WHEN Vittorio Zanoncelli wrote to the Daily Dispatch asking if we could help him locate some children he was forced to ask to leave his preschool in 1980, he had no idea one would be one of the first...
Besides the glitz and the glamour they offer, many believe beauty pageants are only about watching women with picture-perfect bodies strut their stuff on stage, showing off their pretty faces, professionally done hair and make-up, while they compete for...
By ZISANDA NKONKOBE Laurens Rowles was 17 the first time she felt the crippling pain in her head which left her unable to concentrate on anything for longer than a few seconds. The headaches soon started occurring weekly, becoming more intense...
By BARBARA HOLLANDS The Daily Dispatch’s cutting-edge new building in Beacon Bay was shortlisted as one of the top five corporate office developments in its category in the 50th South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Innovative Excellence in Property Development...
By ZISANDA NKONKOBE Higher walls, stronger burglar bars, gated communities and armed response have done little to deter criminals from entering homes and making off with goods. So what is the next step to averting crime? Many communities are now making...
By POLISWA PLAATJIE With social media on the rise, it is no surprise that many young people are using it to market themselves. One such individual is actor and comedian, Siviwe Lutseke. Lutseke has more than 17000 followers on Instagram, more than...
By ZISANDA NKONKOBE A development in headache prevention is a headband called the Cefaly. According to medical director of The Headache Clinic Dr Elliot Shevel, the Cefaly uses mild electric pulses to reduce the pain impulses going to the brain. On its...
Ukuthwala, although a recognised method of marriage, is not relevant in modern societies. This is the sentiment of cultural law expert Professor Digby Koyana, who said ukuthwala had been practised by African people for hundreds of years. “For people who are...
By VUYISWA VENA SOUTH Africans have not yet received the latest Nintendo game, Pokemon Go, on their smartphone stores, but that is not deterring game enthusiasts.  Ryan Boyes, the South African team manager for Mind Sport SA, was playing the game...
By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI You have to acknowledge someone’s musical prowess if they can capture your heart and presence with just their voice and a guitar. That is the musical genius of Port Elizabeth duo Umle Sounds, who had their opening performance at...
With more and more people opting to live in gated estates here in sunny South Africa, we find that gardens with plenty of space are becoming a thing of the past. This is not always a bad thing because it...
By BARBARA HOLLANDS It would take hours to absorb the paintings, sculptures, book collections and other fascinating artefacts in Dick Latimer’s vibrant Nahoon Mouth home. The house he shares with wife Leila – herself a creator of watercolours, quilts and pottery...
Members of a popular AmaMpondomise clan, the Rhudulu, marked their heritage in true African style last weekend when over 2000 family members gathered on the banks of the Mthatha river. Rhudulus – including members of the Nxuba, Ngcingane, Tshangisa, Nabe...
East Londoners were due for a brief taste of Aussie: The Australian Circus earlier in the year, but the organisers, Weber Bros Entertainment, did not feel that a one-week stop would be enough. The all-human cirque extravaganza is now setting...
Decades after saying “I do”, many older couples have taken to separating.  This phenomenon, where couples aged 45 years and older seek a divorce, is called “grey divorce”, a term for the burgeoning trend of older couples seeking a life...
By ZIPO-ZENKOSI Intense installations, ceramics, powerful oil paintings and sculptures – these are some of the artworks being exhibited by Eastern Cape artists at the National Arts Festival. The Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture once again presents a collection...
A group of boys around the age of nine scavenge through piles of refuse at the Amalinda dumpsite until one of them flushes out a sizable scrap of stale bread. Just when he is about to munch on it, his...
By POLISWA PLAATJIE A random video clip sent to a friend has seen Seymour-born comedian, Zikhona Nongqiza Msuthu, become an instant hit on social media. With more than 7500 followers on Facebook, the 26-year-old’s video clips tackle social issues, from...
By MIKE LOEWE We should replace every colonial statue with art which recognises, acknowledges and honours South African lesbians. I have just seen Chapter 2 Section 9, by the Sibikwa Arts Centre. It’s a piece of utter brilliance which takes interviews from...
By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI Finding ways to entertain your family over the holidays should not be a braintease, here are some ideas. Reece in the House POPULAR musician Stuart Reece will be launching his EP Broke Down Beat Down tomorrow at the Legends...
Thembisa was 14 when she started menstruating. Scared of what was happening in her body and too afraid to ask anyone, the teenager stuffed bits of toilet paper and old clothes into her panties and decided to tell no one. The...
The heat is officially on for matrics now returning to school after the winter holidays, with just less than three months to go before they start writing final exams on October 19. Many of them will be entering this period...
It was a cramp in her side that persisted for two weeks which left Duncan Village resident Xolelwa Joni wondering whether she might be ill. The cramp, which only affected her left side and only at night, was so painful...
Dance enthusiasts can anticipate a diverse array of productions at the National Arts Festival from both the Main and Fringe programmes. A spectacular production of The Firebird, designed and directed by Janni Younge (previously of the Handspring Puppet Company) and...
