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Artist Qhama Maswana talks about inspiration behind his hyper-real art

by: Buntu Mgwelo - 21 April 2017

Artist Qhama Maswana talks about inspiration behind his hyper-real art

Eastern Cape artist, Qhama Maswana has an incident that left him with two broken legs to thank for his career. The artist says that when he was growing up in King Williams Town, he broke his legs when a ton of bricks fell on him while he was playing outside. He had to spend three...

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Join #E4VK’s campaign to crowd-fund books for a library in Tshabo in the Eastern Cape

by: Buntu Mgwelo - 19 April 2017

Join #E4VK’s campaign to crowd-fund books for a library in Tshabo in the Eastern Cape

Growing up in a village where the were no libraries was a hassle. Tshabo, in the Eastern Cape is where I grew up. Homework was a struggle because my grandparents were not well-educated, and could not always help me with my school work. It was only when I moved to Berlin, a small town on...

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#HireAGraduate: Young people on why they had no choice but to leave the Eastern Cape

by: Buntu Mgwelo - 22 February 2017

#HireAGraduate: Young people on why they had no choice but to leave the Eastern Cape

This morning, thousands of graduates in the Eastern Cape took their frustration at being unemployed despite having tertiary qualifications, to the streets. They formed a human chain in different parts of the province, some wearing their graduation gear, and holding up signs that read #HireAGraduate. Our trainees from the Eastern Cape know this struggle too...

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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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[Video] Why do Capetonian Xhosa people make fun of the accents of Xhosas from the Eastern Cape?

by: Andisiwe Ntoni - 4 October 2016

[Video] Why do Capetonian Xhosa people make fun of the accents of Xhosas from the Eastern Cape?

Xhosas from Cape Town call Xhosa people from the Eastern Cape backward, because of the way they speak. In the video below, two Xhosa men, one from Cape Town and another from the Eastern Cape, discuss their accents, the discrimination between the two, and whether Xhosas from the Eastern Cape should adapt and speak like Capetonians...

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The top 6 recommendations on how to fix NSFAS

by: Lethabo Bogatsu - 23 September 2015

The top 6 recommendations on how to fix NSFAS

After hosting two successful VIP Debate Clubs in the Eastern Cape – on free education and a #PolicyHackZA on the NSFAS Act, here is a round-up of some of the best suggestions from our audience members at Fort Hare University. “We need to be honest with ourselves: many of us are on NSFAS when we...

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The state of municipalities: Going back to basics

by: Sheilan Clarke - 27 November 2014

The state of municipalities: Going back to basics

Gauteng and the Western Cape are the top performing provinces in terms of the number of municipalities getting clean audits, while KwaZulu Natal has significantly improved since last year. This is according to Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan. He was speaking at a state of the municipalities debate held this past...

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Life as a single mother

by: Sinayo Twani - 8 September 2014

Life as a single mother

Single motherhood is hard, especially when it happens at a young age. We spoke to three such women about the joys and struggles of early motherhood.   Okuhle Ndzimela* Age: 27 King William’s Town, Eastern Cape When Okuhle had her son, she was 22 and unemployed. “It saddened me that I could not provide for...

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This Nova is Burning Bright

by: Bobontle Mopeloa - 3 July 2014

This Nova is Burning Bright

Famed for his unique voice, powerful and mesmerizing stage presence, Vusumzi Nongxa – stage name: Vusi Nova – welcomed us to the Muthaland studio’s in Parkview to talk about his personal experiences and his journey in music. Dressed in a sophisticated suit that shows off his toned physique (and reminds us why he took home the Metro FM Award for the ‘best...

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