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The dying star
2 weeks ago
The year 2022 is coming to an end in a month, and the festive season always brings a time of reflection. The highs, the lows and the gutters of the year. What we did wrong, what we could change and what we hope to bring into a new year.  It is also a reminder that…
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Vegan vs Carnivore diet
4 weeks ago
The modern world is changing, especially when it comes to what we consume on a daily basis. People are opting for organic options or, even more so, for options that would personally improve their health. Vegan diet I’m sure you’ve heard of a vegan diet before; the diet where you only eat plant-based foods. So…
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You can advance literacy through sport
4 weeks ago
Fat Cats Book Club is a Joburg-based book club whose members are mostly recreational athletes. The book club has 35 core members based in different provinces around the country. It has been running for five years and boasts a number of socially-impactful initiatives. Most close to my heart is the recent memorial run done in…
Ekasi with Amajita
Hood 007
3 months ago
For years James Bond fans have wanted a black James Bond, with many suggesting Idris Elba be given the role. I mean, it’s Idris – he has the charm, the charisma, and the voice to nail the famous “The name’s Bond, James Bond” line with ease.  I think I would play that role better than…
Ekasi with Amajita
Let’s shake on it
4 months ago
I grew up with my grandma and she used different phrases from what I knew for everything. She used izihlonipho in isiXhosa – respectful, traditional phrases, not the more modern,  sometimes slangy ones I used. She called hands, “Izamkeli”, which loosely translates to gestures of welcome.  “Bamba indwendwe izamkeli Thandile,”  she would say. For my…
Ekasi with Amajita
School of hard knocks
6 months ago
IKasi is said to have lazy youth, but I think the lack of job creation has more to do with it. Young people have shown time and time again that they aren’t lazy; they just need resources, role models and opportunities to lift themselves. This is something youth development activist, Mboneleli ‘Mbo’ Gqirana, can attest…
Foodie
Owami Mhlongo: Putting your heart on a plate
2 months ago
Twenty-year-old Owami Mhlongo grew up in Pinetown KZN. She describes her childhood as having been “rocky” and this resulted in her spending a lot of time with her aunt and grandmother. It is from here though that she traces her love of food.  Now a practitioner in a fine-dining establishment, her earliest food memories are…
Foodie
Some yummy chocolate facts
5 months ago
As a child growing up chocolate used to be such a luxury to taste or buy. The only time we could have it at my house was on the social grant day. My granny would wake up early to avoid the long lines and on her way back home she would buy the biggest chocolate…
Foodie
Sharing an iftar meal with friends
6 months ago
June 7th is officially considered World Food Safety Day. The day was commemorated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to promote healthier and safer food. What better way to celebrate this day than by sharing my experience in engaging in iftar – the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan. If you…
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Thabo Batshe - Diabetes Warrior
3 weeks ago
World Diabetes Day is commemorated on the 14th of November. We spoke to Thabo Batshe, who has Type-1 diabetes, to find out how he manages this chronic disease. Who is Thabo Batshe?  I am a literary activist who drives social cohesion in Kimberley by fighting illiteracy. I host monthly library pop-ups through Eyethu Pop-up Library…
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Kemi Balogun – award winning author and academic
2 months ago
Kemi Balugon in an award-winning author and academic of Nigerian descent, who grew up in the United States. She is co-editor of the book Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent, which we will review separately in a Did You Know later this month. But first, let’s get to know her…
Get to Know
Designing the future with Y Tsai
2 months ago
Set sail with award-winning architect Y Tsai who has designed some of the most innovative buildings in South Africa and beyond. Here he explains how he harnessed his interest in creativity and engineering to pursue a successful career as an architect and how reading is critical to getting ahead! At what age did you know…
Girl Talk
Safe Sex
5 days ago
What is Safe sex? Sex is difficult to talk about. I remember when I had my first sex education talk in primary school, and there was not only curiosity but a weird feeling of feeling like it was a taboo topic. In high school, we would get talks about how if we had sex, then…
Girl Talk
Fat? Yes…. Ashamed? No.
