The Stages of Womanhood

Growing up with five sisters has been rewarding. They have all been role models to me for all my childhood and adolescent years. As a child, I would wait eagerly for one of my sisters to come home from school to give me permission to wear her Sketchers sneakers. Ok, neither of us ever needed [...]

Anxiety, the invisible monster Part 3 – The triangle of anxiety & Cognitive Distortions

So I mentioned rumination in the last article. How does this work? Rumination is your monster’s strongest tool in its box and it manifests as a worrying thought. “I’m going to fail the test tomorrow.” “No one likes me.” These thoughts are pushed into your mind by the monster and play on loop over and [...]

The future of education, innovation and technology in South Africa, Should we be worried?

I am an engineer and generally introverted. But I was asked to talk about the future of education, innovation and technology in South Africa, and make it sound interesting… I don’t even know how to make things interesting, but I’ll try. I’ll be touching on the fourth industrial revolution and whether we should be scared [...]

Anxiety, the invisible monster Part 2 – Naming and shaming

Today, let’s name our anxiety monster. Mine is Alyssa. It is named after a geeky game warrior who led a rebellion and saved her people - so, a good guy. Try to picture your monster. Maybe it looks like Toby Allen’s representation from the last article. Maybe it looks like a little rainbow unicorn that [...]

Anxiety, the invisible monster – Part 1. The symptoms

Anxiety. It could manifest itself as social anxiety, general anxiety, simple shakes or damaging panic attacks. Most our anxiety may be caused by other people or exam results. It is an invisible monster that we hide from the world and often from ourselves. "P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you [...]

Do You, Boo

Driving back to the office from the police station on a Saturday morning (I’m a lawyer, didn’t just get released from detention), when I stop at a traffic light, on the corner of Grayston and Rivonia roads. Nothing new – there’s a gentleman approaching as many motorists as he can in the few seconds that [...]

How To Be A Better Human: Part 2_ Stop With All The Privacy

Have you ever wondered who people “bought” creations like land, mountains, beaches and forests from? Things and places that are said to be created by God, but are somehow owned by man because they paid a certain amount of money to whom?? The “owners” then charge the rest of the humans on Earth who have [...]

Cooperatives as a driver of local economic emancipation in South Africa

A Cooperative is a business model where people unite with a common socio economic interest. The business is democratically owned and controlled and each member has an equal proxy. Every member/worker shares the burden of success or failure therefore the business is generally motivated and driven, hence cooperative businesses have a significantly lower failure rates [...]

Thoughts Of A Girl

Gender Inequality. It takes place in many situations. It is experienced daily throughout the world, from the workplace to the streets, but we fail to notice that it also exists within our very own homes. You see, that’s where it all begins. I was raised in a conservative Indian family so I’ve seen years of [...]

Focus On: Re-Imagined Learning Centre

The Re-imagined Learning Centre is a school that believes in the traditional African saying: “It takes a community to raise a child”. It was founded by Che’vanni Davids, Cheree Springfield and Nkululeko Phakati in 2016. The initial intention of the founders was to start a home schooling initiative for a group of kids who had a [...]