By ANNA MAGEE Yoga has now been shown to boost memory, improve heart health, eliminate back pain and help you stay slim. No wonder popularity is soaring among the over-50s. These benefits are increasingly being backed up by science – and...
Popular comedian, Skhumba Hlophe presents #It’sAShubile, live at The Venue @Hemingways on Thursday July 28. Hlophe is an acclaimed comedy club attraction across the country and his larger than life humour takes his audience by surprise which results in irrepressible...
Living in a world where we are confronted by semi-naked bodies on a variety of different platforms – be it billboards, magazines or television – on a regular basis, would lead one to believe that women across the world...
By GILLIAN McAINSH Today the curtain goes up on one of three of playwright Lara Foot’s plays. The director and CEO of the Baxter Theatre Centre is the Featured Artist at this year’s National Arts Festival (NAF), which had its...
By MARK BAILEY Improve your chances of winning life’s lottery with these simple diet and lifestyle upgrades, scientifically proven to help you live longer: What should I stop doing right now? If you devour more meat than a T-rex, start swapping red...
CHAPTER SEVEN Village of the sick and the dead … Down the road from Mzikayise and Mzwandile’s homes, Mncedi Alloys Msuthu scans the sky quietly. He knows the two brothers very well. They were all born in this village and...
A former Spur restaurant manager, Durban’s Seelan Govender, is now the director of the ship and sails the world with his Capetonian wife Carlien and their children Tessa, eight, and Milan, three. Like others who gave up a landlubber life...
By ZISANDA NKONKOBE Besides being the beauty who represents South Africa, Miss South Africa pageant winners all have a mandate to give back through charity, while also having the perfect platform to follow their chosen career paths after passing on...
A magnificent bronze monumental lion sculpture standing almost 5m high in the English countryside of western Wiltshire has resulted in extraordinary international focus on unassuming Grahamstown-based wildlife artist Bruce Little. The passionate conservationist and self-taught sculptor produced the 8m long,...
Remembering complicated passwords, saving PINS on your phone and invoking answers to security questions to access your hard-earned money in banks could soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to new voice recognition technology being pioneered by a bank...
SCHOOL’S out! Which means more time for fun times – there’s a wide selection this week, take your pick. Keyboard king IAN von Memerty will be bringing Keyboard Killers to the Guild Theatre from tonight until June 25, where he pays...
What a wonderful world it would be if we could all sit at home and play games for a living, right? That’s exactly the type of world Sheraaz Nunnian hopes to open up to the East London community through his...
Solar Impulse 2 landed yesterday in the United Arab Emirates, completing its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy. The plane touched down at five past...
All smiles for their first day at "Big school"
“Sawubona, kunjani?” veteran journalist Leslie Sehume told boxing legend Muhammad Ali to repeat after him while sitting with him in his chauffeur-driven car at Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko’s presidential complex in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  Sehume sat with...
Hidden between the green hills and rolling valleys of the lush Transkei landscape lies Hobeni, a rural village home to the Amabomvane people. Life in this village is simple, with locals maintaining a lifestyle devoid of Westernised ways. There is no...
By TYRA WARREN Here’s this week’s list of cool things happening in and around East London – and there’s plenty on. Inaugural arts festival THE inaugural East London Arts Festival is taking place this weekend at the Guild Theatre. It kicks off...
The winter chill is in full force but that is no reason to kill the fun, below is a list of fun activities to warm you up. The Ha!Man is back POPULAR performer Francois le Roux, aka the HA!Man, is no...
The Siyahluma Project, started by five foster mothers from Grahamstown Child Welfare Services, has launched a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to sanitary towels. In the reusable kit, provided either free of charge to the needy or at a nominal...
By ZISANDA NKONKOBE What could be a better present for your loved ones than the gift of good food? This was the idea behind the production of The Great South African Cookbook by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which seeks to...
Rock ’n roll is on the cards tomorrow night as the Jimmy Green Machine will be rocking out at Legends Showcase Venue in Berea. Smashing tunes from across the ages will be belted out in what should be a top...
As a committed pan-Africanist Thabo Mbeki was keen to see the Namibian transitional process started, and it proceeded well. After extensive consultation, we agreed that I should get the Tanzanian government to mobilise the rest of the Frontline States’...
Imagine a world where people live to celebrate their 500th birthday; where sprightly, smooth-skinned men and women with the agility and metabolism of 30-year-olds roam the planet, popping pills that prevent the curse of ageing. It may sound like a...
Despite her success and accolades‚ actress Zikhona Sodlaka remains one of the most humble performers in South Africa. While many of her colleagues fill gossip pages with stories of their private lives‚ Sodlaka says she would much rather be doing...
By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI Some exciting times are ahead this weekend, from live music to an arts and craft festival – take your pick and let your hair down! The Soil Tommorow, an award-winning a cappela group is bringing their Experience The Soil tour...
A team of phenomenal women have helped Frere Hospital achieve a reduced patient waiting time this year and a decreased patient death rate with new hospital technology. Speaking to the Daily Dispatch this week, CEO Dr Rolene Wagner said the...