Tembisa Fashion Week- Interview with founder Ronnie Lesadiwa Mahlakwane

Ronnie Lesadiwa Mahlakwane, the founder of Kazi Trendz, was born and raised in a small village called Moroke, just out of Burgersfort, Limpopo. He is the last born of 4, who describes himself as over ambitious and God fearing.

Where did your love of fashion come from?

Growing up, I loved clothes and always knew that I want to be different. I also made dresses from my cousins’ mpopies (dolls).

What’s your style of design?

Street style, I prefer kasi original.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by ambitious people who want success and go after it. Above all God is the motivation I need.

If you had to be anything besides human, what would you be and why?

I would be clothing material; clothes help in confidence and allow people to communicate from deep within.

Which do you prefer night or day?


When all is said and done…

I would like to be remembered as a fashion icon and someone who changed the world through fashion.

What makes you, almost always roll your eyes?

People with no fashion sense

What’s your advice for other hustlers?

Follow your God-given purpose with him leading your journey.

What projects are you currently working on?

well we had the intro to Tembisa in December 2016 and it was quite a success, so we working on the actual event this year and of course I am working on my brand Kazi Trendz.

Wow, that sounds super exciting, tell us more about TFW.

Well, it will be an event hosted by Kazi Trendz later this year Tembisa. The purpose of TFW is to give local designers and artists a strong platform to showcase their talent.

How can people get into contact with you if they want to participate?

My phone number is 0732598987, email address is lesdiwalsj@gmail.com and we also have our Instagram account Tembisa_fashion_w where you can send us a DM

Some pictures from the intro to TFW



Tembisa Fashion Scene about to blow up

Often when we talk about fashion and the events that come with it we think about fashion capitals such as Paris, New York and Milan international, and Cape Town and Johannesburg on a more local front, but that is about to change.

Kasis( Townships) everywhere around South Africa are showing that the “hood” has it’s own style which can rival among the best. So now fashion enthusiasts with limited budgets can indulge in the world of high fashion and runways within their means, because fashion is for everyone.

Having said that we would like to introduce you to the founder of Tembisa Fashion Week and Kasi Trendz, Ronie Lesadiwa Mahlakwane. This talented designer is about to take the local fashion industry by storm. Be on the look out for a in depth interview with him, where we ask him about his love of the craft and Tembisa Fashion Week.

A walk through the decades

This season runways around the world seem to draw inspiration from a collection of trends over the decades, from the Mules which were made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the early 1950s to the 90s multiple buckled straps, this season’s shoe trends have taken a step in different directions.

  • 1950s Mule/ Push-in

This sophisticated take on the pool-side classic will leave you looking chic and feeling comfortable. There are easy to put on, and with the interesting designs available, they are a pair for every style.


  • 1960s Multiple buckled straps

This trend resembles an edgy prep school girl shoe named Mary Jane, but with a grown-up twist, and there is nothing that screams out grown-up like stilettos.


  • 2010s Hiking boot

Athlete-leisure at its finest, you can wear them on an actual hike or on the streets, this trend will get you a seat at the cool kids’ table while keeping you warm.


  • 1940s Peep-toe

It’s not a time to put aware your pedicure set yet (we all have lazy tendencies), you will need it when this trend takes over this autumn. It’s particularly big on boot like block heels, which we still love.


  • 1980s Heels with Socks

If you have already put away your pedicure set but still want to rock the peep-toe trend or any open heels, as a matter of fact, fear not because socks have come to the rescue. It breaks all the pre-conceived notions about how to wear heels, but who care, rules are meant to be broken.

Fashion statement pieces

We interviewed the gorgeous Chantal Nosipho Mtakati the founder of a South African Swimwear and Clothing Brand, Hettie’s Closet, where we found out some must-haves for every woman. Her latest range can be found at YDE stores. Click on the PDF link for the full interview and for more information you can visit http://www.hettiesclose.com. THANK YOU so much, Chantal Nosipho Mtakati, for letting us inside your closet.