Culture
Rhythms of Unity
a week ago
While travelling to school on the busy roads of Cape Town, navigating the sea of taxis, buses and the occasional cyclist riding the wave of early morning traffic, you may see the countless posters hung up. Registreer en Stem! Bhalisa, away vote! Register and Vote! As we near thirty years of democracy, one cannot help…
Culture
Echoes of Identity: Embracing Our Mother Tongues
a week ago
International Mother Language Day always strikes a deep chord with me. It's a day that celebrates the rich tapestry of languages that form the very backbone of our diverse cultures and identities. Let me share a bit about how this day came into being and why it resonates so profoundly with me as a Black…
Culture
Love in the Digital Age: Unpacking Valentine's Day 2024
2 weeks ago
It's that time of the year again when love seems to be in the air, and every storefront is decked out in red and pink. But as we dive into the heart of February, let's hit pause and ask ourselves: is Valentine's Day still relevant for us, the young and restless? Should we even contemplate…
Did you know?
Why we dream
5 months ago
Have you ever woken up in the morning after the most perfect date night on top of the Eiffel Tower only to become disappointed to realize it was just another dream? Or perhaps you’ve experienced the reverse, waking up in the middle of the night with your heart thumping and sheets wet with sweat, only…
Did you know?
Did You Know? Jay-Z is Hip-Hop's first billionaire
8 months ago
From a controversial past, to releasing multi-platinum albums, winning multiple awards and marrying Beyonce, Jay-Z can now add being a billionaire to his ever growing list of achievements. Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name ‘Jay-Z’ has officially become a billionaire, according to an article by Forbes magazine. Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy…
Did you know?
In A Pickle: The Fascinating History of Cape Town's Beloved Pickled Fish Dish
11 months ago
Picklefish, a beloved dish in the Cape for Good Friday, has a long and fascinating history. As the name suggests, pickled fish combines fish and spices, creating a unique and flavourful dish. But where did this iconic dish originate, and how did it become a staple of Cape cuisine? From its humble beginnings in the…
Digital Literacy
Chatbots: Friends or Foes?
a month ago
Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbots have become an integral part of our daily lives in today's tech-savvy world. These digital companions have gained immense popularity and play a significant role in how we interact with technology. But as AI chatbots continue to evolve, it's essential to explore the question: Can an AI chatbot be your best…
Digital Literacy
Finding love in the digital age
4 months ago
I don’t know about you, but I know I have gone through some rough breakups. I was 14, and, I will admit, this was before the days of Instagram and Tinder. I had the biggest crush on one of the boys in my class. He played rugby, he was cute, he was rich, and he…
Digital Literacy
Can AI give you superpowers?
4 months ago
Imagine a world where computers can think, learn, and make decisions like humans. Sounds like something from a Science Fiction movie, right? Wrong! This is what is happening right now in 2023, with Artificial Intelligence also known as AI. If you have never heard of AI, don’t worry, you’re not alone. My young sister-in-law, Noku,…
Foodie
From Bubble tea to Corn dogs
9 months ago
Have you noticed how Korean culture is everywhere right now? From K-Pop to skincare, it seems like everyone is obsessed with all things Korean. So, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try some popular Korean food to see if the hype is real. Now, let me tell you, Korean food is not for…
Foodie
Owami Mhlongo: Putting your heart on a plate
a year 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
2 years 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…
Gents
Navigating Men's Body
10 months ago
Hey guys, let's talk about the pressure to look good for men. We all know how it feels to scroll through social media and see images of guys with abs for days and chiselled biceps. But then, we're told that it's okay to have a #dadbod and not worry about our physique. So, what's the…
Gents
Breaking the Silence
10 months ago
The recent shooting of South African rapper AKA has spotlighted the pervasive levels of violence in the country, particularly towards young black men. The shooting dredged up memories of my experience with gun violence a few years ago. I remember feeling scared, confused, and powerless at that moment, and the emotions have stuck with me…
Gents
From Late Texts to Fatherhood
10 months ago
