A small step now will change everything

HEALTHIER savings habits will radically alter South Africa’s economic future and help change the predicaments of the thousands of people mired in spiralling debt...

From dumpsite champ to world boxing king

A group of boys around the age of nine scavenge through piles of refuse at the Amalinda dumpsite until one of them flushes out...

Party with Sounds of Summer

Electronic dance music (EDM) specialists Sounds of Summer will be heating up the party scene in East London this holiday season starting tonight with...

Nostalgic game has no bounds

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...

Skin lightening: Use of dangerous and banned chemicals persists despite warnings

Yellow bone is defined by the Urban Dictionary as a light-skinned black female. According to this website – a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang – the...

‘Force’ regains original power

“This will begin to make things right,” mutters Max von Sydow gravely – and you cast Von Sydow knowing that’s exactly how he’ll mutter...

Easy listening star comes to Legends

Singer and songwriter Stuart Reece, best-known for chart-topper Silver Rocket Cadillac, performs at Legends Showcase in East London next Friday, March 18. Other radio singles...

Rivals for petrol’s throne

THERE is a race taking place in the motor industry between two powerful camps to decide what will propel the cars of the future. On...

Designers take fashion week by storm

With the future of fashion shows in limbo, top-name designers used New York Fashion Week to erase any doubts about their own brands, making...

140-character tweets are here to stay

Twitter Inc’s 140-character tweets are here to stay, chief executive Jack Dorsey said, ending speculation that the microblogging site might abandon one of its...

Cultural customs restore health

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...

G’town hip-hop hinges on hope

A large body of research shows that in South Africa’s black townships‚ a youth masculinity dominates that is probably best captured by the gangsta...

The ‘good and bad’ in beauty competitions

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...

Curb kids’ screen time to fight tech addiction

Rare is the modern parent who hasn’t complained that their child is “addicted” to screens. For most of us it’s a throwaway comment stemming...

NAF Featured Artist gives stage to hope

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...

No harm in ukuthwala ‘if young woman consents’

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...

Shepherding young ones through play

The eight-year-old Acacia Tree nursery school runs on a survival budget budget of R9000 a month to pay a teacher and two assistants, but...

Centre stage for women at Fest

In the main programme line-up for this year’s National Arts Festival (NAF), almost 80% is either written, directed, curated or headlined by women, with acclaimed...

Thrilling piece a call to action

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,...

Putting some pantsula into veins of ‘Gruffalo’

The sky is the limit for a group of talented township actors who have been cast in a world famous play based on a...

Lunchtime gym improves work

What does a lunch hour mean to you? Is it time away from your desk to run errands, do you meet friends for a...

Science inconclusive on acne causes

East London resident Nonkululeko Ngxata was 17 when she had her first acne breakout. Still in high school and battling major hormonal changes at the time,...

Moms vital to educating kids

Mothers in developing countries like South Africa need to play a greater role in the education of their children, according to a report discussed...

Alone in a frenetic rollercoaster

"You get put into a different world that you’ve never known existed. Your mood drops into a massive chasm.… You completely lose sight of reality,...

What Cop21 outcome means for our lifestyles

THE world has agreed on the first universal, legally-binding agreement on global warming at the recent United Nations talks in Paris on climate change. Here...

Athletes, public enjoy Ironman 70.3

Dozens of contestants from across the country and globe swam, cycled, and ran to cross the finish line in one of South Africa’s biggest...

Gems from the dust of history

A tip-off about a shoebox of photographs gathering dust in a university drawer unearthed a rich visual history of life in Mdantsane which has...

Taboo causes terrifying start to adulthood

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...

Comedy-cabaret to debut in EL

Join Hoërskool Grens for their school fundraiser at the Guild Theatre in East London next week when Centrestage funnyman Gino Fabbri brings his new...

Feast of events comes to town

From theatre comedy shows to dance events, this week’s list of cool things happening has it all for you. Robin’s in town SINGER-songwriter, guitarist, poet and...

The Dispatch’s move set to be glitch free

The Daily Dispatch’s move from Caxton Street in the CBD to Quinera Drive in Beacon Bay will be an intricately planned operation that will...

Still an unnatural stigma

Living in a world where we are confronted by semi-naked bodies on a variety of different platforms – be it billboards, magazines or television...

New game could help kids with ADHD

Send an avatar surfing down an icy river by tilting the computer tablet from side to side. Grab bluebirds (but not red birds) each...

Mixed response to King biopic

Ava DuVernay finished shooting Selma, her film about the civil rights protests led by Martin Luther King Jr, in July last year. A month...

Giraffes heading for ‘silent extinction’

Giraffes are facing a “silent extinction”, with only 90000 still roaming the African plains – far fewer than the endangered African elephant, a David...

Cyber streetwatch foils criminals

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...

Soul food for MdasB’s leaders of tomorrow

THE future is brighter for thousands of pupils from Mdantsane schoolchildren who now have access to training in extramurals like  swimming, table tennis and chess,...

Masters student has not-so-serious side

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....

Tips for parents of anxious matriculants

Parents‚ tell your children there are always options. That is the advice from the KwaZulu-Natal division of child protection organisation Childline as many of...

Surprise for healthy doc

Tuberculosis (TB) kills more South Africans than car accidents, strokes and heart attacks. As a medical professional Dr Nils von Delft, knowing this fact, thought,...

Time to blow up the blockbuster

Here's a superhero puzzle even the Batcomputer would struggle to unravel. If you’ve been keeping track of this year’s comic-book blockbusters, you’ll know there’s...

Tinie may top the charts but is an accountant at heart

Tinie Tempah may be the only rapper in history who dreamed of becoming an accountant. “No one dreams of becoming an accountant,” I tell...

Tragic end to the life of Africa’s superstar

“The Kasaï Nightingale” was on stage, a flamboyantly dressed stage animal as always, when he collapsed from a sudden illness. The drummer completed his rumba...

WATCH: Tete brothers amazingly on song

Meet the singing Tete brothers! This might sound far-fetched considering Zolani and his elder brother Makazole are known for their boxing exploits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wioWrlqmT8U&feature=youtu.be They have blazed...

PHOTO GALLERY: This week’s top shots

The Buffalo Volunteer Rifles Military Museum downtown in East London is a preserve of military history from wars and battles that occurred within the...

Masimanyane praised for its work

Stopping off in East London to observe the work of the Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre has almost become compulsory for international women’s rights activists...

Flying solo or not poser

So you have made the bold decision to leave your job and open your own business – the question is do you go at...

Beauties with brains and compassion

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,...

Mkhize in big band mode

Afrika Mkhize is one of South Africa’s most prominent jazz pianists, composers, producers and arrangers. He will be one of the star attractions at...

PHOTO GALLERY: This weeks top shots

Miss Eastern Cape 2017 – a Beauty with a Purpose pageant – was hosted on Saturday at The Venue@Hemingways in East London. The initiative,...