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Yay or nay: Making friends online
5 days 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
2 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
4 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
5 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)
2 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
2 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
a week 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
a month 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…
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New year, new me! Healthy eating on a tight budget
5 days 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
2 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…
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Ke December on a limited budget
2 months ago
It's that time of the year when we spend, spend and do some more spending. It's the festive season; we look forward to the best clothes and food. It's a time to celebrate Christmas, the new year, with the ones you love the most. But Januworry is also around the corner, a season for food,…
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How to make crumbly mielie pap
3 months 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…
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Here’s what you can do to beat exam stress
4 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…
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How to make butternut soup
4 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…
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Immune-boosting natural remedies
5 months 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
2 years 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
Let's be SMART resolutioners
2 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
3 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…
Life Advice
80/20 - saving for dummies
3 weeks ago
Saving is hard. At one point or another we’ve all said this, and it really can be, when we aren’t really putting in the work. In a time where living “your best life” is our mantra, many of us haven’t found the sweet spot between saving and getting in that much needed Me-time. There is,…
Mindspace
The Price of Fame
a week ago
Reality TV, for all of its scripting and all of its pre-produced plots, offered us access to a world of fame and wealth, a world where we could finally see the greener grass on the other side. One prime example is the hit television show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Before season 1 of KUWTK,…
Mindspace
Trendy, chic and thrifty: Décor hacks to transform any bedroom into a sanctuary
3 weeks ago
2023 Is finally upon us, and with the new year comes the anticipation and excitement of new beginnings. Perhaps you’re starting a new grade at school, your tertiary studies, your post-grad internship, or simply going back to work after December leave. The start of the new year is the perfect time to declutter and get…
Mindspace
Stepping Out: Walking in nature
2 months ago
From morning till night, humans are attached to their screens, whether for work, school or entertainment. How can they not when algorithms are designed to ensure we stay glued to our screens? Tiktok shows you videos based on your behaviour; YouTube recommends things they have noticed you are interested in. So the behaviour is motivated…
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But What Does It Meme?
2 days 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.”
a month 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
Can you balance successful studies and self-care?
6 days 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
3 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…
Student Life
Live your best life in res
8 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…
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…
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Ukwaluka
a month 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
Workplace 101: The importance of a strong work ethic
4 days 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
2 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…
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Job hunting: red and green flags
3 months 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…