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A participant in Zanele Muholi’s portrait series chats to us about the importance of the project

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 20 September 2016

A participant in Zanele Muholi’s portrait series chats to us about the importance of the project

There was a recent opening of the Faces and Phases exhibition at Stevenson’s gallery in Braamfontein, which features black and white portraits of black lesbian women, mostly from South African townships. Muholi said this is a lifetime project for her, “Faces and Phases is a lifetime project. Those with more portraits on the show are...

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This Jozi photographer uses her family’s pain to talk about family dysfunction

by: Nombuso Bhogolo - 12 August 2016

This Jozi photographer uses her family’s pain to talk about family dysfunction

In her photo series Closed Doors, Jo’burg photographer Remofiloe Sebobe (21) uses her story of growing up with an absent mother to make us interrogate the dysfunction of our families. Fee fie, as Remofiloe’s known online, busts open the conversations that our parents and families want to keep locked. When Fie fee began shooting Closed...

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Here is what photographers lose when celebs don’t #CreditThePhotographer

by: Neo Maditla - 12 July 2016

Here is what photographers lose when celebs don’t #CreditThePhotographer

Two recent pictures taken backstage at the SAMAs caused a bit of an uproar among photographers on social media. One is of Pearl Thusi looking down, and the other of AKA and Bonang holding hands while walking away from the camera. Both pictures were taken by 25-year-old photographer Austin Malema. He tweeted his displeasure under #CreditThePhotographer because celebs...

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“I don’t want my kids growing up in this place” – Blikkiesdorp resident

by: Tatum-lee Louw - 24 June 2016

“I don’t want my kids growing up in this place” – Blikkiesdorp resident

Blikkiesdorp was established as a temporary relocation area (TRA) in 2007 by the City of Cape Town. But nine years later, it is still home to about 30 000 people who are yet to be moved from what was meant to be their temporary home. We visited the residents to find out what their thoughts...

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“I wish we were not treated like dogs just because we’re homeless”

by: Xoliswa Qoni - 17 June 2016

“I wish we were not treated like dogs just because we’re homeless”

Homeless people in an informal settlement in Monte Vista, many who been evicted from here several times, say they are going nowhere and that they will be voting in the upcoming local government elections despite their current living standards. There are about 11 families in this area who survive financially by getting temporary domestic and...

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Lips on fleek – 3 young women on their love for lipstick

by: Goabaona Mathibe - 17 February 2016

Lips on fleek – 3 young women on their love for lipstick

Since ancient Mesopotamian times, lipstick has always been a part of women’s lives – changing shapes, shades and shimmers as time went by. Lipstick is the “pick-me-up” when I’m down” that only requires a dig in the handbag. Some might believe that it’s a waste of time, but it is an essential for those who...

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Fashion at varsity got you like meh? #MRP has got just the right thing for you

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 1 February 2016

Fashion at varsity got you like meh? #MRP has got just the right thing for you

Ladies, be ready to set the fashion agenda when varsity re-opens for the new year. Whether you’re a first-year fresher or going back to finish off your qualification, it’s about to get real. What better way to start your academic year by looking cute and stylish? Well, let me tell you something … MRP has...

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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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Masiphumelele residents try to put their lives back together after a devastating fire

by: Storm Wright - 3 December 2015

Masiphumelele residents try to put their lives back together after a devastating fire

Two people died and over 4000 residents were left homeless when about 1000 homes were destroyed when a fire ravaged through the area over the weekend, reported EWN yesterday. Live SA visited the resident recently as they tried to put their lives back together.   All images: Storm Wright  

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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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