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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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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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[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

by: Live Staff - 10 May 2017

[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

According to community worker Sharon Brink, there is a big mental health problem in Ocean View, Cape Town, owing to the abuse of drugs and alcohol which is prevalent in the area. “And when it comes to the mental health facilities, we are so far,” she says. Johann Kikillus a director of the NGO Soteria...

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Eldorado Park service delivery protest in pictures

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 8 May 2017

Eldorado Park service delivery protest in pictures

The early hours of Monday morning saw chaos on the Golden Highway leading to the N12 in the south of Johannesburg. The road was brought to a complete standstill as residents of the predominantly coloured suburb, Eldorado Park, protested against poor service delivery, unemployment and the inability for police to curb drug abuse in the...

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Being an unemployed graduate helped me find my love for community activism

by: Rammolotsi Sothoane - 8 May 2017

Being an unemployed graduate helped me find my love for community activism

When I graduated in 2012 with a B.A. degree in international relations and diplomacy from the University of the Free State, I really thought the world would open up for me. Having grown up poor in Kroonstad in the Free State, where there were too few jobs for young people, my family and I believed...

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#Transformation2017: In the media industry, focus on the small wins, for your own sanity

by: Devaksha Vallabhjee - 4 May 2017

#Transformation2017: In the media industry, focus on the small wins, for your own sanity

A year ago, a colleague and I came up with a body-positive content series to run in opposition to all the “summer body” features that women are bombarded with in the months leading up to summer. The content would include fashion and health advice and personal experiences, but mostly positive affirmation in the form of...

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Malaika Wa Azania: What I wish I knew before becoming a published author at 22

by: Malaika Wa Azania - 4 May 2017

Malaika Wa Azania: What I wish I knew before becoming a published author at 22

When I was a child, I would read any book  I could get my hands on. As I grew older, I realised that there was something not quite right about those books – something about how I could never find people like myself, my family or the people in my neighbourhood, in them. The people...

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This brand creates work for the differently abled in fashion

by: Seithati Sengoatsi - 26 April 2017

This brand creates work for the differently abled in fashion

Nanini Mgandela started designing handbags to make money she needed to get her music career off the ground. While her music dreams have taken a backseat, launching Dela Nan Fashion made another dream come true — she is living her passion of working with differently abled people. Unlikely inspiration Back in 2009, Nanini saw a...

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What is “junk status”, and why should you care?

by: Live Staff - 4 April 2017

What is “junk status”, and why should you care?

By now, you should know that South Africa has been downgraded to junk status after an emergency S&P (Standard & Poor’s) meeting over the weekend, thanks to President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. You know it’s not a good thing. But what exactly does it mean? And does it only affect rich people? Should you really...

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Having bad acne made me realise that I don’t need perfect skin to be confident

by: Precious Mishombo - 3 April 2017

Having bad acne made me realise that I don’t need perfect skin to be confident

One minute, I would be crying. The next, a voice in my head would scold me, “What the fuck are you crying for? Snap out of It!” Then I’d wipe the tears off my cheeks, and sit up straight as if nothing had just happened. This would be after another encounter with yet another stranger giving me...

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