaders avoid this constitutional route of vacating political office without perks. If we avail ourselves to serve in terms of the Constitution, we should be prepared, if needs be, and if those we serve deem it appropriate, to suffer the hardship that comes with our constitutional obligations. Whether we lose our post-political office benefits, should not determine how we act in the time of our departure. Nor did I agree to serve because there are no better cadres in the ANC and the country. Most importantly, I did not agree to serve in order to exit with perks and benefits of the Office of the President. It is my Party that placed me before the representatives of the people in the National Assembly to be elected. It is my Party that availed me to serve on the basis of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Make no mistake, No leader should stay beyond the time determined by the people they serve. Most importantly, no leader should seek an easy way out simply because they could not face life at the end of their term without the perks that come with their political office. I do not fear exiting political office. However, I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its immediate instruction that I vacate office. This was important in view of the discussions I held with the President and Secretary General of the Party that were aimed at uniting our organization, the ANC It is indeed true that there was an agreement, that even if the need arises that I should vacate the office before the end of term, there is a need to have a period of transition, during which I would delegate some of the functions to the Deputy President of the Republic. Of course, I must accept that if my Party and my compatriots wish that I be removed from office, they must exercise that right and do so in the manner prescribed by the Constitution. I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment, for they are the lawful mechanisms for the people of this beautiful country to remove their President. I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my abilities. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with their Highest Office in the land. But when I accepted the deployment, I undertook to subject myself to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution. Ngithanda ukusho ukuthi kwizinkalo ngezinkalo lapho abantu bakithi bekhona, ngokuzithoba okungenamkhawulo kusemqoka ukunazisa ukuthi angidaze nkani okweselesele. Kunjalo nje angexwaye kwehla esikhundleni sobuMongameli waleli lengabadi. Angingenanga emzabalazweni ngoba ngigaqele izikhundla. Yinye nje into engiyicelayo kini sizwe sakithi, ukuthi nokho angiphume ngomgudu womthetho sisekelo okuyiwona engabekwa ngawo. Angikwesabi ukulahlakelwa amalungelo nopoyinandi oza nesikhundla sobuMongameli. Angingenelanga lezozinto kuhulumeni, kunjalo nje azithi shu lapha kimi. Ngifuna kuphela ubulungiswa nokuhlonishwa komthetho sisekelo kanye namalungelo ami. Uma kwenzeke njalo, ngiyophuma ngokuzithoba nokuhlonipha. Ngiyakholelwa ukuthi ngiwenzile owami umsebenzi enaningibekele wona. Uma kukhona la ngingenzanga kahle, bakwethu AKUKHO SOKA ELINGENASICI. I also thank the citizens of South Africa for the privilege of serving as the President of the Republic since 2009. It has been an honour that I will cherish as long as I live. I wish to thank members of Cabinet, Deputy Ministers and the whole of government, national, provincial and local, for the positive spirit and cooperative manner in which we all worked. I also thank the other arms of state for the work we have accomplished. I thank all political parties who are in parliament for their contributions in making our democracy strong. I thank all stakeholders—business, labour, religious leaders, traditional leaders, youth, women’s groupings, the education sector and all others we have worked with over the years, united by the goal of moving South Africa forward. I thank the international community for the cooperation. I have also been disturbed by the instances of violence that have occurred because of the different views among members of our organization outside our headquarters, Luthuli House. No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect. Even though I disagree with the decision of the Leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC. As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organization I have served all my life. I will dedicate all of my energy to work towards the attainment of the policies of our organization, in particular the Radical Economic Transformation agenda. I thank you, ngiyabonga.