So you have made the bold decision to leave your job and open your own business – the question is do you go at it alone or do you buy into a reputable franchise? This is a conundrum many business...
East London artist Stephanie Bester is to take her latest body of work, comprising sculptures and oil paintings to Port Elizabeth next month and the Western Cape in the second half of the year. Having staged an exhibition at L’Artigiano...
The national soccer team took to training at the Buffalo City Stadium ahead of their game against Angola tonight.
Here is this week’s list of fun activities around East London. 100 years of university print exchange art showcased. THE “100 Years of the University of Fort Hare Print Exchange” exhibition opens tomorrow at 6pm at the Steve Biko Centre in...
Dr Sara Gottfried is, in her own words, an “under-sleeper”. In our over-caffeinated, overworked and gadget-addicted society, she’s far from alone: researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities have found people are sleeping almost two hours a night...
Ivili loboya, a textile producer in the industrial town of Ibika in rural Eastern Cape, launched its debut Dedani Collection of fabrics in Johannesburg last month using fibre made from the local iMbuzi goat which it used in a...
A group of East London residents meet twice a week to punch, kick and wrestle as they learn how to take their power back from criminals. Self-defence classes – offered by Jason Iveson using a Hudson Park High School hall...
Rooted in English folklore, Stirling High School’s The Heart of Robin Hood may sound like just another stage spinoff of the 1973 Disney classic, but don’t write it off as another “been there done that” night out just yet. In...
"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’s going on around you, and yourself.” It started with anxiety in the buildup to Ashley’s...
Thousands took part in the annual Kempston Ladies Nite Race in the city over the weekend.
It was the results of a weigh-in at a general wellness assessment at work that paved the way for Carol Gajana’s social network health revolution. Called Team Asijiki (Xhosa for “we are not turning back”), the page provides a weight...
She set the stage for the transgender community across the globe when – at the tender age of three – she denounced wearing all clothing associated with boys, opting instead for the pink frilly dresses her older sister wore. As she...
While many gather to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of World War 1 troop ship, the SS Mendi, it is a little more personal for many of the descendants of the 139 Eastern Cape men who left to...
When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen location off the coast of Marseille she was naturally nervous. The crew had just one chance to record evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed...
Many couples have dispensed with the heart-shaped balloons, chocolates and flowers that were once synonymous with Valentine’s Day and are keeping their love affair alive in a different way. Sex toys and lingerie, though by no means new to the South...
East London was abuzz this weekend with visitors from around the country taking part in the 130th Buffalo regatta on Buffalo River and the 41st Annual Vides Waterpolo Tournament at Selborne College. More than 1000 rowers participated in the...
While there are many honourable attorneys in the profession, judges and others have identified an increasing trend of overreaching in which legal practitioners charge their clients exorbitant fees or conclude contingency fee agreements wildly at odds with the Act...
Imagine if – when suffering from the bloating, cramps and mood swings that hit when it’s that time of the month – you could phone your boss to say you’re taking a “period day” without being reprimanded or facing...
The fifty shades of Christian Grey take a darker turn in the kinky sequel set to hit cinemas worldwide tomorrow. And East London fans of the erotic book-turned-film series turned out in their numbers to watch a special screening of...
Bunched-up shoulders caused by the strain of negotiating the pothole-studded road to Haga Haga relax the moment you enter the five-star serenity of Miarestate. A majestic crowned eagle circles above, impala graze nearby and reservations manager, Stacey Murray, floats out...
It was a subtle drifting apart, like boats that had slipped their moorings. Harry was immersed in his job as a pilot while Kate stayed at home in Bristol with their two young daughters, Rosie and Polly, running the...
Zandile* paints a harrowing picture as she speaks from outside the maintenance office in the East London Magistrate’s Court, her hands restlessly playing with prayer beads. Having parted ways with her physically abusive husband five years ago, she said she...
What's the worst thing that ever happened to your face when you were a teenager? For most of us it was a nasty outbreak of zits. Mine was bad acne. It was much worse for a young East London woman from...
They're said to emit no harmful toxins, provide less nicotine than a conventional cigarette and are used by some as an aid to quit smoking. Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, have been hailed as the perfect alternative to smoking for those...
Which of the five human senses is the most important? Is it that of sight, hearing, taste, smell or touch? Most will argue that they are all important and it is impossible to choose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdPN5nPHYHY For Belgravia family Colin and Rowena...
Lundi Tyamara is the most recent South African celebrity to fall victim to a fake internet death. While the gospel star was fighting for his life in hospital last month – where he had been admitted for abdominal tuberculosis, chest...
