Thursday, 31 August 2017

Musical Queens: Zinhle Madela and Zethembiso Mdletshe

To wrap up this women’s month, The 032nice Blog is bringing you two young, successful and inspiring beautiful ladies, who are upcoming business women/entrepreneurs and also singers. We're talking about Zinhle Madela and Zethembiso Mdletshe.
Firstly, let’s start with Zinhle's journey in the art industry.
Zinhle is a 23 year old young lady - originally from Mandeni. She studied Bachelor of Social Science at UKZN, she is an art entrepreneur and a singer.
Unlike any other passionate creative artist, Zinhle also runs a creative art company called Heart Prints. This is an online mobile business that sells African printed cushions, Head wraps, bags and also dairies. They normally meet up or deliver to their clients in and around Durban. They also do pop-up shops and rent stalls at different events, such Durban International Film Festival, Annual Time Of The Writer and Poetry Africa.
Miss Madela has unstoppable passion for music, and what makes her different is that she can turn any kind of genre music into Afro Soul and Jazz sounds. Zinhle has performed in various types of events at venues such as The Bat Centre and UKZN’s Howard College. This is where she hosted a big event for women called Izimpande Zembokodo.
She played a big role when she was part of the winning team in Clash Of The Choirs 2014. This has resulted in her becoming part of the Lindelani Mkhize Presents Ignition Production.
Zinhle has spent a lot of time encouraging young women on the importance of believing in themselves and never giving up on their dream. She also teaches them the importance of not forgetting their roots, where they come from and who they are.  
Twitter: @ZinhleMadela Facebook: Zinhle Madela Instagram: Zinhle Madela
Let us now turn our heads to none other than Zethembiso Mdletshe, fondly known as Zethe. A 23 year old pint-sized vocalist that has remarkable distinct sounds when it comes to Jazz and Afro Soul music.
Zethe was born in the hilly countryside of Empangeni. That is where she got her full inspiration and passion for music. Her father had old records and tapes that he used to listen to. These included big names, such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Cher and Brenda Fassie.
Before she left her home town she hosted two shows and got an overwhelming response from the audience. This prompted her to move to the city after she realised that her voice was encouraging her to do so. She studied Music (majoring in Jazz) at UKZN and acquired a degree. She is still furthering her studies and is currently on the eve of becoming a music teacher so that she can inspire more people who have love for music.
Zethe has performed in numerous venues around the province, especially in Durban. She has performed at The Bat Centre, The Centre for Jazz at the UKZN, The Chairman, The Rainbow Jazz and many more. She also appeared in several SABC productions, including the SAFTA awards.
Zethe believes that her music is different because its of a deeply personal nature. It speaks of courage, being a woman, self-worth and striving to be great in life.
Zethe claims to be inspired by everything around her and that the key to success and good music is practice and discipline.
By God’s grace, in ten years from now, she sees herself touring somewhere big, opening the stage for multi-award winning artists like Jill Scott and Black Coffee or perhaps even sharing the stage with these legends.  
Twitter: @Zethe_M Facebook: Zethembiso Mdletshe Instagram: Zethe_m
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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Are you a real hustler?

With all the silence here at 032NICE, lately we thought we should share some interesting reads we've come across on our favourite websites.

If you think you're a hustler, then you might like this.

Jeraldine Phneah writes:

Here are 12 traits which I think encompasses the term “Hustler” and how having these qualities of a Hustler can make you successful in today’s world.

1. Hardworking
Diligence alone won’t get you far in life and you’d need loads of other traits. However, this doesn’t mean one can do without being hardworking.
As Gary Vaynerchuksays, there’s not substitute to hard work and there’s opportunity cost to becoming successful. There’s no work/life balance when you’re starting out. Ask any successful person if they had a work/life balance when they started, I bet that the answer was a NO.

2. Create your own opportunities
Hustlers are inherently impatient. They are averse to waiting for things to come their way. Instead, they go out there to create their own opportunities
If you’re constantly looking for angles to make money or to capitalize on a specific opportunity, that’s a huge sign that you’re a young hustler. The more creative and innovative you are, the better your chances for success will be.

