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How to start a movement
6 days ago
Recently we chatted to the inspiring community activist Henriette Abrahams from Bonteheuwel.  She described how the Bonteheuwel Development Forum encouraged the youth to run their arm of the group, the Bonteheuwel Youth Development Forum. ‘The youth have their own meetings around their own issues, such as their security and safety when playing sport on the…
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Beyond the hashtags
2 weeks ago
Since the beginning of time, women have generally had the short end of the stick when it came to career advancement, societal privilege, and education. Like the women of ’56 said, “Wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbokodo.” Women fought then,  and are still fighting for what they rightfully deserve -  a fair and just society that allows…
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It’s not all in your head
3 weeks ago
Has someone ever hurt you and then made you feel like it was your fault? Have you ever spent time wondering if that bad thing that happened was something you caused? Do you sometimes think that you’re just making it all up or question what you remember? You’re not alone. This has happened to me…
Ekasi with Amajita
School of hard knocks
2 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…
Ekasi with Amajita
Puff N Pass, away?
3 months ago
“Baby, pass me the hookah!” This Young Thug lyric from 2014 is still very much doing the rounds today, as the hookah pipe sets Mzansi alight. The hookah pipe is a Persian invention from the 16th century. It made its debut in Southern Africa by the late 1900s, but it was only in the mid-2010s…
Ekasi with Amajita
Podcasts and misogyny
3 months 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…
Foodie
Some yummy chocolate facts
a month 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…
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Sharing an iftar meal with friends
2 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
3 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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Jared Rudolph – Visual Artist
3 weeks 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…
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Youth development organisations
4 weeks ago
Unemployment is at an all-time high, and youth finds themselves at the forefront of the fight to find a job.  According to StatsSA, in “… the first quarter of 2022, the unemployment rate was 63,9% for those aged 15-24 and 42,1% for those aged 25-34 years, while the current official national rate stands at 34,5%.” In…
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LACED: Meet the rapper that can take your kick game to the next level
2 months ago
Music for rapper Jay’J Prime is his way of expressing himself and making an income. We all know that Hip-Hop and sneakers have a symbiotic relationship, so it is no surprise that he also owns and runs a sneaker cleaning and customisation business called The Sneaker Guy.  Who is Jay’J Prime? I know this question…
Girl Talk
The woman I admire
yesterday
Being older is taking off the rose-coloured glasses we wear when we regard the people who have raised us; maturity is still being able to look up to them even after the fantasy has been shattered. I admire my mother because she is not perfect. She never claimed to be; I think the older I…
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What Women Have Taught Me
a week ago
‘You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise...’ - Maya Angelou I recently read an article where, in anticipation of Women’s Day, a young blogger decided to reflect and meditate on all the women who had…
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The period cramp we don’t talk about
2 weeks ago
Imagine you are having the best sleep; we all know 2am sleep fest be hitting hard. Then boom! A cramp wakes you up. You turn over, squeezing your knees to your chest to ease the pain and try to go back to sleep. Then you start to feel your back is starting to ache; you…
How to
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…
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How to know if your partner is cheating
a year 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
a year 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
Dark skin: myths & truths
2 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
2 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!
2 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
I kid you not
6 days ago
I have loved children for as long as I can remember. When I was in my final year of primary school, I was a monitor for the Grade Ones – I played with them during break time and sat with them, reading books during quiet time when they were learning to read. For some of…
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The untold trauma of being a woman in South Africa
2 weeks ago
A week ago, I drove to the Post Office near my home in Bryanston. I had been intending to renew my vehicle licence as I have been doing every year since I bought my car. But this time, as a I parked outside the building, I was overcome with anxiety and paralysing fear. So overwhelming…
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All about me
3 weeks ago
I am exhausted; 24/7, 356 days, I am just exhausted. It’s bone deep; no amount of sleep, no amount of ‘relaxing’, and no amount of social media breaks have helped. I had to get to a point of finding the problem, and I now realise and accept that daily living is exhausting. Every day we…
Snapshots
Not quite singing in the rain
3 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…
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Gugu’s Taxi Ride
7 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
2 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
3 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
4 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…
Student Life
Email etiquette 101
4 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…
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Creating relationships in university
5 months ago
So you’ve gotten into varsity, you’ve figured out your mode of transport or you’re finally in residence. You’re settled; but only you’re not. Now it’s time to build relationships; time to create new friendships. I mean you’ll be in university for the next three or four years and doing it solo won’t be any fun.…
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The undocumented matriculant
6 months ago
Born and raised in the Mother City, Zoleka* has never thought that she would one day have to prove her South African citizenship, or face being restricted from writing her matric exams. Zoleka’s parents are both South African, but problems began when her mother didn’t register her birth and receive a birth certificate for her…
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Travelling Tales – Public Transport
6 months ago
When I came to further my studies in Cape Town I had no idea of the culture shock I was going to experience when it comes to transportation. The first shock was the taxi system. Back in East London we didn’t necessarily have a taxi rank. To catch a taxi there, you use signs to…
Student Life
University vs Gap Year
7 months ago
For some people, they already know in high school what career they’d like to have someday, but if like me, you were or are a bit confused then this article is for you. After school I’ll be the first to admit that I was so confused about my future and what I wanted to do;…
Style Secrets
Fashion when we were younger
3 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
4 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
4 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
Anie brand!
yesterday
Have you heard of the saying “Anie brand”? Well, anie brand is translated as “On fire.”  According to Cape Flats Dictionary anie brand is, “said of someone who is very good with something.”  However, anie brand can literally mean that something is on fire, but you will naturally know in which context to use it! …
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Woman
a week ago
South Africa is known for its rich diversity in languages and culture. So to celebrate Women's Month, we are featuring the word ‘woman’ in South Africa’s eleven official languages. Mosadi – sePedi, seSotho and seTswana Umfati – siSwatii Musadzi – tshiVenda Wansati – xiTsonga Vrou – Afrikaans Woman – English Umfazi – isiNdebele and isiXhosa…
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Surah
2 weeks ago
A Surah is the equivalent of a ‘chapter’ in the Qur’an. There are 114 Surahs in the Qur’an, each surah has its own meaning and benefit and the reciter of the surah reaps those benefits.  Surah Yaseen is for forgiveness. Surah abasa or Suratul’Abaasa is for success in all endeavours and safe journey. There are…
Work-Wise
To be a mentee
5 days 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…
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Must-haves when looking for a job
2 weeks 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…
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Work it!
a month 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…