Safe sex is great sex, so better wear a latex if you don't want to get that late text, telling you, 'I'm late' text." Lil Wayne may have rapped these lyrics in his song Lollipop, but they hold more truth than some people realize. I didn't take this advice and received that dreaded late text…
Girl Talk
Every female should be a girl’s girl
3 weeks ago
I recently left a job I loved because of workplace bullying. I was the digital editor of a glossy magazine, and within three months, I managed to turn their stagnant online platforms into thriving and marketable spaces. I broke every record imaginable, the money was great, and I enjoyed my work. It’s crazy for me…
Girl Talk
Hot Girl Summer on a Budget
3 months ago
Hot Girl Summer: “Feeling confident in who you are and having fun and looking good while doing it" (Dictionary.com) Newsflash! You don't have to break your bank to have a hot girl summer. Welcome to Girl Talk's guide to a fabulous, budget-friendly Hot Girl Summer! Remember, it's all about feeling confident and having fun without…
Girl Talk
Girlfriends, Your Power Squad
3 months ago
A year back, I lost my dad. It's hard to explain, but it felt like my whole world flipped upside down, like something inside my brain just... changed. The pain hit me like a tidal wave, getting stronger each moment—from seeing him for the last time to facing the blur of his funeral. I kept…
Health
Boost Your Wellness
2 months ago
Being healthy can be a challenge, but being unwell because of poor choices is even worse. Start 2024 off the right way and kick into gear. 2023 was a challenging year for many of us, but there’s no better time than now to leave the heartbreak and pain behind and start the new year in…
Health
Hung up on Hangovers
2 months ago
Waking up on the first day of the new year, I felt a sense of relief and clarity, having said goodbye to alcohol. But as I looked at my friends and down the street, I saw a different story. Eyes red and tired, everyone seemed to be showing off their hangovers like trophies. Why has…
Health
10 tips for Bouncing Back After the Holiday Feast
2 months ago
The holiday season's epic feasts have come and gone, leaving us with full hearts, even fuller stomachs, and maybe a bit of a food hangover. If you're looking to get back in the groove without the stress, here's your laid-back guide to bouncing back. 1. Stay Hydrated: Water is your lifeline after all the holiday…
How to
Immune-boosting natural remedies
7 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…
How to
How to stand up for yourself
a year ago
If you’re shy and timid, standing up for yourself can seem like something out of your comfort zone and may seem unfamiliar. However, in certain situations, if you don’t stand up for yourself, people can walk all over you. Being assertive, which is simply being more confident, and standing up for yourself may take time,…
How to
New year, new me! Healthy eating on a tight budget
a year 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…
Life Advice
What Comic Characters Teach Us
9 months ago
When I was just a young comic book enthusiast, I was captivated by the awe-inspiring heroes and their unwavering dedication to using their extraordinary powers for the greater good. Like Uncle Ben wisely told Peter, the iconic Spider-Man, "With great power comes great responsibility." Witnessing these heroes embrace their responsibility ignited a deep admiration within…
Life Advice
Parent Power
9 months ago
Parenthood is a remarkable journey that many of us may embark on someday, and as teenagers, it's essential to reflect on the profound impact parents have on our lives. On the occasion of the Global Day of Parents, we celebrate and honour the incredible dedication, love, and sacrifices that parents around the world make to…
Life Advice
Romance on a Budget
10 months ago
Hey there, budget-conscious lovebirds! Who says you must break the bank to have a good time with your partner? Here are ten budget-friendly date ideas that will help you spark joy in your relationship without spending a fortune:​​ Go for a walk  As cliché as this may sound, taking a walk on the beach or…
Mindspace
Romance Unveiled
4 weeks ago
What does romance truly entail? As I journey through life, I find myself challenging the stereotypical notions of romance ingrained in my mind from a young age. Back then, romance seemed confined to grand gestures between a man and a woman deeply in love—multiple bouquets, rose petals, Lindt chocolates, and silver jewellery. It was an…
Mindspace
Prolonging Life
a month ago
In a world marked by technological marvels, individuals like tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson are leading the charge in unravelling the mysteries of ageing. Their goal is not only to extend life but to enhance its quality, prompting us to consider the question: Should we actively seek to prolong our lives, and what does this mean…
