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To bee or not to bee
3 days ago
Beside creating sweet honey for us, bees have another – even more important  role in our ecosystem: Bees are responsible for pollination. Bees and other pollinators are important contributors to agriculture and food security.  According to the United Nations Environment Programme, of the 100 crop varieties that provide 90% of the world's food, 71 are pollinated by…
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Why Workers Day?
2 weeks ago
Taking a moment to look at where our various public holidays come from, helps us appreciate them more. Have you ever wondered how the eight-hour-shift rule came about? Did you know it’s related to Workers’ Day that we celebrate every 1st of May? The History of Workers’ day According to History.com the connection between May…
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Writers create! Not plagiarise
a month ago
Remember the hit song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke ft T.I and Pharell? Did you know Thicke in 2018 had to pay $5 million which is 73 million in rands for illegally copying from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. They were sued for plagiarism. This does not just happen in the world of…
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The poor are paying for the sins of the rich
2 months ago
If you live in the Western Cape you know we’ve had a rapidly rising water crisis. It hit critical levels mid-2017 with dam capacity at 15 to 30 percent. In March 2018 the province was at the brink of Day Zero – the day it was estimated that no usable water would be left in…
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Where Your Nose Begins
2 months ago
Did you know this quote by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “My right to swing ends where your nose begins”?  The quote was simplified by scholars to: “Your rights end where mine begin”. What we learn from this is that while everyone has rights, they end when they start to infringe on the rights of another.…
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Aloe vera, your new best friend
3 months ago
I always dreaded hair-washing day because I have so many tangles in my hair. But for the past two weeks I’ve been using aloe vera juice to detangle my hair and my hair has never looked better! But we’ll get into more of that later. You may already be aware that many products contain aloe…
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There are new school subjects
4 months ago
Have you ever wondered about who decides what we learn at school? And how subjects changed to keep up with the times – or new government policies? In apartheid times, the curriculum was very different. For example young people learned lots about Afrikaner history at school – and hardly anything about pre-colonial Africa. There was…
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Did you know how to make a vision board?
4 months ago
At the beginning of every year we always here the phrases, “New year, new me,” “This is my year,” “This is the year I achieve everything I’ve ever wanted to,”, but we seldom hear about how people plan to do it. There are steps to every achievement, and studies show that people who write down…
Ekasi with Amajita
Podcasts and misogyny
4 days ago
A Twitter user, Flossyjay tweeted: “Why do men start podcasts instead of going to therapy?” I was confused about what the one has to do with the other. Until I went into the thread and really understood what prompted the question. Various women were talking about men who have started podcasts or are co-hosts and…
Ekasi with Amajita
Hosting our girlfriends
3 weeks ago
Majita, I know we think that some women complain about almost everything about us. If you are on social media, then you should know the “indoda must…”, which is basically a way of some women trying to dictate to men how to act and behave. Often the things some women say we must have are…
Ekasi with Amajita
Cleanliness is close to Godliness
a month ago
Ola majita! It’s time to talk grooming and personal hygiene. Men are sometimes considered to have lower grooming and personal hygiene standards than women, oops – we’re taking Ls. An American Cleaning Institute study found that men are less likely to wash their hands after petting an animal, before and after handling food, and coughing…
Foodie
The not-so-humble sandwich
a month ago
The sandwich is the original modern fast food. It got its name from John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, who happened to be a very keen gambler. So keen in fact that he could not bring himself to leave his game to eat. As Encyclopedia.com concurs, he instead ordered his staff to bring him his…
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Bringing the restaurant home
2 months ago
You know, sometimes you’d just like to have a day out and eat at a restaurant. Sometimes you get a craving, but when you’re on a budget and you have many members in the family to feed, then eating out doesn’t usually happen. This is where my wonderful mother comes in. My mom is by…
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Meet Thobeka Zulu – Makeup Artist
a week ago
How and when did you fall in love with makeup? I became interested in makeup in high school, but I never really acted on it. In 2016 I finally left home and went to university. I got exposed to YouTube and for some reason which I can't remember, I started searching for makeup tutorials and…
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Freedom: the young have their say
3 weeks ago
Our country has had 28 years of freedom and equality. We have had 32 years of apartheid-free government. As free as South Africa is said to be, there are remnants of apartheid that affect those of us who are considered born-frees. I asked my fellow born-frees two questions: “What does freedom mean to you?” and…
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All creatures great and small
a month ago
Meet Aliya Roza Davids, a young South African veterinarian working in England. When did you decide to become a veterinarian, and why? I didn't really have a large amount of exposure to the medical / veterinary industry growing up, but was always surrounded by animals and taught to love and value their companionship. The honest…
Girl Talk
The beauty standards with which we are judged
yesterday
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and by that they mean that the beholder - the one who looks - is who determines whether the object of his/ her gaze can be considered as attractive.  This leaves the person being viewed decidedly at the mercy of those surrounding them. Of course,…
Girl Talk
It’s okay to have preferences
2 weeks ago
So let’s talk about preferences. We all have preferences right? Well, I sure hope you do. You, yourself, know what you generally need and are attracted to or become attached to, even though your family influences the choices you make, and your culture influences the people you are more likely to be around.  According to…
Girl Talk
Good girl/ bad girl?
