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Facts about Alzheimer's and dementia.
5 days ago
Do you have someone in your family or in your community who has something called dementia? Some people also call it Alzheimer's disease, one of the many types of dementia. Lots of people know someone who has this problem. If you know someone who has dementia: They may act or talk funny sometimes They may…
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Elizabeth Holmes – The lies that made her
2 weeks ago
Imagine a world where with one prick of a finger, followed by a drop of blood, analysed by a tiny little machine, you’d be able to find out whether you suffer from any medical conditions in an instant, so to speak. Sounds like a far-off dream, doesn’t it? Well, one woman, Elizabeth Holmes, thought she…
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isiXhosa names for the months of the year
4 weeks ago
Before the arrival of Europeans, and modern scientific knowledge, Africans used their indigenous knowledge, gained over thousands of years, to navigate their existence. Astrology and the study of nature have always been part of us.  Did you know what the seasons and months are called in isiXhosa; and why? There are four seasons in a…
Ekasi with Amajita
Hood 007
a week 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
a month 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
3 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
Some yummy chocolate facts
3 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
4 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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Breaking bread for Africa Day
4 months ago
Africa Day is the annual celebration of African cultural identity, and the continent’s common heritage. The day is observed on the 25th of May to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity, later the African Union. And what better way to celebrate Africa Day, I thought, than immersing myself in the culture of…
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Madosini – player of traditional musical instruments
3 weeks ago
Our fourth edited extract from the Imbokodo – Women Who Shape Us series, written by Athambile Masola and Xolisa Guzula, tells us about the musician Madosini Latozi Mpahleni, an expert in making and playing a traditional mouth bow, a bow with a calabash resonator and the Jew’s harp.  This extract comes from the book in…
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Thoko Miya - Tech Disruptor
a month ago
Thoko Miya is the direct result of hard work and never letting anything get in your way. I met this incredible woman in 2016, my first year of varsity. Even then, she was driven. Who knew six years later, we would be sitting on a Zoom call talking about our hair while telling each other…
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Jared Rudolph – Visual Artist
2 months ago
Jared Rudolph (Jariiid) is a self-taught artist from Bridgetown, Cape Town. He draws inspiration from the things around him and is very lucky to be able to make a living from his art.     What does art mean to you?  To me, it's the start of creation. And the ability to create has always just been…
Girl Talk
Dear Diary
5 days ago
Dear Diary If you could go back in time and change something, would you? If you could warn yourself against certain events that happened when you were younger, would you? What would we say to our 16-year-old selves now that we’ve seen the world as adults? From a 25-year-old It may seem like there are…
Girl Talk
When you got to move
2 weeks ago
Moving from place to place sounds scary and exhilarating at the same time. At 20 years old, Tamsyn Booi has moved several times in her life. The first time was when she was 10 years old, and she came from Joburg to stay in Cape Town with her father. Her parents divorced when she was…
Girl Talk
The complexities of friendships
3 weeks ago
Imagine that you have just found out that your friend was supposedly gossiping about you to some random girl. Not only sharing things about you with a stranger, but telling lies too. How broken you’d be, right? This happened to me. When I found out about what happened, I was really heartbroken; I was so…
How to
How to make butternut soup
4 days ago
Enjoy this receipe 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…
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Immune-boosting natural remedies
4 weeks ago
It has been cold, really cold, and now more than ever we experience symptoms of flu or the common cold. So, how do we combat them? Going to the doctor can be expensive and sitting for hours at the day hospital is no one’s idea of fun. If you are not seriously ill, and just…
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How to reduce relationship stress
a year ago
In an ideal world, a relationship is not something you should stress about. It is supposed to bring you warm feelings of support, love and happiness. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Each relationship faces its own challenges. As a result, it is normal to feel stressed out, worried or anxious when you spend…
Life Advice
Dark skin: myths & truths
3 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.…
Life Advice
Make time for fun y'all
4 months ago
The world is in as sad a state as it’s ever been. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Covid pandemic has triggered a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. This is a direct result of the lockdowns implemented worldwide and the resultant economic uncertainty. In response, the WHO has…
Life Advice
Ready, steady, ride!
