Spotlight Volunteering

Where Rainbows Meet

Where Rainbows Meet

Driving through Vrygrond, you will see that most of the homes are shacks made of corrugated metal. The dull colours match the overcast sky. People wander seemingly aimlessly down the streets. The atmosphere is grim. Take a turn down Vrygrond Avenue, however, and your eyes are caught by a sign. A vibrant rainbow painted among the grey. It reads ‘Where Rainbows Meet.’

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.

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News Youth

Hot Recruiting Young Gangsters

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> Recruiting Young Gangsters

In 2015, Cape Town was ranked one of the top 10 most violent cities in the world. A large portion of this violence is attributed to gangs. In a speech by Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, she quoted Major General Jeremy Vearey, from the specialised SAPS Western Cape anti-gang strategy unit, explaining that ‘Gangs were most often formed by children seeking physical protection from threats in their communities.’

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.

Lifestyle Photography

Cape Town Beaches

Cape Town Beaches

Cape Town is well-known its breath-taking landscape and endless beaches. The scenery provides countless opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the South African coast. During my stay, I wanted to capture some of the allure and tranquillity of the beaches, like the sun setting over Camps Bay, igniting the horizon with colours that blend into the darkening African sky.

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.

Lifestyle Sport

Surfing in (Life)Style

Surfing in (Life)Style

It is 10:30am, Muizenberg is slowly waking up. A strong southeastern swell surges. The sun still shining through slightly overcast skies, sending shimmers across the ocean. As the sun continues to rise, the wind has taken over the small town. Despite the beautiful scenery, shivers shoot down our spines as our small staff of four approached the Lifestyle Surf Shop in Muizenberg for our surf lesson. We were nervous – and cold.

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.

Travel Video

Beauty of the Western Cape

Beauty of the Western Cape

Throughout her three-months visit to Cape Town, Elise Queru explored not just the cityscape but the natural scenery surrounding the Mother City. Mind-blown by the beautiful landscapes South Africa has to offer and the warmth of the people too, she couldn’t help but take short video clips wherever she went.

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

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 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.

 

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