What is in a name?

What good is it, renaming a place or thing in order to preserve the people’s history?
A number of the student houses at “Turfloop” University of the North have been named after African leaders who were once students there and played an active role in fighting apartheid.

It was the first time I came across most of those name and at times, my search of our history is informed by those names. Names that once referred to great thinkers, courageous people, selfless individuals and people like us. Those names today are used to identify a wooden shelter meant for students somewhere in a remote area.

I believe the least we could do is elevate this names, use them to refer to main streets in our communities. Refer to important state buildings, make sure that more people know about this names. Maybe more people would be informed by these names in their search of our history.

Just in case you were wondering, some of the student shelters are named after Tiro, Moshobane and many others.

In an Attempt to Preserve a Language

Do MLfm presentors audition for tv presenting roles or they are just not interested?
I am singling MLfm presentors because they are closest to the happenings at SABC or within the entertainment industry.

Maybe SABC has a mandate to uplift certain languages and ignore some when it comes to tv entertaining shows. Could it be that other languages are not commercial enough and presentors who speak those languages get over looked?

With a new year around the corner and kids from all over Afrika Dzhonga taking big steps towards building a career. How many thought of acting or tv presenting as a career or to those who speak xiTsonga it is a far fetched dream since they hardly see xiTsonga speaking presentors on any prime time shows.

Humans see possibilities if they see their kind doing it, kids aspire for things when they see their kind doing them.

Tsundzuka Yena.

Loko bubutsa ri gonyisa matimba
Loko xihuhuri xi ntlhantlha hinkwaswo
Loko mahlo ya ku ya khanisa mihloti
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Loko switsundzuxo swa ku swi ri mungwini
Loko miehleketo ya ku yi hlulekile
Loko swa ku swi gedzisiwa-gedzisiwa
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Loko vanghana va ku papalata
Loko gome ri ringela mbilwini ya ku
Loko swivavi swi tshovelela swirho swa ku
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Loko u famba ni vunonohwi gondzweni
Loko swindzingwa-ndzingwana swi hlometela
Loko vukhongeri ni ripfalo swi leva ku mbundzuka
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Masana, mapapa, vuphumeri kumbe ku vonakala,
Mahlamba-ndlopfu, kumbe vungumeri bya munyama
Hambi u dya, swe moo! Vuxaniseki ku ri hava
Na kona, tsundzuka yena.

Hi P.E. Ntsanwisi


Munghana wa masiku hinkwawo.
Mpfhuka ndzi tswariwa uri na mina.
Switsundzoxo swa ku.
Swindzi pfuna eka minkarhi leyo tala.
Swivutiso swaku swindzi pfuna ku twisisa eka ma n’wana masiku.
U rhamba vutivi ndzi ngana byo.
Minkarhi yi n’wana wa ndzi lahlekisa
Minkarhi yin’wana undzi nyika nkhikhi woya emahlweni.

Hi ko kwalaho ka wena,
Ndzi tshama ndzi lava ku lota vutivi bya mina.
Loko ndzi ti endla lolo
Wena undzi susumetele ku ti antswisa
Minkarhi yi n’wana wani xisetela.
U ndzi chochoverisa hi nhova
U ndzi endla ndzi tshemba leswaku ndzi le ndleleni yo anama

Siku rin’wana ni rin’wana
Mina na wena ha bula.
Nkarhi wun’wana uyingisela milorho ya mina
Ngopfu loko ndzi ti xisa
Ndzi ti byela vun’wa leswaku ndzi tiva hinkwaswo
Undzi tshika ndzi hanya ebyongweni bya nga

Wena marito ya byongo bya nga
Uvile Nakulorhi mpfhuka ndzi tswariwa
Na namuntlha wa hari na mina.
Loko ndzi ri ndzexe wani hungusa,
Undzi tsundzuxa ta khale
Ni leswi ndzi faneke ku swi endla.
loko ndzi homboloko, uva ripfalo ra mina.

Not emotional but thoughtful

Don’t tell me not to be emotional
When I decide to speak about issues that concern my well being.
You see “me, myself and I”
Comprise of the following : spirit, flesh, mind and emotion.
At any time where I have to forget one part of me.
Then I would be incomplete.

That will mean I am not completely thinking for myself.
It will mean I am neglecting an integral part of me.
Part of me that might need attention immediately after making a decision
Or later when the need arises.

I am a unit
No one part of me goes on leave while the rest works.
Not one part of me goes jollying while the rest sleeps.
Not one part of me is on the other side of town while the rest is here with you.

So, next time you think of telling me not to be emotional
Please make sure to engage the mental you and see if that makes sense.

Ooh! In no way is this an emotional note but a thoughtful note.


As South Africans, we have come a long away. We have become a bunch of lawless citizens. We are always in a hurry to no where. we are highly disobedient to laws/rules of the road. Watch us when approaching a traffic light as in turns umber. it is like the wind is blowing our cars/taxis from the back. I realise bus drivers have joined the bad behaviour. Umber means accelerate. Gone are those days when it meant coution.

Driving on the Rand Show Rd (M79) daily, I have come to notice that no other person is aware of the “Stop Sign” on corner Rand Show and Nasrec Road. Other drivers just drive past as if there is no road sign enforcing an action. Either we all went to the driving school and testing grounds just to acquire a drivers licence and did not realy understand the rules of the road.

Hazard lights have come to mean that I am about to stop irrespective if it is safe or not. Driving on the shoulder lane has become acceptable in the morning and when you get in front, you are guaranteed someone will let you back in the correct lane.

The main interesting thing is traffic officers over ride this rules when not on duty.

Unqualified Advisor

Check this, today is the first day of school.
Not that you don’t know because you have been posting pictures of your little one going to school
and possibly commenting on friends posts since yesterday.

You see this day means a lot,
it means more than just the pictures on Facebook, Instagram and the trends on Twitter.
This is the beginning of responsibility, this means the end of late nights at
the bar between Monday to Thursday night.
This means throw back is no longer just about pictures.
From today, throw back means you remembering all that you were taught at primary school.

You see from today, your child will want you at home.
this means your child will test your knowledge,
This means it is time for you to go back to basics.
It is your time to relearn everything thought you knew.
It is time for you to erase the short message language
and learn how to write proper and things which are grammatically correct.
You have to be able to explain why “one plus one is equal to two”.

I do not mean to scare you,
just saying that the responsibility does not end as soon as you drop your child at school
or only month end when you pay the school fees.
You are expected to play an active role in your child’s schooling life unconditionally.

I trust you will enjoy this just as much as your offspring will,
because this is the bases on which they will always refer to when they think about learning.