Volunteering

Mandela Day 2017

Mandela Day 2017

Hundreds of homes remain in wreckage at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay after a devastating fire in March. Scorch marks still scar the sides of homes. Torched trees that once provided shade now look like shadows themselves. Many residents lost everything, with the smell of ash and smoke a distressing reminder. This Mandela Day, however, the scent of fresh paint wafted through the air as well.

Environment Volunteering

Wild at Tuli Conservation Camp

Wild at Tuli Conservation Camp

A mother elephant waits for her calf as the rest of the herd moves ahead. The young elephant needs to keep up but isn’t strong enough. Their instinct is to follow the herd; without it neither will survive. She makes a heart-wrenching decision and leaves her new born behind. Left alone to fend for himself, his days are numbered and he will mostly likely perish at the hands of drought and hunger. This is life in the wild, in times like these you can smell death as it wafts over Wild at Tuli game reserve.

Spotlight Volunteering Youth

Every Child Needs Love

Every Child Needs Love

It’s December. The festive season is in full swing, the malls are filled with gifts and people are visiting family and friends. The Christmas spirit is everywhere in Cape Town. Everywhere, but in the townships. People living in the townships don’t see the festivity in the malls or on TV. Often they don’t celebrate Christmas. But… that’s about to change.

Spotlight Video Volunteering

In the Water with Projects Abroad

In the Water with Projects Abroad

Caroline Borg spent a week at the Projects Abroad surfing project to see how the programme was helping the groups they work with. From the young children at Village Heights Care Centre to the high schoolers from Lotus River, this water sport provides a great deal more than physical activity. The surf project encourages personal growth and goal-setting. The project also works with a rehabilitation centre, engaging the adults in a social activity that gives a healthy outlet and purpose to their lives.

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News Special Feature

Fighting Fake News

Fighting Fake News

In KwaMashu, a township north of Durban, a distribution of stories claiming children were being kidnapped for the sale of their body parts led to violent protests. Foreign-owned shops were looted and torched. Roads were reportedly blocked and cars were stoned. In fact, none of the stories that inspired this violence was true.

News Politics

Social Grants Crisis

Social Grants Crisis

South Africa’s Constitutional Court is once again being asked to deal with a highly politically charged matter that affects the government of the country. The last time was over the question of President Jacob Zuma’s failure to repay state money spent on his personal homestead at Nkandla. This time the government’s Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, is at the centre of a storm over the payment of 17 million social grants.

Arts & Culture Lifestyle Photography

The Rainbow City

The Rainbow City

Cape Town is an energetic vibrant city; rich in colours, culture and diversity. Known as the Rainbow Nation, the hues of the rainbow have become synonymous with the cultural tapestry of the people. The beautiful blend of colour seen in and around the city symbolises the unification process in post-apartheid South Africa.

Photography Youth

A Country of Smiles

A Country of Smiles

After spending a month volunteering at schools, daycare centres and orphanages in Ghana, I noticed one similarity – despite an impoverished background, all the children had smiles across their faces.

Lifestyle Photography

Where Words Meet the Sea

Where Words Meet the Sea

The beach has always been a place of recluse for me; a place of peace and serenity. I grew up on the sandy shores of New York beaches and my love for the ocean never waned. Whenever I am not near the sea I feel an invisible force pulling me back to it. Whether I realise it or not, I always find myself returning to the place that helped shape me and mold me into the person I am today. The ocean will always be a part of me; it is there that I feel whole and complete.

Arts & Culture Lifestyle Photography

Postcards from South Africa

Postcards from South Africa

Leaving home and travelling thousands of kilometres away is a difficult choice to make. However, the prospect of discovering amazing landscapes and new experiences will always outweigh the fears of the unknown.

Lifestyle Sport Video

Muizenberg’s Surfing Community

Muizenberg’s Surfing Community

A Blue Flag beach, Muizenberg stretches for 20km along the False Bay coast with colourful huts running along a strip of the beach known as Surfer’s Corner. Home to restaurants, cafes and niche surf shops that cater for all. Muizenberg was the birthplace of surfing in the Western Cape and is one of the best surf spots for beginners in South Africa. Elise Queru spent some time chatting with members of the surfing suburb to learn more about the surf lifestyle and what it means to embrace this enriching outdoor activity. In Muizenberg, surfing is not a sport, it is a way of life.

Sport

Downhill Skateboarding

Downhill Skateboarding

Incredible. Fearless. Awesome. Perilous. These are just some of the words you might use to describe the sensation of bombing down Kloof Nek Road at 100 km per hour on a skateboard, with gravity pulling you in. But if you’re Decio Lourenco, the number one downhill skater in South Africa, you would describe it as pure freedom.

Reviews Travel

The Ultimate Cape Point Tour

The Ultimate Cape Point Tour

The Cape Peninsula area is full of natural and historical wonders. The area is lush with green beauty all year round. Hundreds of different flora and fauna can be found within the Cape region, as well as breath-taking beaches, quaint fishing harbours and scenic passes. The Cape Peninsula is a must-see for all visitors to Cape Town. One of the best ways to see it all is through Cape Xtreme.

Blogs Reflections Travel

Catching the Train in Cape Town

Catching the Train in Cape Town

Some people will give up right away. Others may wonder where they’ll end up. Of course you get scared. Even if you are brave and determined enough to get on, you will still find yourself praying that everything goes well. My first week using the train in Cape Town, there are many emotions running through my head. Despite being an experienced commuter back home in Rome, I feel completely out of my depth facing Metrorail in South Africa.

Blogs

Blogs Politics Reflections

A Morning in Vrygrond Township

A Morning in Vrygrond Township

While President Jacob Zuma is in town for yesterday’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA), my colleagues and I decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Vrygrond, a township near Muizenberg beach, on the False Bay coast, about 20km away from Cape Town central.

Blogs Science & Tech

Uber Nation

Uber Nation

Uber is an app designed by a multi-national transportation network company. The app connects you to hired drivers who will pick you up and drop you off at your desired location for a fee. Once you’ve signed up with your credit or debit card, your ride is cashless, cardless and paperless.

 

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