Desmond Moela says he is getting a diploma in March this year

He said as a young person he had no choice but to enrol and empower himself educationally.

ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela is getting a diploma in March 2019, he told this paper.

Moela said he’d been with the Tshwane University of Technology since 2015, studying public management.

The graduation ceremony will be held March this year, he said.

“I am going to graduate this year. Now in March. And I have also been accepted for a BTech degree and I’m studying again this year,” he said when he spoke to the 013NEWS reporter at the eMalahleni banquet hall the past weekend.

Moela had attended safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane’s foundation gala dinner that aims help fund the poor to access tertiary education.

Both Moela and businessman Gabriel Ngomane addressed the event of about 50 people before Pat delivered the main address.

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While on stage, Moela said he had now “defeated the people who have been saying that I am a drop-out because this year I’m graduating”.

He told 013NEWS that he will study his BTech degree as a full-time student.

“At the end I want to become a doctor. I want to be called ‘Dr. Moela’,” he said on Saturday night.

“I’m not going to rest until I’m called ‘Dr. Moela’,” he added.

In his address, Pat Ngomane said he took the advice of his late spokesperson Joseph Mabuza who said they should instead register a foundation where businesspeople would pump money towards the tertiary education of those who cannot afford.

He said for some time now they would identify pupils from poor families and help send them to universities.

He said they did it “the old way” but the foundation “I think is coming to assist a lot”, saying many young people found themselves frustrated by the processes of the National Financial Student Aid Scheme (NFSAS).

Ngomane said the door of learning “should be opened even wider”.

“When I urge all of us to keep the door of learning wider open I mean that all of us are responsible or can contribute,” he said.

He added it was important that even those ones who are not able to reach university are assisted.

“We must not abandon [them] and say ‘because they fail we don’t need them’.

“Last year I paid for another kid and he failed everything. But we took a decision and we said, ‘No, because he failed let him re-register all the subjects and pay from his own pocket and if he passes the subjects this year we will pay for him next year but then soon afterwards I remembered that myself I had somebody paying for my tuition fee and I failed all the subjects the first year.

“The person who was paying for me came and said, ‘No, I will pay for you again. Get a second chance’ and I was able to improve and passed the following year,” he said.

Former Nkangala ANCYL chairman Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi who also runs a foundation introduced Ngomane on stage.

Mayor Linah Malatjie, SASCO’s Jacob Tau and Faith Msibi as well as youth league treasurer Sam Masango formed part of those who came to Ngomane’s foundation launch.

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Faith Msibi bows out… but is still in the game

Only Paxton, Phindy, Botlhale and Mthokozisi are left now.

As Faith Msibi was bowing out of the IdolsSA, giving way to the Top 4, she took to her Facebook page to tell her disappointed fans that despite everything she is very much in the game and was available for bookings.

The eMalahleni crooner got less votes and has now given it to Paxton, Phindy, Mthokozi and Botlhale to carry on.

On Sunday, the final leg of IdolsSA began with Botlhale performing Joan Osborn’s One Of Us. He followed up with Charlie Puth’s One Call Away, which had the judges approving of his performance.

Phindy followed, with Ringo’s Sondela, which received a positive feedback from Somizi, Unathi and Randall. Her second song, Sorry by BeyoncĂ©, which didn’t quite win her the hearts of the three judges. They felt something was lacking in her singing of the song though her performance was great.

Paxton chose Christina Aguilera’s I Turn To You. She then did Black Coffee’s mix of In Common by Alicia Keys.

Mthokozisi did It’s Hard To Say Goodbye by Boyz II Men as well Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean, both of which won him the hearts of the judges, with Unathi saying “It was perfect”.

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#IdolsSA: Top 5… Faith Msibi continues to make MP proud

The remaining contestants are now fighting for a position in the top 4.

The five remaining contestants in the IdolsSA have been announced and each of them wants to survive to the next round.

Faith Msibi from Mpumalanga made it to the top 5 and now wants to ensure her place in the top 4 next Sunday.

Of the two songs she was required to sing, the judges noticed a slight mistake when she was starting the second and told the 25-year-old eMalahleni crooner to not allow little things to throw her off.

“Don’t allow the little mistakes to throw you off,” Somizi told her while Randall urged her to do all in her power to win the heart of voters.

She sang Joe’s I Believe in You as well as Next to Me by Emeli Sande.

The others announced are:

1.) Paxton, who was first in line, sang Jade’s 1992 classic Don’t Walk Away and followed this up with Destiny’s Child’s Stand Up For Love. The judges believed she was not as good this time and needed to step up.

2.) Botlhale, who opened with K-Ci and Jojo’s classic All My Life, and continued with Sedilaka by The Soil.

#IdolsSA: Top 5... Faith Msibi continues to make MP proud

Botlhale’s Sedilaka won him the hearts of many South Africans, with some social media abuzz with declaration he is the obvious winner. Somizi gave Botlhale a standing ovation for his performance, calling it “the best in the history of Idols.”

3.) Mthokozisi who sang So Sick by Neo and R Kelly’s The Storm Is Over.

4.) Phindy sang Miriam Makeba’s Meet Me at the River and Butterfly by Mariah Carey, which won her the hearts of the judges. Randall said she had done a “sterling” job, while Somizi said she was “perfect” in her performance.

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