10th Apr2017

Disruption Ahead

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Hi everyone,

I trust that you have all had a restful break. This week our talented group of writers have given us great pieces to read and (perhaps) mull over. Last week proved to be a crazy one for South Africa; with that in mind, Stephanie Schaffrath’s challenges us to appreciate the small blessings we are afforded in our daily lives. Lilitha Mankuntsu reflects on the recent SA Fashion Week (now in its 20th year) and she hopes that SAFW is onto bigger and better things. Charissa Govender gives us a sneak peak into the IPL and the exciting cricket the current season promises us. Zinhle Maeko (in disagreement with Tsholanang Rapoo’s view) argues that Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma’s feud is not exempt from feminist critique.  Naledi Khumalo writes a piece that aims to motivate womxn facing significant challenges. Thabisile Miya reflects on the feelings of vulnerability that accompanied her visit to a gender neutral bathroom. Finally, Veli Mnisi critiques mainstream hip-hop’s hyper-masculine whilst finding solace in artists such as Frank Ocean and Gyre who are quietly dismantling hip-hop’s homophobia and misogyny.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter break.


Sandiswa and the exPress imPress team of 2017

10th Apr2017

IPL…Get Ready for a Smashing Cricket Season!

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IPL Cricket

The IPL cricket season is back with a bang! This T20 league is one for the masses as it unites players from all the major cricket teams around the world. Taking place in the cricket hub of the world, India, the tournament offers both the atmosphere for T20 cricket and the scenery and architecture that the city has to offer- for not only the tourists but also the locals.

What better way to start of the prestigious IPL than with an opening ceremony? Marking a decade of IPL cricket there was not 1, not 2 but 8 opening ceremonies that took place at each team’s home ground. Each ceremony had a separate theme symbolising the diversity within each team’s city, and showcasing the wonders of each city participating in the 10th season of the IPL. The main ceremony, however, took place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad before the defending champions played the runners up from the 2016 IPL Season.

Wednesday 5th April saw the Sunrisers Hyderabad face off against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was an intense match but the former 2016 IPL champions conquered, once again, putting the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the top of the points table after match number 1. This definitely put a smile on the face of the captain of the Sunrisers team, David Warner.

Day 2 of the season was the Rising Pune Supergiants’ turn to show off their skills against the Mumbai Indians. By the closest of margins the Rising Pune Supergiants, under the captaincy of Steve Smith, beat the Mumbai Indians team by 7 wickets in the latter part of the 20th over.

With the atmosphere, still high it was time for the Kolkata Knight Riders to take on the Gujarat Lions. With a tremendous partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn of the Kolkata Knight Riders were able to win the 3rd match of the league placing them now at the top of the points table ahead of the Sunrisers Hyderabad due to their net run rate of +3.254.

With 6 weeks to go before we find out the 2017 IPL champions, it is bound to be an exciting ride for all 8 teams and their fans. This will be a thrilling promising stadium sixes from MS Dhoni and many others, exceptional boundaries, yorker styled bowling from Lasith Malinga, precise umpiring and perfect fielding.

Catch all the action on Supersport channel 202 weekdays at 16:15 and on weekends for back to back matches at 12:30 and 16:15. If you miss it, be sure to catch all the highlights after the matches.

Let’s get ready for a smashing 10th season of the VIVO IPL!

20th Mar2017


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Hi everyone,

We have another great edition this week with many stories from our talented team. Thabisile Miya discusses the nationwide students’ accommodation which has culminated in the rise of movements such as #Shackville and #SouthPointFeesSoRidiculous. Lindokuhle Kolanisi questions whether the post-apartheid political order could be more inclusive of gender and sexuality. Tsholanang Rapoo explains why she believes the recent feud between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj is not anti-feminist. Molebogeng Mokoka explores the continuous devaluation of the BA degree; is it really worth nothing? Veli Mnisi gives us an in-depth look into how thrift shopping has, culturally and economically, transformed itself. He also gives us an insider’s perspective of Braamfontein’s newest thrift shop- haunt, The Thrift Vintage Shop (T V Shop). We’re also featuring Sandiswa Tshabalala’s poem, titled Black Girl Magic. Finally, Charissa Govender gives us the ultimate traveller’s guide for exploring New York City.

Hope you enjoy what we have to offer. Have a wonderful Human Rights’ Day tomorrow.

Sandiswa and the exPress imPress team of 2017


20th Mar2017

Traveller’s Guide to Conquering the Big Apple

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New York City- the city that never sleeps. That is the gospel truth. If you are a thrill seeker, a travel junkie or merely just want to start checking things off your bucket list then New York City is the place to be. From beautiful architecture to indulgent food; it really is a must-see city.

Time Square

One of the biggest attractions to the city has to be Time Square. Always lit up and bustling with people. The place to be on New Year’s Eve to watch the infamous ball drop. It is the part of the city dedicated to showcasing Tony Award winning shows and the place where one can shop till they drop.

Empire State Building

Not too far from Time Square you could find yourself at the magnificent Empire State Building known for its remarkable 102 floors and beautiful view of Manhattan. It truly represents architecture at its finest.

While in the City why not embark on travelling on all the transport services? You can try either the clichéd yellow cabs, the underground subway or, the trains at Grand Central Station.

Grand Central Stattion

Staten Island Ferry

If getting out of the hustle and bustle of the City life is what you need, then hop onto the free Staten Island Ferry and embark on a journey across gallons of water whilst being surrounded by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and The Brooklyn Bridge.

Central Park

However, if peace and quiet is what you are looking for whilst remaining in the city then make your way to Central Park. Hidden within the heart of the city, it is a scenic environment where you can relax, ride a bike and even get rid of some of those extra vacation calories by taking a jog (or a run for the incredibly health-conscious).

Now if food is the priority, then I am to announce that New York City is home to, personally for me, the best milkshake and burger joint around. Shake Shack. Easy, on the go food that will satisfy your hunger needs and have you wanting more. Situated both in Grand Central Station and Columbus Square, it is the place to get food to die for. If a snack is what you are craving, then New York City has it all. With hot dog carts, pretzel carts, burrito carts and so much more you will soon be feeling like a kid in a candy store.

Shake Shack


American history is quite fascinating and insightful. So, while you are in New York, why not pop a visit to the 9/11 memorial. Located where the Twin Towers previously stood, are fountains paying respect to the men and women who died in the 9/11 massacre.

911 Memorial

As a student, studying should be your priority. If you aspire to study abroad one day, then New York City is an excellent choice. Both NYU and Columbia are situated in New York. This would make studying simple and exciting whilst living in the city of dreams. As a young adult, the city is a good place to begin your adulthood. It enables you to be independent while still being able to embark in childlike adventures. Career opportunities are also quite diverse in New York which is another reason why it is a good place to live and learn in.


Columbia University

St. Augustine once said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. This quote truly embodies, for me, why New York City is the best city to travel to.

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