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Bonang Covers Real!

By now we all know how much I love magazines. I spend a lot of time at the newsstands going through the covers and deciding which to buy. Alas, I spend a lot of money on them. One of the magazines that managed to tickle my fancy this month is Real magazine, which has Bonang Matheba on the cover.

[Excuse the picture quality. I tried to get a picture but there was nothing on the media24 website.]

Bonang recently went through a public break-up involving a court case and domestic abuse. This is the first time that she has opened up to the media, despite another local magazine claiming to have spoken to her or at least those close to her.

Here are some quotes from the cover story…

On how she felt during the whole saga…

“For the first three days of going to hospital and getting legal documents the thought that I am a celebrity didn’t even cross my mind. I just felt like a woman who had been invaded.”

On speaking to the media…

“I have never spoken to the media about this case because it was pending and I just felt that it’s a private issue. I was doing something that any South African citizen is allowed to do – opening a case against somebody who has done something wrong to you.”

On dropping the charges…

“Dropping the assault charges was looking at the bigger picture and my brand as a whole; work is very important to me. With all this happening you get to a point where you would rather concentrate on working because clearly you get exhausted, not only from being in the tabloids, but from always having to defend and explain yourself and involve lawyers, which is unneccessary money and phone calls.”

“All the people who are making negative comments about me dropping the charges don’t even live with me or know my parents. They are like, ‘ja Bonang, you need to fight for our rights.’ Well can I fight for myself as well?”

“Even though I’m a celebrity, I’m human too. I’m still healing from the wounds caused by all the negative reports.”

On dating again…

“I’m currently on my own. I’m not with Themba or Slikour, as reported in the tabloids. When I do decide to go back to the dating game, I will be more careful. I thinks I’m wiser about how a guy should treat me and speak to me.”

On pushing herself…

“It is possible for someone to wake up everyday, log onto her computer, go to auditions, send proposals and documents, knock on people’s doors, and make phone calls asking for work. That’s what I do on a regular basis.”

“If I do an event, I tell them that I am available if they want to use me again. If I hear that GQ have their best dressed men’s awards, I’ll call them and tell them that I’m available. In this industry you have to ask for work. From 2009 to 2011, it was me just pushing myself, taking my Z-cards here and there and asking people, ‘Can I MC this event for free?’ I have paid my dues.”

On moving forward…

“My production company has hit the ground running. Our first commission was the MTN South African Music Awards Yellow Carpet, which was watched by 5 million viewers on SABC 1.”

“I’ve been told I cant do this or that Bonang thinks she is this or that. But the truth is that I’m resilient, that’s what makes my brand. Bonang always rises.”

And rise she has! Bonang will be hosting the Channel O Music Video Awards, which will be broadcast live in 40 countries, alongside Ice Prince this weekend. She will also be hosting the local version of Clash Of The Choirs on Mzansi Magic. There is no stopping her!

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Article written by:

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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