Now’s time to get into groove

Here  is this week’s list of cool things happening near you. The Ooh La Lesque Revamped Burlesque Cabaret is coming again to the Arts Theatre...

Tomson rides out the storm: Former surfer’s story ideal for youth...

In a world of outliers, wild men and women, bohemes, slackers and nutters, Shaun Tomson seems to float on a foamy bubble of goodness. I’m...

Gonubie writer pens third spot in African literary awards

A Gonubie writer recently returned from Durban where she shared a panel space with several critically acclaimed South African writers, including Zakes Mda, Fred...

Online radio: all foam no beer?

Three years ago‚ Gareth Cliff left 5FM and announced he would be launching an online radio portal. Online radio was certainly not new in South...

Riding the waves for better life: Getting on board a...

Surfing may be associated with lithe young bodies, sun-bleached locks and a youth culture, but more people are discovering the “stoke” of catching waves...

Premium fashion parade ready to relaunch

Fashionistas are in for a treat as local designers prepare to knock their socks off at the East London Fashion Walk next month. The annual...

REVEALED: Book cover for daughter’s memoir of life after Chris Hani...

A fuzzy photograph of Lindiwe Hani as a toddler with her famous politician father‚ Chris Hani‚ has been chosen as the book cover of...

Bachelor or bachelorette parties are a rite of passage for most

Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a party given for a man or a woman about to get married, typically attended by men or...

How shall I love thee for Valentine’s today?

AMOROUS hot oil massages, cosy cabarets, passionate picnic baskets and decadent dinners are some of the ways East London couples are celebrating the day...

TOP SHOTS: Making a big splash

East London was abuzz this weekend with visitors from around the country taking part in the 130th Buffalo regatta on Buffalo River and the...

Greedy lawyers beware

While there are many honourable attorneys in the profession, judges and others have identified an increasing trend of overreaching in which legal practitioners charge...

From pro soccer to clothing design

The need for a smartly designed, locally made, well-fitting, quality T-shirt prompted East London resident Shaun Haschick to start a clothing line. Born in Port...

This week’s beautiful wedding couples

Send your white wedding or traditional wedding pictures to Alan Eason, Daily Dispatch, PO Box 131, East London, 5200 or deliver it to our...

Get the most from apps for kids

Young people are now spending more hours on their devices – iPads, phones and computers – than they do sleeping. Anxious parents will point out...

Inspector Don always ready to rescue the voiceless

By the time the Saturday Dispatch met Don Leibach at the SPCA in Amalinda at 9.30am one day this week, the inspector had already...

Iconic cartoon celebrates

There can be very few adult South Africans who have not heard of the Madam & Eve cartoon strip featuring the Anderson family and...

This weeks beautiful wedding pictures

SEND your white wedding or traditional wedding pictures to Alan Eason, Daily Dispatch, PO Box 131, East London, 5200 or deliver it to our...

Keeping abreast of times

The global “Free the Nipple” campaign was brought home to South Africa recently when a photograph of a Durban club-goer’s sheer top exposing her...

RISING STAR: He’s right on song

What tarted out as a hobby, has now turned into a career for DJ LT. DJ LT, whose real name is Luthando Mnandi, also...

Helping hand for fashion fundis

Top designer David Tlale was in East London yesterday to conduct a workshop for aspiring fashion designers and Walter Sisulu University students. The workshop forms...

Two Eastern Cape writers on list for literary award

Two of the Eastern Cape’s newest literature voices have made the longlist for the prestigious Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016. Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane...

5 Reasons why Caster Semenya and Violet Raseboya are the best...

Few couples give us major relationship envy quite like Caster Semenya and her wifey Violet Raseboya. But instead of hating from outside of the...

‘Women in Film’ festival a boost for local film industry

Provincial female filmmakers will come under the spotlight at the weekend at the second annual Eastern Cape Film Festival. The festival, at the Eastern Cape...

How male grooming’s mushrooming among SA men

Zaakir Randeree was a cowboy in bootleg jeans and farm boots‚ but when he entered the corporate world he felt it was time to...

Miss Teen finalist the youngest showstopper

Maclear beauty Zukhanye Funani is the youngest finalist for this year’s Miss Eastern Cape Teen pageant. The 13-year-old is one of 12 teenagers selected for the...

