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Yay or nay: Making friends online
2 weeks ago
Making friends in public spaces can be tricky if you are socially awkward. It can feel easier making friends online. Many people these days have formed friendships with people from all walks of life that they have never met before that don't require awkward small talk.  'Looking for friendships in hopeless place…' Siphesihle (23) met…
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Christmas Traditions and Origins
2 months ago
"Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store… maybe Christmas means a little bit more." – Dr Seuss Christmas is almost here, and I’m sure some of you cannot wait. Christmas festivities bring along a lot of fun and cheerfulness, and we’re all here for that. Along with all the good food and fun times, have…
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The dying star
3 months 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…
Ekasi with Amajita
Hood 007
5 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
6 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
8 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
4 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
7 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
8 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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Getting to Know Writer and Poet Busisiwe Mahlangu (Award-winning South African Poet)
3 weeks ago
Hailing from Mamelodi, Pretoria, 27-year-old Busisiwe Mahlangu has made her mark in the world with the power of her words. Her work is hard-hitting and raw, holding space for conversations around poverty, mental health, education, violence, and healing. Busisiwe won the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition 2016/2017 and the National Library of South…
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Bridney Noby Cloete
a month ago
Meet the inspiring and driven Bridney Noby Cloete, a 22-year-old from the Northern Cape who opened her own salon – Namatjent Studio – and who makes her own hair products. Tell us what Namatjent Naturals is. Namatjent Naturals is a natural beauty product brand. We released our first product in March – a hair-growth oil.…
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Thabo Batshe - Diabetes Warrior
3 months 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…
Girl Talk
Tips for women in academia
3 weeks ago
Being a young woman in academia is no small achievement, especially in South Africa. It was in 1903 that South African activist Charlotte Maxeke became the first woman in Africa to obtain a university degree. In present-day reality, so much has changed since then. Because of progress made with gender equality in South Africa, the…
Girl Talk
Africa’s Girls and Enbies Speak Up About Climate Change
a month ago
Climate change can be a big and scary idea that we run from, or we can chat about it with friends! We should all find ways to relate to climate change that make us feel safe. Luckily, we are blessed with a boatload of inspiring young African girls and non-binary folk who are leading the…
Girl Talk
Dear Fezeka: Teen's letter about abortion
2 months ago
Dear Fezeka I hope my email finds you well. I have been missing you so much in the last few months. It would have been so nice to have a friend by my side. It has been a tough time. I told you when we spoke the last time that I found out that Bonginkosi…
How to
How to stand up for yourself
6 hours ago
Sarah was constantly bullied by her editor, Laura. She kept saying to herself that she didn't mind and that she'd get over it. But Sarah decided that after all the constant belittling, she needed to stand up for herself. The question is how? ***  If you’re shy and timid, standing up for yourself can seem…
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New year, new me! Healthy eating on a tight budget
2 weeks ago
More than ever before, people of all ages and walks of life are choosing to lead a heathier lifestyle in terms of their physical wellbeing and daily nutrition. Having the internet at our fingertips means we’re more conscious of the nutritional value of the food we put into our bodies. Unfortunately, the wealth of information…
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How to stay fit on a budget
3 weeks ago
Fitness can be seen as a luxury in a country where many people don’t know what their next meal will be. Perhaps this is why, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost 40% of South Africans are physically inactive. But fitness is an important part of health, which is why in this blog we…
Life Advice
Listen to our story…
7 days ago
It’s World Read Aloud day on the 1 Feb! You may think only small children like to be read to, but you’d be wrong. Audiobooks have proved that adults enjoy hearing a story as much as children, and listening to a story is just as good as silent reading in developing understanding, empathy, vocabulary and…
Life Advice
Let's be SMART resolutioners
4 weeks ago
Hello New Year! It's that time of the year again. And guess what, everyone is busy introspecting and reflecting on what went well and what didn't, what to change and what to stick with from the previous year. These already sound like resolution formulations to me, but not everyone is quite aware of this. Some…
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In love with a narcissist - A love triangle between me, him and his ego
4 weeks ago
We’ve probably all heard the terms ‘narcissist’, ‘gaslighting’, ‘relationship red flags’ or ‘toxic personalities’ at some point in the last couple of years. These terms have become popular social topics of discussion, especially when it comes to the dissection of relationships. In fact, many of these terms are being misused or overused. Below is a…
Mindspace
How to be single on Valentine’s day
16 hours ago
"Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it," Queen B sings in her hit song single ‘Ladies’. This song is an anthem for all women looking to have secure relationships, and there's nothing wrong with that. But in reality, romantic relationships don't bring all the fulfilment: there are divorces,…
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Get with it bestie
5 days ago
How many times a day do you say ‘Yas Queen’, ‘Nah King’, ‘Bruh’ or ‘Guuuuurl’? If you’re a Gen Z or a millennial, probably a lot. I know that I, personally, throw these terms around very often. When I use these nouns, they’re not absolute, meaning that I do not necessarily believe that the person…
Mindspace
Something Inbetween: Being Coloured In South Africa
5 days ago
Every time I went to a party, sat with my friends, or participated in a class or an event, the inevitable question would pop up. It was like an elephant in the room, and as soon as there was an opportunity to address it, all eyes would fall on me. “But what are you?”. That…
Snapshots
But What Does It Meme?
