2019 June 16: In her arms

I woke up in my lover’s arms yesterday

My arms were wrapped around her

She told me

I am here for you

I am here for us

I woke up in my lover’s arms yesterday

It felt so perfect

It felt so right

She kept on looking at me

She even looked at me when I was asleep

By the time I was awake

There she was

With her gracious smile

With her reassured face

With her beautiful face

I woke up in my lover’s arms yesterday

She couldn’t believe I was there

She couldn’t stomach I was right there

She couldn’t digest I was standing there

Ready to love her

Like how I have loved her all along

I woke up in my lover’s arms yesterday

She made sure everything was right

The mood was too good

So good

I woke up in my lover’s arms yesterday

I didn’t want to let her go

I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for……


I was assured

I was loved

I was held

I was celebrated

I was happy

I was content

I can’t wait to wrap myself all over my lover’s arm again

© Mercury_Duma


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2019 June 15: Talking gender transition with Aluta Humbane

by Wakhe Sebenza

“Growing up I’ve always wanted to be a girl; I always saw myself as a girl… However, the idea of it was so scary that I had to retreat, because I mean here you are in a male body and you are fantasising about being a woman. It was a bit psychotic, it was confusing to the mind” -Aluta Humbane

The LGBTIAQ+ community is currently celebrating pride month, it is celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan USA.  This seems like a perfect time to talk about the challenges facing the community. Some people don’t identify their gender as the sex they were assigned at birth. Some people, for example, may have been born with a penis, and designated male at birth as a result, but later realize that they identify as women and typical social standards of masculinity or femininity don’t apply to them. It can take years of pain and social stigma for people to begin living their lives as the gender they identify with. We spoke to Aluta Humbane to get to know her and the process of her transition, going from presenting as one gender to another.

We also spoke about barriers to health care for Transgender individuals including financial barriers, discrimination and lack of access due to lack of service providers who are sufficiently knowledgeable on the topic.

“I am a taxpayer; I pay my tax however when it comes to having access to something that’s going to benefit me as a transwoman it becomes an issue”Aluta Humbane

Listen to the audio and find out more about Aluta’s journey of self-discovery, learn about Gender Transition  and of cause she has a message for the LGBTIAQ+ community. Happy Pride Month.

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A Conversation with Wendy Khumalo on Rugby Coaching and Photography

by Wakhe Sebenza

Like the rainbow flag, we are bold, lively and colourful, it’s Pride month – a global initiative celebrating diversity, inclusion and acceptance to raise awareness of LGBT+ rights. We are speaking to some of the Extraordinaires within the LGBTIA+ community. We spoke to Wendy Khumalo, she is a former Springbok Women’s rugby player, currently a rugby coach and also a Photographer, let’s get to know her and the work that she does.

It is true when they say it takes a village to raise a child, with the work that Wendy does, coaching the younger generation rugby, the love and support she gives the children. She is also a photographer, one of the careers that maybe overlooked as a career, Wendy’s message to a student who might be in matric and they are about to make that choice? They want to be photographers, surrounded by people who don’t understand their career choices, could be the classmates, the class teacher or the family and now they have doubts because they are surrounded by a lot of negativity towards their career choice;

I believe that whatever you want, if you want it bad enough, you will do it, you will move mountains to achieve what you want to achieve… Sometimes you do need to make mistakes on your own terms, because when you do make the make mistakes yourself no other person  telling you that you should do A,B,C and D, when you make the mistake yourself you learn from that mistake and you grow from it.

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2019 July 14: The man behind Somnyama the song- DJ Kabila

by Wakhe Sebenza

His love for the deejay box dates back to the late 1990s. He has an undisputed gift of knowing how to keep a capacious, jam-packed dance floor rocking the entire night. His love for music remains untainted even after a car accident that left him wheelchair bound in September 1999. It was exactly two months after his accident that he started exploring his talent with beats, Real name Siyanda Makanya he goes by the name DJ Kabila. His name appears on some of the biggest projects, like Blackcoffee Ibiza 17 Appreciation mix, we see it on house afrika sessions 8, We spoke to him about his journey to music and his new hit single Somnyama with Wendy Soni on the Vocals.

He also speaks about being part of Somnyama Ngonyama interpreted by 25 KwaZulu-Natal visual artists, Ikhono LaseNatali Exhibition, of cause in his own artistry, He has a new song Titled Somnyama. Enjoy the conversation on the link below

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2019 June 14: Wendy Soni, Her vocal highness behind Somyama

by Wakhe Sebenza

The amazing vocals behind Somnyama by DJ Kabila, her name is Wendy Soni. She is a Musician and a business woman. She is featured on some hits such as Intokazi with DJ Cndo to name one, but today we are talking Somnyama.

Her love for music began back at school and after matric she decided that’s exactly what she was going to pursue. Story of a black child, there was not enough money to further her studies but that didn’t stop her from chasing her dream. Trained by the streets, went from one theatre to another.. It’s all on the audio below, Enjoy.



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2019 June 13: Using soccer and Pool to change lives

by Nonkululeko Dube

“I realised these kids are not bad they just need guidance and a father figure. I had to introduce sports to them” says Siyabonga Ngcaweni known as “Coach” in Pantus Hill community, an informal settlement located in Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

35-year-old Ngcaweni is from Umzimkhulu but practically grew up in Pantus Hill. He was raised by both parents, until his father was shot dead in 2002. Coach was born differently abled and attended Open Air, a boarding school that provides education to children with special educational needs. This is where his love for sports started. He played pool and table tennis.


Ngcaweni studied computer studies at Durban University of Technology in 2004 and also studied Digitising and video editing at the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa known as NEMISA in 2006. And is currently working as an information officer for the Department of Health Ethekwini District office. Ngcaweni has worked hard for his name “Coach” as the founder of the Social League for pool tournament in Pantus Hill founded in 2011 and also as the co-founder of four soccer teams in Pantus Hill.


He says back in the day “Pantus Hill was a rough place for everyone” his study showed that the high crime rate was caused by a high population of working single mothers, lack of good role models and lack of sports in the community. That inspired him to form a pool team, recruiting young people to join the team. That way he was keeping them out of the streets. He says, “I wanted to make that impact of changing the upbringing of the kids in Pantus Hill through Sports”. Coach has opened his home to these kids, even his WIFI router so that they are able to have access to the internet for school related projects. This way he is able to keep an eye on them during weekdays while they are studying.” It is a huge responsibility but I enjoy every moment of it” he said.


Over the past nine years Coach Siyabonga has mentored and life coached over 374 boys, however he still struggles with some of the parents who lament that he is coaching a “tavern sport.” He says he understands the fact that in black communities you usually find pool in taverns and shebeens. With soccer he says it demands a lot of cash flow especially when transporting the boys and the registration fee for Durban Central SAFA local football association. Coach says he wishes that his pool team makes it to the provincial competition so that they can receive KZN colours then they will qualify for nationals and for his soccer teams to grow.

Nosipho Majola (44) a community leader has been a resident in Pantus Hill for 19 years and says her mind is always at ease when her kids are going to play soccer because its safe for them to be participating in sports other than not knowing where they are. She is one amongst many parents who are concerned about their kids due to high rates of alcohol and drug abuse in their community. Majola sees the impact of having sports in the community and the change Coach Ngcaweni along with his partner Alex Ndovela have been making.

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