2 weeks ago
Growing up, girls are always made aware of the importance of being beautiful and acting demurely. Boys are given ships and cars as toys, while girls receive Barbie dolls to remind them of the feminine ideal. Even pop culture and the media teach us that beauty is found in the blonde, blue-eyed, thin lead actors…
Girl Talk
Don’t blame the victim!
3 weeks ago
Picture this: You have a friend who told you about a horrible experience with someone that made her feel uncomfortable. Although you feel sorry for her, the story of what happened starts spreading to your other friends in school and your community. They say that she asked for it because of how she dresses, so…
How to
How to make crumbly mielie pap
a month ago
There is something primeval about mielie pap. Well, there is something ancient and basic and satisfying about all starches that serve as the backbone of meals in cultures around the world. That which accompanies whatever sauce or stew or condiment being served in most ordinary homes, is what fills the tummy and leaves you with…
How to
Here’s what you can do to beat exam stress
2 months ago
The exams are around the corner, and you are feeling stressed out. You can't seem to concentrate enough to study, or sleep properly, or think of anything else. What if you mess up? What if you fail? And is it just you getting stressed out by the thought of exams, or does everyone feel this…
How to
How to make butternut soup
2 months ago
Enjoy this recipe for Amanda’s you-betcha-it’s-just-butternut Butternut soup! One winter, when my now-husband and I were still getting to know each other, I invited him to my place for supper. On the menu was butternut soup. I had at that time only recently perfected the dish and was confident and keen to demonstrate my skills…
Life Advice
Beyond 2022- where to from here?
2 weeks ago
Matric/grad 2022. What.a.year.  From career fairs to matric balls, from valedictories to the endless stress of studying, it all finally culminated into the biggest academic test of your life (thus far)… the Matric Finals - or your final college exams. You studied hard, you gave it your best shot, and you came out the other…
Life Advice
Practical tips for dealing with depression
a month ago
When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and cope with life and all the demands of daily living. When the things that cause us to feel down occur too frequently, and stress us so that we don’t feel in control of our lives anymore, this can lead…
Life Advice
Dark skin: myths & truths
5 months ago
In a world where most people are striving for a light skin tone and turning to skin bleaching as a solution, I feel as though I need to stand up for my dark skin tone. I love my skin colour and it does so many things for me that I would not trade for anything.…
Mindspace
Negotiating with Parents: How to ask for more freedom
4 days ago
Parents... you can't always live with them, and you certainly can't live without them. I mean, who else is going to bring you your favourite snack when you're sick or need a pick-me-up after a difficult day? Who else is going to upgrade their mobile phone contract and give you their old iPhone, only because…
Mindspace
Change your world
a week ago
During one of her more popular TedTalks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks about the danger of a single story. As a reader, having access to only one story, and one point of view, can narrow your perception of the world. For young African readers especially, the single story, when told from a Western lens, can cause…
Mindspace
Oh, for an emoji!
