Healthcare practitioners working in the rural Eastern Cape struggle not only with a lack of staff and resources but also with the belief systems at play in most of the communities they service. This is most notable in pregnant women...
The sky is the limit for a group of talented township actors who have been cast in a world famous play based on a popular children’s book. The all-Grahamstown cast told David Macgregor they could not wait to strut their...
It was personal fertility problems that led Tertia Albertyn to start the Nurture Egg Donor Programme eight years ago. Frustrated with her struggles to maintain a pregnancy after multiple miscarriages, Albertyn said she confided in her best friend who researched...
Velicia Janse, owner of Oudrif Trufe Farm in the Cacadu region of the Eastern Cape, said she starts every single day with a prayer. Then after getting out of bed she prepares breakfast for her two children and husband...
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...
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...
World-acclaimed jazz giant and activist Hugh Masekela relaunches his book Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela at the Steve Biko Foundation next week. The biography, written by Masekela and Michael D Cheers, tells Masekela’s amazing story of love...
IF I asked you to describe the behavioural signs or symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), what image would immediately come to your mind? For many, it would be a difficult child struggling with concentration in a classroom or...
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...
From performing in open mic sessions in Johannesburg, soulful singer Sizwe Vena has come a long way. For now, he is based in his hometown, Mthatha, from where he performs in shows around the area and the entire province.  PP: How...
  DUNCAN Village’s Ihlumelo Foundation, a non-governmental organisation which strives to change the lives of hundreds of pupils from the area, has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception two years ago. After seeing the daily distractions that township life...
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’...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
By KIZITO MAKOYE Tatu Mtulya looks older than her age. Her sun-parched skin and the repairs to her well-worn dress say it all. She is poor. The 49-year-old single mother lives in a grass-thatched house with her four children in a...
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...
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...
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 ANNA MAGEE Building immunity, extending life and preventing cancer are among the purported superpowers of so-called superfoods. And while last week, research found that a compound in pomegranates could increase longevity, one complaint about many of these foods is that...
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...
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...
By ANNA MAGEE Sweaty palms, racing heart and queasy feelings in times of crisis are a primitive, natural reaction known as the stress response and, in small doses, a healthy thing. They give us the get-up-and-go to fight an impending challenge...
Man flu: Defined by the Urban Dictionary as a condition shared by all males wherein a common illness, usually a mild cold, is presented by the patient as life-threatening. This is also known as “Fishing for Sympathy” or “Chronic Exaggeration”. The...
By POLISWA PLAATJIE Here's this week’s list of cool things happening around town. Winter Wonderland THE Winter Wonderland is taking place this Saturday at Beacon Bay Crossing from 9am. The family day fun will feature a market day, kids entertainment, beer tent,...
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 been one resounding success and one excruciating failure. Captain America: Civil War, the 13th film from...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 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...
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 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...
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 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...
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...
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...