Homo Naledi, is the new addition to our evolutionary lineage, but its inclusion is likely to cause a shake up of our family tree. Yesterday, researchers announced the discovery of Homo naledi found in the Dinaledi chamber in the Rising...
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 led to an almost forgotten photographer’s prints being celebrated on gallery walls – and even...
The long weekend is upon us – and like most other weekends there is a wide variety of events to keep you entertained.Hip-hop music take over NKEVASTAN Productions bring you a hip hop showcase featuring some of the Eastern Cape’s finest...
Some call it a mid-life crisis, but for horse breeder Caroline de Bruin taking up welding and off-road motorbike riding to stave off the empty nest syndrome was simply an extension of her creative self. De Bruin, 50, who lives...
While many call for the abolishment of virginity testing across the world, more than 12000 girls in the OR Tambo district are part of a growing movement to be tested. Organisations, including NGO Molo Songololo, have called for the practice to...
Anthropology is the study of humans and the complexity of cultures and there can be no better puppet than Chester Missing to analyse the South African homo sapiens. The brains behind the country’s favourite puppet – Conrad Koch – is quite...
South African rocker Jesse Clegg is in East London later this week for two shows as the opening act for British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. According to an in-depth interview Daily Dispatch did with Armatrading last month (DD, June 20),...
When government officials visited Mission village in Ngqamakwe near Butterworth earlier this year to announce plans to roll out VIP toilets and resurface all gravel roads, Nowinile Nobhanda was very excited. “My little knowledge of hygiene tells me once you...
There could hardly be a more perfect title for Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary than Amy. Perhaps the film’s world premiere in France, at the Cannes Film Festival last week helped draw out its special resonance, but the name’s French...
In a surprise twist for many, Cape Town pop trio Beatenberg walked away with seven awards at the SA music awards. Those betting on hip hop darling Cassper Nyovest, who had five nominations, would have regretted their investment as it...
The much anticipated e.tv rural drama series, Matatiele  premieres today at 9pm. It is the first drama to be set and shot in Matatiele. Director of the drama series Rolie Nikiwe said as part of e.tv’s strategy to feature more...
After spending more than 12 hours in the Big Brother house in Johanneburg over the weekend, I have nothing but respect for those who take part in it. It’s not as easy as it looks – not only are you...
The genre has been growing progressively risk-prone and now, after two helicopters crashed while filming a French show, questions are being asked whether the limit has been reached. The images were undeniably real. Far, far too real. In the space...
This was the week when everything we thought we knew about eating and drinking healthily was turned on its head. First, a new study in the British Medical Journal showed that – after all we have been told to...
Facebook? Of course. Books? Definitely not. Video games? For sure. Sport? No way. Speed? Yes. Patience? Not so much. This, in a nutshell, is the life of the “Generation Z” – independent, stubborn, pragmatic and always in a rush. Numbering around...
Ava DuVernay finished shooting Selma, her film about the civil rights protests led by Martin Luther King Jr, in July last year. A month later, an unarmed man named Michael Brown was murdered by police in Ferguson, Missouri, leading...
“Til death us do part” quickly becomes complicated if a couple is married under customary law and the surviving partner tries to claim from life insurances and pensions. Nomfusi Bosman had to turn to the Bhisho High Court for help...
What does a lunch hour mean to you? Is it time away from your desk to run errands, do you meet friends for a bite or work right through eating lunch in from of your computer? For many of us,...
There are certain universal rules: birds fly, politicians lie, Apple makes money. In the last three months of 2014, the firm behind the iPad and iPhone increased its profits by 37% to $18-billion (R209-billion) or $8.3-million (R51-million) per hour...
‘TIS the season for weight loss as the battle to shed the festive bulge ensues. Gullible weight watchers have also fallen victim to a false advert for a product called Garcinia Cambogia which claims that former Miss SA and businesswoman...
All smiles for their first day at "Big school"
A video of a puppy having a bath. A photograph of a Monster Munch sandwich. Neighbours; a friend’s spare room for rent; a colleague’s travel updates. This motley list makes up the things I have “liked” on Facebook in...
KIM Geyer sees light and love in the heart of darkness. The sunny, self-effacing 33-year-old ex-Clarendon Primary school teacher from East London has crossed through the veil and spent three years in a village deep in the DRC war zone. By...
Hollywood is coming to South Africa again. This time it is Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o who will be working on a US flick here.The 31-year-old Mexican-Kenyan actress is set to start shooting in autumn for her new role...
Coming of age tale Boyhood won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday‚ while the quirky period caper The Grand Budapest Hotel was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical‚ in a big upset to awards...
Controversial poet Ntsiki Mazwai stirred the hornet’s nest again with a stinging open letter to black people.In it she accuses Africans of being European clones and Western ambassadors. She charged: “You wear white people’s hair; you bleach your skin; you...
Mthatha's music scene has given birth to some great artists over the years. Black Coffee, Monea, Lulo Café ... all call the city home but all had to move to Johannesburg to achieve stardom. Frustrated musicians who choose to continue...
Nontsikelelo  Litye remembers March 25 1996 vividly. It was the day her life changed forever, the last time she heard her son, who was two-and-a-half-years old at the time, speak. Kwanele Litye had had a high fever, which resulted in...
“That prickle of nerves you feel just before going on stage to perform a set, I haven’t felt that in a long time,” says East London-born jazz drummer Kesivan Naidoo, “not until last week that is”. Naidoo was talking about...
South Africa’s soap opera industry is undergoing a shake-up with its longest running and most viewed soapie, Generations, going off air on September 30 as a result of the firing of 16 of its striking actors. With the SABC saying...
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...
SABC1’s new Wednesday night series ‘Sticks and Stones’ is a women-driven project – the creator, head writers, producer, production manager, production designer, a director and lead characters are women. In this special interview for Women’s Month, Alison Stent gets...
NOMSA “Nomisupasta” Mazwai is a young woman on the move. At just 28-years-old, she has blazed a trail of firsts – first female president of the University of Fort Hare’s student representative council, director of the only artists’ residency in...
AM I the first person to be told they have malaria and feel relief? Possibly. My diagnosis five weeks ago was given in a small rural hospital in Sierra Leone, where contact with the ebola virus was a real...
They can cost as little as R800 and can fly to places impossible for humans to reach. Welcome to the brave new world of drone photography, writes Lucy Davies IT’S NOT uncommon for marrying couples to be photographed at various...
Committed police reservists determined to go the extra mile despite challenges IN EVERY society there are those heroes who, for one reason or another go about their day unrecognised and, for the most part, unrewarded for their good deeds. Many put...
IMPRESSED by his hard-working nation, that subscribe to the notion of Vukuzenzele (wake up and do it for yourself), senior traditional leader and head of Mbhashe Traditional Council, Nkosi Xhanti Sigcawu, will reward those individuals who go the extra...
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...
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, which were previously accessible only to the privileged. Swimming as an activity that is only watched...