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RELOCATING!

Ok, so I finally decided to stop procrastinating, take the plunge and go after the dream! Yep, I’ve packing up what I can and migrated from Through Shaded Eyes to AFRENAI. This may come as a surprise to some of you and not so much to others, but my dream has always been to connect with and promote others with this space. I know what you are thinking, how could you have done that, through a personal style blog? Isn’t the whole concept of that type of platform to focus on ones self? Yes, yes… I hear you, but the thinking was to use what was at my disposal to try do something different. For example, I did my ‘A day in the life of..’ series on people in fashion to try do that, which received great responses, but spin offs of that were difficult to bring to life with getting people on board being quite a process and my full-time work being quite a distraction. Though that didn’t materialize to anything more on this …

Don’t Be The Reason Why

I watched 13 Reasons Why this weekend, yes yes, only now. This show, which looks at the issue of bullying, really got me thinking about bout how so many of the issues depicted reach beyond the school and are actually challenges faced by people older and out of school. It broke my heart thinking about the many stories I’ve heard of girls being taken advantage of, those with the upper hand treating others like crap for no good reason and poor decisions being mad all round.. especially as a result of peer pressure or wanting to be cool. Having lived in Joburg and personally been apart of some of the above mentioned, it brought back memories that really made me wonder what the effects of something I might have said or done. It may not have lead to an actual death, but it might have affected someone more than I might have thought or intended. It also brought back memories of a time before that, when I was bullied, though strangely didn’t recognise it as …

Cape Point | #thejourney

I woke up on a recent Saturday, with a plan to have breakfast in bed and an overall relaxed day at home doing laundry and enjoying some alone time after a busy week. My plans were quickly replaced with a more appealing offer of trekking up to the Cape Point lighthouse, something I actually hadn’t done yet. Less than an hour later, I was getting into the car with a friend and off we went, with some good music, sunnies and phone batteries charged up to capture it all. View this post on Instagram The Journey Half of the fun is just getting there.. we talked and shared along the way, @kalonkreature discovered one of my favorite places in the Cape (#simonstown) and met a budding photographer in a police officer too 😅 ..when I woke up that morning, I had no idea my day would turn out like that! #teetheexplorer #tokelotakestotheroad Song: In the Morning by @mreazi 💕 A post shared by Tokelo Motsepe | AFRENAI 🇿🇦 (@tokelomotsepe) on Oct 2, 2017 at 2:38pm …

My Heritage Day Rant

In the birth of our democracy, this day was changed from Shaka Day, to be South Africans Heritage Day, to encourage us as a nation to celebrate our cultural heritage and the diversity of our beliefs and traditions. I believe the sooner we all acknowledge, accept and respect our differences, the sooner we will be able to get along better, love one another and live happily together. It may sound airy-fairy or foolishly idealistic, but there is no way there can be peace in living & working together, without respect for who the next person is and what they believe in. Today is not braai day, coming together around the fire of a braai may be how we celebrate and enjoy the day being commemorated, but it does not replace what is being honored. The American celebrated Thanksgiving doesn’t become Turkey Day because they come together to eat turkey on the day. Today is a Heritage Day, when we take the day to dig deep to discover what lies in our heritage that we might …

National Book Week 2017

National Book Week (NBW) 2017 is set to take place countrywide from the 4-10 September. The #BUYABOOK campaign will run at Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and Takealot.com once more and requires everyones support, so get to your local store and #BUYABOOK and donate it at the till. If you are more of an online shopper, you can also #BUYABOOK on takealot.com and share the love of reading. Funda Bala will get all the books you donate into the hands of children, youth and adults who do not have books. A reading nation is a leading nation! History of National Book Week National Book Week was set up in response to a 2007 study, commissioned by the South African Book Development Council, into the book reading habits of adult South Africans. The statistics revealed through this study and subsequent research, clearly indicated that South Africans do not have a strong reading culture. The results further highlighted how our reading culture is a barrier to the country’s development plans because reading and literacy are at the heart of …