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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.

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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.

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Women’s Day Celebration

Women’s Day Celebration

‘You strike a woman; you strike a rock’. These words were sung in Pretoria and echoed nationwide on 9 August, 1956. Over 20,000 women filled the streets of the city, united by their rejection of the new pass laws proposed by the apartheid government. This day is celebrated as National Women’s Day.

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.

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Abavuki’s New Sound

Abavuki’s New Sound

Formed in 2001, Abavuki is an eight-member Marimba band originally from Langa. The Xhosa name means ‘Wake up, early birds!’ a local saying very similar to the English phrase ‘The early bird catches the worm’ and it perfectly reflects their enthusiastic and active mood.

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Irma Stern

Irma Stern

In honour of women’s month and also on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Irma Stern’s death, it seems appropriate to focus on the work of one of the greatest female artists of South Africa.

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?

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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.

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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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Capetonian Favourite Spots

Capetonian Favourite Spots

Welcome to Cape Town. The most beautiful city in the world. As with every city, it has a side that is well known to the locals and yet unfamiliar to tourists. After chatting to Capetonians, they revealed where they love to hang out. Here are some of the top choices.

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Berlin

Berlin

Every place on this planet tells a story. Even the smallest, tucked away places on earth have a history to share. Located in northeast Germany, where people from all over the world come together, there is a place that has an undeniably remarkable written history: Berlin. Six letters illuminating the epitome of sophistication, beauty and the enigmatic. It is a vibrant and gritty playground like no other.

 

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