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NEWS

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The no-meat millenials

Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara

Braais and Banting have become part of the normal culinary landscape in SA, but it seems there’s a new vegetarian trend afoot, especially among millennials with an appetite for tackling global warming. Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara look at the shift and at some of the options available if you give up meat.

December 2, 2016
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How we are soiling the sea

Martina Keenan

Every day millions of litres of raw sewage is pumped into the ocean, just off Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The City has reapplied for its permit to do so, and the outcome is expected soon. Martina Keenan investigates.

December 1, 2016
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10 things we need to do to tackle rape

Lisa Vetten

Lisa Vetten, a gender-rights activist currently with the Wits City Institute at Wits University, tells The Big Issue what she thinks needs to happen to tackle the high levels of rape in our country.

November 23, 2016
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The dirt-eaters – a stressful and dangerous addiction for many women

All over South Africa, women have developed taste for eating soil or clay and now packets of soil are being sold by street vendors alongside their usual products. SANDILE MBILI, BONTLE MOTSOENENG AND LINDIWE MSIBI report…

November 21, 2016
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Dumping 4.3 million Samsung phones is an environmental disaster warns Greenpeace

These materials could be recovered but would instead end up harming the environment if Samsung doesn’t repurpose or reuse these precious minerals. Samsung has yet to make an official statement fully explaining the causes of the fault, despite a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 and offering replacements. It has said that it will […]

November 21, 2016
These houses in Motherwell, built by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, need to be demolished. Photo: Joseph Chirume

Poorly built municipal housing project may face demolition

Joseph Chirume

Beneficiaries fear the double-storey dwellings will collapse on them

November 4, 2016
edufunding

Tech start-up seeks to help solve student-funding problem

The team’s initiative, EduFunding, aims to centralise information on funding through bursaries, scholarships and affordable study loans from the private sector. By going to www.edufunding.co.za, students can create a detailed profile, search for bursaries and scholarships according to chosen faculties/subjects, and easily submit their details to all available bursaries. EduFunding also offers funders an end-to-end […]

November 1, 2016
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Global Wheeling

By Rebekah Funk and Celine Fjeldheim

Since 2005, the South African founder of Global Wheeling has biked more than 53,000km and in November will set off for India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. If he completes the eight-month journey through choked Indian streets and the rugged Himalayas, Kleinhans will have cycled close to one-and-a-half times around the world. It’s the ultimate goal […]

November 1, 2016

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vegetarians1

The no-meat millenials

Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara

Braais and Banting have become part of the normal culinary landscape in SA, but it seems there’s a new vegetarian trend afoot, especially among millennials with an appetite for tackling global warming. Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara look at the shift and at some of the options available if you give up meat.

sewage

How we are soiling the sea

Martina Keenan

Every day millions of litres of raw sewage is pumped into the ocean, just off Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The City has reapplied for its permit to do so, and the outcome is expected soon. Martina Keenan investigates.

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UB40 brings ‘healing music’

The three original members of reggae band UB40 will be making a return to South Africa in November with their Red Red Wine Tour. Andrea Vinassa spoke to founder and lead vocalist Ali Campbell about the band’s split into two, his deep love for Madiba and South Africa, maturing, and the task of parenting eight children.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Literacy from the ground up

Zimkhitha Mlanzeli was bitten by the writing bug after her first story was published by FunDza, a future-focused organisation igniting a passion for reading and writing among South Africa’s youth. By Andrea Vinassa

The cream of the crop

A young woman from humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape now runs an organic farm on a private nature reserve. Meet Zozo Bikani, a woman with a bright future ahead of her. Story and pictures by Sarah Taylor

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…)

LETTERS TO MY YOUNGER SELF

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Sindiwe Magona

Cape Town’s Sindiwe Magona, an accomplished author, playwright and public speaker, looks back on her life and shares some words of encouragement with her impatient younger self. As told to Melanie Farrell

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Sylvia Vollenhoven

Growing up in the ’50s, award-winning journalist, filmmaker and writer Sylvia Vollenhoven at first was unaware of herself as a coloured person. But in the ’70s, she embraced black consciousness and recently she’s been delving into her Khoisan heritage and identity, producing a book, a documentary and a dance/drama about it. By Andrea Vinassa