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Meet the 22-year-old that went from mixing paint to head chef

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 13 September 2017

Meet the 22-year-old that went from mixing paint to head chef

At 12 years old, Lurenzo already knew what he wanted to become. In grade four his cousin had lent him a chef’s uniform to wear on career day, and from that day he has been steadfast in pursuing his dream. He completed high school but his dream of pursuing culinary art was halted because he...

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Amplify your activism work with Women Deliver

by: admin - 25 August 2017

Amplify your activism work with Women Deliver

From Malala Yousafzai to Nelson Mandela’s time in the ANC Youth League, history has shown the important role that young people can play in fighting for human rights. Now, Women Deliver is looking to groom a new generation of activists to take on the fight to achieve gender equality. The organisation is looking for 300...

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Tips to save your coins

by: admin - 22 August 2017

Tips to save your coins

From the costs of food to a night out on the town, the cost of living is so high that it becomes incredibly hard to save money. Despite the challenges, saving your coins, whether it’s for a sho’t left or for a rainy day is possible. Luckily, with the advancement of technology, saving money is...

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How to stay safe when using an Uber and Taxify

by: Lerato Motsiri - 24 July 2017

How to stay safe when using an Uber and Taxify

Uber and Taxify have had a long list of violent incidents this year. If it isn’t the meter taxi owners attacking uber drivers, it’s uber riders that get assaulted by the drivers. Just this week Pretoria driver Lindelani Mashau died from injuries after meter taxi drivers torched his car, while a Cape Town woman was...

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Staying in the closet as an act of self-care

by: admin - 14 July 2017

Staying in the closet as an act of self-care

Coming out, the act of announcing, publicising/disclosing or declaring your sexuality has been a staple of LGBTI activism and advocacy since the 1970s. As a political tool it was used to declare that LGBTI people are everywhere. The idea was that if more people came out, the less likely families with gay members would be...

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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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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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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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