Entering it’s 16th season since inauguration under the name Super 12, the worlds greatest rugby competition returns. But whose going to win it this year? Passion and hopes will run high, rivalries will be renewed, and in the final it’s all about national pride, unless two South African teams make it there. My bet is on a Sharks-Bulls final and the winners, by default, being Sharks, only because I’m a supporter.
I’ll also be hoping that our two teams with terrible Super Rugby performances, the Cheetahs and the Lions, will make it in the top half of the league table and not their usual spots, but with this whole conference idea that came in 2011 we all will have to see what brews on that rugby pitch.
Favourites to win the competition will be; Crusaders (10)*, Blues (3), Bulls (3), Brumbies (2), and the team that won their first Super Rugby trophy, the Reds. But just like the Lions somehow won the Currie Cup competition last year, we’ll be hoping that an underdog team will win this time around, but not the Rebels. They are still babies in this.
So whose your money going to be on this time around? If you’re going to bet, choose wisely.
Teams participating, per conference:
South Africa: Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.
New Zealand: Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes.
Australia: Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds and Waratahs.
(* titles won)
Kenneth Seutloali, @KayZo_Zero
Most models are discovered in their teens; Naomi Campbell, Selina E-Banks, and Tyra Banks to mention but a few, but not the sassy Priscilla Seleke. This is one model who has been at it since her teething days (unbelievably so). This eccentric 21 year old is not only packing beauty and confidence but a will power to succeed further than just posing for a camera. Yes! She has got AMBITION!
The day is quite warm as I meet with Pristeegious, affectionately known by her friends (follow her on twitter @Pristeegious). She is wearing a leopard print summer top and matching head scarf, elegantly poised, she’s having ice-cream with her BFFs on a picnic towel, and her body language expresses her delight to being interviewed! She immediately tells me about herself, “I’d like to think of myself as being spontaneous, vibrant, a lover of life and laughter and I’m currently studying BCom Marketing at the University Of Johannesburg”. She eases into a better state to firmly take me on a trip down memory lane, explaining how she got to where she is, “It began at the tender age of 10, loving the ramp and looking pretty all the time. I began participating in beauty pageants at school (Tiara, a modelling school). From there on I began being that girl who irritated everyone else with all those grooming lessons from Tiara. I had my first official photoshoot there and entered into a whole lot of pageants” (she won most of them). It’s very easy to see why this girl is passionate about her job, she has the body and looks for it, when most girls her age are chasing after older rich men, she vividly sees her dreams unfold in front of her eyes. “My modelling career was put on hold due to the amount of pressure from school but should soon pick up this year, for now I do hostess work for my agency”. Priscilla is adamant on the fact that modelling is seriously not for the faint hearted and does compel to the stereotype that all models are intellectually challenged, “What most people seem to forget is that modelling has more depth. Ramp modelling is not just a cattle parade with beautiful people walking up and down. Modelling takes confidence so one of the cons of modelling would be that without confidence, it could really uplift one’s self-esteem. Modelling in some categories requires good health and physic. Modelling as an advantage helps people’s confidence as much as it can batter and break it! It opens up doors to a whole new world of greener pastures. One pageant on an almost non-existent ramp could lead to walking to the title of Miss World. The World is your oyster in modelling… The key is the confidence to blossom.”
Inspirations are fundamental to this beauty and both her mother and hero, Bonang Matheba, do a great job of motivating her, “I’m inspired by my mother because she taught me that one can turn nothing into something using your resources. Young people inspire me. Seeing a girl my age being a go-getter makes me realise there’s no difference between us, so if she can do it, why can’t I? I totally adore Bonang Matheba of LIVE fame, she went to UJ just like I am right now, she’s full of life and seizes all opportunities”. Being as stylish as she is, I took it upon myself to get her to share her tips on style and which style icons have made a huge impact on her life. She clearly was anticipating this question, and the answers came flooding out. “My style is very easy, I’m not so big on make-up therefore my attire needs to be flawless. I love bright colours in summer and neutral, earthy colours in winter. When I shop I believe clothes should speak to me. They have to draw me to them. I’m not big on sneakers, but then again I’m not afraid to explore. Red soles kill my soul, and I love shoes and bags. Accessories are a must-have! Thandi Masondo’s brand is one that I love locally. Louis Vuittion and Gucci are to die for, literally!”.
