Health

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition caused by drinking during pregnancy, affecting three million people throughout South Africa. Depending on the amount of alcohol consumed by the mother, a child can be born with debilitating physical and mental disorders. As a result, these babies are more likely to be abandoned by their mothers.

Environment Health Special Feature

GMO Foods

GMO Foods

Have you ever read the back of food labels and noticed the words: ‘Might be genetically modified’? No? Well you’re not alone. That’s how most South Africans would respond. But the reality is that many foods are genetically modified because South Africa is the world’s eighth largest GMO producer.

Health Special Feature

The Slavery of Alcohol

The Slavery of Alcohol

Alcohol is the main drug in South Africa with 30% of the population being either alcoholics or at risk of becoming so. According to WHO, South Africans drink in excess of five billion litres of alcohol per year. If that’s not bad enough, alcohol abuse tends to be a prerequisite to health problems, criminality and socio-economic burdens. But who is the abuser behind these statistics? And what can be done to prevent alcohol abuse?

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Hot A Conversation to Save Lives

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> A Conversation to Save Lives

Suicide is an issue that needs to be addressed. People suffering from suicidal thoughts need to know that they matter, that they have a purpose and that they do belong here on this planet. Now awareness campaigns are beginning to pop up with the purpose of spreading that exact message.

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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.

Arts & Culture Reviews

Hot The First-Ever Muizenberg Jazz Festival

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> The First-Ever Muizenberg Jazz Festival

The first annual Muizenberg Jazz Festival took place on 13 and 14 October at the Masque Theatre. The line-up featured ten exceptional local and international jazz artists, each presenting their own unique take on the eclectic art that is jazz. The organisers’ vision was threefold: The festival should provide a place for the artist and their art to thrive, it should entertain the audience and leave everyone ‘enlightened, engaged and enriched.’

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.

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 Volunteering

Thank you Ghana!

Thank you Ghana!

In September, Anne left her hometown in the Netherlands for a four-week visit to Ghana. This was the first stop in a series of countries she would visit as part of a six-month Global Gap volunteer experience with Projects Abroad. Wanting to remember this trip of a lifetime, she filmed the different places she visited, capturing the beautiful rich culture Ghana has to offer.

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.

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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