4 weeks ago
The freedom to be who we want to be and say what we want to say is hard to find in spaces that will always try to put us in a box. I am talking from the context of being a young girl, a teenager, a young adult and now a young woman – and…
How to
How to reduce relationship stress
11 months 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…
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How to know if your partner is cheating
11 months ago
If you are reading this, then you probably suspect that your partner may be cheating on you but do not yet have concrete proof to back up your suspicions. When the truth about an affair comes out, it is simple to see that the warning signs were there all along—you just did not notice them.…
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How to pass your driver’s
11 months ago
Doing your driver’s licence test can be a stressful experience. I was one of those people who failed in the yard. I actually cried that day. Learning to drive is an emotional journey, it takes a lot of time, finances and even emotional strain. I cannot begin to tell you how much anxiety I had…
Life Advice
Are you self rejecting?
a week ago
Rejection hurts like hell, whether it’s big or small. You’re just never prepared for it, no matter how many times you go through it. Each time feels like the first time you’re experiencing it. Even when I am merely recalling some of the rejections I’ve experienced, the feeling almost feels tangible still. This is apparently…
Life Advice
The scariness of new beginnings
4 weeks ago
You landed your dream job, a well-paying internship that will allow you to support yourself and your loved ones. It’s an exciting new venture and you’re extremely grateful, yet you can’t shake the angst-ridden feeling in the pit of your stomach. You finally got accepted into university for the course you’re passionate about, after years…
Life Advice
What good health means to me
a month ago
I have always thought of myself as a healthy person. I do get hay fever from time to time, but seldom get really ill – overall I consider myself as healthy as a horse! So I have never looked at my health holistically and considered my overall well-being. This wasn’t until lockdown came and I…
Mindspace
Gender and sexual fluidity
2 days ago
I was watching the reboot and modernisation of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – now called: Bel-Air. In it there’s a scene where the character Ashley Banks (played by Akira Akbar) talks to Monica (Andi Chistensen), a leading sex-positive relationship counsellor on social media.  Ashley asks them: “Do you think the future of sexuality is fluid?”…
Mindspace
Remembering Freedom
3 weeks ago
To celebrate Freedom Day, we sat down with a local resident who was one of the people who voted in 1994. This is his recollection of that day, in his own words: I remember the 27th of April 1994 very well. I don’t think many who were there will ever forget it. The weather was…
Mindspace
Love is not blind
a month ago
Please note: This article contains spoilers!   Netflix’s “Love is Blind” Season 1 reality show took the world by storm when the pandemic started. People were intrigued because the saying is so well-known, people have grown up with it, and perhaps never questioned it. The show’s concept tests the theory of whether or not love…
Snapshots
Not quite singing in the rain
2 weeks 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
4 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
Fitting in and hanging out in high school
2 weeks 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
4 weeks 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…
Student Life
Email etiquette 101
2 months ago
One of the things we begin to understand as a student is professional etiquette. This prepares us for the world of work and covers various imperatives – from what we wear to the way we communicate. Email forms part of work communication, and while it might seem a relatively unimportant component, believe me when I…
Style Secrets
Taking Off in Air Force 1s
3 weeks 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
a month 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…
Style Secrets
My washday routine
2 months ago
As A and B we have discussed a lot about hair, from the curly girl method to different hair textures. One thing we have not talked much about is the biggest event of our lives when it comes to hair and that is washday. Plans need to be cancelled, phone calls need to blocked; it…
Word Of the Week
Bus (Busy-body)
5 days ago
“Shhh stop being so bus.” The pronunciation of bus is nothing like the English “bus” – the large vehicle for mass transportation. Bus is an Afrikaans slang word and stems from the English “busybody”. According to the Meriam Webster dictionary, busybody means “an officious or inquisitive person.” When someone says you’re bus, they are implying…
Word Of the Week
Eshe
2 weeks ago
One of my all-time favourite slang words to use in a conversation has to be ‘Eshe’. I learnt this word when I moved to East London and through travelling have realised it’s somewhat particular to them and not many people who are not from there use it. Eshe isn’t necessarily a word with meaning but…
Word Of the Week
It will end in tears
3 weeks ago
The South African youth have dubbed themselves, ‘a sad generation with happy pictures’, and mojolo is one of the things that make us sad, because – the next thing motho wa go blocka! These tragedies have turned most of us on social media into pessimists who have brought back the old-school saying, “It will end…
Work-Wise
Critical Skills: Becoming an Accountant
9 months 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
9 months 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
10 months 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…