Mindspace
Ace 2024: Perfectly Imperfect Academic Triumphs
a month ago
It’s the third week of 2024 and the perfect time to set goals for the rest of the year. If you’re a student, planning, organisation, determination, and time management will be key to your academic success. Whether you’re a high school or college/university student, approach this year with a fresh mindset and leave the burdens…
Money Matters
Your Money, Your Future
2 weeks ago
Understanding the South African Budget Speech It's that time of the year again when the Minister of Finance presents the budget speech. This might seem like just another political event for many young South Africans. But it's more than that – it's about your future, dreams, and the country you'll inherit. What's the Big Deal?…
Money Matters
Stokvels: The Cool Way to Save and Invest with Friends
3 weeks ago
Let's chat about stokvels – you've probably heard of them, right? In South Africa, they're as common as braais and rugby, but let's dive into what makes stokvels such a cool and smart way to handle money, especially for us younger peeps. Stokvels 101: The Basics A stokvel is like your own mini-community bank, but…
Money Matters
Empowering Dreams
3 weeks ago
Amidst economic challenges and a staggering unemployment rate of 33% in 2021, where 6 in 10 young people find themselves without a job, particularly among South Africa's youth, a glimmer of hope emerges through the avenue of youth entrepreneurship. Given the persistently high unemployment rates, the need for innovative solutions has never been more urgent.…
People on the move
Curator Phokeng Setai
4 months ago
Phokeng is a name to be reckoned with in the art world in South Africa. Hailing from Bloemfontein and at 31 years old, he is a curator in Cape Town and has worked at Zeitz MOCAA, the world-famous art museum in Cape Town. His work is multi-disciplinary, as he recently completed his PhD in Anthropology…
People on the move
Get gaming with Tshepiso
6 months ago
Meet Tshepiso Malema, the visionary entrepreneur on a mission to close the technology gap for young people in townships, all through the enchantment of gaming. It all started when he first laid his hands on an Xbox at a friend's place. "I was whisked away to different worlds. Gaming showed me that it can transport…
People on the move
Get to Know Yandisa Peko, Astrophysicist
7 months ago
Get ready to swoon over Yandisa Peko, who set Twitter on fire with her jaw-dropping graduation photo and an oh-so-cool caption that read, "UCT Astrophysics and Science Space graduate." We may not all be astrophysicists, but one thing is crystal clear: this field demands some serious brainpower, especially when it comes to subjects like math…
Politics
Confronting Shadows
yesterday
At Fundza, we recognise the nuanced challenges that racism continues to present in South African society. As we observe Black History Month in America, a time dedicated to recognizing the significant contributions and struggles of African Americans, we're reminded of the universal struggle against racial prejudice and discrimination. As we reflect on the progress made…
Politics
My Road to Awareness
4 weeks ago
I recently saw a post on Twitter/X asking readers what moment radicalised them. Radicalise is such an intense word. I’d like to rephrase the question: When did you know that the world is unfair and that you should do something about it? This article is my story. My answer to this question. With elections coming…
Politics
Now let’s get in formation
3 months ago
We live in the age of socio-political movements spread through digital platforms and applications like posts and tweets. We have figureheads like Beyonce calling us to attention and have registering to vote made easier to do through online portals. However, as a student, I have seen many individuals my age shrug off the chance to…
Snapshots
My matric ball
5 months ago
The matric dance was a chance for me to make beautiful memories. It's something I will take with me to University or College. It's something I can use to remember my friends, my classmates and my school. At first I was really nervous when I thought about the matric ball. I've never worn a formal…
Snapshots
Tiktok slang for 2023
a year ago
What makes TikTok aka the clock app unique? It has to be the sense of familiarity as it recognises the smallest of things that we do daily, from skincare to chores or even mannerisms.  TikTok can be both general, but can also be quite niche, which helps people not feel like outsiders or weird for…
Snapshots
Is flirting cheating?
