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.

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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.

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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.’

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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 Lifestyle Photography

Vineyards of the Cape

Vineyards of the Cape

South Africa is famous for its stunning array of wines, with the early vineyards dating back 330 years. Not only are the wines beautiful but the scenery is equally as impressive. The vineyards are the perfect place to unwind and spend a relaxing day enjoying amazing food and wine.

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.

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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 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.

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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.

Lifestyle Travel

Hiking in Cape Town

Hiking in Cape Town

Cape Town offers some of the most scenic hiking in the world. A lot of the ascents can be found throughout Table Mountain National Park. David Michael traversed five famous trails whilst recording their beauty.

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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.

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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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