Meet Rocker Vybz, an entrepreneurial musician

Rocker Vybz is a rising force in the underground scene, best known for his creativity in music production and his entrepreneurial skills.

Born Adolf Lee Dizamuhupe, Rocker Vubz was raised in in Dzivarasekwa3, Harare in Zimbabwe before he moved to Johannesburg in 2013.

The 22-year-old ventured into the music industry at a tender age. He started as a dancehall singer and song writer before he became a music producer. He said that Vybz Kartel, Jah Cure and Don Corleone are his influencers.

In 2017, Rocker Vybz dropped his first single "Dem Talk Bout Me" featuring YK Junior ('2017') followed by "Slay Queens" which was taken off from his first debut Extended Play Mix tape entitled 'Non-Believers Extended Play".

Rocker Vybz also worked as a producer at Lil Moniez Entertainment & Empire Mc Records. While in the music industry, Rocker Vybz developed entrepreneurial skills, which have kept him going.

“I'm also a younger entrepreneur,” he said.  “I co-founded Mc'Lee Photography and Urban Wear as well as Avomp Music Group.

He highlighted that Avomp Music Group Management is a South African based freelance artist(s) representative company that helps up and coming young artists.

“(It helps them) getting to publish their music and reach out to new audiences as well as artist(s) branding. It is a sister company to Empire Mc Records (Recording Label. The vision behind "Avomp Music Group Management is to become Africa's  number one leading company in music publishing, artist branding and PR management.”

Avomp Music Group Management started in 2016 as ALD Vybz Online Music Promotions, which later on got shortened to "AVOMP". When started distributing music it had Mega Jani (Reggae/Dancehall Musician) and Mcy Ghost (Hip Hop/Rap Musician) under its wing.

Stolen vehicle discovered in Cosmo City

Police arrested a carjacking suspect when they found him with a stolen vehicle in Cosmo City on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Police recovered the stolen Toyota Fortuner  in Cosmo City after  it was stripped into pieces, Honeyew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan said, and the single suspect arrested in possession of the vehicle is due to appear in court soon.

 Police booked the vehicle at the Lenasia SAPS Recovery Unit for profiling.

Toyota Fortuner is one of the most targeted vehicles by carjackers in the country, said Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela as reported by News24.

Police are doing their best to fight against hijacking, he said, adding that in police efforts to reduce high numbers of hijackings in the province, their greatest success this past year came through making stronger partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and private stakeholders.

“We will therefore continue on this trajectory in our efforts to disrupt the market of stolen and hijacked vehicles that often come at the expense of the lives of innocent victims,” he said.

A businesswoman reflects on the impact of COVID

“COVID-19 lockdown tested my resilience as a businesswoman,” said 34-year-old Afro Lounge Bar founder Trish Majawala.

Majawala established Afro Lounge Bar in Krugersdorp in February 2020, but only traded for two weeks before the government announced the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown regulations that required liquor businesses to close completely.

 Mjawala said she had spent a lot of money investing on her business just before COVID-19 left it shuttered.

“It has been a really crazy ride, I tell you,” she said. “We officially opened on the 14th of February 2020. Unfortunately, lockdown was announced on the 26th of February. Remember we still had to pay rental and take care of the workers every month.”

Majawala said they had to ensure that bills and all her employees were paid throughout the lockdown period, although cash flow was hit hard.

As a female business owner in the beer industry, Majawala said it has been tough. “However, I am a very spiritual person,” she said. “I believe in the Most High and I am deeply rooted in my ancestors. In many cases I do not even know where the money is going to come from.”

Majawala said she is hoping to recover soon to get her business up and running.

“My idea was to bring something classier within this area,” she said. “We always associate classy things to white people. However, we as black people can also bring high class and still maintain it at a very reasonable price. This is a place where Africans meet.”

According to Beer Association of South Africa, the situation faced by small business owners and craft brewers remains dire – the last two alcohol bans had a devastating impact on the beer industry, with an estimated 7 400 jobs lost, R14.2-billion in lost sales revenue and more than R7.8-billion loss in taxes and excise duties.

Fallen heroes remembered

South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) hosted a ceremony on 20 February 2021 at Lois Cafe to remember freedom fighters who lost their lives during violent clashes between African National Congress (ANC) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

On 15 August 1990, a conflict broke out between supporters of the ANC and IFP a resulting in the death of hundreds of people.

“We had to remember people who lost their lives during that time at Zevenfontein Informal Settlement,” said SANCO chairperson Lyborn Ndou. “We always commemorate their lives every year, and one of the most remembered people is Dustile, who was killed by bullets.”

Out of the people who lived in Zevenfontein Informal Settlement (formerly known as eSigodiphola), Ndou said, most of the IFP members moved to Diepsloot Community while ANC members moved to Cosmo City.

 Such commemorations are important, Ndou said.“We got this land after bloodshed until the red sea divided us apart (ANC vs IFP),” he noted. “The government assured us the land, which today we own at the expense of those who died during the liberation struggle. (At SANCO), we agreed that this is an annual event, which we should embrace and possibly use to rename streets and other buildings.”

The community must understand how Cosmo City was formed in recent history, he said.

During the commemoration, the leaders discussed the importance of unity in the community.

“Our language and history must be one without excluding anyone. An injury to one is an injury to all. We are one family in Cosmo City.”

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