3. Work smart
There are those who see something just as it is and there are those that see a system that has loopholes and can be broken. A hustler is the latter.
He/she is able to understand the dynamics and metrics of a task or action and knows the situation well and how to steer it in the direction they want it to go.
Working smart means making the most out of the control you have over a situation and utilizing the knowledge you have of that situation to understand how to conquer what’s in front of you most effectively.
Here is a description by Inovia which best describes working smart

4. Proactive and self-starter
No one has to tell a hustler what to do. They don’t need to be motivated or inspired because they have a big enough reason “why” already burning inside them. Their drive is that they know they believe they are capable of great things.

They know that they have room to grow and, no matter how successful they are, they still see a lot of runway in front of them.

5. Determined
Hustlers aren’t put off by their failures, and they don’t give up on their dreams. When one thing doesn’t work, they keep trying things until they figure out how to get the result they need.

Screw Rejection. Hustlers are ready to knock down doors to make good partnerships and secure clients - Cold-calling, asking friends for help, going to your family.

6. Hustlers are not selfish
They think win-win They know that the greater outcomes they want are only found through creating greater value for more people.

They only earn what they are worth, and they increase that worth all of the time.

7. Not afraid to promote themselves
Hustlers are not afraid to promote themselves. It is one thing to be humble and another thing to be a jerk, but if you are afraid to promote you and your business, you are not hustling.

Personal branding and self-promotion doesn’t mean telling the whole world how awesome you are or putting down your competitors to feel better.

However, it does mean making a conscious effort to promote, tell people what you are up to, and also have confidence in your accomplishments.

8. Builds relationships
Hustlers know that they would need friends, allies, and fellow hustlers to help them get things done. They surround themselves with other hustlers because they know your friends influence you way more than you think.

Hustlers don’t criticize other hustlers. They admire them. They acknowledge people who are the best at what they do, and they learn from them.

9. Not afraid to say no
Don’t be afraid of saying “No”. If you are hustling, opportunities will come your way. If the opportunity isn’t right for you, say no. Don’t chase and take on all opportunities, just find the ones that work for you and your brand.

10. Healthy disregard for authority
If you’re frustrated with the rules and are constantly finding ways to get around them, that’s a big sign. Hustlers question conventional ways of doing things and think of more efficient and effective methods. They would rather create their own rules instead of following them.

11. No excuses
How many people do you know who have an excuse for everything that goes wrong with their lives? Real hustlers don’t make excuses. They own their actions and results completely.

12. Ambition
Hustlers have a bigger vision of themselves. They believe they are capable of great things. They know that they have room to grow and, no matter how successful they are, they still see a lot of runway in front of them.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Ballito Fashion Week

It's almost time. The stage is set for both upcoming and established fashion designers and interior designers to showcase their work to Ballito enthusiasts.

Ballito Fashion Week takes place on Friday, 11th December 2015 at Ebandla Hotel. The event starts at 17h00 and tickets are still available at computicket from R150.

For more information, please contact Erica Ntonga on 074 0364 861 or email:

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iLembe Hosting SALGA KZN DSR Games 2015

 The iLembe District Municipality will host this year's SALGA KZN DSR Games to be held from 10 to 14 December 2015.
Members of the community are urged to come and watch close to 12000 participants from eleven District Municipalities and Metros in the province as they battle it out in sixteen codes. These will take place in different venues throughout the ILEMBE District.

Check the list below to see where your favourite code is being played:

Athletics  -  Stanger High School
Boxing  - Tugela Community Hall
Basketball - Stanger High School
Chess  - North Coast Primary
Cricket - uMhlali Prep & Gledhow Grounds
Dance -  Mt. Richmore Curro School Hall
Football - Recreation Grounds & Kwancedomhlophe
Golf - uMhlali Country Club
Indigenous Games - Stanger High School
Karate - Johnny Makhithini Civic Centre
Netball (male & female) - Recreation Grounds
Rugby - Ashton International Collage
Swimming - Ashton International Collage
Table Tennis - uMhlali Prep
Tennis  - uMhlali Country Club
Volleyball - North Coast Primary

Playing times are from 08h00 to 17h00.
Opening ceremony takes place at KwaDukuza Recreation Grounds on Thursday, 10 December at 14h00.
Closing ceremony will be at Stanger High School on Sunday, 14 December at 16h00.

