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How to make it through first-year on a tight budget

by: Abigail Javier - 22 January 2016

How to make it through first-year on a tight budget

First year of university is many years behind me, but I still remember how it felt to be a broke student on campus. I learned a lot about saving in those years. Here are a few tips that I hope will help make your first year a bit more manageable financially. Apply for bursaries, loans...

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9 signs you’re going through a quarter-life crisis

by: Abigail Javier - 17 December 2015

9 signs you’re going through a quarter-life crisis

    So you’ve just hit 25 during the same year that Adele came out of hiding to release her album, 25. Great. But suddenly a milestone meant to celebrate your growth feels like a funeral and is making you uncertain about absolutely everything. You’re probably just going through a quarter-life crisis. And here are...

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10 movies of 2015 worth wasting your holiday on

by: Abigail Javier - 15 December 2015

10 movies of 2015 worth wasting your holiday on

  The holidays have arrived – which means you can finally catch up on all the films your friends have been talking about all year. We’ve compiled a list of films we think you should watch.   Dope This is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that follows three African-American geeks who unexpectedly become drug dealers. Why you...

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Between the war and a hard place: how young foreigners make a new life in Jo’burg

by: Abigail Javier - 11 December 2015

Between the war and a hard place: how young foreigners make a new life in Jo’burg

To some foreigners from around the continent, South Africa is what America is to many: the land of opportunities. According to the 2011 census, about 2.2 million foreigners are living here and 71% of them come from other African countries. These are some of their stories on what it’s like being young in a foreign country....

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We spoke to a counsellor to get a deeper understanding of gender-based violence and how to get help

by: Abigail Javier - 7 December 2015

We spoke to a counsellor to get a deeper understanding of gender-based violence and how to get help

In South Africa alone, “one in five women in are victims of gender-based violence (GBV) annually,” according to the Southern African NGO Network.  While the crime is not limited to just women and girls, they are most at risk because of the gender inequality in the country.We interviewed Nombulelo Mkhuma, a Stop Gender Violence Helpline...

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How hunger worsens the youth unemployment crisis

by: Abigail Javier - 2 December 2015

How hunger worsens the youth unemployment crisis

In the stillness, a growling sound echoes across the room. When his stomach aches synchronously with the sound, Kaya Nornan (23) from Mamelodi East, Pretoria, knows he’s hungry. But when he finds nothing to eat in the kitchen, he soon remembers that it’s the last week of the month. Funds from his younger brother’s child...

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Cosplay – the international costume scene you’ve probably never heard of, until now

by: Abigail Javier - 12 November 2015

Cosplay – the international costume scene you’ve probably never heard of, until now

Wearing a ninja outfit and dragon-eyed contact lenses while carrying a prop sword on the street might get people staring and thinking you’re deranged. But not if you are at a cosplay convention, like rAge Expo 2015, South Africa’s annual gaming and technology exhibition, which recently took place in Johannesburg. rAge Expo is one of the...

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The story behind this trending #FeesMustFall picture: Human shield surrounds praying Muslims

by: Abigail Javier - 5 November 2015

The story behind this trending #FeesMustFall picture: Human shield surrounds praying Muslims

It was midday, on a hot Pretoria afternoon. The protest at the Union Buildings had been on for hours and the students did not look like they would stop anytime soon. Police were throwing stun grenades over the fence and students were running up and down in response, some even shouting “happy New Year” at...

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#FeesMustFall: 4 reasons why students say the protests must continue

by: Abigail Javier - 30 October 2015

#FeesMustFall: 4 reasons why students say the protests must continue

When Jacob Zuma announced that there would be no fee increase, it was a victory for many, but not for all. Aside from the fee increment, there were many sub struggles that each university had that were left are unaddressed. Here are some of them: Outsourcing of university workers According to the Mail & Guardian,...

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Dear South Africans, I am from the Philippines not China — and other stereotypes I want to set straight

by: Abigail Javier - 28 October 2015

Dear South Africans, I am from the Philippines not China — and other stereotypes I want to set straight

Every now and then I get reminded of how different I am from many South Africans – despite the fact that I am South African and have been living here for over 20 years, pretty much all my life. So, yes, I am Asian, but I am not from China as many locals assume just...

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