The Footprinter

April - May 2015

In this issue

        Freedom Day

        PHAT vs PHAS

        Boys night out!




1st – 15th May

GR15’s Editing training

20th, 27th May

#Ignite YouTube Uploads

7th, 14th,21st,28th May

#Zoom In Studio recording


Principal’s Pen

April is always a difficult month with all the public holidays, yet this did not stop our Footprinters who shot the behind the scenes for the SAFTA Awards for Screen Africa.   They have also been shooting Snake Park in Johannesburg and Durban for Welela Studios and it is all systems go for the movie shoot which starts in two weeks.  You GO guys – so proud.

Our GR15’s have been working very hard to complete their theory for Introduction to Television and in May start editing.  We look forward to seeing their creative work.

Remember : “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”  Og Mandino



Celebrating “Freedom”….

By Sheryl Matthews



The 27th April(Freedom Day) marks the “coming of age” of democracy in South Africa……or does it? Does this mean that democracy has made us all free, all happy, all fed, all clothed with a roof over our heads? …….I think not.

Democracy by definition is “a system of leadership elected by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives”. Freedom, on the other hand is not the right to receive everything for free, but rather “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one chooses”. So to put things into perspective, we all have the right to freedom, we all have the right to choose what we want, but in a democracy, we don’t have the right to necessarily get what we choose. We will get what the majority chooses.

Democracy is great and should, in theory, keep the majority “happy” as they have exercised their freedom to choose and ultimately obtained what they chose.

The youth of today, otherwise known as Generation Y are family-centred and ambitious, but they also have a sense of entitlement. Unfortunately, the only thing they (and everyone else) is entitled to is freedom. Freedom, however, comes at a price and that price is responsibility. The responsibility to leave bitterness and hatred behind, the responsibility of making choices whether they are right or wrong and the responsibility to live up to those choices.

True freedom is within. It isn’t something any government is going to give you. It isn’t something your family or friends are going to give you. It starts with you releasing the shackles of your past and moving forward……responsibly.




By Nthabiseng Khiba

As women of this world I would like you to please ask yourself these questions…. How do you feel in what you wear? Do you wear what people tell you to wear, or do you rock up in any outfit and feel good about yourself?

Well here is the real deal. Every woman in this world has her way of dressing, but are you dressing to feel good about yourself, or do you just wake up wondering what you will wear because of not being sure if it will look good.

Let me burst your bubble even more. You are beautiful whether you are PHAT (Pretty Hot and Thick) or PHAS (Pretty Hot and Small). From my point of view every woman wants to look sexy and wants to be respected and most of all wants to feel wanted when she walks in a room, so we tend to care about what people think. It is very hard for a thick woman to dress up and feel sexy in what she is wearing.  It’s hard for them to go to a store and find sizes because most of the shops don’t have their sizes. Most girls tend to want to wear what they see in other skinny girls and that is a total no no.

Now do you think thick girls can wear what they want? The answer to that is, NO they can’t because of size. Most of the models on TV are skinny girls which makes us PHAT girls want to go to the gym and get our body to a size 10.

Do PHAS girls feel good about themself? Most of them feel good about themselves because they can find anything good to wear, but not always because you would be looking for a certain size and would not find it and you would tend to want to lose weight to get that certain outfit.

If a fat girl is seen on the streets eating people look at them and say she eats a lot, but when a skinny girl eats on the street there is nothing wrong with that.

I think every women should feel good about themself by wearing whatever they want and no one should judge them because we don’t have a problem with our weight.

Do you have a problem with our weight?



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By Palesa Mphithi


Profile : Smangele Nhlabathi

By Kathy Kgoroeadira


In this month's issue I'm doing a profile on a very beautiful young talented girl called Smangele Nhlabathi. Smangele is a 23 year old stylist at Urban Brew Studios, a child of God, a creative, fashionista and a writer who has dressed a lot of people that you see appear on your television screens. What grabbed me about her is the fact that she loves fashion and anybody that knows me knows that I LOOOOVE me some good fashion and how much pride she takes in everything she does. I sat down with her and asked her a couple of questions to find out a bit about her, how she got to where she is and what the future holds for her.


When did you realize being a stylist was something you wanted to do?

God has his own plans for us, growing up I had my own interests or plans because I loved tourism and marketing but that never worked out.   God placed me into a totally different field. Lindani Ndwandwa wanted a style/ wardrobe assistant so I applied for the post and I was just taking chances because the post had specified that they wanted a fashion student or a person with a fashion diploma and I had none of that. To cut a long story short I applied, got the call saying I should come in for an interview, a few minutes later I was called again and told not to come for an interview but to start work the very next day.


Styling or writing? Which one are you most passionate about?

Writing is my first love, writing for me is more than letting it out to make room for sanity, I find clarity in my ability to articulate the circus inside my head.

Is styling something you want to do forever?

I love and enjoy what I do but I do not want limit myself, this industry has a lot of opportunities and I wouldn't mind venturing into different things. I was brought up in a very spiritual home and my goal is to spread the gospel in different channels and avenues so I want to be a producer or a director, I want to create shows that have an impact on our youth.

What are some of the challenges you have faced as a stylist?

I work with incredible people (she didn't want to say this but I will squeeze it in, some are divas) laughs. When I started there was one person in particular who made my job extremely difficult because she was difficult to work with but I pray, I don't play (laughs), so I prayed about it and the person started warming up to me.

Any advice you would like to share with our readers?

Work with what you have, you don't necessarily have to buy clothes every month to stay in trend, just do you and create your own style! Remember people always appreciate authenticity!!!




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What is your favorite color of socks to wear?

I only have three pairs of socks. My favorites are these grey hearty ones that I’m wearing right now.

If you were given an elephant to hide where would you hide it?

In Free State. My grandmother’s backyard.

Name one actor you would love to get naughty with.

Vin Diesel.

What’s your favorite place to eat?

Any takeout place.

If you were a biscuit, which would you be?

Romany creams.

Cats or dogs?


How many pairs of shoes do you own?

I have a lot of shoes that I don’t even wear.

If I came to your house and opened your refrigerator, what would I find?

Coke, cheese and lots of leftovers.

Name 3 people you admire.

My mom, my sister and my dad.

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?

My future.

If you try to fail and you succeed, which have you done?



Footprint Famo Birthdays!

Aries  (03/21 -04/20)

Happy b’day Palesa, Cheryl and Ivan

This is a good month to slow down and tend to your finances, intimate relationships and home life.  It’s likely the past few months have been busy and you’ve been buzzing with the energy of March and April’s eclipses.  Now, it’s time to take a step back and review your situation, especially where finances are involved.  With Mercury turning Retrograde this month, it’s an ideal time to step back and reflect – journaling can be an especially productive way to process the mental and emotional downloads of the past couple of monthsRead more >>

Taurus  (04/21 -05/21)



Happy b’day Sheryl

Finances, personal goals and partnerships are strong themes for you this month, Taurus. With the Sun in your sign for most of the month, plus a Taurus New Moon on the 18th, you’ll have the opportunity to get motivated.  It’s a great time to set some personal goals and do some reflection to define (or redefine) what’s most important to you.  Several planets will point your attention towards your finances this month.  Could be a good time to reconsider the best ways to increase your income or save money.  It’s possible you’ve been putting all your eggs in one basket and missing out on opportunities available elsewhere. Read more >>




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