Mopane worms

By Andrea Zanin 27-09-23 18:07

I grew up in Limpopo. Fat Baobabs cast shade in dusty daytimes, giving way to drawling Acacia silhouettes and bright orange sunsets. Before the evenings succumbed to bright starry skies that expanded for eons, we went foraging. I’d tag along with the older kids and grownups as they headed into the bushveld on the prowl […]

The robber’s grave

By Andrea Zanin 24-08-23 17:00

The robber’s grave was turned the other way. A scarlet letter on the landscape. On our school trip to Pilgrim’s Rest in the Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga) we learnt about the gold rush, did some panning, bought some guinea fowl curios, saw the majestic Mac Mac, Horse Shoe and Bridal Veil Falls—but the robber’s grave. Legend […]

Mandela Day brings people together

Painting, knitting and cooking: Mandela Day brings people together

By Fazila Olla 19-07-23 11:00

Painting an animal clinic in a township, passing down knitting skills, soup kitchens and medical students volunteering services to the elderly are just some of the ways South Africans marked Mandela Day. GroundUp attended a few events in Cape Town and Durban. Cape Town Charity organisation Ladles of Love hosted a variety of crafts activities. Volunteers […]

Two statues unveiled to honour Madiba

Two statues unveiled to honour Madiba

By Fazila Olla 19-07-23 10:28

President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled two statues of the late former President Nelson Mandela, one in Mthatha and the other in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, as part of Nelson Mandela Day celebrations. The two statues unveiled at Bhunga Building in Mthatha and Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu, serve as a tribute to Nelson […]

President Nelson Mandela’s birthday

Remember Madiba by working for peace

By Fazila Olla 18-07-23 11:23

As the country and the world at large commemorate President Nelson Mandela’s birthday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on everyone to promote peace across the globe. In his weekly newsletter to the nation, President Ramaphosa said everyone is called upon to get involved in peacemaking and peacebuilding processes, which is the fruit of Nelson Mandela’s […]

A new look for animal sterilisation clinic in Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha animal clinic needs assistance on Mandela Day

By Fazila Olla 12-07-23 11:46

Mandela Day is an international initiative started by the United Nations in 2009 to honour our former president’s spirit of self-sacrifice. If you’re keen on rolling up your sleeves to do your bit for 67 minutes this Mandela Day, but aren’t quite sure what to do, Mdzananda Animal Clinic needs your help to paint their […]

How do I stop my mind racing and get some sleep?

6 tips on the best way to get some sleep

By Fazila Olla 11-07-23 12:08

Martin turns off the light to fall asleep, but his mind quickly springs into action. Racing thoughts about work deadlines, his overdue car service, and his father’s recent surgery occupy his mind. As he struggles to fall asleep, the hours start to creep by. He becomes frustrated about how he will cope tomorrow. This is […]

Citizens urged to help fight food insecurity, climate change in honour of Madiba

Citizens urged to help the less fortunate in honour of Madiba

By Fazila Olla 11-07-23 11:05

As South Africa joins the world in commemorating Nelson Mandela Month this July, the government has called on citizens to continue to spread the magic of Madiba by turning the tide against food insecurity and climate change in honour of Nelson Mandela’s legacy. The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), in a statement, described former […]

Cold Front: Home heating tips to live by

By Siso Naile 11-07-23 08:31

With the cold front expected to batter parts of Gauteng over the next couple of days, the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services has reminded residents of heating tips to live by. FAMILIES URGED TO EXERCISE CAUTION DURING COLD DAYS Due to spikes in negligence during Winter, the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services has urged families to be safe […]

Larry Nyoni, Barrister Turned Hero

Barrister turned hero, needs your help

By Fazila Olla 06-07-23 12:22

Larry Nyoni (28), a dedicated father hailing from Yeoville, Johannesburg, and working as a barrister for the Just Darling coffee van, has emerged as a true hero after demonstrating exceptional courage in the face of a life-threatening situation at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. It was a fateful day on Friday, the 23rd of June 2023, the […]

Hollywoodbets Durban July: Last-minute expert shopping tips

By Megan van den Heever 30-06-23 17:10

The Hollywood Durban July is one of the biggest fashion affairs on the social calendar. After all, South Africa’s premier horse-racing event is all about opulence and extravagance. And like many revellers, a day at the races means standing out from the crowd in unique – yet practical – looks. ALSO READ: Hollywoodbets Durban July: 5 […]

Carlton Sky Rink

Carlton Sky Rink (Johannesburg #1995)

By Andrea Zanin 08-08-23 18:12

If you fell on the ice, you had to make fists because some super-jock speed skater would almost certainly skate past you at that exact moment and chop your fingers off. An arm if you were super unlucky. Everybody said so. It happened to people who knew people. No, really. No matter. We were in. […]

Keep a township pet warm

Help to keep a township pet warm by packing a Wagging Winter Shoebox

By Fazila Olla 06-06-23 11:33

Winter has set in Cape Town with icy temperatures and heavy rains. The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha says that the pets of Khayelitsha township are feeling its effect. To make a difference in the lives of these animals, the organisation has created an easy way for the public to help keep Khayelitsha pets warm. […]

Unleash the power of plants: How eating more greens can improve your health

By Mimi Mfundisi 31-05-23 20:11

Seven hacks to improve your health by incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. In recent years, there has been an increase in awareness around the importance of healthy eating habits. Scientists and nutritionists are doing more research on the benefits of eating more green vegetables and discovering more ways these plant foods can affect […]

Friends Rally to Restore Hearing for Beloved Krugersdorp Property Professional

Friends rally to restore hearing for beloved Krugersdorp resident

By Fazila Olla 31-05-23 11:00

Krugersdorp, South Africa – Cindy Duplessis (42), a  resident of Krugersdorp, along with a group of friends, has launched a heartwarming crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to help Roelien Homan, a beloved member of the community, purchase new hearing aids. Roelien, a well-known property professional with a deep passion for animals, lost her hearing after battling […]

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