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The Constantia Gift Fair

A Market Like No Other

Words Mélodie Grangeon

I love markets. The strolling, the looking, the touching, the talking, the bargaining and most of all meeting new people. During my time in Cape Town, I’ve come across various markets of fruits and vegetables, flowers and arts and crafts, but the one I recently discovered was different. The Constantia Gift Fair is a Christmas market organised each year by the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA), an association that helps disabled improve their motor skills with the aid of horses.

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Operation Smile

Everyone Deserves to Smile

Words Lisa Axelsson

Every third minute. That is how often a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate is born. This means that one in every 700 babies born will be born with a cleft lip or palate. This congenital birth defect causes not only major difficulties with speaking, but also with breathing, eating and drinking. Children born with a cleft suffer twice the odds of dying before the age of one, and one out of ten children in less developed countries die due to it. Operation Smile, a non-profit, international health organisation aims to help children all around the world grow up with the ability to smile.

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Enough is Enough

Time to End Violence Against Women

Words Esteban Debrulle

#Enoughisenough echoed women from the Methodist Church from around the world at the Grand Parade, Cape Town, on Saturday 1 November. Weeks before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, more than 60 protestors dressed in black to express their solidarity with women facing rape, abuse, torture and violence.

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CocoáFair

A Chocolate Experience

Words Maryse Laneville

Have you ever wondered how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the sweet delicacy chocolate? If like me you have, then a visit to the CocoáFair chocolate factory is a must. Situated in the nucleus of the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, CocoáFair not only offers fascinating chocolate tours of their factory, but also delectable organic chocolate treats that will leave you salivating. To celebrate International Chocolate Day (13 September), we visited the factory.

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Feminism

Respect & Equality for All

Words Kriti Asthana

There has been so much written in the media lately about feminism. After having a lengthy discussion with a colleague who refused to identify herself as a feminist, I was inspired to write this article. I was shocked, to say the least, to discover that there are women who openly admit to not being feminists. Before this, I had naively assumed being a feminist came with the territory of being a woman. It was a wake-up call for me. Here was someone I actually interacted with on a daily basis expressing what can only be described as ignorant comments.

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The Rocky Horror Show

A Brilliant Mix of Trashy,
Sexy & Scary

Words Kriti Asthana

Richard O’Brien’s musical has amassed a cult following since its inception in 1975. The Fugard Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show played to packed theatres 37 weeks in a row when it first came to Cape Town in July 2013. It was also nominated for a staggering nine Fleur du Cap awards, the highest honour for a Capetonian production.

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My Twenty-First Birthday

A Day Spent in the Limelight

Words Roxane Gray

Why is the 21st birthday such a significant day? More than a simple legal convention, the 21st birthday is a part of a ritual associated with an age of maturity and responsibility. In the past, the 21st birthday was the day when a boy officially became a knight in the rituals of knighthood and the age of consent to marry in Elizabethan times. Nowadays, becoming 21 signifies becoming an adult, it is the age where people are no longer dependant on their parents. If the 21st birthday is the perfect day to enjoy the new things which become available, it is also the day when people are granted the full responsibilities of adulthood.

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Exploring Cape Town

A Peninsula Tour

Words Sabina Olson

On a sunny Sunday morning, at quarter past nine, I jumped into a minibus taxi from outside my host family’s house to join the rest of the group going on the peninsula tour.

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The Constantia Gift Fair

I love markets. The strolling, the looking, the touching, the talking, the bargaining and most of all meeting new people. During my time in Cape Town, I've come across various markets of fruits and vegetables, flowers and arts and crafts, but the one I recently discovered was different. The Constantia Gift Fair is a Christmas market organised each year by the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA), an association that helps disabled improve their motor skills with the aid of horses.

Operation Smile

Every third minute. That is how often a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate is born. This means that one in every 700 babies born will be born with a cleft lip or palate. This congenital birth defect causes not only major difficulties with speaking, but also with breathing, eating and drinking. Children born with a cleft suffer twice the odds of dying before the age of one, and one out of ten children in less developed countries die due to it. Operation Smile, a non-profit, international health organisation aims to help children all around the world grow up with the ability to smile.

Feminism

There has been so much written in the media lately about feminism. After having a lengthy discussion with a colleague who refused to identify herself as a feminist, I was inspired to write this article. I was shocked, to say the least, to discover that there are women who openly admit to not being feminists. Before this, I had naively assumed being a feminist came with the territory of being a woman. It was a wake-up call for me. Here was someone I actually interacted with on a daily basis expressing what can only be described as ignorant comments.

Enough is Enough

#Enoughisenough echoed women from the Methodist Church from around the world at the Grand Parade, Cape Town, on Saturday 1 November. Weeks before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, more than 60 protestors dressed in black to express their solidarity with women facing rape, abuse, torture and violence.

CocoáFair

Have you ever wondered how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the sweet delicacy chocolate? If like me you have, then a visit to the CocoáFair chocolate factory is a must. Situated in the nucleus of the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, CocoáFair not only offers fascinating chocolate tours of their factory, but also delectable organic chocolate treats that will leave you salivating. To celebrate International Chocolate Day (13 September), we visited the factory.

The Rocky Horror Show

Richard O'Brien's musical has amassed a cult following since its inception in 1975. The Fugard Theatre's production of The Rocky Horror Show  played to packed theatres 37 weeks in a row when it first came to Cape Town in July 2013. It was also nominated for a staggering nine Fleur du Cap awards, the highest honour for a Capetonian production.

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.

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.

Noordhoek Beach Ride

Your hair is blowing in the warm wind, you can smell the salty sea air, you see children playing in the white sand and dogs are barking as they run around the beach. You are resplendent on your horse. Confidently trotting along the beach sand, assured and safe on this gentle creature's back.

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.