Affectionately known as “Elle” by her friends and family, Elesi is a hardworking and driven mom who oozes an enormous passion for Journalism and everything media orientated.
Hailing from a small town in the Eastern Cape, Elesi comes from a very diverse background with a Western African Father and Xhosa Mother, who taught her the importance of being open minded and accepting people from all aspects of life.
Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies, I believe my internship programs during Varsity at Radio Al Ansaar and at SAMNET (South African Muslim Network) were stepping stones towards grooming my work ethics within the field of Journalism no matter how small the opportunity was at the time.
Despite studying Journalism I have always had a huge interest in beauty. “I personally believe with confidence and determination I can change beauty expectations one contour at a time”.
Self taught and passionate about the beauty industry including a great obsession for makeup. I started blogging about it and offering my services because I realized i was that good.
“I am a self proclaimed make-up goddess in the making because we all know how beauty looks keep evolving and I am always up to date with mine”.
Comfortable in her plus size body and always ready to break beauty boundaries, Elesi is a force to be reckoned with. From PR Enthusiast, Beauty Blogger, Freelance Make-up Artist and Journalist, why would anyone not want to remember this name!
Dzifa Azumah also known as Jeef Keef is an outgoing, energetic and vibrant soul with a keen eye of what is relevant from Music to Fashion. Considering herself as a Maven in the making, Dzifa believes through hard-work, determination but most importantly perseverance that she will be a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Known within Durban’s “Cool Kids” social scenery, ‘The Coolest Keef in the City’ has lived up to the name and has surely mingled with influential people within our generation and continues to live up to that.
With the various jobs Dzifa has done from backup dancing for: ‘Thina Sobabile’ singer Thabisile and daughter of the late Lucky Dube, songstress Bongi Dube back in her youthful years. This was the beginning of Jeef Keef showcasing her various talents as she dabbled into the dance world and even began her own dance crew called Hot-Steppers. With a deep flare under her skin, her group entered dance competitions such as Step up or Step out and even went as far as knock out rounds.
But her love for being in front of the camera also played a vital role within her career making decisions. She had the amazing opportunity of making the cover of an online magazine called Ziyaw’eDurban online entertainment magazine’s 3rd issue which led to aspiring modelling gigs.
Moving on to other pastures, Jeef Keef later realised her true passion which was being behind the mic and event-coordination. She started and hosted her own event called Xbox and Beerpong with Cultured Chaos and quickly ventured into the Hosting/ MC scenery which enabled her to MC various gigs such as the: Nihamba Nibamba Tour, Skeem Sami Tour, Sisters with Soul alongside Nicole Nyaba and Mandy Junior, The Secret Circle, Rundbn A team launch at 47th Avenue, Phantom Friday’s, Trap Out Thursday (TOT) and the latest being Durban Legend- Dj Dust’s Birthday Party at Unique Lifestyle.
A true jack of all trades, Jeef Keef also works for one of the coolest radio stations in Durban called Durban Youth Radio (DYR) and hosts a show called #The4OneOne but not only that, Jeef Keef did musical features and wrote for SA Bloggers but is now the Lifestyle Editor of Blazon Magazine. An influencer, a model the list is endless when it comes to this witty female as we can expect a lot from her in 2019. So watch this space!
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Born in Kwa-Ndengezi Township, fierce writer and Music Enthusiast Zama Ntungwa Khumalo has taken the music world by storm. With a background of a Diploma in Public Relations and an Honours in Brand Leadership, Zama Khumalo has shown nothing but a vast interest in the media scope from working in companies such as OMD Media, SABC, Meropa and etc. She has ensured that she makes her mark, in whatever space she is in. Currently she is the Music Editor for the largest community blog in South Africa, SA Bloggers, where she has interviewed the likes of: DJ Sphe and Naves, Vicci Martin, Holly Rae, Lex Lafoy and many others. “Wake. Pray. Slay” is her daily mantra and it gives her the motivation to persevere through anything she faces.
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Siyabonga Brooklyn Masuku is my name and slayage is my game.
I am 22 years of age and the Fashion Journalist to the prestigious Blazon Magazine. I am a professional Content Producer, Creative Director, Entertainer, Influencer, Plus Size Choreographer, Plus Size Model Writer, Fashion Commentator and through it all an aspiring Media Personality. I’ve worked with brands such as: Leure Lingerie, Zahstore, DBN Vintage Mayhem Clothing , B Town radio, Gagasi FM, East coast radio, Durban Business Fair and etc. I would like to leave a mark and shape the landscape of the Media and Entertainment industry with my talents, personality & creativity.