2 weeks ago
Have you ever been going through something, and you just didn’t know how to explain it? Then, when you’re scrolling online, you find a meme that is so wickedly funny, so *relatable* that you finally feel seen? Finding the right meme helps you confirm that other people have experienced something similar to you. It’s like…
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“Let’s go all out.”
2 months ago
We arrived at Waterfront for a night of good food and amazing company. My boyfriend asked me to choose the restaurant that we’d go to that evening. I felt under so much pressure because I know I’m so indecisive, so I got a recommendation for a restaurant at Waterfront for a place called Sevruga. I…
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Come with us: The Mother City Edition
2 months ago
Cape Town has so much to offer. There’s Table Mountain, the Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch, and so much more. If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town or if you’re a local already, then there’s no better way to travel than by the City Sightseeing red buses. It was a sunny Wednesday morning; we ubered…
Student Life
The Matric Bucket List
yesterday
Matric is the last year of school; after going to school for 12 years, it feels like your entire life. Matric year is as much a year of hardcore exams determining your future as it is a year of closing a chapter. Making memories during this time is essential because you will never get that…
Student Life
Can you balance successful studies and self-care?
2 weeks ago
Most of us know how stressful studies can be. We have assignments due, tests that has to be studied for, group work, etc. All of these things pile up, and we end up losing ourselves in the process at times.  One way to combat all the stress and burnout is to really focus on self-care,…
Student Life
Back to school: Tips to ace the new school year
4 weeks ago
Now that Christmas has come and gone, we turn our attention to the new school year. The new school year almost always evokes a mixture of excitement and anxiety. We are excited to take on new challenges in a new grade. Still, at the same time, our anxiety kicks in because we have a new…
Style Secrets
Fashion when we were younger
8 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
9 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
10 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…
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New year, new me
a month ago
So it’s that time of the year again. You know, the time when you hear many people say, “New year, me.” It is very common to start a new year's resolution on this day. This can be to give something up, like sweets or chocolate, so you can be healthier. Example scenarios: “This year is…
Word Of the Week
Ukwaluka
2 months ago
It's that time of the year when boys become men, this traditionally happened between the ages of 16 and 26, though for health and safety concerns the South African government made it illegal for a boy under the age of 18 to go to initiations school. The ceremony is when mothers can show off their…
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Slay, not sleigh
2 months ago
I’m sure you’ve heard or even read in the comment section on social media when girls or women praise each other by saying, “Slay, queen!” According to Dictionary.com slay, in this particular context, means, “to do something spectacularly well,” especially when it comes to fashion, artistic performance, or self-confidence.” Example scenarios: When your bestie posts…
Work-Wise
How to teach English in Korea: A guide for South Africans
6 days ago
Have a student loan? Need to find a job using your degree? Dream of traveling? Teaching English in South Korea suits all three.  South Korea (AKA: The Republic of Korea) is a small East Asian country with a population size similar to South Africa, even though its geographic size is closer to KwaZulu-Natal. Since the…
Work-Wise
Workplace 101: The importance of a strong work ethic
2 weeks ago
For some of us, 2023 is the year we begin our journey into the working world. Whether part-time or permanent, a packer or cashier, a call centre agent, in-service training, or your first job post-graduation, all these roles have something in common: employers require a committed, trustworthy employee with a strong work ethic. But what…
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Career Spotlight: Coding
3 weeks ago
Have you ever wondered how our phones or computer work, or even how to build an app? The technology behind is called coding (developing) and it’s a computer language. According to Computer Science Degree Hub, “Coding is basically the computer language used to develop apps, websites, and software. Without it, we’d have none of the…