EDUCATION MADE COMFORTABLE

JustLearn.me is a brand new online platform founded by Uviwe Faku, a young black entrepreneur who is also an accounting student at the University of Cape Town. This initiative, a first of its kind in South Africa, allows students and tutors to interact with one another from the comfort and safety of their own homes or any other preferred environments. Continue reading

IMBAWULA: EVERY STORY IS VALID

While we stand before each other as strangers, we are discreetly connected by common human experiences and collectively relate to that which we have seen and felt as individuals. Our estranged relationship becomes apparent when we reveal pieces of our lives in the form of stories; the tales shared around fireplaces, within the walls of boarding school dormitories, between commuters in taxis and buses or even during drunken moments at a bar. In these times of connectedness the barriers housing our solitude fall away, granting us the rare opportunity to recognise each other a little more. Continue reading

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Mpho’s discomfort with the black child’s place in the hierarchy of society, together with her growing despondency towards the capitalist system, motivated her to start NCZA Hub; it is an independent business that focuses on multimedia, cultural exchange, art and technology for the youth and women in Africa. “I became conscious of the fact that a black child always has to start from scratch and that there are more black people looking for work than creating it. I was tired of hearing about unemployment rates in South Africa and not being able to control my time. Most importantly, I became less afraid to die or take risks,” she explains.

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Selfies of Society

The popularity of the selfie has undoubtedly reached monumental heights, affording individuals with the unique opportunity to freely express and represent themselves. It has become such a prominent part of our daily lives that the word itself has now been added to the Oxford Dictionary. The invention of the selfie stick, and the fact that it too has gained popularity, is evidence of the selfie’s powerful impact on the public. While the rest of the world continues to explore this expression of the self in the name of light hearted fun, Ramothibe M.Pooe is using the concept to confront society’s pressing issues; this is his personal contribution towards making the world a better place.

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Queendom

I have collected some of life’s most valuable treasures from the sacred palace of womanhood.

I have found the sisters that my mother could not birth.

I have seen the courageous rise of queens; they are likened to beauty, but it’s really beauty that tries to be like them.

It is here that my sanity has been saved manier times,and my strength constantly re-discovered.

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Art Affair

The Turbine Art Fair is an annual South African art exhibition that takes place at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg. When I attended it for the first time last year, I was rather underwhelmed by the showcases. This year’s exhibition was on from 16-19 July, and with my expectations at a minimum, I decided to check it out once again; to my pleasant surprise I was blown away.

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Artistry Unplugged

Fresh talent, an electrifying atmosphere and great music, were the expectations I had for my first experience of Youth Unplugged – a six week long annual initiative aimed at empowering South Africa’s young aspiring musicians. I attended the finale that took place on June 28;not only were my expectations met, but I was also left inspired as I witnessed my peers manifest their dreams. Continue reading