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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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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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“Looking for a job is now your new job” and other annoying things about adulting

by: Geraldine Amoko - 8 November 2016

“Looking for a job is now your new job” and other annoying things about adulting

Student life leads to graduating, which leads to flourishing as a self-sufficient adult right? Not entirely. From job hunting and housing to budgeting, adulting is that regular speed bump on the way to greatness. Here are a few things I’ve learnt from the other side of the graduation ceremony. One does not simply get a one-bedroom flat...

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How Koleka Putuma makes money from her poetry

by: Vuyisile Kubeka - 7 April 2016

How Koleka Putuma makes money from her poetry

Cape Town-based award-winning poet and playwright Koleka Putuma is unapologetically driven and is determined to make sure her passion pays the bills. Not only has she managed to make her brand and craft lucrative at just 23, but she has a clear vision for the journey ahead. “I have no shame talking about and declaring...

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A bank that gives back to everyone!

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 16 September 2015

A bank that gives back to everyone!

One South African got the surprise of a lifetime. Her name is Ntombi Zandile Reginah Qumba. She went to African Bank in March this year to apply for a loan to help further her children’s education – and managed to get it. But what she didn’t expect was this… A lot of successes are as...

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Black tax is a pain in my pocket and a noose around my neck

by: Lethabo Bogatsu - 28 July 2015

Black tax is a pain in my pocket and a noose around my neck

As a student, I was excited to start working, thinking that once I start earning my own money I’d be independent and free to do whatever I pleased. Whether I wanted to buy my homies a round of drinks or save a percentage of my salary if I’m feeling responsible, I could do it. But...

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How to get clothes while saving money

by: Asanda Gura - 16 July 2015

How to get clothes while saving money

Shopping makes me happy, but it usually upsets my bank balance. This is a struggle that is familiar to so many young people who, like myself, love the thrill of buying clothes but whose finances are not so great. So for some tips on how to get your hands on the best clothes without breaking...

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6 ways to spot a leech in your crew

by: Johannesburg Contributor - 7 July 2015

6 ways to spot a leech in your crew

So I have this friend who used to always sponge off me and my other friends when it came to buying alcohol whenever we went out partying. We used to enthusiastically call him over and he would always show up empty-handed. Even when he was told months prior about a party, he would still bring...

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Some saving tips to help you pay your bills, and still have money left over

by: Jamie Petersen - 18 June 2015

Some saving tips to help you pay your bills, and still have money left over

Money, specifically what to do with your money, is a topic everyone seems to have endless advice about. Most of us have heard the same old story over and over about the importance of saving, but often we don’t take the advice seriously enough until we’re just about scraping by, or have debt that we...

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Day one of the #VIPYouthFest (Cape Town)

by: Kgorula Bitterhout - 17 June 2015

Day one of the #VIPYouthFest (Cape Town)

The Cape Town leg of the VIP Youth Festival was quite a success. Even though we had to deal with sub-zero temperatures and torrential rain, that didn’t stop people from turning up in numbers at Guga S’thebe, an Arts and Culture centre in Langa, Cape Town. The line-up of the day’s events was divided into four...

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