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“The cruelty of police is not new to me. Today, I...

On Thursday afternoon, 40 students from the UCT Rhodes Must Fall movement protested against “afrophobia” outside Parliament. The students did not have a permit to...

Isipingo xenophobia: “I came to South Africa looking for peace; clearly,...

When xenophobic violence erupted in Isipingo and surrounding areas last week, African foreigners were chased out of the suburbs and sought refuge at the...

Bus services in Jo’burg: when the public transport dream becomes a...

In February, a Metrobus drove off the side of the Queen Elizabeth in Braamfontein. It was reported the bus driver lost control of the...

“I am losing the only children I have” – Thokoza hostel...

A photograph safely stashed in her wallet is as close as she gets to her children for most of the year. NOKWANDA MNCWANGO* (46) has...

Thando Mgqolozana: “UCT has bigger problems than the Rhodes statue”

It may have started with poo on a statue, but student Chumani Maxwele’s protest has given rise to a much broader debate about transformation...

Helping abused women find their way to healthy relationships

In the once gang-riddled community of Heideveld on the Cape Flats, Ihata Shelter is helping women who’ve suffered domestic abuse piece their lives back...

Teaching the blind: “a blind child is a blessing like any...

The Baumann House Early Childhood Development Centre in Durban caters for blind and partially-sighted preschool children. SANDISIWE HLENGWA, a teacher and coordinator at the school, spoke...

Economic migrant: “It’s not like we don’t want to be in...

Xenophobic attacks in Soweto and Philippi have made the headlines this year, but away from the spotlight political or economic refugees struggle each day...

“Bronco”, Zimbabwe’s syrupy, cheap high

A prescription cough syrup, containing codeine and used to treat bronchitis, has become the drug of choice for Zimbabwe’s urban youth and local music stars....

#sexistSA: “First-year girls are fresh meat”

Universities across South Africa recently opened their doors to budding first-year students looking forward to a new chapter in their lives, one which brings...

“I’m just not gay, I am transgender”

Despite its progressive laws concerning sex, gender and sexual orientation, South African society does not always make space for people who identify as lesbian,...
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