The Rainbow City

The Rainbow City

A Silent End

A Silent End

A Country of Smiles

A Country of Smiles

Wild at Tuli Conservation Camp

Wild at Tuli Conservation Camp

Learn to Earn

Learn to Earn

News Spotlight

Stamps for Good

Stamps for Good

Following on from the success of the Street Store in 2014, advertising agency M&C Saatchi Abel have created another philanthropic initiative: Stamps for Good. All you need to do is buy one of the ten virtual stamps from the Stamps for Good website, embed it in your email and spread awareness for that charity with each click. Simple, easy, effective.

Education News

University Fees in South Africa

University Fees in South Africa

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced it is up to the country’s universities to ‘individually…determine the level of (fee) increase that their institutions require…’. But he cautioned that no university’s fees should be raised by more than 8% for 2017. This follows a blanket freeze on fees in 2016 that left a number of universities on the verge of financial collapse. The Conversation Africa asked Professor Suellen Shay to unpack Nzimande’s announcement.

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DKR Concepts

DKR Concepts

Started in July 2015, DKR Concepts is the brain-child of a brother and sister duo: Kgosi and Dikeledi Rallele. D for Dikeledi, K for Kgosi and R for Rallele. The siblings joined forces to develop innovative business concepts to bridge the gap between the Khayelitsha township and the rest of the city.

Arts & Culture News

Black Panther

Black Panther

Earlier this year, hordes of comic book fans and mainstream audiences gathered to watch Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The film has so far been the highest grossing film of the year, having made over a billion US dollars worldwide. However, there was the introduction of a character, who pounced majestically onto screen, sending comic book fans into a frenzy of excitement – Black Panther.

Human Rights News Special Feature

Evaluating the RDP

Evaluating the RDP

It’s a scorching day in Khayelitsha. Even if it’s much too hot to stay in the sun, people are crowded in the middle of the streets, sweat trickling down their backs. The centre of their attention is Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, who is visiting a housing project. ‘When will sanitation be supplied?’ The residents ask him repeatedly. He promises them that he will make sure to fast-track it, before getting back into his car and driving away.

Health Human Rights News

A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

According to the HIV Stigma Index, 7% of HIV-positive women report being victims of forced sterilisation. As well as this, 43% of South Africans who are HIV positive suffer from ‘internalised stigma.’ Allegations of forced sterilisation have been made in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Swaziland – among female HIV-sufferers, disabled and underprivileged women.

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Where Words Meet the Sea

Where Words Meet the Sea

The beach has always been a place of recluse for me; a place of peace and serenity. I grew up on the sandy shores of New York beaches and my love for the ocean never waned. Whenever I am not near the sea I feel an invisible force pulling me back to it. Whether I realise it or not, I always find myself returning to the place that helped shape me and mold me into the person I am today. The ocean will always be a part of me; it is there that I feel whole and complete.

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Postcards from South Africa

Postcards from South Africa

Leaving home and travelling thousands of kilometres away is a difficult choice to make. However, the prospect of discovering amazing landscapes and new experiences will always outweigh the fears of the unknown.

Environment Health Special Feature

GMO Foods

GMO Foods

Have you ever read the back of food labels and noticed the words: ‘Might be genetically modified’? No? Well you’re not alone. That’s how most South Africans would respond. But the reality is that many foods are genetically modified because South Africa is the world’s eighth largest GMO producer.

Health Special Feature

The Slavery of Alcohol

The Slavery of Alcohol

Alcohol is the main drug in South Africa with 30% of the population being either alcoholics or at risk of becoming so. According to WHO, South Africans drink in excess of five billion litres of alcohol per year. If that’s not bad enough, alcohol abuse tends to be a prerequisite to health problems, criminality and socio-economic burdens. But who is the abuser behind these statistics? And what can be done to prevent alcohol abuse?

Blogs Education Youth

Bonnytoun

Bonnytoun

There are eight of us in the car; myself, five Projects Abroad volunteers from the human rights office, our coordinator and our driver. As we drive through the gates of Bonnytoun we are met with high walls, barbed wire fences and uniformed officers, and I begin to feel slightly nervous at my decision to visit this boys’ juvenile detention centre.

Education Youth

Youth Health Festival

Youth Health Festival

Youth Day is a day where everyone takes a moment to celebrate the young people of South Africa as well as remember those who were lost in the country’s pursuit of freedom, specifically the Soweto Uprising of 1976. This year, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation hosted the Youth Health Festival (YHF) at the Artscape to help educate young men and women from Cape Town about sexual health and HIV/AIDS, a crisis that affects over 300,000 children in South Africa alone.

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Uber Nation

Uber Nation

Uber is an app designed by a multi-national transportation network company. The app connects you to hired drivers who will pick you up and drop you off at your desired location for a fee. Once you’ve signed up with your credit or debit card, your ride is cashless, cardless and paperless.

Blogs Reflections

Quiet Nobility

Quiet Nobility

As my time winds down to these last few days, the separation between my house back in Tennessee and my home here in Cape Town doesn’t seem so far away. I have such mixed feelings about leaving this place and going back to everything familiar. I have a new familiar now, and a reformed idea of normal – I can’t un-remember these things. But, I cannot stop my mind from returning to thoughts of the beginning, and how those initial thoughts have changed in undulating motions since I’ve been here – washing away preconceptions, bringing new perspectives each time.

 

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