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On the cover: "Cape Town Traffic: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?"

Inspiration: "Manser magic pulls through"

Issue: “Hope’s healing”

Letter to my younger self

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He was abandoned in a shoebox as a baby in a war torn country. 17 years later, he brings the judges (and the world) to tears

John Lennon’s Imagine… sang perfectly in honour of International Peace Day. This kid is one of the faces as to why we need to end war.

September 22, 2016

South African going viral after completely wowing UK X-factor judges!

Anelisa Lamola was originally born in South Africa and has auditioned for the UK X-Factor before… but this time she believed she was better prepared… and the world could not agree more.

September 22, 2016

Kevin Paul wins South Africa’s first gold medal in the Paralympics!

Kevin Paul won South Africa’s first medal of the Rio Paralympics late on Thursday evening, taking gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

September 9, 2016

Viral dance video puts SA talent on the map

And it seems he’s achieved just that, with popstar Meghan Trainor recognising Smit for his choreography to her smash hit, Me Too.

September 9, 2016

Kruger animals becoming meat for starving neighbours

Let’s begin with the poo – something hippos are pretty good at producing in large volumes. Kruger is in the grip of a severe drought. Rivers are drying, pools are emptying and grass is in short supply for herbivores. Hippos –­ all 7 500 of them in the park ­– need water or they get […]

September 9, 2016

Poaching drives 30% decline in Savannah elephants

Poaching has driven a huge decline in Africa’s savannah elephants with almost a third (30%) wiped out between 2007 and 2014, the first ever continent-wide survey of the species has found.

September 5, 2016




Home at last

Rescuing just one abused circus lion is no easy task. Imagine promising to care for no fewer than 33 of the predators – for life. Janine Stephen catches up with the big cats rescued from South America, and their carer, Savannah Heuser.


South Africa’s Shame

Marion Scher

The phrase “rape culture” hit the headlines recently, as campus protesters took the issue to the streets. Marion Scher looks at some of the questions it raised, from the use of language, to attitudes, to secondary victimisation.


Electric Cars: Will SA switch on?

The Tesla Model 3 is set to hit South Africa next year – but are our roads and drivers ready? And in a global market where at least one car company boss doesn’t want you to buy his electric vehicle, is there really a future for electric cars? Mark van Dijk finds out.


Teaching the teachers

In 2015, the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa’s maths and science education 138th out of 140 countries. Frances Aron finds out how one organisation is addressing the issue.

Under the skin of Albinism

For more than 20 years the Albinism Society of South Africa has supported people with albinism. Frances Aron finds out about a condition that’s often surrounded in stigma and superstition. (more…)