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Nhlanhla Mabaso was born in Soweto on the 25 of September.
I’m a former ward chairperson of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the Former President of the Rosebank College Durban Student Council.
Former Brand Ambassador of Rosebank College Durban, I am very much in love with the field and covering hard news stories especially
politics. I’m a freelancer and cover politics for Blazon Magazine as a corresponding Journalist and currently based in Durban.
I am mentored by Eyewitness news’ Specialist/Political Reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo and eNCA’s political Reporter Samkele Maseko.
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Katlego Sebolai, popularly known as Kat, is a 20 year old doing her 3rd year at the University of Witwatersrand.
Her interests include baking, dancing and reading. Katlego is extremely opinionated, making her an adequate fit for Blazon Magazine. She is a walking contradiction, as one minute she is an introvert and the next an extrovert. What Katlego is very clear on however, is providing content in both an enlightening and entertaining manner.
Fortunate Nkosi is a graduate from the University of South Africa with a BA Degree majoring in Development Studies and Sociology.
She holds the following qualifications: Sociology of News (Wits), Public Relations Certificate (UNISA), Emerging Contractors Certificate (Wits), and a Certificate in Mentorship Psychology (Unisa), an Advanced Course Certificate in the Arts and Science of Psychological Practice Management (Unisa), Diploma Interior Design (IDI).
Currently studying toward her BA Honors in Development Studies, UNISA.
Her career started in 2001 as a News Reporter for African Eye News Service as an Investigative journalist.
In 2005, she volunteered at Malelane Clinic as an HIV/AIDS counselor after she was trained and qualified as a Counsellor by the Health Systems Trust in 2004 in the Antenatal and Pediatric section.
In 2007, she joined the SABC as a Radio News reporter and in 2008 she was promoted to Senior Producer position for News and Current Affairs for SABC and Ligwalagwala FM. She presented the weekend Current Affairs show Telive Atipheli for 5 years. She has experience in TV production.
She is the of Director of Boni Africa Development, an NPO that she uses to empower the African Girl Child. She also owns Boni Africa Spaces, an interior design business. She heads heads the CSI department for Khosithi Artisan and Skills Training Institute in Mbombela.
“My passion for writing derived as a genetic inheritance from my mother, Pretty Matshaya, a poet, novelist and author who wrote for South African publishing company Shuter & Shuter, and currently under Oxford. A supermom,” she brags! Nolu then found it common between her birth queen and herself to write for a living.
“For fun I’d write articles on nature, abnormal winds or tides or literally anything that my witnessing eye catches. I even created character profiles for some people in my circle of abantu. At least that was before I lost all my work due to a challenging situation I once faced in life.”
In 2018, Nolu conducted an interview on Durban’s Pop Baby, Khumbulani “Khumz” Mbatha, a young successful upcoming artist recruited by the likes of Wolf Pack “Fam” Aewon Wolf.” I’ve never studied anything that’s got a shadow of media, a confirmation that my drive is a natural cause that comes from within the deepest depths of my spirit.
Nolu did finding herslf facing opportunities such as conducting interviews with the likes of Holly Rey, SA’s vernac King Zakwe, and Draught Queen of Heineken SA, Amanda Xulu, which resulted in her ambition clocking higher frequencies of work ethic.” Working hard is motivated by the hard work I get. Hard work brings challenge and challenge is FUN,” she substantiates. She is currently the Creative Director at the magazine.
Thembi ‘Jay’ Sithole, from the beautiful small town of Graskop, Mpumalanga is a Psychology and English Literature studies graduate with a passion for writing and the creative arts. She is simultaneously a mental health advocate and activist dedicated to broadening the perspectives of people, in rural areas especially, regarding the occurrence and importance of mental health issues.
She is a firm believer that words are the world, they create and drive our stories and hold a power that may be destructive if not used responsibly. Therefore, being a part of the media industry allows her use her words to contribute to a necessary narrative of the world and humanity.
She has done voice over work for the radio broadcast of the ‘XiluvaXaMama NPO’ campaign, and is the editor of ‘Letters to the Dead’ online blog.