Heritage Day celebrated in style

Glitz and glamour prevailed on 23 September when Destiny Christian School held a Heritage Day event at Tenesse Park in Cosmo City’s extension0.

The pupils and teachers enjoyed the event and even got to show off their amazing cultural outfits.

“We value our heritage,” said the school’s Principal Grace Ole. “It is very, very important for the young children to understand their culture. Once they understand their culture, they will learn how to respect and behave. Not only teachers are responsible for educating children in terms of culture, but parents too.”

The country celebrates Heritage Day on 24 September every year. The day is celebrated to recognise the cultural wealth of the nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

This year, the Heritage Day is celebrated in the aftermath of sad moments caused by COVID-19. “We are still recovering from the lockdown. However, we had to respond to the President’s call to celebrate Heritage Day in style. It is for this reason why we had to do the Jerusalem dance challenge.”

At Destiny Christian School, Ole said, they do their best to teach children morals.

“We use the same curriculum used in government schools. We also teach children about Bible Knowledge and life skills. When they leave our school they will know the basics of Christianity and they will be able to pray.” -r����6

DA supports Gender-based Violence victim

Caption of the pic (Shadow MMC Community Development Cllr Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku)

The Democratic Alliance had to step in to help a victim of gender based violence (GBV) after the South African Police Service (SAPS) refused to help her. 

A victim of GBV went to her local police station to report the incident. Instead of being protected she was turned away. According to them this was a ‘family matter’ that didn’t require police intervention.       

The motive behind their refusal became clear when it was learnt that the perpetrator is a police officer. He clearly enjoyed the protection of his colleagues. Out of desperation the victim turned to a DA councillor. According to the victim the offender threatened to kill her if she attempted to have him prosecuted. 

Under these shocking and quite frankly terrifying circumstances the DA was forced to intervene.  After an appallingly long time the victim obtained a protection order. We do not deem this to be a victory – rather we see this as a monumental failure. This country failed this woman. She lives in a country where 102 women get assaulted by their partners every day. She lives in a country where a woman is murdered by her boyfriend or husband every 12 hours.   

These statistics are horrifying, but judging by this incident, we can assume that these numbers don’t reflect reality. It should never be necessary for a political party to step in before the police takes a victim seriously.

The DA calls on the government to reinstate specialised GBV units. These units have the knowledge and training to deal with GBV cases. They will also add another layer of accountability.     

The Democratic Alliance stands with every woman and child who is a victim of violence. If we have to stand in line with you at a police station, we will do that too.

The entire country was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the GBV pandemic is largely ignored. We live in a country where the amount of Covid-19 victims are comparable to victims of GBV – but we do not see President Ramaphosa address the nation every two weeks to give an update on how many women have died at the hands of their partners.  

The DA calls on this ANC government to start taking the GBV pandemic seriously. Hundreds of thousands of women have been the victims of violence under your reign. When will you start to care about us? or_y":�r�I�ٮ

Heritage Day: Community views

I am a proudly Zulu woman not just because i was born in Africa, but because Africa is born in me! We as Africans can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference, and Heritage Day reminds us of whom we are. It also teaches us RESPECT. By Sinegugu Mondlane (Passion Queen)

Imbvombi yemswati.. Ngingu laSiyengo, Mphephetho u MaJobe - ngizalwa yindvombi yakwa Methula, Mvakali, Ndabalaka, Mashiyamahle, Hlubi lomuhle, Ngwane.

I am a Swati Girl Child originally from the Mpumalanga Province (MP).. What's unique about my culture is that the people still value what was taught by the elders back in the days. Swati people eat what they call "Sidvudvu" known as sour porridge, neSijeza neliDombolo nemaHewu. Sihlobe ngeLigwalagwala  inyoni yeSive semaSwati. By Luyanda Methula (Sin-Gwen Model)

 Gud dae am Thomas Mkhwanazi am a male model and a pegeant model .

I was crowned Mister(Mr) Teen Cosmo city 2019.

