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Mar 16, 2016



Internal IOM Newsletter


    Gail Mabalane (Nkoane) is a South African singer and ac-tress best known as one of the Top 14 finalists on the sixth season of the M-Net reality com-

    petition Idols, in 2010.Gail, who auditioned in Bloemfontein, was born and bred in the town of Kimberley. In 2001, she made the Top 5 of Miss Teen SA, and she also

    enjoyed a stint in Johan-nesburg as a Kaizer Chiefs cheerleader. She runs her own events management company with her father and previously dated a club

    rugby player. She also starred as Lelo Sedibe, the young and sexy Fashion Editor in search of a real love connec-tion, in the M-Net soap opera The Wild, from

    Page 2 - #IAMAMIGRANT song launced

    Page 2 - UJ partners with IOM in Human Trafficking

    Awareness drive

    Page 4 - Rita scoops prestigious

    international award

  • Music for social consciousness

    Uniting in song and dance, a group of some of South Africas popular musicians and personali-ties have teamed up with IOM to record a song on migration, Ubuntu and social cohesion to mark this years International Migrants day.

    Pledging their time and craftsmanship, Kabomo, Masechaba Lekalake, Khabonina, Lection, AB Crazy, Jackie Carpede,

    Simphiwe Gwegwe, Mabongi, and Monde Msuthwana, are amongst the stars who are fea-tured in this unique production aimed at raising awareness about migration.

    I Am A Migrant is a refreshing and slightly up beat song, featuring a selection of high-impact messages promoting African unity, humanity, and compassion.

    Equally talented up-and-coming artists such as Lady X, Tribute, Moonga, and Shatti also sprinkled their artistic flavour into the song, making a good jam to sing along to.

    Music, like sports can unite communities. We believe through song and dance that we can forget our differences but cel-ebrate our diversity, our

    humanity and indeed celebrate migration, says Dr. Erick Ventura, IOM South Africa Chief of Mission.

    A video featuring some of South Africa and Af-ricas top musicians and celebrities will be shot and released in 2014.

    I Am A Migrant is available for download on Soudcloud and You-tube. You can also listen


    Placing tremendous importance on forging strategic partnerships, the International Organi-zation for Migration has formed a strong collabo-ration with the Univer-sity of Johannesbur, in driving an Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness campaign. Through this new rela-

    tionship, South Africa will be exposed to rare and special media re-ports displaying a wide range of positive con-tributions of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, who are thriving in diverse in-dustries such as science, technology, arts, sociol-ogy, economics, to name

    Office Romance, a bad idea?Is it okay to pursue a romantic relationship with a co-worker, or should the workplace remain a dating-free zone? Rabbi Shmuley says office romances are usually a bad ideathey can be distracting and lead to gossip, both of which can contribute to an unprofessional environment. On the other hand, Rabbi Shmuley says meeting someone at work makes sense, especially if you work long hours or if the office is your primary place to socialize and meet people. In this age of overwork and overexertion, for a lot of men and women the chances of meeting someone in the office is about the only chance they have, he says.