ANC rebukes its women’s league
April 24, 2015
The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has lost patience with the ANC Women’s League. It was reprimanded for failing to run political programmes that benefit women, being unable…
Washable pads have the potential to bring dignity to all women
April 23, 2015
Sindiswa Khubeka* from Sea Point in Cape Town will save more than R4 500 over the next five years on tampons and pads after she bought a set…
A fist and a hard place

Phumla Ndlovu’s* partner Xolile Silo* started drinking at nine that Monday morning. He then left their house in Roodepan township, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, and headed for the local tavern. It was just weeks ago: March 23. “I was lying on the couch watching TV when he came back later that evening,” Ndlovu …

Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression – study

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed from mindfulness techniques, which encourage individuals to pay more attention to the present moment, combined with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), specifically to try to help …

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Tiffany Markman
Just Jani. Not a book review.
Nope. This isn't a review of Jani Allan's memoir, Jani Confidential. Yes, I've read it. Yes, I'm reviewing it. But not today. Not right now. Instead, I'm reviewing 20 minutes with Jani -- for all those, like me, who wondered what'd become of her, what she's like now and why…
Mia Von Scha
Dealing with an angry child
Most of us grew up in an era of repression. Negative feelings were to be controlled, ignored or removed. It’s no wonder that we are the generation of Prozac. There is only so long that you can repress an emotion before it fights its way to the surface again. Drugs…
Mandy Collins
‘Another broken home’
I bristled again the other day at a phrase I think we need to expunge from our vocabularies. I was talking to an elderly relative about a mutual friend who's recently been divorced and has three small children. "Ah," said my relative, shaking her head disapprovingly. "Another broken home." It's…