Fest a chance for cultures to show skills

Different cultures were embraced by hundreds of traditional poets, dancers and artists who performed and exhibited their skills at the Isingqi Sethu Wild Coast...

Insects can offer medicinal gems

Insects could become a sustainable food source in Africa, according to a presentation by a Zimbabwean agricultural food expert. The Food Security in Africa conference...

Couple tap in to craft beer

Although he has been a beer lover for most of his life, it only occurred to Craig Mayhew to brew his own ale after...

Mdantsane lounge a hit with tourists: List of fans a who’s...

When a Mdantsane lounge hang-out spot opened its doors this time last year, little did the owner know it would become a tourist hotspot. Mthombo’s...

Crafty engineer adds extra string to his bow

By day Zweli Daniel designs complicated electrical energy systems for local schools – but by night he transforms into a virtuoso violinist. Daniel, 30, was...

Think you have it bad at work? Here are SA’s most...

What do pilots‚ hairstylists and farmers have in common? Terribly high levels of stress‚ according to an online survey in South Africa. About 2000 people...

Writing as affirmation: EC-born Lidudumalingani awarded the 2016 Caine Prize

Eastern Cape-born Lidudumalingani Mqombothi was  awarded the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost, published in Incredible Journey:...

EC tourism scoops top honours

Eastern Cape tourism service providers were judged to be among “the best of the best” at the national Lilizela awards in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. The...

EL duo excel in deaf awareness pageant

Two profoundly deaf East Londoners were crowned runners-up at the glamorous Forever Resorts Mrs and Mr Deaf South Africa pageant in Pretoria on Friday...

Famous chef ends series in Tsolo home

MasterChef SA runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo, has been hailed a hero in her hometown of Tsolo for using her experience as a domestic worker to become...

Burnt by the struggle horror

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...

Creating a dream career

Walter Sisulu University fine art graduate Mziwoxolo Makalima’s work has been exhibited at the National Arts Festival, and a number of galleries, including one...

Tutu views East London artist’s work: ‘He is a man of...

A Kwelera artist and devoted Desmond Tutu admirer was over the moon when she saw a social media photograph of the archbishop emeritus and...

Chevy from 1938 a star at ‘Wizards’

Self-confessed vehicle rebuilding “addict” Leslie Thomas will be showing off his 1938 Chevrolet at the annual Wizards on Wheels Car Show on Saturday. The car...

EL lensman to film epic charity run in India

He has taken photographs perched on motorbikes, canoes and helicopters in his career as an adventure photographer, but Bruce Viaene’s biggest photographic escapade lies...

Mzomhle turns big 50: Mdantsane’s first senior school celebrates rich heritage

Mdantsane's very first senior school Mzomhle High School, celebrates 50 years next week. Pupils, both present and past, call their school Mzogrand meaning fine house...
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Experiencing our heritage: What does a young journalist do when offered...

When I heard about the National Braai Tour I hope I’m forgiven for imagining nothing else but a “meat fest” but found this could...
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Four Germans jet in to savour a taste of South Africa’s...

Four Germans have flown to South Africa to get a close experience of a South African braai. The so-called “German Grillmeisters” were invited by South African...

Perfect garden puts spring in your step

Spring has sprung and nearly everything is in flower all over. If you’re short on colour, tools, pots, fertilisers, seeds and inspiration, relax! Your...

Sounding the death knell for passwords

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...

Museum in awe as Selborne pupil finds rare porcupine fish specimen

When Selborne College Grade 10 pupil Callum Kretzmann, 15, spotted a massive porcupine fish washed up on the Morgan Bay shore last week, he...

Viva today’s women – Mtengenya, 104

Living to see democracy, the economic emancipation of women and official recognition of equality are what centenarian Nomdazana Mtengenya, who recently celebrated her 104th...

EL star shines on ‘Scandal!’

Hlomla Dandala recently joined the cast of e.tv soapie ‘Scandal’. Daily Dispatch caught up with this talented Mdantsane-born actor and director.. ARE you excited about...

Pokémon opens up world

Like most parents, Port Alfred mother of two Debbie Duncan was not too happy when her boys Reece and Josh recently downloaded the Pokemon...

Patel paints vivid portrait

As the dysfunctional relationships explored in Ameera Patel’s debut novel play out‚ so the book’s title takes on its full meaning – just as...