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Tonight with Lester Kiewit
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3 June 2019 9:59 PM

Guests : Bulela Lesea

The passengers drag themselves off the bus. After a hard day’s work, it’s good to finally
be home. But their shoulders slump at the sight in front of them – a dilapidated bus
shelter mirrors their fatigue. To Bulela Lesea, his neighbours’ despondency is unlike
their usual liveliness.
Lesea realised he could brighten up their environment and raise people’s spirits. Using
his skills as a painter, he is spreading colour throughout Wolwerivier.
A self-taught artist, Lesea brings luminous characters to life with the streaks of his
brush. Children watch as he paints, captivated by his deft movements and the
transformation of their home.
Jethro Jaftha

Self-love is Jethro Jaftha’s secret weapon. It’s a strength that’s taken years to hone. The
words of others don’t hurt him like they did before. Growing up, children taunted him
for his curly hair and skinny frame. Jaftha tried to fit in, even attempting to play sports
he didn’t enjoy. Nothing helped.
He remembers feeling like he was stranded at sea, unable to swim. Once Jaftha left
school, a photographer invited him to step in front of the camera. The results of his first
modelling shoot transformed Jaftha’s perception of himself. The source of his pain was
in fact his power.
Today, Jaftha believes his features are his greatest asset and harnesses this to celebrate
his heritage. Now a successful model, Jaftha is using his experience with bullying to
uplift others.

Terence Mentor
Terence Mentor has a confession. He used to be jealous of the bond that his two-yearold
shared with his wife. When Mentor made the admission on social media, his fears
resonated with other parents.
Mentor decided to create an authentic, intimate handbook for fathers like him. The
result is AfroDaddy, his online meeting place to share the challenges and triumphs of
Mentor draws from his experience of fostering 14 children with his wife, Julie. In the
past four years, they’ve opened their home and hearts to give children from welfare
agencies the care they deserve. Mentor is now a full-time dad to Liam and Eli. Both boys
feature in the AfroDaddy platform as Mentor gives an honest look into his life with
them. With videos, blog posts, and podcasts, Mentor is breaking the silence on male
parenting. The social stigma attached to men sharing their emotions, especially on
public platforms, can make some conversations uncomfortable. Mentor dives into the
discomfort and addresses issues across the parenting spectrum.

Carvin Goldstone
Every word out of Carvin Goldstone’s mouth is a biting observation of life. The
comedian’s masterful range of accents cross cultural bounds, while his fiery wit keeps
crowds in constant fits of laughter. Goldstone grew up surrounded by storytellers, and
his Indian, black, and coloured heritage influence many of his jokes.
Raised in Newlands East, Durban, Goldstone forged bonds with a diverse network of
people. They became his foundation of support as he kickstarted his career. He voices
their stories, sharing honest and hilarious tellings of life in South Africa. Laughter has
the power to take us off the defensive, something Goldstone uses to grapple with
difficult social topics.
Recently, the comedian embarked on a world tour of 21 countries. While Goldstone
garners international recognition, he’s still committed to his roots. To open doors for
up-and-coming entertainers from Durban, Goldstone founded the Next Generation
Comedy Show.
The platform ensures that the tales of his hometown are never forgotten, and that
there’s space for new ones to be heard. Most of all, Goldstone is uniting people through
humour. Rather than laughing at each other, we can laugh with each other.
Beautiful News has kicked off youth month with the above film. Hear some of the voices
from released stories that make this country's youth extra special

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