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4 Things I learnt about Fikile Mbalula from his Destiny Man cover story…

Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula is on the cover of Destiny Man’s April issue – of course you already know this if you follow him on Twitter. I enjoyed reading the cover story on the flamboyant minister who wants people to know that he is not a fanatic – I laughed so hard when I read that part.

Here are four things that I learnt about our minister in the issue:

1. He wouldn’t be so active on social media if he weren’t a government minister…
The minister says that he joined social media to communicate the work that his department is doing. He also goes on to say that social media is a great platform for expressing his sense of humour.

2. He was arrested for activism in 1986…
Mbaks was involved in student politics in the 80s and got arrested for his activism and involvement in these. He says that he received most of his political education during this time and was particularly obsessed with Marxism.

3. He is modest about presidential ambitions…
He says that his ambitions are controllable (I howled again when reading this) and that he was humbled by losing the position of ANC Secretary General in 2012. He further says that he does not think about the presidency a lot as the ANC has groomed many of them for senior leadership.

4. He believes in empowering women…
The Fikile Mbalula Foundation is a mentorship and bursary scheme for young women. Mbaks, who has a daughter of his own, says that he wishes to empower underprivileged girls improve their lives. The foundation is currently putting 10 girls through university.

He also talks about the whole his alleged obsession with Beyoncé, his twar with Ntsiki Mazwai and transformation in sports.

Other pieces that I enjoyed reading in the issue include:

• The art of flirting – a guide on how to distinguish between a well-intentioned compliment and creepy inappropriateness;
• How to win tenders the right way – a piece about two businessmen challenging the stereotype of corruption and lacking business acumen in tenderpreneurs;
• And finally, a piece probing how young black men achieve middle-class aspirations while supporting their parents financially.

Destiny Man is in stores and retails at R34,90 – definitely worth every penny.

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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