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This young woman is using tech and innovation to save infants’ lives

by: Lerato Mogoatlhe - 5 October 2016

This young woman is using tech and innovation to save infants’ lives

Kutullo Makgatho wanted to be gynaecologist, but her matric results were not high enough for her to get into medical school. She decided that she would take the long route to becoming a doctor by doing another degree before focusing her energies on medical school. Her plan B — a Bachelor of Science degree in...

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The “pots girl” on what it feels like to be a meme

by: Buhle Lindwa - 4 October 2016

The “pots girl” on what it feels like to be a meme

“I made the things that it cannot make the pots to be done,” is one of the funniest things to be said on South African TV. Siyabonga Alone Makhavhu (18) is the young woman behind this line that left the country buzzing for months after the episode of SABC 2’s Speakout, which aired in November...

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Sweeping the streets, being a parking attendant, and other unpleasant jobs young people have to do to survive

by: Senate Selebalo - 13 September 2016

Sweeping the streets, being a parking attendant, and other unpleasant jobs young people have to do to survive

A job is a job, we are often told – especially in this tough job era. But what does it really feel like to be a street sweeper, a car guard or cleaner in your 20s, when you have so many dream and goals? We spoke to five young people, who gave us an insight...

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Beyond hair, it isn’t easy being African in a multiracial school

by: Buhle Lindwa - 13 September 2016

Beyond hair, it isn’t easy being African in a multiracial school

I attended multiracial schools all my life, and it was not easy. I never felt liberated enough to embrace my culture, and witnessed other forms of discrimination on other students too. Back then we felt there was nothing we could do about it. Being forced to learn Afrikaans I didn’t grow up speaking Afrikaans, so imagine my...

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Watch 4 young women talk about body shaming

by: Live Staff - 12 September 2016

Watch 4 young women talk about body shaming

We wanted to explore the different ways young women are made to feel conscious of their bodies, mostly in a negative light. From being catcalled to having strangers tap your body as you get off a taxi. Our team invited young women to participate in the video, through Facebook, and from that group, we got...

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5 times South African women made us really proud during Women’s Month

by: Makgotso Nkosi - 31 August 2016

5 times South African women made us really proud during Women’s Month

On the last day of Women’s Month we highlight some amazing South African women who’ve made us really proud to be South African this month. 1. Mokgadi Caster Semenya for slaying at the Olympics A photo posted by 🔜Goal: 2.5k🔜 (@problack_womanists) on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:25pm PDT Not only did Caster do us proud...

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The pain of using cloths as sanitary pads

by: Andisiwe Ntoni - 29 August 2016

The pain of using cloths as sanitary pads

Zandile Lali* was 13 years old when she had her first period during class in primary school. She was scared and didn’t know what to do. Like many other girls, she confided in her mother when she got home. But she didn’t get pads or tampons, like many other girls her age. She had to...

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Watch how these men react to being catcalled by women

by: Andisiwe Ntoni - 23 August 2016

Watch how these men react to being catcalled by women

For women, being catcalled  by men is almost daily experience. Curious to see how men would react if the tables were turned, we took to the Cape Town CBD and Langa township, with hidden cameras, to find out how men would react to being catcalled. Watch the video below for their reactions. Video shot and edited...

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The blatant homophobia of my straight female friends

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 17 August 2016

The blatant homophobia of my straight female friends

A lot of people assume having female friends as a gay man means you have a solid support. But this is not always the case, says Tafadzwa Gwese (24), most of whose friends are women. Here he tells us about the gay shaming, jealous jibes and drunken insults. The bottomline is that many female friends...

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These photographers are tackling depression through their work

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 17 August 2016

These photographers are tackling depression through their work

There’s still a stigma attached to mental illness in the black community. Some don’t even recognise it as a sickness – you are usually told you are being weak, especially if you are a man, because you are stereotypically expected to be strong. Three South African artists are using their lenses – stills and video...

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