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“I never imagined that I would be selling insurance policies on...

South Africa has a high and growing rate of youth unemployment, leaving many recent matriculants and graduates scrambling to seize whatever work they can...

“I had heard about ukuthwala but I couldn’t believe it was...

When SAKHILE NDEBELE* was 16, she was was abducted by a man old enough to be her father, and told she would be his...

The ugly shadow of domestic violence in the Kashmir valley

Rates of divorce and domestic violence in the Kashmir valley have seen a rise in recent years. NAYEEMA MAHJOOR, who heads the State Women’s...

“Yeah, he beats you. He’s like that. Get used to it.”

One in six South African women is abused regularly by her partner, whether verbally, physically, or emotionally. Many cases go unreported, and the effects...

How FoodBank SA saves food from landfills

South Africa is considered a 'food secure' nation, yet 12 million South Africans go to bed hungry each night. One survey found that 77%...

Kashmiri widow Munawara Sultan’s 22-year struggle for justice

MUNAWARA SULTAN (47), from Indian-administered Kashmir, has spent 22 years fighting for justice after her husband was killed while in the custody of the...

How I snagged an H&M dress for R20 by shopping at...

Nothing pleases Nomfundo Mlaba more than beautiful clothes at a bargain price. She told ZILUNGILE MNISI how about her best bargain "an R20...

Sophie de Bruyn In Her Own Words

Alongside Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Helen Joseph and Albertina Sisulu, Sophie de Bruyn led a march of 20,000 women on the Union Buildings in...

“My father was a sheepherder, I was a truck driver. But...

With high rates of unemployment and huge inequality, many South Africans are unable to pay for their children’s university fees. KOTAMILE DLAKAVU (72) worked...

Johannesburg’s Sunninghill: A no man’s land for public schools

Johannesburg’s northern suburbs are expanding rapidly but the number of schools in the region hasn’t grown apace, leaving parents battling to find schools for...

How one Durban orphan went from street kid to surfer

Andile Zulu was once a street kid but surfing changed his life. Today, he teaches others how to surf and uses his story to...

Ayanda: Creating relatable female characters

Sara Blecher watched Juno with her teenage daughter and decided it was time to make local a coming-of-age film with a strong female lead....

“I’ve watched others pull dead bodies out of the water and...

As the new locally produced Durban Beach Rescue show hits the screens on a DStv Travel Channel, Battery Beach’s 33-year-old SUE-ELLEN Martin takes Lizeka...

The dying Kashmiri tradition of Sahar Khan

For four years MUHAMMAD RAFIQ AWAM, 35, has been acting as a human alarm - walking the streets of Srinagar, beating a drum, to...

Osi’s Place: How a girls’ night out turned into the night...

On Sunday 28 June, 17-year-old girl Khanyisile Siyengo* was caught in a stampede at Osi’s Place in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, after someone fired a shot...

We buried my son only after we found enough of his...

In July 1995, Bosnian Serbs entered the town of Srebrenica. They rounded up the men and teenage boys from the town, and shot them dead. Some...

Ulcers, arthritis and hypertension but Yusuf Harrison is still fasting at...

YUSUF HARRISON may be 88 years old, but he still has the strength to fast through the holy month of Ramadan. On a wintry...

From rural KZN to PhD: there’s more to Musa Manzi than...

In many circles, MUSA MANZI (29) is known as the first black South African to obtain a PhD in Geophysics, but there is more...

The bright future of a university student living in a garage...

MARILEE VAN DER MERWE thought that 2015 would be the year she would have to give up her education to find work. But things...

DRC refugee: “I am still scared of the community; I am...

MIKE KACHIMA is a 24-year-old Congolese living in the Chatsworth camp, after previously staying at the Isipingo camp. Kachima survived an attack in Isipingo, and...
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