The Eastern Cape can be a dog’s life – so difficult to define or comprehend, so edgy, so frontline. That’s why our writers, like Div de Villiers and his latest novel, Milo: The Education of a Wild Man are...
Parkside portrait artist Wonga Maxiniva’s superior drawing skills at school meant he was always the schoolboy chosen to reproduce diagrams from biology and geography books on the blackboard. A fine art diploma from Walter Sisulu University later, Maxiniva, 35, has...
The Ann Bryant Art Gallery gardens spring to life this holiday season with a full festive programme of art, craft and live music in the first annual Ann Bryant Art, Food and Craft Market. In the evenings, the markets will...
While the price of a dozen eggs has increased over the past month, consumers will be pleased to note that chicken prices have decreased. A dozen eggs, which cost R25.98 last month, now cost R29.58 this month, a R3.60 increase. Another...
They call themselves the “Mad Swimmers” – and for good reason. On Saturday morning at first light‚ 20 intrepid swimmers leapt into the sea south of Durban to prove‚ firstly‚ that they are not afraid to swim among sharks. Secondly‚...
It is traditionally the season of giving and so the recently re-opened Breath of Life place of safety is hoping East Londoners will donate unwanted men’s, women’s and baby clothing into the bright yellow wheelie bins that are dotted...
Our girl and the new Miss Universe‚ Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters hit the ground running since claiming the crown on Monday night. Demi has been doing media interviews in New York‚ which is her new home for the next year. She made her...
When shoppers get close to Vincent Park mall’s Christmas tree, their eyes widen in amazement because it is made of almost 1000 succulents. The 3.5m tree was created by wedding florist Sarah May Law who stripped the mall’s Christmas tree...
Spare the rod and spoil the child, the saying goes. But applying it literally in South Africa today can land you in hot legal water. This follows a ruling by the South Gauteng High Court which confirms a ban on...
Fragrant flower beds, indigenous plantings, creative water features, winding pathways and shady tea gardens are once again the lure for hundreds of visitors who will stream into 27 beautiful gardens throughout the city this weekend. The Pam Golding Properties Gardens...
Kwandwe private game reserve’s luxurious Ecca Lodge near Grahamstown has reaped some top honours at the recent Safari Awards event in London, including the highly prized best safari experience in Africa award. This year’s awards were judged by 15 of...
East London-born writer and columnist Kazeka Mashologu Kuse battled stage-three breast cancer and lived to tell the tale. She has documented her story in a tell-all book, which was launched this week. Her book, Brave Heart with Red Lipstick talks about...
South African mobile phone users have voted Apple iPhone as their handset of choice, a preference followed closely by Huawei and Samsung. The statistics, which were provided by the 2017 South African Customer Satisfaction Index (Sacsi) for Mobile Handsets –...
As we inch closer to the festive season, consumers will be pleased to note that the prices of basic household goods have either decreased or remained the same when compared to last month. The price of brown bread decreased from...
Unlike the fleamarkets of old which sold cheap knock-offs of branded gear, kitsch tissue box covers and garish pet rocks, modern markets have metamorphosed into high-end shopping experiences where the emphasis is on originality, charm, good food and small...
Popular photographer and plus-size model Lesego “Thickleeyonce” Legobane has peeled herself off the floor after being hit twice this week by toxic social media trolls ridiculing women’s curves. Thickleeyonce, a strict advocate for body positivity, was one of several models...
Fancy paying the price of a small house for a bottle of whisky? This year’s Makro Christmas brochure got tongues wagging with its R650 000 price tag for a bottle of Glenlivet 50-year-old Speyside single malt. But‚ if you don’t feel...
Zealous young Eastern Cape-based aspiring fashion designers came out in numbers to participate in this year’s round of the Buyel’ekhaya fashion development workshop at the Miriam Makeba centre yesterday. https://youtu.be/89CTxtI4ufg Eighty contestants participated in the workshop, but only 10 qualified to...
For the first time in its 113 years of existence, Rhodes University has appointed a black female to the position of Registrar. Dr Adele Moodly started in her new position this month. Having held a number of senior leadership positions in...
Some may have shed a tear when visiting the petrol pumps this week due to the recent sharp price increase, but consumers can at least smile when they hit supermarket aisles as the prices of most household goods show...
A close encounter with a pride of crouched desert lions in a dry river bed could have signalled a messy end to East London professional adventurer Peter van Kets, who recently returned from mountain biking through 1300km of desolate...
Cofimvaba-born Mandisi Sindo, 28, says he is the artistic director of “the only shack theatre in the history of SA”. This is a grand statement, and today he might just be right. Sindo is indeed sitting in the most amazing theatre....
A new addiction is formed almost daily as millions of video game players – both young and old – are drawn to Minecraft. This freeform building game allows users to construct virtual worlds from blocks of different materials. It is...
Virtual teachers are certainly an important step towards recognising the importance of creating access to digital learning and teaching platforms for all pupils but for Eastern Cape, it will not address the root problems. This is according to Rhodes University-based...
