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The Hopeful Wanderer

Love, life and loss with a musical twist by Christine Diampovisa

Racism rears ugly head on social media

Social media racists to derail years of nation building

Government condemns the increase of racist posts on Facebook and Twitter, which hinders the progress made towards a new, democratic and transformed South Africa.

Human Rights 2017 was marred by reports of racism as South Africans were still recovering from a racially-fuelled altercation between two parents at Spur. Continue reading “Racism rears ugly head on social media”

Use “Anonymous Sources” Sparingly

Journalism is a tough profession that puts you in situations where you have to think on your feet: you have to decide what your next move will be, while considering the fact that you have an obligation to your employer and the general public. One of the many tough decisions that we face is whether or not we should use anonymous sources. Continue reading “Use “Anonymous Sources” Sparingly”

Sustainable Living: a morale boost for communities

South Africa’s Food Security Policy has failed to make much progress since its inception in 1994. The problem is that too much money is spent on how the food is being grown or harvested or ploughed and not enough money is spent on ensuring that those who need the food are actually getting it. Continue reading “Sustainable Living: a morale boost for communities”

5K: National Women’s Day

It has always been a dream of mine to complete a marathon. However, I am in no physical condition to do so. The best thing I could do, was to promise myself that I’d at least complete a 5 kilometre run. Continue reading “5K: National Women’s Day”

She stopped running her mouth …

WOW! It feels amazing to finally get the change to write a blog post. I haven’t been here in ages and I’ve really missed interacting with everyone. Life has been hectic, but if I wait for things to calm down I’ll never do anything …

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Oh, to possess a fleeting memory

I’ve been struggling to construct a clear and coherent sentence because I lost my motivation. But, she left me a few jewels and I’ve written them down before she wanders off again.  Continue reading “Oh, to possess a fleeting memory”

The Silent Abuser

A great post by two beautiful and phenomenal women.

“If all of the terrible things I said to myself on a daily basis were said aloud by the person I loved, that person would be a sadistic and selfish abuser.”

Read the rest of their post here: The Silent Abuser

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I have never truly respected my body. I’ve loathed and despised it almost since I was even a child. I hated my knobby knees, gangly limbs, and flat chest. When I got older, I disguised my flaws with push-up bras and bobby pins and makeup. Hours were spent sculpting my hair and concealing my blotchy complexion. High heels tortured my toes but accentuated my calves. And tanning beds temporarily cured me of my vampiric pallor. I trussed myself up, presenting my body to the world all photoshopped and enhanced. And even then, I still hated the way I looked.

I thought I wasn’t sexy because everyone who was fatter than me made themselves feel better by saying, “Men don’t want to have sex with a stick.” Society began to imprint in my brain that being skinny was being sickly. I felt healthy. I ate anything I wanted and never gained…

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Brent Meersman Deconstructed

Fun, straightforward and witty are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe Brent Meersman, a renowned Cape Town reviewer and critic. Continue reading “Brent Meersman Deconstructed”

‘Everything is changing’

The trains have not been running successfully due to the strikes. I have resorted to using taxis in the morning to get to class and a bus in the afternoon to get back home.

It’s a chilly Friday – my friend, Rishi and I are walking to the bus stop. I feel something tugging gently at my jersey: a guy trying to take my phone, out of my pocket. Facing him, I feel someone else trying to open my backpack. Continue reading “‘Everything is changing’”

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