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2014: reflections of a first year student

2014: reflections of a first year student

Ahmed Kajee reflects on his first year at university.

Despite it not being the end of 2014 just yet, this is my last article on exPress imPress for the year. I thought what other way is there to sign off then to look back on the year and discuss how my first year went and the joy that this year has …

School and grades are so meh

School and grades are so meh

Sandiswa Sondzaba looks at the importance of grades in relation to education.
Exam season is approaching and all of us have some immediate reaction to this news. Some of us have taken to becoming residents at our varsity libraries. Some of us have drawn up the only timetables we will follow this semester. Others have taken to all-nighters like a duck …

What makes South Africa, South Africa?

What makes South Africa, South Africa?

Ahmed Kajee tells us why he loves South Africa.
Howzit Boet? Yes I started with a purely South African greeting. That is because I frankly love how unique we are as a country. I think we forget that sometimes. I know we have our flaws. But with the state of the world at the moment – crime, wars, terrorism and so …

The Patriarchy in Polygamy

The Patriarchy in Polygamy

Jane Nyalenda discusses her issues with Polygamy.
When I heard the words ‘women’ and ‘gender’ in our blog meeting, what immediately came to mind was inequality. I’ve always asked myself why there are certain things that men could do (and get away with) yet when women did the same thing it was considered taboo. In this case I am referring to …

Ukuthwala-‘carried’ away to doom?

Ukuthwala-‘carried’ away to doom?

Ntombifuthi Si-Zanne Mpila looks at the issue of ukuthwala.
A walk to collect water from the nearby river or to school to obtain the basic right to education often turns tragic for many girls… This is the direct result of a practice called ukuthwala. According to the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Ukuthwala is “a form of abduction …

The forgotten women

The forgotten women

Sandiswa Sondzaba looks at the issues of womanhood and motherhood.
Women’s month is regarded the month in which we celebrate women’s contributions to our society. We often discuss historical contributions such as the

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Simlindile Mbongwa speaks about the significance of women’s month to her.
In reflecting on the recent women’s month seen in South Africa, I find it appropriate to talk about how I as a young South African woman relate to issues around gender and how our society views them. Here I must note that in this article I choose not to identify …

The lure of South African women

The lure of South African women

Tsholofelo Kwakwa looks at being a woman in South Africa.
Being a woman in any country is not an easy task. In South Africa, it has proved to be an even harder task as women had to endure using pass laws, dangerous situations and seeing their friends and family members die during the apartheid era. Evidently, they did not take this …

Weaves are liberators

Weaves are liberators

Zanethemba Tshangela looks at the issue of hair in South Africa.
Hair is a controversial issue for Black woman in South Africa. It has been personified and given a conscious to the extent that some women even use it as an identifier of who they are. Hair gives and has character. For some, it is symbolic of something. It can be …

Goodbye winter and hello spring

Goodbye winter and hello spring

Ahmed Kajee discusses his liking of spring and warmer weather.
With the last cold front passing over South Africa this weekend, was there a better way to start spring, or at least pre-spring, than watching Dwayne Johnson in Hercules? No. Today I feel that we should discuss the happiness and brightness surrounding spring, similar to how Hercules was happiness personified.
Right, FOCUS! …

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