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South African books that tackle mental illness

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 11 July 2017

South African books that tackle mental illness

The tortured genius, the neurotic pill-popping artist or the depressed party girl who drinks and sleeps the pain away, all of these lazy one-dimensional stereotypes are routinely used when discussing mental illness in either literature or the silver screen. In reality, mental illness is a lot more complex than that. Below is a list of...

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Undoing the stigmas around mental health 140 characters at a time

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 6 July 2017

Undoing the stigmas around mental health 140 characters at a time

Last year, 23-year-old Thabile Mpe was diagnosed with type two bipolar disorder. Two things immediately became clear to her. The first was the lack of public information about not just bipolar disorder, but the entire spectrum of mental illnesses. The second was that the language used to communicate mental illnesses was either peppered with stigma...

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A space for queer people to party, talk and hangout without discrimination

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 2 June 2016

A space for queer people to party, talk and hangout without discrimination

“Art’s always been about personal expression for me,” says Obie Mavuso. “I just want to make a positive change through my art and shift people’s mindsets.” If you’re familiar with Cape Town’s indie music circuit, you’ve probably heard Obie’s name before. Besides being a popular musician and filmmaker, the 25-year-old is also the co-founder of...

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Behind the beat: Tweezy on producing some of AKA’s biggest hits

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 8 April 2016

Behind the beat: Tweezy on producing some of AKA’s biggest hits

“I was kind of expecting it,” says Soweto-based producer Tweezy. It’s a wintry Wednesday afternoon and Tweezy (real name Tumelo Mathebula) is reflecting on winning producer of the year at last year’s South African Hip Hop Awards. “When I was nominated in 2014, I figured I was too much of a newcomer to win. But...

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Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 24 March 2016

Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

Buhle Ngaba (25) is a natural storyteller. “I’ve always been interested in performing and telling stories,” says the Cape Town-based actress. “But I’ve always been disheartened by the fact that none of the stories I read growing up had characters that looked or spoke like me. They didn’t reflect my day-to-day reality.” Buhle has recently...

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Buhle Sithela cleans bins in Khayelitsha and uses the money to screen films

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 16 March 2016

Buhle Sithela cleans bins in Khayelitsha and uses the money to screen films

It all started as a university assignment. In June 2015, Buhle Sithela — then studying event management at CPUT — started cleaning the bins in his community. “We had to market an event we came up with as part of the assignment,” recalls 21-year-old Sithela. “I wanted to do something that would benefit the community,...

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“I have served my time in jail…” – Okmalumkoolkat

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 7 March 2016

“I have served my time in jail…” – Okmalumkoolkat

Popular alternative musician, Okmalumkoolkat has broken his silence after serving a jail term for indecent assault. Okmalumkoolkat, whose real name is Smiso Zwane, is reported to have walked into a fellow musician’s hotel room during a music festival and indecently assaulting her while she was sleeping. He subsequently plead guilty and was handed a six...

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5 Twitter factions that will keep your timeline lit for days

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 12 February 2016

5 Twitter factions that will keep your timeline lit for days

Twitter is a world of it’s own; filled with people who make logging onto the network an experience. Here are five types of people who make Twitter entertaining for me. Fuckboy Twitter The world is full of fuckboys and Twitter’s no different. Fuckboy Twitter is made up of dudes who call women “cakes”, “betties” and...

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Your job might be a hashtag away – Menzi Ngcobo

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 29 January 2016

Your job might be a hashtag away – Menzi Ngcobo

This article originally appeared on Red Bull Amaphiko If you’re a South African on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the #JobSeekersSA hashtag floating around your timeline. The hashtag has become as much of a regular fixture as #WCW and #TBT. It was started by Johannesburg-based social media specialist Menzi Ngcobo, to help graduates find employers and...

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What I’d like to see in politics in 2016

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 21 January 2016

What I’d like to see in politics in 2016

Last year was a decidedly turbulent one in South African politics. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was marred by violence, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was given the boot and Fees Must Fall highlighted the inequalities that still exist in higher education. But, hope springs eternal and with the SONA a little over a...

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