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[Video] 2 years later, we still don’t know what Zuma’s 9-point growth plan is

by: Live Staff - 8 February 2017

[Video] 2 years later, we still don’t know what Zuma’s 9-point growth plan is

We asked South Africans on the streets of Hammersdale, outside of Durban and Woodstock in Cape Town if they knew what President Jacob Zuma’s 9-point growth plan for the economy was. We also asked them to suggest solutions to the country’s challenges in higher education, housing and the economy. See their responses in the video...

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Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

Love is the universal truth that connects us all. We fall in and out of it, feel the butterflies in our stomach and the stabs of jealousy in our gut, whether we live comfortably in the suburbs or sleep rough on the streets. That’s the message behind Noncedo Mathibela’s new exhibition, To Love or Not...

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He uses puppets to teach kids about child abuse

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 2 February 2017

He uses puppets to teach kids about child abuse

Lawrence “Lonny” Mongalo (28) says it was while working as a telephone consultant for childline in the Free State that he realised the need for alternative ways to educate children on how to report abuse. What the puppets teach the kids Lonny was trained as a puppeteer while working at childline, and he realised how...

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#BlackOutClifton: “This space doesn’t represent us”

by: Onele Liwani - 31 January 2017

#BlackOutClifton: “This space doesn’t represent us”

This past Saturday, a group of young black people decided to occupy Clifton 4th beach in Cape Town. According to the poster, the gathering was organised for “black people to  reconnect with their land, by occupying parts of the city that were designed to exclude and keep them out of sight”. We spoke to a...

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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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