4 weeks ago
Recently a Facebook post reminded me of something I had written a few years ago. I was celebrating finally knowing what the acronym ‘GOAT’ meant – it had been in circulation for almost a year already. I was lucky the fast-moving conveyer belt of acronyms and all things trendy hadn’t spat it out yet. There…
Snapshots
My ticket to freedom
4 days ago
I have always been too embarrassed and ashamed to admit this: When I see this train, I am reminded of a time when I had to forge train tickets in order to go to school. The ticket below has a QR code. So it would be impossible to forge now. Below is the what I…
Snapshots
Gugu’s Gogo Demands Respect
3 months ago
Soaking her sore swollen feet and enjoying a hot cup of tea was all that was on Gog’ Vatiswa’s mind as she sat in the Venture taxi. At 79 years of age, standing in a queue for most of the day to receive her Sassa grant was no fun. “This government really doesn’t care about…
Snapshots
Not quite singing in the rain
7 months ago
It was a breezy Thursday afternoon at Oriel Park when some pals and I decided to disperse and head home before the heavily pregnant clouds above us gave birth to much-needed rain. Not convinced that I would get drenched on the way home, I walked up towards Van Buuren Road with no particular sense of…
Student Life
Live your best life in res
6 months ago
For some students, a really big step when starting at university is deciding whether you will be staying in residence. For others who come from another province or country, there is no other option but to move out of the family home for the duration of their studies. Either way, living away from home propels…
Student Life
Fitting in and hanging out in high school
7 months ago
Wanting to fit in makes you human; as much as people preach that we should embrace our uniqueness, it’s hard when we live in environments that tend to exclude you for being unique. High school is one of those environments. You are surrounded by cliques that form because of the rampant desire to fit in.…
Student Life
Matric Ball
7 months ago
One thing that I always looked forward to and dreaded at the same time was my matric ball. I looked forward to it because it was the only time that you’d really get dressed up, besides your wedding – if you’re into that. I dreaded it because I was incredibly shy and knew that all…
Style Secrets
Fashion when we were younger
6 months ago
I think it’s time we take a trip down memory lane.  Do you remember the popular trends of our day, and I’m talking about the early 2000’s here. When we relished jelly pumps –  I remember I had a grey one. Where we pranced around in pumpkin skirts – I owned a pink one and…
Style Secrets
Taking Off in Air Force 1s
7 months ago
I am sure you will agree that the perfect outfit is a game changer and confidence booster – but what’s an outfit without the perfect pair of kicks? Well gents, I come to you kicking like Jackie Chan! The classic Nike Air Force 1s are the perfect shoes for any occasion, and any outfit, and…
Style Secrets
Budget-friendly hair products
8 months ago
Let’s be honest, maintaining curly hair is expensive and that’s why I thought I should compile a list of curly girl products I approve of that won’t stretch your budget. I hope this list makes your natural hair journey a tiny bit easier.   Budget friendly brands: The Perfect Hair Curl Chemistry Iwori Afrodite Organics…
Word Of the Week
The city girls are up!
3 weeks ago
A win for one is a win for all. That is especially the feeling when the phrase “City girls are up” is used. Women hype each other up all the time; if you go to their comment sections on social media, it would most likely be filled with other women complimenting each other. Comments like…
Word Of the Week
Fitna
4 weeks ago
This week’s word of the week is fitna. According to the Dictionary of Loanwords in the Cape Muslim Vernacular, written by Mogamat Alexander, fitna means gossip. Fitna is an Arabic word and is used throughout the Cape Muslim culture.  Example scenarios: You and your neighbour are sitting outside, and you both see someone you know.…
Word Of the Week
Maaf
a month ago
We all have been in a rush and run into someone by mistake, stepped on people on the train, or made a simple mistake that requires us to apologise. Do you want a new word to use in those situations besides the same old “sorry”? Maaf is that word. According to the Dictionary of Loanwords…
Work-Wise
Job hunting: red and green flags
a month ago
You finally get an interview for a job. You’re excited and nervous – a little bit all over the show. You know you can’t mess this up, so you dig deep and go all out to prepare. Here are some red and green flags to look out for when looking for a job: Red flags…
Work-Wise
To be a mentee
4 months ago
"Indlela ibuzwa kwabaphambili" is an isiXhosa proverb I grew up hearing. Loosely translated, it means "we ask for directions from the people in front"; that is, we ask for knowledge from those who know and have walked that journey before us. That is essentially what the practice of mentorship is: inspiring, teaching and guiding from…
Work-Wise
Must-haves when looking for a job
4 months ago
So, we all know the basics to have when looking and applying for a job right? CV and cover letter? But what about the process of applying. It used to be common practice to print out your CV and hand it to the recruiter, but these days everything is digital. We search up online, we…