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How to report rape

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 22 June 2017

How to report rape

The recent incidents of women getting raped and sexually assaulted while using taxis has brought to attention the urgency with which South Africans need to confront and find lasting solutions to gender violence in the country. Over the past months, several women were raped in Johannesburg while using taxis, leading the SAPS to warn of...

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Hashtags are a good way to learn, but what about those who aren’t on social media?

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 12 June 2017

Hashtags are a good way to learn, but what about those who aren’t on social media?

  Interviewing taxi drivers at Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg about sexual harassment was heartbreaking. A reasonable number of them, some who didn’t want to be interviewed, felt women brought sexual harassment to themselves. “For taxis to be safe for women, women should stop hitchhiking. Sometimes it’s women’s fault. A woman will come take the...

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Do you feel safe in a taxi?

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 12 June 2017

Do you feel safe in a taxi?

In March, eNCA reported that a gang of men were driving around in a white Quantum minibus taxi picking up women in and around Soweto, then robbing and raping them. The Sowetan in the same month interviewed a victim of a taxi rape and robbery case, who was raped by three men after she and...

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8 albums from South African women musicians you need to hear

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 24 May 2017

8 albums from South African women musicians you need to hear

South African women musicians have been creating some of the best music to come out of this country. Below is a list of albums that came out only this year, listed in no particular order. 1. Patty Monroe – Malatjie Patty Monroe’s debut album Malatjie showed a side of the Cape Town rapper fans hadn’t...

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4 music videos that show the realities of everyday South Africa

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 18 May 2017

4 music videos that show the realities of everyday South Africa

A lot is going on in South Africa, and some musicians are expressing their opinions on it. Below is a list of music videos that are reflective of the lived realities of South Africans – from sexual harassment in public transport, crime in townships, and the state of our government. Mashayabhuqe KaMamba – “KwaDukuza” The “KwaDukuza”...

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Thandiswa Mazwai: “Men are more than trash”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 12 May 2017

Thandiswa Mazwai: “Men are more than trash”

Last night at the Afro Punk Bash that was held to kick off Afro Punk Joburg 2017, King Tha (Thandiswa Mazwai) performed alongside the band the BLK JKS. And it was such a vibe, it was one of the best performances of the night. But it’s not just her electrifying show that made people talk....

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4 singers re-interpret South African hip-hop songs

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 May 2017

4 singers re-interpret South African hip-hop songs

South African singers sporadically give a twist to some rap songs. Lucille Slade recently covered “Tito Mboweni” by Cassper Nyovest, adding onto covers done by the likes of Thando Nje, Karrizle Sings and Melo B Jones. The latter was the first to make this whole cover thing pop. Here’s a list of some potent covers...

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Cassper Nyovest was right, Thuto is his best album so far

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 5 May 2017

Cassper Nyovest was right, Thuto is his best album so far

Not that it was a difficult feat to achieve. His last two albums were pap. One listen to an album isn’t enough to conclude all its merits and demerits, but Thuto sounds fresh. This is the first time I’m listening to a Nyovest album in its entirety. His previous two disappointed me. Both were scattered...

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These UK Guys’ reactions to South African hip-hop videos is the best thing on the internet right now

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 4 May 2017

These UK Guys’ reactions to South African hip-hop videos is the best thing on the internet right now

There’s a group of five young UK music lovers on YouTube, who call themselves UK Guys. They are showing major love to South African hip-hop songs by recording themselves watching the music videos and then reacting to them. They have reacted to videos by artists including AKA, Gemini Major, Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C. On...

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This is why Cassper Nyovest uses R10 notes on the video for “Tito Mboweni”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 2 May 2017

This is why Cassper Nyovest uses R10 notes on the video for “Tito Mboweni”

On the video for “Tito Mboweni”, his latest single, Cassper Nyovest flosses with 10 bucks notes – a part of the video a reasonable number of fans laughed off. For a guy who has “a Bentley and a Bentley”, you’d expect at least R100 notes, right? Well, according to Cassper Nyovest’s manager, T-Lee Moiloa, it...

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