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The history of beauty pageants
3 days ago
“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful. And I think that it is time that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to…
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Did You Know? Why Black Coffee Uses One Hand
a week ago
“Why does Black Coffee DJ with only one hand?” is a question that many people have asked but have received few answers to. In the South African entertainment industry, this is probably the second most popular question after, “Ngubani uMzekezeke? (Who is Mzekezeke?)” After all, Black Coffee is not just any DJ but one of…
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Did you know? Nature vs nurture - what makes us who we are?
2 weeks ago
Jim Springer and Jim Lewis are identical twins from the United States who were separated at birth at four weeks old. Years later in 1979, in adulthood, they met and discovered how similar they are despite not growing up together. “When they shared their stories they found that they both had childhood dogs named Toy……
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How to create a routine for kids during lockdown
a month ago
President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended lockdown to prevent the alarming rate at which COVID-19 is spreading around the country. Kids have been home for a while now, the cartoons are no longer exciting, naptime at this point is World War Three and let’s not forget when you are in a Zoom meeting trying to multi-task…
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How to keep studying during lockdown
2 months ago
The lockdown poses many challenges but it can be especially challenging if you’re a student needing to continue your studies. You’re confined at home with multiple distractions, no set routine and little connection to your fellow classmates and teachers. Many things are out of your control at the moment, but it’s important to focus on…
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How to make a cloth face mask
2 months ago
There has been lots of debate in South Africa and around the world on whether or not it is a good idea to wear a face mask during the Covid-19 pandemic. Given current scientific understanding of how the virus is transmitted, the Western Cape Department of Health is now recommending the use of cloth face…
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How to stay sane in a lock down
2 months ago
On the evening of 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nation-wide lock down in light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country. The lock down will take place for 21 days from midnight on Thursday 26 March to Thursday 16 April. Many measures have been implemented including that no…
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How to make roti's
a year ago
Rotis is a favourite for many people. It is one of those things people really enjoy but not many people know how easy it is to make. Ingredients: 3 cups of cake flour half a teaspoon of salt 2 tablespoons of oil 1 cup of lukewarm water 70 grams of butter ( I use Marvello…
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How to protect your plants
a year ago
Sick and tired of your plants being eaten by pesky insects, but can’t afford to buy insecticides? Or maybe you just don’t want to risk using such harmful substances in your own back yard? Well today we will make sure you have one less thing to worry about. That’s right – we are going to…
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How to make a bookshelf from cardboard boxes
a year ago
Are you an avid reader who devours books like chocolate, but has no space to keep them? Are they lying around, or piling up in a corner somewhere, making your room look and feel untidy? Don’t fret, you are not alone! One of our Fanz writers had the same problem with his books and this…
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How to clean sneakers using toothpaste
a year ago
So you’ve bought a new pair of sneakers and they are all you have ever looked for in a shoe: trendy, comfortable – plus they go with most of your outfits. But you are on the go from morning til night, so you don’t have time to be washing your sneakers and waiting for them…
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The fathers we may never know
2 days ago
Once, a few friends and I had a heated debate about fatherhood. Whether it was worse to have an absent father, an absent-minded father, or an inconsistent father. Fuelled by experience, we each flung points we felt justified our position on the matter. They spoke of the pain of having to question the whereabouts of…
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Being an Indian girl
a week ago
I’d never really thought about what it actually meant to be an Indian girl until my maternal grandmother and her children (all except my mother) formed a united front to continuously nag me about washing my underpants. “Ladies MUST wash their own underwear," they all said as if the safety of my country depended on…
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The power of representation
2 weeks ago
My mother was born in 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War. By the time she was eight, two of her older sisters had already been married off. The one being a 16-year-old bride, while the oldest's marriage was slightly delayed because she was 18 when she got married. For her two older…
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Perpetual Fear
3 weeks ago
When I was young, I was almost raped. At least that is what my mom tells me the doctors said. I don’t recall going to the doctors or being examined. I don’t recall any clinics or hospitals; no flashbacks of nurses, nothing. Of course, the mind of a four-year-old is not reliable. It feels like…
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The length of my skirt is not consent
4 weeks ago
I remember the day a man stepped in front of me, grabbed my upper arm with enough force to leave a bruise, and poured the dreadful words over my head, “If we weren’t in these streets, I would give you what you are asking for.” He ruined a perfect day. We both looked down at…
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On fearing blackness
a month ago
A few years ago, a friend of mine recounted how, during a late-night walk back home after the end of his Friday shift as a waiter, he saw a couple nervously cross to the other side of a busy road upon his approach. About a minute later, he turned around to see the same couple…
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Lockdown: The silver lining
a month ago
There has to be a silver lining amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, there just has to be. I’ve been racking my mind thinking about the possible good outcomes from this pandemic. The truth is, in the past month we have all been reassured that for most of our governments, human life matters more than…
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"Don't be gay"
2 months ago
I grew up in Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape. There were almost no gay people in my space. The closest I ever came to gay people was seeing Senzo and Jason on TV. They were fictional characters in the popular soapie Generations. I was in a very conservative space, albeit a loving space. I…
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Popular Professions: Emergency services
2 months ago
Times are really tough, right now, aren’t they? So many people have had to stop going to work because of the coronavirus. Do you know someone who is still going to work? Why are some people working and others not? Most of the people who are going to work at the moment are people whose…
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Popular Professions: Caring
2 months ago
Do you love helping people? Are you a kind, patient person with a big heart? Have you thought about becoming a carer? A carer is someone who usually works in a person’s house (although you might work in a bigger institution such as a retirement village). You help your patient, often an elderly or disabled…
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Trade realities: Electrician
3 months ago
Do you enjoy fixing things and working with your hands? Are you observant, responsible, safety conscious and with an eye for detail? Have you thought about becoming an electrician? There are many different types of electricians such as: • Regular Electrician • Engineering Electrician • Construction Electrician • Mining Electrician • Auto Electrician • Aircraft…