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Surviving deadlines

Why do I write? Because I like pens and the smell of fresh paper. I love new ideas and dictionaries. And I write because it reminds me of my father. James Eric Lamb was the weekly garden columnist for The Friend and Die Volksblad in Bloemfontein, the heart of South Africa. Once a week, dad […]

Why I stopped reading/hearing/watching the news. And why you should too

I am convinced that reading the news is worse than not reading anything at all. There is no proof that it makes us wiser, better decision makers, better informed, better citizens; nothing — if anything, entirely the opposite. If you are anything like me, you’ve already stopped consuming...

Isis jihadists execute four women in northern Iraq

The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said on Saturday. In the Isis hub of Mosul, the jihadists executed three women on Wednesday including two doctors, Hanaa...

Women shun clinics over HIV tests

Many pregnant women fear going to state antenatal clinics because they believe they will be forced to test for HIV, and their status will not be kept private, according to a new report by Amnesty International. But delays in seeking antenatal care are responsible for a quarter of avoidable maternal...

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Georgina Guedes

Lies disguised as online activism

Were you horrified by the furore about that child bride in Norway last week? Well, you should have been, but not because it was true. Last week, my Facebook timeline filled up with images of a young, blonde girl, under the headline that she was to become Norway’s first official child bride....
Jenny Goodrick

Surviving deadlines

Why do I write? Because I like pens and the smell of fresh paper. I love new ideas and dictionaries. And I write because it reminds me of my father. James Eric Lamb was the weekly garden columnist for The Friend and Die Volksblad in Bloemfontein, the heart of South Africa. Once a week, dad...
Mandy Collins

Soul City: 20 years later and HIV still on the rise

I can’t find the piece I wrote about it, but 20 years ago, as a TV reporter for a local newspaper, I stood on the set of the first series of Soul City. If I recall correctly, it was somewhere out in Midrand, and I remember it clearly because the set was so convincingly built,...