My time with Priscilla was drawing to an end as she kept peeking her watch, boastfully and excitedly telling me she’s got a shoot to head to, clearly she’s a busy woman dedicated to her work, although she spared a few minutes to talk about her goals. “My goals excite me everytime I think of them, first and foremost I’d love to finish my degree and embark on my business endeavours, one trait my father rubbed off on me is the love of business and it’s spoils. I have business ideas which I can’t go into detail about but it’s mostly to do with fashion and beauty. Doing as much charity work as possible, I believe giving time to the less fortunate makes a difference”. Pristeegious
I’d love to thank Ms “Pristeegious” Seleke for giving us her time. It’s moments like these we have to cherish, celebrating our hard, working youth. In my newly learnt Portuguese, O mundo da moda aguarda (The fashion world awaits!).
What ever happened to “Thou shall not jump into the sack with a friend’s ex”? Are we so twisted as ladies that we share everything from lip gloss to locking lips with each other’s former partners? Breaking the Bromance Code is as simple as sleeping with your friend’s ex boyfriend or girlfriend or even worse (wait for it) becoming that exclusive couple that they never even became. OUCH! This frenzy is taking over and I say, girl keep your man at home! Friendships today are very dodgy and lack substance, just as Nicki Minaj said “Me against enemies, me against friends”. One has to constantly keep watching their back. While introducing your man to your girl and your girl will be like “ahhh ,he’s so cut e,a keeper!” when she really means “That’s a young fine piece of ass ,can I hit that?!”. Breaking the code extinguishes flaming friendships faster than the tsunami finishes a population ,What baffles me is how the girl will hate her friend and still long to be with the same guy whose showing her flames, Really??. Celebrity friends such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears bowed out of a fruitful friendship because Christina did not abide by the code ,As soon as Brit and Justin Timberlake broke it off ,Ms Aguilera took up with the lad at the end of the day. You question whose friend or foe by such things? But who am I to judge? ,If the code does not apply to your friendship by all means indulge, And if it does not, Bitch better behave and get your own man come in many shapes, Forms and sizes! Oyama Sinyanya
I’ve come to enjoy the company of numerous young, dream-chasers, and one in particular goes by the name of Tshepo “Sci-T” Dladla. On a chilled, sunny day, he pulls through in a blue fitted cap, blue t-shirt, denim shorts and those classic, black Chuck Taylor’s. I’ve only known Sci-T personally for just under a month but I’m inspired by the drive that lives in this young dude.
Born in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, he went to Town View High School where he matriculated. For a person who never grew up influenced by rap music he has done wonders for himself. A member of The Beataz, a group formed of 2 producers and 2 rappers namely Sci-T, Sheriff, Masego and Zeph. The story behind these guys forming this formidable group was that they wanted their own success story heard, as Sci-T says “We doing it for the love, yes money is money but passion comes first, most people today, especially in the music industry are doing it for hype.” Talent oozes out of Dladla, who got into Hip Hop music because his brother was a rapper. “I got into hip hop through various channels apart from my brother. I had a friend who used to give me music from Cannabis and my brother listened to a whole lot of Tupac.” Sci-T has been on a couple of publications and a television show.
Dladla has appeared in the Daily Sun, the Sowetan and a television current affairs programme called Shift on SABC 1. Having studied Film and TV production at Damelin College it was easier for him to promote himself, but as talented as he is he needs a manager. He has been speaking to artists like Zakwe of “Bhati Ngi’ Ya Choma” fame, Red Button and Amu about collaborating on a track. It seems all is looking positive for this young G!
Having asked who’s his favourite artist he says, “I don’t believe in favourites, if you’re good, you’re good!.”
I’m honored to have interviewed Sci-T who is doing something positive with his life! I reckon that the South African rap game should keep an eye on him. In fact, watch out world!