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Issue #223
24 September
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Jack Parow’s ode to us (and other working-class heroes)

Posted on August 25, 2014  /  No Comments

Best-known for his party-fueled satirical lyrics, Jack Parow recently exposed a surprisingly profound side in a new song, Ode to You.

The poignantly upbeat music video, released on Monday, creates a brutally realistic snapshot of working-class life in South Africa. In it, Parow takes on various working-class jobs – from washing cars to selling our very own Big Issue magazine – complete with his signature oversized cap. (read more…)


Sea Point art fans take it outside

Posted on August 21, 2014  /  No Comments

Two hopeful girls in hijabs smile into the camera, a faded Jonas Brothers sticker pasted on the closet behind them. A biracial couple stares into a mosaic of diaper brands at the supermarket. Snapshots of Capetonian culture on a previously unremarkable cement wall. (read more…)


Doodle for Change

Posted on August 20, 2014  /  No Comments

This month, the Night of 1000 Drawings will be coming to the Good Hope Centre, an innovatively simple event in which doodles drawn by regular Capetonians will be bought by other people, and all profits will go towards refurbishing the Thomas Wildschutt school in Retreat. (read more…)


Munro’s “Find Anything” Shop

Posted on August 14, 2014  /  No Comments

If you’re observant and you walk along Lower Main Road, Observatory, you might spot something strange. Just between Pancho’s and the Independent Armchair Theatre, on a balcony, stands a tail from a 1960s fighter aircraft. (read more…)


Gugulethu residents go on 24-hour patrol

Posted on August 13, 2014  /  No Comments

Residents of ward 44 in Gugulethu have taken matters in their own hands to combat crime in the area. About 122 volunteers have signed up to do community policing work, which encompasses patrolling the area 24-hours a day, checking sewage problems and collecting rubbish material. The group has divided itself into three shifts, working around the clock from 7am. (read more…)


Mamphela Ramphele: A letter to my younger self

Posted on August 12, 2014  /  No Comments

Dear Mphela

It is amazing how time has just flown! A whole 40 years has gone by since you and I had a conversation about our beloved country. It is now time to see how far we have come as a young democracy and where the gaps are between the dream and the reality for the majority of our fellow citizens. (read more…)


Community beat up two men, while the police watched

Posted on August 4, 2014  /  Comments Off

Two men in Nyanga were beaten very badly by about 50 members of their community, including children, after they were accused of housebreaking in the street they live in. The police stood and watched as they were beaten. (read more…)


Food swapping: getting over the yuck factor

Posted on July 22, 2014  /  Comments Off

People love freebies and a host of online communities are trying to help kick the habit of throwing away items for needless reasons. From unwanted clothes to old furniture. People are beginning to realise that the gift of giving to someone else is kinder and greener, and that it can play a part in reducing waste. Now this kindness is extending to leftover food. (read more…)


Former car guard gets his master’s degree

Posted on July 14, 2014  /  Comments Off

Former car guard Albert Mpazayabo’s great regret is that he cannot use his new master’s degree in his own country, Rwanda.

Mpazayabo, 52, graduated with a master’s degree in HIV and AIDS management in April 2014. But, he says, his degree is “meaningless” because he cannot use it. (read more…)