I Am a proud Zulu man from KwaZulu Natal in the village of eNquthu. What I love about my culture is that it teaches young males about manhood and respect. I would love the youth to embrace their different cultures. Culture and heritage are very important to us because it shows us where we come from. By Thomas Mkhwanazi

UmaMbamba uRhila uThangane phawu chiwo gcaleke mbombo khawuta u bhodlinja. Inkomo ezinhle namathole azo. I was born in Eastern Cape, raised by a woman who teaches morals and values (Veronica Johnson). My chosen culture for the day is Isizulu because I love how Zulu People dress .They are confident in their own body and they are vibrant full of energy .I love how they conduct themselves and obviously last but not least their Reed Dance (Umhlanga) is so nice. They still follow their culture, and girls are able to abstain from sex and they get children at the right time when they have stable job owing their own houses. By Anathi Johnson.

NginguMaMtugwa,uSgwegwe,uMbuduma kaMasoka. In my Ndebele culture I love the fact that we are colourful and we love decorating as u can see that our houses in Mpumalanga are colourful plus I love the way we respect people. By Melody Mabena.


5 Tips to get the most out of online learning – from Kristen Lisa Strahlendorf registered counsellor, and private practice owner

14TH SEPTEMBER  2020, SOUTH AFRICA: Lockdown initiated an unprecedented and overnight transition from classroom to computer. This move to e-learning, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, kept countless pupils and teachers at home and fast-tracked a shift to online learning, making it a “new normal” for many students across the country.

While online learning has been available for some time, its effectiveness was often questioned and it was not commonly adopted. But, the potential for e-learning education quickly became evident early on in lockdown, with teachers showing remarkable agility in converting “classrooms” into virtual sessions and lessons into digital presentations.

Although online learning offers numerous benefits, the transition from the traditional classroom environment and face-to-face engagement to learning via a screen has come with its challenges, for children especially.

Educational psychologist, registered counsellor, and private practice owner Kristen Lisa Strahlendorf highlights that while online learning can be beneficial, its biggest disadvantage – especially for extroverted, sociable personalities - is lack of social interaction.

“In my experience, in-person teaching in most cases is more effective than distance learning due to the value and effectiveness of face-to-face teaching. Being in person other students often creates social pressures and benefits that can help motivate students to engage,” she says.

That said, some students do just as well learning online as they do in face-to-face settings, and indeed, some do even better. Students with weaker academic backgrounds and younger children where basic literacy involves a more in-person touch often struggle in an online environment,” says Strahlendorf. The nature of online learning can also make it difficult for teachers to assist less-engaged students and maintain their interest and attention.


Online learning is here to stay in some form, whether fulltime or using e-learning on an ad-hoc basis. Strahlendorf provides the following five tips to simulating a constructive learning environment and create structure while learning online.

  1. Setting up for success

Choose a quiet, clutter-free area, away from distractions. Make sure everything your child needs is available in one place, including all stationery and a glass of water. This will help them maintain focus and create the mindset of a place of structure and work.

  1. Routine, routine, routine

Put a daily routine and timetable in place which emulates the school’s timetable. We are all creatures of habit, and a set routine creates stability, allowing your child to anticipate what comes next and what their schedule will look like.

  1. Work hard, play hard and keep moving

It’s important to maintain a balance. Take frequent screen breaks and avoid the temptation to finish everything in one sitting.

Exercise daily if possible, and keep children active. Movement helps us think better.  When we move around, our problem-solving, memory and attention improve, it also reduces stress and prevents anxiety. Make sure to identify a time for exercise or active play.

  1. Switch off distractions when you “switch on”

Eliminate distractions as much as possible. Turn off the TV or radio, make sure other programmes on the device are closed to avoid interrupted pop-ups, ask family members not to interrupt unless absolutely necessary. Avoiding these distractions will help with focus and enable tasks to be completed more quickly.

  1. Reach out

Seek support. Set up a direct line of communication with your child’s teachers, by email, Whatsapp, phone calls or video conferencing. Communicate with them at a set time weekly if possible, and talk about challenges your child might be facing, and upcoming tests/assignments. Being proactive is essential if your child is struggling.

While the legacy the Covid-19 pandemic has made on the adoption of online learning will last to greater or lesser degrees, Strahlendorf suggests we embrace this new reality. “We live in an ever more connected world that is moving inexorably towards digital interaction in every sphere. Digital learning is here to stay, so we may as well optimise and make it work for us,” she says.

For pointers on how you can better manage educating your children effectively during this period, visit www.myfamilytree.co, or contact Kristen Lisa Strahlendorf via https://za.linkedin.com/in/kristen-lisa.

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