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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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Zeitz MOCAA Gallery

Africa’s Largest Contemporary Art Gallery

Words Amaury de Sart

While walking around the V&A Waterfront, one of the most touristic places in Cape Town, you might notice the construction noise coming from the old Grain Silo building. The construction signals a promising future for not only Capetonian artists, but artists from around the continent as the historical building undergoes its transformation into Africa’s largest contemporary art gallery, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art African (Zeitz MOCAA).

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Takumi

Creative Japanese Sushi

Words Kazusa Ban

The friendly smile of Papa San will welcome you when you enter Takumi, the sushi restaurant. The exposed brick walls and the lights hanging from the ceiling create a serene atmosphere. Items of oriental culture like the small model of a Japanese traditional Sumo wrestler, the figurine of a gold cat, and the authentic Japanese lanterns are scattered across the restaurant integrating a bit of Asian culture in this South African setting. Takumi provides a unique Japanese sushi experience for palates of all types.

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Rethinking Plastic

WHY RECYCLING IS ESSENTIAL

Words Shaktijit Suryavanshi

Plastic is all around us. It is so versatile it can be used for a variety of different products from TV and car parts, to soft drink bottles and plastic carrier bags. In modern times it has become both essential and convenient. Even without realising it we use and interact with it every day. But are we using plastic optimally or is the environmental cost of using plastic higher than its convenience?

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Blogs

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 Man with Pigeons

A Beautiful Story from District Six

Words Roxane Gray

At the beginning of the day, myself and two other volunteer journalists had gone into town to take part in what I assumed would be a run-of-the-mill interview. I had no idea my journey would end up in a museum in the centre of Cape Town, reading a moving story about pigeons. Let me tell you about my afternoon, filled with surprises.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rethinking Plastic

Plastic is all around us. It is so versatile it can be used for a variety of different products from TV and car parts, to soft drink bottles and plastic carrier bags. In modern times it has become both essential and convenient. Even without realising it we use and interact with it every day. But are we using plastic optimally or is the environmental cost of using plastic higher than its convenience