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

uHuru Arts Festival (pics)

uHuru Poetry In Motion hosted their 2015 version of the uHuru Arts Festival, on Saturday 5 December at Luthuli Museum.
From Rappers to Painters, Filmmakers and everything in between, artists got a chance to showacse their craft, and network with fellow artists and other art enthusiasts.
Also present at the Festival were the lovely Khanyisile Zondo, who is the current Miss Ballito and the equally stunning Siphokazi Dube, currently Miss KwaDukuza.

See pictures below.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Soso Does it All

Nkanyiso "Soso" Sibiya

Most of you may just know him as the owner of a car wash, in Groutville. If that's the case then you know very little about Nkanyiso Sibiya, affectionately known as Soso.
Not only has he successfully ran the busiest car wash in Groutville, Soso has also worn (and continues to wear) a number of different caps.
His company, Silvie Trading, does events, fashion, music videos, artists promotion, charity programmes, construction, and trading amongst other things.
The interesting part is that all this stems from a humble beginning in the Department of Health. "I started working in 2003, doing home-based care, visiting people with HIV and Aids" says the man who has played a vital role in promoting health care at schools and rural areas, through mobile clinics.
Fast forward to 2015. Soso has teamed up with Erica Ntonga to open "Precious Silvie Modelling Agency", and together they are currently working on what is set to be the biggest fashion phenomenon ever seen, in the North Coast.
Has lays it down: "we are working on Ballito Fashion Week- which is going to be the second big event I've ever done." This takes place on the 10th and 11th of December.
The first big event being the "Groutville Extreme Experience" car show, which attracted hundreds of motorists and car enthusiasts. And, in case you were wondering, iLembe Car Club and the now-popular Rich Gang were both born at this event, thanks to Soso.
Precious Silvie Modelling Agency

The question, right now, may be: "How does he manage to do everything?"
His response: "You need to be up on your game at all times. You need to make sure that you think positive... know that once you've started something you're gonna end it... and you can't play around with time."

Soso describes himself as unique, friendly, and approachable but at the same time an assertive good guy who likes helping people.
Although he attends church at UCCSA, he has secured a recording contract for the winner of a Zion church music competition that he will be running on the 28th of November. He is simply doing this because he feels that the Zion churches uniquely musical, yet they are often neglected.
He also encourages the public, not to neglect those in need. This is done through his charity programmes, where blankets and food items are donated during winter, and stationery, school uniform, and school fees and bursaries are given to learners during the "Back to School" campaign.
The latter seems to be close to Soso's heart, as he passionately advises the young ones: "education is the background of everything. You need to learn, you need to get your matric, you need to stay focused. You need to know what you want and you need to work for it."
For Soso - His biggest challenge is also what excites him the most. The unavailability of time encourages him keep on top of his game and enables him to overcome situations with huge amounts of pressure.
A lesson that each of us can learn from an amazing individual who is achieving great things whilst living with us, right here, in our community.
Ballito Fashion Week

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

5 Things that successful people do everyday before 8am

Here's a little something for you 032NICE people, out there. I came across this on the Internet, this morning and I think it fits right in with the with the kind of motivation that we preach on this blog. I don't think you can really go wrong if you do follow these steps. I personally do engage in some of these activities in the morning and benefit greatly from them. Check them out:
1. Exercise.
It has been said, many times. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives
you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can
tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.
2. Map Out Your Day.
Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast.
We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early umama wamagwinya sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep your mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.
4. Visualization.
These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
5. Make Your Day Top Heavy.
We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

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