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Adele is back!

One divorce, a few years of mental health issues and some dramatic weight loss later, our favourite British pop star, Adele, is back. She’s about to release an album that will break and mend our hearts, simultaneously. It’s what she does, after all. Adele is due to release her newest album 30, on 19 November, …

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Uganda recognises its first trans citizen

Cleopatra Kambugu, a Ugandan activist who advocates for sexual and gender minorities, has made history as the first transgender person in Uganda to have their new gender recognised by the government, the Star Observer reported. 🌈 “Kambugu has received her new passport and government-issued photo ID card, which identifies her as female. The process of …

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Mogoeng Mogeong: the end of an era, and a few errors

Mogoeng Mogoeng‘s term as Chief Justice officially ends at midnight on Sunday.  When Mogoeng was appointed to the role in 2011, many were alarmed.  President Jacob Zuma had overlooked the natural fit for the position, the brilliant and independent Dikgang Moseneke. Would Mogoeng, whose judgments positioned him as a religious traditionalist, be a Zuma lackey? …

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Accountability Monitor: Another national police commissioner to face the music

The police commissioner plays an important role in South Africa. If our police minister is akin to the chairman of the board, the police commissioner is the CEO; they run the actual ship.  So it’s a real problem that the post has long been marked by corruption, infighting and plain incompetence. Several police commissioners have …

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#Adulting 101

🔹a. Managing exam stress Exam season is around the corner for school and university students, and with the mounting stress and pressure, especially given the disruptions over the past two years, we need to give the kids as much support as we can.  If you’re a parent or caregiver, pay extra attention to your child’s …

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R15m stadium brings out the best in SA memes

Have you seen the memes reacting to the ridiculous R15m sports facility officials “opened” in Lesseyton village yet?  Officials from Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape posted images of the “completed” stadium in a self-congratulatory Facebook post earlier this month. It made headlines and created a buzz on social media, given how completely …

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Bafana give us reason to hope

Bafana Bafana supporters are experiencing an unfamiliar feeling this week: hope. This, after the men’s senior national team beat Ethiopia in two World Cup qualifiers on the trot. The first came on Saturday at Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar Stadium – Bafana won by three goals to one; the second was on Tuesday at FNB Stadium in …

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Tell us how you really feel, Mike!

Admit it: you’ve dreamed of writing a no-holds-barred, entirely undiplomatic resignation letter. But – adulthood and social conventions being what they are – most of us fall back on polite platitudes even when we’re leaving a terrible work situation. 😏 Mike Waters, a former DA MP and long-time member of the party, apparently has no …

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Our take: Squid game and global capitalism

Have you watched Squid Game yet? If not, someone you know definitely has. Netflix introduced the South Korean series in mid-September and audiences across the world are gripped. It has attracted 111m views on Netflix, overtaking even the breakout hit Bridgerton, according to Bloomberg. It’s a dystopian fictional series about debt-laden Koreans who play a …

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