Ten years ago, Steve Jobs held up a pocket-sized slab of glass and metal to an audience of thousands and declared: “Apple is reinventing the phone”. The iPhone, unveiled a decade ago last week, didn’t look like much, and by today’s...
How much do you pay a woman who dresses, feeds and comforts your children daily, cooks your meals, washes your clothes and cleans your house? The Department of Labour has helped many answer that conundrum by putting in place a...
THIS time last year, Kate, 43, finally felt her life was complete. She had three children in private schools, a six-bedroom house and a substantial income. Most importantly, she had her husband, Matt, to share it all with. The couple...
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 their dedication to the Waldorf educational philosophy is breaking new ground for the 20 children...
Young people are now spending more hours on their devices – iPads, phones and computers – than they do sleeping. Anxious parents will point out how bad this technology obsession is for young people. Too much screen time has been linked...
If you have always fancied yourself as a cocktail maker of note, why not try and perfect some of East London’s most favourite cocktails?  While our local barmen were not willing to give away the recipes to their best-sellers, they...
From Tipsy Bastard, Fishbowl and Paper Work, to Fifty Shades of Grey, East London restaurants offer plenty of variety when it comes to cocktails. While some cater for those with a sweet tooth and others appeal to those who prefer...
“Yoh, my hands are so sore,” 28-year-old Sandile Menjenjalo complained. Competing in the gruelling PE2EL challenge for the first time, the super fit Nahoon lifeguard, however, said not even the blisters would stop him from paddling his way into the...
If you are on social media, you may have come across pictures captioned “eyebrows on fleek”. This simply means that the eyebrows have been done well. But sometimes the fleekiness can be a bit off. For anyone that is experimenting or...
Explosions of colour, African-inspired prints and cutting-edge design were the hallmarks of this year’s edition of the annual Walter Sisulu University fashion show Ramp Revolution. The show, which featured the work of 43 of the university’s fashion design students, was...
She was five months pregnant and eagerly awaiting the arrival of her son when Loyiso Lindani received the earth-shattering news that she was HIV-positive. Testing for the first time in her entire life, Lindani said although she had mentally prepared...

Origin of depression

One in 10 of us will experience depression at some point. Just what causes this highly debilitating disease, and the best way to treat it, remain controversial: last month, Danish researchers reported that antidepressants raise the risk of suicide when...
Given that he is almost single-handedly responsible for the selfie-obsessed culture in which we currently live, Kevin Systrom is remarkably… well, unflash. The 32-year-old, who created photo-sharing app Instagram and is worth an estimated $1-billion (R13.87-billion), wears jeans and...
All the pre-publication publicity about Helen Zille’s autobiography, Not Without a Fight, was that it was a political thriller, with exposés that would curl one’s hair and leave an impression that the world of politics is nothing if not...
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, Ngxata said she put the problem down to puberty. Though the acne disappeared as she was...
Thinking of walking down the aisle in a glamorous white dress inside a beautifully-decorated venue with a threecourse meal, four-tier cake, photographer and all?Then prepare yourself for a minimum financial setback of around R60 000 – an average outlay...
When Grahamstown lecturer Janet Cherry met her partner 25 years ago, marriage was the furthest thing from her mind. As a feminist, Cherry said the ideals around marriage did not appeal to her as she found the institution generally oppressive to...
Imagine a world where your therapist is only an email or a text away, available to you at any time of the day or night and you can have a session from the comfort of your own couch? This has been...
Hundreds of cyclists and mountain bikers braved wet weather over the weekend to take part in the 2016 Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour and Mountain Bike Challenge in East London and Hillview Farm. Saturday saw mountain bikers negotiating a muddy...
From singing at funerals to forming a kwaito group, DJ Lynch has done it all. He recently released his second album, titled Lyvolucion, and is one of the nominees for best male for the Eastern Cape Music Awards taking...
The Safety at Sports and Recreational Event Act 2 of 2010 reads in part: “to provide for measures to safeguard the physical well-being and safety of persons and property at sports, recreational, religious, cultural, exhibitional, organisational or similar events...
It is well after midnight when I am woken from an edgy sleep by the shrill tring-tring of the Currie Street phone in our sparsely furnished lounge. Then the sound of Melissa stumbling sleepily to answer it. ‘Sue? What’s happening?’ I...
Are you always feeling exhausted, often dizzy, experiencing heart palpitations, frequent headaches, a dry throat, food cravings, brittle hair, have pale skin and becoming a little more forgetful than usual? You could be suffering from an iron deficiency, which currently...
Something as simple as a bad diet is costing companies around the world up to 20% in lost productivity. This is according to medical aid scheme Samwumed, who warned employees in jobs involving long working hours to ensure that they...