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IBS – Trust your gut
2 weeks ago
For years I have been suffering from constant stomach cramps and constantly running to the toilet. Not exactly the prettiest way to start, but it’s the truth! I remember times that I would have to skip class because my stomach was so upset. I always thought that I had a really sensitive stomach. The past…
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To bee or not to bee
a month 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 months 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…
Ekasi with Amajita
School of hard knocks
2 weeks 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?
4 weeks 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
a month 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
Sharing an iftar meal with friends
3 weeks 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
a month 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…
Foodie
The not-so-humble sandwich
3 months 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…
Foodie
Bringing the restaurant home
4 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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Henriette Abrahams – Fighter for Youth
6 days ago
Henriette Abrahams is an activist from Bonteheuwel, where she grew up and where she lives today. She started becoming involved in political organisations while still at school. She underlines that she is “nobody important; just somebody on the Cape Flats, doing what I have to do.” Was there any particular moment that led to you…
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Voices of youth
2 weeks ago
For Youth Day we asked the youth what it means to be a young person in 2022.  Lance Jaftha, 19 As a scout I was taught how to use my skills for good. Whenever we celebrate Youth Day we always try and showcase our skills in the surrounding communities. So, to me Youth Day is…
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Charlotte Maxeke – Early female activist
3 weeks ago
Our edited extract from the Imbokodo – Women Who Shape Us series, written by Athambile Masola and Xolisa Guzula, tells us about Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke, a pioneer South African activist.  This extract comes from the book in the series entitled “10 Extraordinary Leaders, Activists and Pioneers”. *** Charlotte Makgomo Mannya-Maxeke  was born in 1871 in a…
Girl Talk
Transitioning to womanhood
2 weeks ago
Have you ever had a moment in your life where you feel stuck between being a woman and a girl? I feel like I’m at that stage right now. I’m 25 years old. I’m supposed to be considered a woman and most people do consider me a woman, however, I still feel like I’m a…
Girl Talk
The beauty standards with which we are judged
a month ago
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 months 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…
How to
How to reduce relationship stress
12 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…
How to
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.…
How to
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
4 days 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
3 weeks 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!
4 weeks 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
The silent voices
5 days ago
There is a strong push for youth to find their voices; to use their voices and be empowered in their voices. The irony, however, is how society also drowns out youth voices in a quest to ‘empower them’. Social media, for example, is used by many young people; to say it’s wasted on youth is…
Mindspace
Independence – just a dream for many
4 weeks ago
Independence is a questionable concept in Black households. Yes you can work; yes you can buy groceries; and yes you can raise your younger siblings if you are older. But does that mean you can move out and be independent? No. Well, not according to our parents and in all honesty not according to the…
Mindspace
International Children's Day
4 weeks ago
Did you know that today is International Children's Day, June 1st. Children’s Day is a day to highlight children’s issues. And yes, we are celebrating all the kids out there and what better way to celebrate than through reading with FunDza! Reading is important for anyone, all ages. However, research has shown that children who…
Snapshots
Not quite singing in the rain
2 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…
Snapshots
Gugu’s Taxi Ride
5 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
3 weeks 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
2 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
2 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…
Style Secrets
Fashion when we were younger
a month 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
2 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
2 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
Laaitie
15 hours ago
In South Africa, like in many other African countries, age is a very important factor that guides social relations, especially when it comes to making sure that young people are respectful to older people. Depending on your age there is always a word, formal or informal, to describe a youngster, no matter the language or…
Word Of the Week
Alostro
2 weeks ago
Have you ever felt far away from someone or something and just didn’t have the word to describe the feeling? Mzansi once again came to the rescue, with “alostro”. Though alostro sounds like an exotic Italian meal, it isn’t. Alostro is the word that describes the feeling you have when you’re badly craving something –…
Word Of the Week
Understood the assignment
3 weeks ago
I’m sure you’ve heard the slang term “Understood the assignment”? If you haven’t, where have you been living?! According to Urban Dictionary, understood the assignment is  “a phrase used when someone is giving it 110 %. Whether it’s what they’re doing or what they’re wearing, this is someone who is really on top of their…
Work-Wise
Critical Skills: Becoming an Accountant
10 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
11 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,…
Work-Wise
Critical Skills: Becoming a Web Developer
11 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…