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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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Ekasi Project Green is promoting healthy, nutritious food

by: Xoliswa Qoni - 28 March 2017

Ekasi Project Green is promoting healthy, nutritious food

Two years ago while they were unemployed, five friends had an idea that changed their lives and benefited their community. Sizwe Nyuka (26), Abonga Tom (24), Lonwabo Mfenguza (23), Loyiso Hulushe (23) and Bonani Joni (24) decided that it was high time Khayelitsha went green, and launched Ekasi Project Green. It’s an urban farming project...

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[Video] Jozi taxi rules for beginners

by: Aziwe Rayi - 28 March 2017

[Video] Jozi taxi rules for beginners

The Jozi taxi system is a confusing one if you are not from here, like myself and my colleague Mihlali Ntsabo. We made this video to give tips on how to make using taxis easier. Ever wondered what would happen if you sat in the front seat while busy with your phone? Or eating in...

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[Video] This is why sharing the #Sesethu video and making fun of her is wrong

by: Live Staff - 23 March 2017

[Video] This is why sharing the #Sesethu video and making fun of her is wrong

An inappropriate video of a young girl, named Sesethu, is currently doing the rounds on social media. A lot of jokes have been made. Sharing the video and passing crass comments about the young girl is social media shaming. While you might be having fun with your peeps on Twitter and Facebook, you might not...

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Human Rights Day is a reminder that I may not carry a dompas but inde lendlela still

by: Athenkosi Guntu - 20 March 2017

Human Rights Day is a reminder that I may not carry a dompas but inde lendlela still

“You have the right to Equality”, “You have the Right to Human Dignity”, “You have the Right To Education”. These are a few rights in our Bill Of Rights that I found myself thinking about this Human Rights Day. I thought back to the long road we, as a country, took to get here. How back...

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