a year ago
Imagine being on Instagram and seeing a certain post that your partner liked and commented on. The comment is something along the lines of  ‘Beautiful (heart emoji)’. You confront your partner and they don't see anything wrong with what they did, to them it was just harmless flirting with a friend. Was it harmless flirting…
Student Life
Stress, Sleep, Study
10 months ago
As a student and a full-time employee, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to balance the demands of school, work, and personal life. Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in deadlines and responsibilities, and it can be hard to find the time to just breathe and relax. But I've learned that with some…
Student Life
Tips for Crushing Your University Applications!
10 months ago
Are you ready to kickstart your journey towards higher education and crush your university applications? Whether you're the first in your family to consider university or seek guidance, fear not because we've got you covered. In this article, we'll dive into all the practical tips and resources you need to prepare for university applications like…
Student Life
Unleash the fun: Holiday Activities To Make the Most of Your Time Off School!
11 months ago
It's that time of the year again - school holidays are finally here! It's the perfect time to take a well-deserved break from studying and focus on exploring new interests and learning new things. School holidays are an excellent opportunity to recharge, bond with friends and family, and engage in activities that promote personal growth…
Student Life
The High Cost of Higher Education: Exploring the Student Debt Crisis in SA
12 months ago
On the 1st of March 2023, the students' representative council (SRC) at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) announced a campus shutdown to protest against financial exclusion and ongoing housing issues, and it is still ongoing. As a former Wits student, I could not help but think back to the 2015 #FeesMustFall protest movement that I…
Student Life
The Matric Bucket List
a year ago
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?
a year 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
a year 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
2 years 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
Skin Cycling
8 months ago
In the vast world of beauty and skincare trends, a recent buzz has been around skin cycling. Popularised by dermatologist Dr Whitney Bowe on TikTok, this nighttime skincare routine focuses on using fewer products in a specific way to achieve healthier-looking skin. Let's delve into the routine and explore what experts have to say about…
Style Secrets
Having your best Glow up
9 months ago
Have you ever experienced a glow-up? You know, that amazing process of positive personal transformation that involves changes to your appearance and style and even boosts your confidence? It's all about embracing who you are, making healthy changes physically and mentally, and being happy in your own skin. I had the chance to chat with…
Style Secrets
Thrifting or Vintage Shopping?
10 months ago
As a teen or young adult, you might be wondering how you can make a positive impact on the environment while still enjoying fashion. The good news is that there is a growing trend of thrifting and vintage shopping in South Africa that allows you to do just that! One of the biggest benefits of…
Word Of the Week
New year, new me
a year 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
a year 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…
Word Of the Week
Slay, not sleigh
a year 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
Work Etiquette
6 months ago
Starting a new job can be stressful, and once you’ve gone through the interview process, things can seem a little bit easier. But you should be mindful of how you conduct yourself at work. There are some things that may not be wise to share at work, there are some things that may not be…
Work-Wise
Young and Unemployed
9 months ago
In the challenging landscape of youth unemployment, Tasneem Eckardt, a 23-year-old from Mitchell's Plain, finds herself among the countless young individuals grappling with the daunting task of securing employment, particularly with no prior work experience fresh out of high school. According to the latest data from StatsSA's Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the first…
Work-Wise
YES for Youth Employment
9 months ago
Youth unemployment is at an all-time high, with 62,1% of the youth unemployed in South Africa. To help address this issue, the Youth Employment Service (YES), also known as Yes4Youth, was established in 2018 and has created over 107 355 jobs. YES is an non-profit organisation funded by the private sector. The YES programme aims…