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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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Free the nipple

by: Guest Contributor - 15 March 2017

Free the nipple

Kuthwa isizathu sokuba singanxibi iibhodi is because ziyadura, and asinamali, asizi afford-i. Ayisuba yichoice yethu. Kodwa enyinto endidikayo kuyo yonke lento is the fact that if you’ve got saggy boobs then you’re not allowed to, “apparently”– like?!? What is the meaning?? Oh also, they don’t want to see everything. VALA AMEHLO MNTA’ SEKHAYA, XA UNGAFUNI...

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On why I became an atheist at 12

by: Carlos Ncube - 8 March 2017

On why I became an atheist at 12

For a while I did not even know what an atheist was. I used to be a devoted Christian attending church with my uncle out of my own will. I loved the services for the music. But I would get headaches after church. Trying to find an explanation for the headaches, my family said I...

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I nearly died doing missionary work in Afghanistan, and why I’ll probably do it again

by: Thembeka Makhubela - 28 February 2017

I nearly died doing missionary work in Afghanistan, and why I’ll probably do it again

Two weeks into my missionary trip to Afghanistan, I stood with about 30 people in a burning church. A woman who had been teaching children in a back room came to our side of the church screaming that the church was on fire, and that we needed to get out quickly. At the time we...

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Coloured people have an obsession with not being black

by: Maxine Bezuidenhout - 17 February 2017

Coloured people have an obsession with not being black

Identity politics in South Africa has always been a contentious issue. This is largely attributed to the history of oppression in this country. The Apartheid government intentionally separated “coloured” people from “black African” people. The legacy of this division is still alive in the fabric of our society despite black consciousness activists like Steve Biko...

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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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Being retrenched at 23 with a journalism qualification was a wake up call to up my game

by: Lebohang Morake - 29 November 2016

Being retrenched at 23 with a journalism qualification was a wake up call to up my game

I was 23 years old and at the start of my career when I got retrenched because the first company I ever worked for went bankrupt. Just this week I heard that another magazine, Grazia, also published its last issue. All this got me thinking, am I working for a dying industry? My big wake...

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I couldn’t participate in #FeesMustFall protests because of my anxiety

by: Nkhensani Manabe - 22 November 2016

I couldn’t participate in #FeesMustFall protests because of my anxiety

Last year in UCT, and this year at Wits, I found myself on the outside of both the Rhodes Must Fall and the Fees Must Fall movements. As a humanities student, I saw the protests as a tangible manifestation of the theories we grappled with in class. Yet I chose not to attend mass meetings and...

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My absent father is the reason I don’t date broke men

by: Contributor - 17 November 2016

My absent father is the reason I don’t date broke men

Even though my father was around when I was growing up, it didn’t stop me from having daddy issues. The way my relationship with my dad changed over the years is the reason I refuse to date broke men. Let me explain. My dad and I were besties When I was younger, my father was...

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