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Online Articles

Business at Bottom of the Pyramid

Creating Wealth With Not From the Poor

Words Qi Jiang

Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) refers to people who live under $3,000 (about R34,000) annually. In South Africa, it is estimated that approximately 30 million, or two out of three people, live at the BoP. During the past decade, more and more private companies have started to show interest in the low-income market and became involved in BoP business in various forms.

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Young in Prison

The Gift of Second Chances

Words Stine Kristensen

As shocking as it may sound, the chance of reoffending in South Africa is 90% according to Clinton Osbourn, programme manager at Young in Prison (YiPSA). Young in Prison is a non-profit organisation that helps rehabilitate young people who have been to prison so that they can go back to school, get a job and start afresh.

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A Spark of Hope

Donation for a Family Who Lost Everything in a Fire

Words J Rebmann & P M Reiter

She misses her bed the most. It did not survive the fire. Nothing did. Not even the family cat. When Jessica Mtomba (affectionately known as 'Aunty Masie'), the family's great-grandmother tells her story, the listener can almost feel the heat and smell the stink of melted plastic, as if they had been there themselves. Thankfully not one member of Aunty Masie's family was injured.

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Indigenous Food

A Food Journey with Loubie Rusch

Words Mélodie Grangeon

Our landscapes can feed us, Loubie Rusch is convinced of this. A landscape designer by trade, she is passionate about indigenous food and forages for edible fruits, vegetables and plants that she finds in nature or even in the streets on her doorstep! It is an alternative way of eating which can add a real local twist to your food menu.

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The Third Wave of Feminism

Are You Riding the Wave?

Words Lisa Axelsson

Feminism has been on the map for more than a century and in many ways its relevance has never been more prominent. The Global Gender Gap Report indicates an improvement, yet we still live in a world where within the space of 10 years, 100 million girls are expected to be married off before their 18th birthday. We live in a world where 31 million girls of elementary school age remain out of school.

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The Chronicles of the Homeless

Outcasts with a Fighting Spirit

Words Shusuke Tsuto

In Cape Town, homeless people are numerous and their presence is prominent. You can find them at traffic lights begging for money, outside a McDonalds imploring you to buy them a meal because they have not eaten for days or loitering in front of your favourite bar, waiting to pounce on the next intoxicated person. The daily routine of street people is often too insignificant for society to even give it a second thought. Intrigued by the presumably monotonous lives of these supposedly second-rate citizens, I decided to see what a day in the lives of the homeless is really like.

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India & Nepal

Close in Proximity, But Worlds Apart

Words Romana Bekkai

For my first trip to Asia, I went to India and Nepal with a group of students to discover what makes these two countries special. India is well-known for the Taj Mahal and is one of the richest countries in Asia, while Nepal is well-known for Mount Everest, but is a modest country. The widespread cultural elements of Buddhism in India and Nepal coupled with the matchless cities and vast landscapes made for an epic adventure. Here's what happened.

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Desire & Fashion

How Aspirational Shoppers Keep the Industry Running

Words Kriti Asthana

Lagerfeld risked quite a few raised eyebrows when he decided to showcase Chanel's Fall 2014 RTW collection in a supermarket setting at The Grand Palais in Paris. While the fashion elite felt he was downgrading high-fashion and everything Coco Chanel stood for, some applauded his efforts at creating a consumerist satire through a fashion show. Tim Blanks from style.com called it 'an epic celebration of consumerism', that Lagerfeld's 'spectacle' presents fashion as a supermarket where we can each have our own pick.

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Business at Bottom of the Pyramid

Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) refers to people who live under $3,000 (about R34,000) annually. In South Africa, it is estimated that approximately 30 million, or two out of three people, live at the BoP. During the past decade, more and more private companies have started to show interest in the low-income market and became involved in BoP business in various forms.

The Third Wave of Feminism

Feminism has been on the map for more than a century and in many ways its relevance has never been more prominent. The Global Gender Gap Report indicates an improvement, yet we still live in a world where within the space of 10 years, 100 million girls are expected to be married off before their 18th birthday. We live in a world where 31 million girls of elementary school age remain out of school.

Young in Prison

As shocking as it may sound, the chance of reoffending in South Africa is 90% according to Clinton Osbourn, programme manager at Young in Prison (YiPSA). Young in Prison is a non-profit organisation that helps rehabilitate young people who have been to prison so that they can go back to school, get a job and start afresh.

A Spark of Hope

She misses her bed the most. It did not survive the fire. Nothing did. Not even the family cat. When Jessica Mtomba (affectionately known as 'Aunty Masie'), the family's great-grandmother tells her story, the listener can almost feel the heat and smell the stink of melted plastic, as if they had been there themselves. Thankfully not one member of Aunty Masie's family was injured.

The Chronicles of the Homeless

In Cape Town, homeless people are numerous and their presence is prominent. You can find them at traffic lights begging for money, outside a McDonalds imploring you to buy them a meal because they have not eaten for days or loitering in front of your favourite bar, waiting to pounce on the next intoxicated person. The daily routine of street people is often too insignificant for society to even give it a second thought. Intrigued by the presumably monotonous lives of these supposedly second-rate citizens, I decided to see what a day in the lives of the homeless is really like.

India & Nepal

For my first trip to Asia, I went to India and Nepal with a group of students to discover what makes these two countries special. India is well-known for the Taj Mahal and is one of the richest countries in Asia, while Nepal is well-known for Mount Everest, but is a modest country. The widespread cultural elements of Buddhism in India and Nepal coupled with the matchless cities and vast landscapes made for an epic adventure. Here's what happened.

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari

I had never been on a safari before, and after a month in Cape Town, planning and organising various tours and excursions, I finally found the time to experience a safari adventure! Located in the historic town of Touws Rivier, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, my roommate, Melodie and I hopped into a taxi that took us to the Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Building & Community Project

When visitors arrive in Cape Town, one of the first things they are told is to be careful of going into the townships. Unfortunately, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with more than 36% of the population unemployed. The poorest 10% of the population are only able to contribute 1.2% to national revenue whereas the richest 10% contribute 51.7% of this revenue, according to statistiques-mondiales.com. Add to this the fact that the urban population is relatively high (62% in 2012; which is more than the international average of 52%, according to the same source), it is no surprise to see hundreds of makeshift houses on the drive from the airport to town. These shacks, composed of sheet metal and other materials, form what look like small cities, and such a densely packed population often brings about violence and crime.

High School Dropouts

President Jacob Zuma recently said that education is the government's number one priority, and it should be, because along with the celebration of the good matric results of 2013 came the shocking revelation that out of the 1,261,827 pupils who started Grade 1 in 2002, 699,715 of them dropped out of school before their final exams in Grade 12 last year.

A City of Sports

It is the oldest city in South Africa, nestled between the mountains and the ocean, but not only is Cape Town a tourist haven; it is a mecca for sports. In fact, the province of the Western Cape is home to several of the continent's most historic and legendary stadiums - from the largest and most famous Cape Town Stadium, to the smaller, and less famous, Philippi Stadium.

At The Biscuit Mill

Hopping off at Salt River Station, a 10 minute stroll takes one to a world of wonder; sights and smells that leave the mouth salivating and the wallet unavoidably lighter. The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill is where all who enjoy the quirky, the quaint and the unquestionably delicious should spend their Saturday mornings.

Roller Derby

Roller derby might look like a bunch of girls racing on roller skates and violently bashing into each other, but going to an actual 'bout' (the correct term for a game) makes you realise that it is slightly more complicated than that.