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SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 January 2017

SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

New York-based South African poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe doesn’t hold anything back in his poetry. His latest poem, “The Not Yet Burning Country”, makes comparisons between how South Africa handled xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia to how America, with the election of Donald Trump, is poised to deal with immigrants. The poem is in...

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We sent two women to buy condoms from a supermarket, and this is what happened

by: Onele Liwani - 19 January 2017

We sent two women to buy condoms from a supermarket, and this is what happened

Some of our female contributors have been complaining about their bad experience when buying condoms in supermarkets. We sent two of them undercover to buy condoms, and seek help from male assistants specifically. Watch the video below, to see their reactions. RELATED: Watch how these men react to being catcalled by women  

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What working in Braamfontein taught me about being comfortable in my own skin

by: Courtney Rehman - 5 December 2016

What working in Braamfontein taught me about being comfortable in my own skin

By the end of my first week, all the rules about what is acceptable at work had been broken. I’d already seen a guy at a coffee shop with purple hair, my male colleague was rocking high heels better than most women I know and another girl at the office had her arm covered up in...

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I don’t need to speak an African language to be African

by: Geraldine Amoko - 2 December 2016

I don’t need to speak an African language to be African

Not speaking an African language made me feel alienated from my family and friends. I was born and raised in South Africa to Ugandan parents. Whether I was in South Africa or visiting relatives in Uganda, not speaking an indigenous language made me feel like I didn’t have a passport into my culture as an...

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This designer is sharing Cape Flats memories through jewellery

by: Mandy Alexander - 24 November 2016

This designer is sharing Cape Flats memories through jewellery

Stacy Beukes (29) is a Cape Town-based jewellery designer, whose jewellery gives life to stories from her neighbourhood in the Cape Flats. Her jewellery creates a visual nostalgia of life in coloured communities like Grassy Park. After Stacy finished her degree in jewellery design, all she wanted to do was empower others in her community...

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[Pics] If you want to see how unequal Cape Town is, travel on its trains

by: Lukho Witbooi - 15 November 2016

[Pics] If you want to see how unequal Cape Town is, travel on its trains

The train is the most popular way people travel in Cape Town. And although around 60% of the public use it, trains are often delayed and overcrowded. Metrorail statistics show that there are about 420 000 more people on the central line, which goes to townships like Khayelitsha, Langa and Mitchells Plain, in contrast to...

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8 things Americans must know before relocating to South Africa

by: Live Staff - 9 November 2016

8 things Americans must know before relocating to South Africa

Donald Trump is the new president of the United States and some Americans are looking for the quickest way out of there. Just today, the Canadian immigration website crashed due to the high volume. Before they start looking down south and crashing our own home affairs website, here are a few things to consider before...

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[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 October 2016

[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

Yesterday, Cape Town #FeesMustFall students marched to parliament to protest for free and decolonised education. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was giving the mid-term budget policy statement in parliament. The minister came out to accept and sign the students’ memorandum then went back into the National Assembly. Students stayed outside parliament singing protest songs. In the afternoon, chaos ensued....

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Does the #FeesMustFall decolonised national anthem exclude other South Africans?

by: Lufuno Ramadwa - 21 October 2016

Does the #FeesMustFall decolonised national anthem exclude other South Africans?

Members of #FeesMustFall in Wits and Stellenbosch, last week, introduced what has been deemed the “decolonised national anthem”. The students substituted the Afrikaans part of the national anthem with new Zulu lyrics. A reasonable number of people feel that this new anthem, by using only Nguni languages, is excluding other South African languages. Also, by...

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This Eastern Cape film crew is telling rural stories and teaching school kids about film

by: Sisanda Ntshinga - 10 October 2016

This Eastern Cape film crew is telling rural stories and teaching school kids about film

Kwanontsomi Enterprise is rooted on the outskirts of King Williams Town, and wants to tell stories from rural Eastern Cape, and inspire their community through film. They work with the community to create these films, and also pass on their knowledge through a school outreach programme. The production company was founded last year by filmmaker...

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