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Using tattoos to tell my story

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 13 June 2017

Using tattoos to tell my story

It’s 8 AM on a cold Sunday morning and I’m laying on a tattoo bed in Turffontein for the umpteenth time at my tattoo artist’s house/tattoo parlour. It’s freezing but I’m wearing shorts because this tattoo will be going on my calf. I’m nervous and excited but that’s usually how I feel before the needle...

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Rape survivor: I decided to keep the baby

by: Live Staff - 13 June 2017

Rape survivor: I decided to keep the baby

A few weeks ago, shortly after Karabo Mokoena was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, Namibian-born Lisa Mbala says she felt an overwhelming need to free herself from the silence of her own pain. So she took to her Twitter account to share a thread that has been retweeted 896 times, liked 608 times and responded to 79...

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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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Thoughts on the streets about blesser culture

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 12 June 2017

Thoughts on the streets about blesser culture

We went out on the Braamfontein streets to ask the youth what they thought about “blesser culture” in South Africa and if young girls really knew what they were getting themselves into by seeking out a blesser. The consensus was that young women feel pressured by social media to live and portray a certain kind...

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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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(Video) How do you know when you have a mental health condition?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 6 June 2017

(Video) How do you know when you have a mental health condition?

Would you know if you were suffering from a mental illness and where you could access mental health care? Many of us are or have been affected by mental health in one way or another. We spoke to Thabiso Mailula, a Senior Psychological Facilitator at a psycho-social rehabilitation centre called Talisman Foundation. He works with...

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Hidden camera: harassment experienced by women who use taxis

by: Lerato Mogoatlhe - 2 June 2017

Hidden camera: harassment experienced by women who use taxis

Millions of women in South Africa use taxis daily. We had two women walk silently with a hidden camera through several taxi ranks in Johannesburg to show how women are harassed daily. During our 10 hours of filming, we counted more than 150 incidents of harassment. Imagine how it could be. We the public demand...

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This guy’s online store started as a Facebook page

by: Lerato Mogoatlhe - 2 June 2017

This guy’s online store started as a Facebook page

Soko Huru means free market in KiSwahili. Soko Huru is also an online store that connects buyers and sellers in Kenya. Founded in 2015 by Sammy Subu and Raphael Kinoti, Soko Huru wants to become the next Ali Baba, an e-commerce company with interests in Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America. Starting out “I...

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The best of #MampintshaChallenge videos

by: Live Staff - 30 May 2017

The best of #MampintshaChallenge videos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha weren’t pleased with Babes not getting an award at the SAMAs last weekend. The two artists expressed their dissatisfaction through videos they posted on Instagram. Is this a challenge now? Black Twitter #mampintshachallenge pic.twitter.com/bWFAzLDz9y — On the Move in Music...

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My partner was deported after testing positive for HIV

by: admin - 29 May 2017

My partner was deported after testing positive for HIV

This post was sent to us by a Live Mag SA reader from Nigeria, who wanted to share his HIV story.  ‘I dated Edwina* for over a year. We had unprotected sex and oral sex on many occasions. It was an almost perfect relationship and we had no doubt that we would one day marry....

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