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What #MTVShugaDS taught Braam youth

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 28 June 2017

What #MTVShugaDS taught Braam youth

#MTVShugaDS season five has come to an end and after 12 exciting episodes which showcase the lives of a group of high school students and the woes they experience growing up in a fictional township called Zenzele. The show addresses varying topics such as teenage pregnancy, abortions, blessers, sexual assault, stealthing and other subjects which young...

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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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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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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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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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How much do you really know about abortion?

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 23 May 2017

How much do you really know about abortion?

We went out on the streets to speak to young people and determine how much they actually know about abortion and the options a young woman has if she fell pregnant and decided not to keep the baby. Mostly illegal posters and pamphlets titled ABORTION are plastered all over the Johannesburg CBD and other major cities. There is...

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My decision to have an abortion was rational

by: admin - 19 May 2017

My decision to have an abortion was rational

I got pregnant because I was too drunk. I barely remember the sex. When I woke up, I saw an unused condom. I was wondering why it wasn’t used—the fact that the condom was lying there suggested that the guy had at least thought about using it. I was so wasted that I was incapable...

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I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

by: admin - 17 May 2017

I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

This post was written anonymously by a fan of the show, MTV Shuga: “I am a 21 year old male, studying engineering in one of the top universities in Nairobi, Kenya. Reggie’s character (played by Given Stuurman in MTV Shuga) really touched me as it is a duplicate of the life I live. I am born...

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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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As a queer person, there’s nothing to celebrate this Freedom Day

by: Tiger Maremela - 25 April 2017

As a queer person, there’s nothing to celebrate this Freedom Day

Congratulations, South Africans! You live in a country that was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. You might also want to pat yourself on the back, come Freedom Day, because several other laws have been passed that allow people of the same sex to marry. And yes, according to...

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