Voices

Lwandle: A mother’s story

36-year-old Veronica Lujabe lies on a mattress inside the Nomzamo Community Hall. Her 18-month-old twins play nearby, but their mother is tired. After 30...

“People still depend on traditional healers”

Traditional healers, herbalists and sangomas may soon have to register with the Traditional Health Practitioners Council in order to render their services. ZILUNGILE MNISI asked...

South Africans unconvinced by Zuma’s teen mom solution

President Jacob Zuma’s solution for creating a society not dependent on child-support grants involves separating children from their teen moms until the mothers are...

What does “My Palestine” look like to a child in Gaza?

They say pictures can say a thousand words, so why do we always insist on words? Gaza has been under a brutal Israeli blockade...

Stockholm Pride Week: “People should show support for the LGBTQ community...

Sweden is widely known for its progressive political stance regarding the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer) community, with the highlight being decriminalising homosexual...

Is Our Democracy Losing Legitimacy?

SPONSORED COMMENT The commemoration of Youth Day in 2019 comes at an important time for young people of South...

Durban’s not feeling the registration schmooze

Rumana Akoob finds little enthusiasm for voting registration in Durban.

Is it a question of “diversity but no inclusivity” at Stellenbosch...

Stellenbosch University, along with North West University’s Potchefstroom campus, has been accused of failing to create a welcoming atmosphere for students of all social...

“I pay for this electricity, but it still fails me” –...

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has declined Eskom’s application for a 9.85% electricity price hike. But Eskom has warned that this...

Why you, or anyone, should care about campus politics

I live at home with my family, a seven-minute drive away from campus. My parents pay for my tuition and anything else that I...

The Gentrification of the Bo-Kaap

Gentrification has become a buzzword that redefines urban spaces and communities. Areas such as Woodstock and Bo-Kaap have become largely commercialised, creating trendy hotspots in long-standing historical neighbourhoods. Some Capetonians are wary of the newcomers in their community, while others are struggling to keep up with the price tag of redevelopment. RA’EESA PATHER reports.

Soweto’s elderly laud freedom but are still not content with progress.

Apartheid has taught the older generation of South Africans to be patient. And even as South Africa’s fourth general election comes around, they are optimistic that things will be better, that our government will deliver. Their hope rests upon the ANC and the roots of this trust, love and loyalty dates back to the days of oppression. “We have come a long way,” they say, “there has been progress.” But they want more. They want change for the sake of their children and grand children. UYANDA SIYOTULA spoke to a group of senior citizens.

Numsa strike: “It’s been a difficult and terrifying four weeks”

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa NUMSA returned to work on Tuesday after a month-long strike. BHEKI SIMELANE spoke to Numsa member Kenneth...

Soweto electricity protests: “Where is the money to pay for electricity...

Earlier this month, residents of Dobsonville in Soweto took to the streets to protest against protracted power cuts in the area over the non-payment...

Bright young things: SA’s emerging female artists

In 2014, we heard about Tokolos Stencils and their graffiti bombing against the powers that be, we heard about Brett Bailey and his human...

The maiden bursary puts a spotlight on culture and constitutional rights

The maiden bursary, which was introduced by Kwazulu Natal's uThukela municipality in January was found to be unconstitutional earlier this month by The Commission for...

“The Labour Laws You Talk About Don’t Work For Me” –...

At the bottom of the working class, it is the domestic workers and gardeners who work in scorching heat and unpleasant conditions for an...

#WitsFeesMustFall: “I feel like government intervention is necessary”

Students at the University of the Witwatersrand have been protesting over a 10,5% increase to fees set for next year and academic activities on...

Rhodes Must Fall students booted from Bremner but determined to keep...

Members of the Rhodes Must Fall movement are looking for a new home after they were asked to leave the University of Cape Town’s...

Marikana report delay: “There are things that they do not want...

It is almost three years since the Marikana massacre, when 34 people where killed. The commission of inquiry into the events, headed by Judge...
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