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    THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER (And it's not just the coffee)

    Photo: Cheyenne Turcotte

  • Cyberbullying

    IS IT TOO EASY TO HARRASS ONLINE?

    Photo: Helene Uhlen Maurset

  • Voluntourism

    FOSTERING POSITIVE CONNECTIONS

    Photo: Suzanne Ter Haar

  • Helen Suzman

    A LEGENDARY CHAMPION OF LIBERTY

    Photo: courtesy of the Sunday Times

Online Articles

Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Taking Care of Khayelitsha’s Pets

Words Cheyenne Turcotte

For the last 17 years, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic has been working to provide permanent veterinary care and adoption services for the resident pets of Khayelitsha, a sprawling township of over one million people, and this past winter was no exception. Running a full service veterinary clinic out of six recycled shipping containers, Mdzananda relies on the generosity and donations of outside community members for its financial stability.

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Corrective Rape

The Horror Continues for the Lesbian Community

Words Hannah Crocker

Homophobia in South Africa is widespread. Despite being the only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriage and having a constitution that prohibits unfair discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or sexual orientation, there are still countless problems faced by the LGBT community and perhaps the most shocking of these is the increasingly common practice of ‘corrective rape’.

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Bean There

The Fair-Trade Roastery in Cape Town

Words Kate Barron

As you walk into Bean There, you automatically feel right at home. The interior decor gives the impression you’ve just wandered into a friend’s kitchen and the smell of coffee permeates the entire room, adding the finishing touch to the cozy mood of the coffee shop.

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A City of Sports

The Stadiums in Cape Town

Words Antonio Giagu

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.

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Blogs

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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Noordhoek Beach Ride

With the Lazy & Crazy Horses

Words Annika Ostkamp

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.

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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.

Exploring Cape Town

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.

Mdzananda Animal Clinic

For the last 17 years, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic has been working to provide permanent veterinary care and adoption services for the resident pets of Khayelitsha, a sprawling township of over one million people, and this past winter was no exception. Running a full service veterinary clinic out of six recycled shipping containers, Mdzananda relies on the generosity and donations of outside community members for its financial stability.

Corrective Rape

Homophobia in South Africa is widespread. Despite being the only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriage and having a constitution that prohibits unfair discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or sexual orientation, there are still countless problems faced by the LGBT community and perhaps the most shocking of these is the increasingly common practice of 'corrective rape'.

Bean There

As you walk into Bean There, you automatically feel right at home. The interior decor gives the impression you've just wandered into a friend's kitchen and the smell of coffee permeates the entire room, adding the finishing touch to the cozy mood of the coffee shop.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nelson Mandela Day 2014

‘It is in your hands now.’ These are the words uttered by Nelson Mandela in a speech for his 90th birthday tribute in London which inspired International Nelson Mandela Day. On 18 July, the birthday of Madiba, every person in the world is invited to dedicate at least 67 minutes of his or her time in the service of the others.