Big lit­tle deal

Jade’s been of­fered the job of her dreams but there are a cou­ple of snags in the small print…

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When troubled ath­lete Jade (Gaosi Ra­ditholo) joined the ASA gym in Jan­uary 2017, she was strug­gling with her per­for­mance and wasn’t com­pet­i­tive. But her trainer Odessa (Tahlra Seyed) mo­ti­vated her and she’s upped her game – and then some! On Mon­day 8 May, Jade is handed a con­tract by ath­letic com­pany Sweat 3000 to be their new am­bas­sador.


Be­ing the brand’s public face means that Jade will be pro­mot­ing Sweat 3000 at events and wear­ing their range of sports gear. Apart from en­dors­ing a healthy life­style, Jade will be ex­pected to give talks at youth cen­tres, schools and at kids’ gath­er­ings and that’s “all good”, says Gaosi. “Sweat 3000 wants to em­power and en­cour­age the youth to take to sports as op­posed to be­ing on the streets and abus­ing drugs”. And they’re will­ing to fill Jade’s pock­ets with cash if she matches their ex­pec­ta­tions. But there’s a huge flash­ing light as Jade scans her con­tract. “She’s so ex­cited by this deal,” ex­plains Gaosi, “but then she reads a clause that says while work­ing for Sweat 3000, she can’t be in a re­la­tion­ship. That’s tak­ing away the one thing that means most to her – her new girl­friend.” Jade started dat­ing ex- cop Eshe (Swankie Mafoko) in March 2017 and they’re solid now af­ter a hic­cup or two. “Eshe is Jade’s rock,” ex­plains Gaosi, but when Jade tells her about her con­tract’s clause, Eshe isn’t im­pressed. “Jade’s de­ci­sion will deter­mine the fu­ture of their re­la­tion­ship, but there’s tremen­dous pres­sure from ASA co-man­ager Botho (Moliehli Makobane) for her to take the con­tract…” says Gaosi.


This is forc­ing the young­ster into a cor­ner and Gaosi adds that “she’s got this huge de­ci­sion to make with this deal: her ca­reer or her re­la­tion­ship. There’s a fair amount of tur­bu­lence be­tween Jade and Eshe be­cause of this con­tract, but at this point, Jade is fight­ing to be with Jade be­cause she’s in­vested in their re­la­tion­ship”. But the money is good and Sweat 3000 is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity… so Jade signs on the dotted line on Tues­day 9 May and joins the Sweat 3000 team. Thing is, Eshe’s happy… they’re stay­ing to­gether but they’re go­ing to keep it hush-hush – and that means no public dis­plays of af­fec­tion from Eshe. That, for right now, seems to be okay…

Jade is all smiles un­til she reads her con­tract.

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