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SheTsonga, Tinyeleti Ta Vutsonga

Tinyeleti Ta Vutsonga: Jessica Mahlekisi

Government Name: Nkhesani Jessica Mahlekisi
AKA: iSlenderSaMaCatalogue
Date of Birth: 1996/03/27
Place of Birth: Benoni, South Africa
Family Background (Mi vangani kaya?) – “Lol Hi tele.”
Ethnic Group: Tsonga

Wa nkatsakanyo wa nkitsikitsi na ntengo, kambe a nga wo toloveleka
Nkahelo wa ndzhongo, lowu vaka kona endzhaku ka xidzedze
Thonsi ra mpfula, lero sungula endzhaku ka nkhwakhwa
Gandlati, leri vatluti va ri hlotaka va nga chavi mhangu
Ndlati leyi pandzaka ntsandze
Wo twala risema ra rirhandzu,
Ro tsokotsa swonghasi, ku vondzoka na swiluva swo ntanga
Wo rhandza mughana a tlhe a rhandza nala, hi rirhandzu ro fana
Loyi a hoxaka minseve ya dyambu, yi vangama
Yi vangamela valulami na vabihi
Vumbiwa ra xivumbeko xa Mumbi,

Education History:

  • Bafo-chiko primary school; 2001-2002
  • Riverside private school; 2003- 2008
  • Geelhout park secondary school; 2009- 2013
  • University of South Africa; 2015- 2016
  • The school of hard knocks; 1996 to date

All-time favourite Tsonga Dish: “Vuswa bya dini na nyama ya muhorhi.”
All-time favourite Tsonga Album/Song: “I think the name of the song is Zing Zong Zeng sung by vo Joe Shirimani.”
All-time favourite Village/Township: “My all-time favorite township has to be the township I grew up in which is Daveyton, found in the East Rand, Gauteng Province.”
Favourite PSL Team: “I have never been a soccer fan, although I recently joined a soccer club to keep fit.”
Favourite Animal: “I have four pet cats; I’m definitely a cat lady.”
Zodiac Sign: Aries

Why did your first Boyfriend dump you? – “Haha I have never been dumped.”


Who gave you your first break? – “I got scouted by my agency Fanjam model management via Facebook when I was 16 years old, a meeting was arranged through a family member in Johannesburg; my agent offered me a contract right there and then the rest is history…”

“I bagged my first magazine cover last year when I won the Cosmopolitan & Marie Claire SA lingerie search. I have walked for SA fashion week, AFI Joburg fashion week and AFI Cape Town fashion week, I featured on the Cell C billboard campaign, Legit autumn/winter 16 campaign and appeared on numerous fashion magazines- that’s just to name a few, God has been faithful.”

Which year was your best year in your career and why? –
“That’s a tricky question but I’ll go with the year I got scouted, which was actually the hardest. I was completing my matric so I was either in front of the camera or behind a school desk – I spent my year between cities, shooting magazine editorials and making my debut at the local fashion week circuit. My family was also going through a tragedy – Looking back to that year, I know I can survive anything.”

What words should we remember you by?
1. Practice makes perfect.
2. Health is wealth.
3. All things in moderation.
4. Plan your work, work your plan. – Dead Prez

featured image source: marieclaire.co.za

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