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#sexistSA: Should we just accept this as the norm?

It's easy to ignore a passer-by who catcalls or makes sexist remarks towards you. Accepting that this is the norm in society is much...

Mixed reactions to UCT’s mixed bathrooms

Last week the University of Cape Town (UCT) introduced gender-neutral bathrooms for students who identify as transgender or who abstain from defining their gender. Nthabiseng...

Why do SA schools still have a problem with African hair?

Last week, teachers sent a 16-year-old learner home from school, allegedly because her braids were too thick. The learner is said to have missed a week...

Does a lecturer’s race matter to university students?

According to a recent City Press report, less than one in every ten university professors in South African universities is black. These low numbers have been attributed...

Thirty years later, still no water in Roosboom

PETER MABASO* (45) is a resident of Roosboom, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, where violent service delivery protests recently broke out over the lack of water supply to the area. He...

Can private schools save education in SA?

Is the private school system in South Africa segregated and elitist? Salim Vally, associate professor and director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation...

Without work or family, prayer and nyaope provide solace

Jabulani Shabalala (33) from Phiri in Soweto is battling an addiction to nyaope. He told BHEKI SIMELANE about his struggle. I can tell you that...

“I already lost one child. Do I have to feel the...

Lydia Taziyevi (34) lost her son in 2008, before she fled Zimbabwe for a new life in South Africa. She spoke to AAISHA DADI...

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...

Forget the feature phone, the smartphone revolution is here

Between December 2013 and June 2014, there was a 13% increase in the number of smartphones sold by PEP stores, one of SA's leading cellphone...

Discontent brews in Ivory Park, Thembisa

Discontent is brewing in the Ivory Park informal settlement in Thembisa’s ward 78, where residents say they’re fed up with mismanagement on the part of...

Is Shakes Mashaba really the right man for the job?

On Saturday afternoon South African Football Association (Safa) President Dr Danny Jordaan announced Shakes Mashaba as the new coach of the national soccer team....

Portrait of an Adderley Street flower seller

The iconic Adderley Street flower market in Cape Town is a colourful highlight for locals and tourists alike. RA'EESA PATHER spent a dreary Thursday...

EFF members: Why throw people out of the legislature just because...

Last week the the EFF stormed the Gauteng legislature and strashed streets in the Johannesburg city centre, getting a whole lot of bad press...

“I love South Africa, but there are too many tsotsis”

Hair salons are a major feature of Braamfontein streets. With so many students living in the area, there is stiff competition and reasonable prices...

Why I’m standing in solidarity with Palestinians

In the wake of Israel’s bombardment in Gaza, Capetonians gathered on Wednesday to demand the end of human rights abuses in Palestine and the...

Life in Marikana after the strike

On Monday, 21 June, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu)  declared an end to the five-month strike in the platinum sector. Since miners...

The forgotten people of Marikana

Lesedi Thutlwane (28) is walking across Marikana Shopping Centre. Wearing workman's pants and a sweater, he is on his way to his house in...

A day in the life of a South African maid

I wake up at 4:30 am because Catherine and Stuart like me to serve them their...

Anthem, schmanthem. Is this a democracy or what?

ANC MP Lindiwe Maseko put it to parliament on Tuesday that South Africans are not patriotic enough and, as a solution, proposed that the...
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