Dance teacher Linda Mills and her academy are back with their bi-annual production at the Guild Theatre, and to celebrate Mills’ 30 years in dance, it has been promised that this Shrek-themed dance extravaganza will be bigger than ever. The...
The latest South African jobs statistics continue to reflect a shockingly high unemployment rate which will take some doing to reverse. Concerns about the high levels of youth unemployment and the social upheaval this might cause have been widely expressed. But...
Professional and amateur cyclists took to the roads during the annual Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour, which started from Buffalo Club yesterday. The main event of 102km started at 7am and was followed by the 50km and 19km rides shortly thereafter....
Dining rooms‚ studies‚ swimming pools and rooms for domestic workers are biting the dust. Only 13% of homes built in the last two years have accommodation for domestic workers‚ compared to 64% of those built during the apartheid years of...
Veteran actress Sonia Sedibe has reflected on the pain and turmoil she felt in the months after her divorce‚ revealing that she struggled with panic attacks and anxiety breakdowns that saw her seek professional help. In an interview with True...
Tourism bosses are turning to top schools such as Michaelhouse‚ Hilton College and St Anne's to help market Durban as a holiday destination. This comes as Durban’s tourism officials tap into the youth market‚ who are now the face of...
An HIV-prevention pill‚ taken once-a-day‚ is safe for teenagers to use‚ according to a South African study released at the International Aids Society conference on Tuesday. South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV in the world...
Pregnant women get bossed around by doctors‚ relatives and strangers dispensing advice on what’s best for their baby. But a new study says the coercion of mothers-to-be — in particular their exclusion from clinical studies — is unfair and potentially...
Growing up in Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, a young William Mlambo made tips off the town's thriving diving industry, but it was only later in life that he would get to experience the wonders of the underwater world himself. “When I...
The landmark Katberg Hotel, which closed its doors three years ago, is to re-open not only as as a tranquil country establishment but also as a hotel training school for the Kat Leisure Group. Nestled high in the Winterberg Mountains,...
Letshego Zulu‚ who arrived back in South Africa on Thursday night‚ said she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with a smile‚ just the way her late husband Gugu had loved seeing her. Last year racing car driver Gugu Zulu died after complications...
The husband of a Western Cape mother found dead at her home blames her death on a drug the couple took to spice up their sex life. Idali van Zyl was found dead on July 13 in the bathroom of...
Whether it’s the provision of a psychologist or a gym, investing in employee wellness can bring a wealth of good to a company. Many employers are becoming increasingly aware of this, offering employees a range of wellness related services which...
Exactly one year after racing car driver Gugu Zulu died while trying to climb Mount Kilimanjaro‚ his wife Letshego Zulu conquered the grueling trek up the mountain in his honour. Letshego summited Kilimanjaro with the Trek 4 Mandela team on...
You may think that your colleagues’ apparent unhappiness is nothing more than moodiness, without realising they could be displaying signs of a mental illness. Depression in the South African workplace is on the increase, with many employees continuing to attempt...
For eight years, a Beacon Bay house was the epitome of Christmas magic, drawing hundreds of shiny-eyed children to see it lit up with snowmen, stars and Santas, but next week the festive lights will relocate to celebrate Christmas...
The packed Victoria Theatre goes dark. The voice of a female operator comes on saying: “Welcome to Mamba Republic. The show will begin in one minute. But a minute in South Africa could mean an hour or two.” Mamba Republic...
The countdown is on for the long-awaited launch of new Eastern Cape radio station, Rhythm FM. Social media has been abuzz with excitement and anticipation from listeners who have been enquiring about the new station, a division of MSG Africa...
You could see on his face that south London comedian Steven K Amos could not quite believe how receptive his South African audience at the National Arts Festival was to his abrasive attack on sacred SA cows.   So he gave...
By GILLIAN MCAINSH and NONSINDISO QWABE This year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, incorporating the National Youth Jazz Festival, offers something to suit every jazz lover’s taste. Friday night, for example, kicked off the action at DSG with electronic outfit...
The born-free generation is tapping into the story of Chris Hani using the language, style and culture of contemporary hip-hop and rap.   Twelve creatives from around South Africa, who were studying for a two-year Market Theatre laboratory course, delved into...
The National Arts Festival is in full swing in Grahamstown, bringing with it live performances, art exhibitions, film viewings, dance and comedy shows and so much more, guaranteeing entertainment and a memorable experience for the whole family. People have...
An 80-year-old granny has embarked on an adventure of a lifetime: a roadtrip across Africa through to London in her trusted 20-year-old Toyota Conquest. Julia Albu‚ from Jakkalsfontein in the Western Cape‚ started her journey on June 13 and has...
After months of carefully planning your baby’s drug- and surgery-free arrival, being told in the last few weeks of pregnancy that a natural birth is out of the question is depressing news for many women.  However, a new approach in...
Any property owner with a room to spare and a computer can easily earn a few hundred rands for letting travellers sleep in their home. Airbnb, an online hospitality service where people can lease or rent short-term accommodation which includes...
Despite the somewhat chilly weather, thousands flocked to the harbour this past weekend as they welcomed back the popular East London Port Festival after a five-year break. The entertainment, which catered for everyone, included stage performances, water and aerial activities...