4 months ago
Don’t we owe it to our inner child to fulfill things we never got to do when we were children? I never got to ride a bicycle back then; mainly because I never owned one and because my family always considered it an activity more suitable for boys than girls.  It’s weird, but riding a…
Mindspace
My name is not the problem – you are.
2 days ago
It is early in 1998, and a young woman – umam’Gcina from the rural Thembu land, Lady Frere – is heavily pregnant with her second child. According to the doctor, she is a full month later than her predicted due date.  She is put into induced labour; after eight hours of labour pains and the…
Mindspace
Fat is not a four-letter word
2 weeks ago
  What’s that one thing a doctor said or did that made you not want to go back to a doctor again? I’ll go first.  It was winter and my throat was sore. It got progressively worse, so I decided to see my doctor. I went, assuming it would be a regular check-up and a…
Mindspace
Old, not cold!
a month ago
Let’s picture this: You’re listening to music on full blast while doing the dishes and in walks your dad and he starts dancing to the beat. My face fell straight to the floor from embarrassment, and I laughed out loud. I thought to myself, “Why is the old man, trying to be all young, hip…
Snapshots
Gugu’s Gogo Demands Respect
2 weeks 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
5 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…
Snapshots
Gugu’s Taxi Ride
8 months ago
It was an uncharacteristically chilly summer morning in Orange Farm when Gugu, a full figured beauty, was about to climb into a Quantum on her way to Jozi Maboneng. At this time of the morning most of her fellow passengers were familiar to her, except for the two gents who rudely pushed past her to…
Student Life
Live your best life in res
4 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
5 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
5 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
Qha
6 days ago
Done speaking and someone asks if you have something to add, but you are definitely finished speaking? Well, we have just the word for that in IsiXhosa. Qha in direct translation to English, means ‘only’. But it can be used differently in different contexts as well. Qha – used as only. “I went to buy…
Word Of the Week
Grootman
2 weeks ago
The term grootman has various meanings; it could mean older brother, but it is mostly used in townships as a term of respect for an older man or a leader.  How it is used: “My grootman was the best soccer player.” This means: “My older brother was the best soccer player.”  “Grootman is the organiser…
Word Of the Week
Bismillah
3 weeks ago
This week’s word of the week, Bismillah, explores a word taken from the Dictionary of Loanwords in the Cape Muslim Vernacular, written by Mogamat Alexander. It is an Arabic word that means “… in the name of Allah”. The dictionary further states that, “Bismillah is uttered before you begin something, especially before eating and/or drinking”.…
Work-Wise
To be a mentee
a month 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
2 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…
Work-Wise
Work it!
2 months ago
There is something about being exposed to the real world – the real world of work, specifically – that helps young adults morph from the young to the adult part of that phrase. As an educator at a technical institution of learning, which sent their learners off for a period of in-service training/internship – before…
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Critical Skills: Becoming an Accountant
a year ago
Are you a person who enjoys being organised and pays attention to detail? Are numbers also your thing? Do you find that you’re not so interested in abstract algebraic numbers, but you enjoy the structured approach of numbers when working out your finances? If this sounds like you, have you thought about becoming an accountant?…
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Critical Skills: Becoming a Data Analyst
a year ago
Are you the kind of person who enjoys solving puzzles or digging into a mystery? Do you also enjoy working with numbers and on computers? Do you think you would be able to explain the story of your discovery to others through charts and graphs? If this sounds like it’s something you are comfortable doing,…
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Critical Skills: Becoming a Web Developer
a year ago
Have you spent any time working on computer coding or using computer programmes? Are you creative, flexible, curious, and happy to upskill yourself on new digital technology? At the same time, do you think you are a problem-solver with plenty of discipline to work on your own and have good communication skills? If this sounds…
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Critical Skills: Becoming an Architect
a year ago
Are you a creative person who likes thinking independently? Do you find that you have an interest in functional form, be it buildings or any other types of design? Maths may not be your best subject, but you can work through things in order to achieve your goals. On top of that, do you like…
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Interview with Chemical Analyst Simanye Sam
a year ago
Tamica Mopp caught up with Simanye Sam to find out more about his work as a chemical analyst and researcher. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m not really a nerd. When you’re doing chemistry, people tend to automatically think of you as introverted or a nerd. But I…