26th Oct2015

Until next year!

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This week’s edition of exPress imPress is action-packed!

Due to the #FeesMustFall movement which has taken place over the last week, most of our writers have provided their opinions or written about their experiences of it. However, other writers have also written about unrelated topics too.

In Express – Current Affairs: Chuene Raphunga gives us greater insight into the day that the #FeesMustFall movement began and why, as well as what can potentially be done to counter such a movement. In Impressions – My Diary: Sandiswa Sondzaba and Nokuthula Mkwanazi provide their personal perspectives on the #FeesMustFall movement, allowing us to understand the motivations behind this movement as well as how students experienced it. In addition, Jeffrey Motlhamme explains how sometimes intellect can be a much more useful tool than violence when standing up to those in power.

In keeping with Impressions – My Diary: Bongi Sesane elaborates on why exams should not trigger stress and anxiety in students, but rather serve as a positive reminder that bigger and better things await them, and Mpimanyeto Mashimbye also shares a beautiful poem about what it means to be a young writer. Finally, in Impressing Entertainment and Lifestyle: Sandiswa Sondzaba puts the spotlight on revolutionary fashion designer, Hussein Chalayan, who combines fashion, technology and art to create clothing that speaks for itself.

We hope you enjoy our final edition of exPress imPress for the 2015 year.


Thank you for embarking on this writing journey with us and I trust that 2016 brings each of our readers and writers nothing but the best!

Until next year,

Jess and the 2015 blog team

19th Oct2015

See you again, next week!

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Due to the #WitsFeesMustFall protests and the respective disruptions that took place at Wits last week, there will be no exPress imPress edition this week.

Nonetheless, we will be operating normally again from next week.


Jess and the blog team

12th Oct2015

New Week, New Stories!

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In this week’s edition of exPress imPress our writers speak about a wide range of interesting and diverse topics.

In Impressing – Entertainment and Lifestyle, Nqubeko Nzimande writes about the role that sport played in unifying South Africans and how some of our national teams continue to dominate on a global scale. In Express – Current Affairs, Nokuthula Mkwanazi sheds light over the strike that recently took place at Wits in favour of its workers. And finally, in Impressions – My Diary, Bongi Sesane writes an inspring piece on how our qualifications can and should be used to help others who are not as fortunate as us and Londell Ramalepe speaks about the importance of being active consumers of media.


We hope you enjoy this edition of exPress imPress and we look forward to seeing you next week!


05th Oct2015

Hello, October!

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This week’s exPress imPress edition is short-and-sweet, but the articles are seriously interesting!

In Impressions – My Diary, Sandiswa Sondzaba shares an intimate poem she wrote about her beloved church, Lerato Gcilitshane shares her feelings about why the youth of today are not lazy and entitled, but rather hard-working and innovative, and Nqubeko Nzimande explains how Heritage Day came to be! And last but definitely not least, in Impressing – Entertainment and Lifestyle, Simlindile Mbongwa – one of our newest writers – speaks about Viola’s Davis’ win at this year’s Emmy Awards and how her acceptance speech ignited discussion about the lack of opportunities for women of colour in Hollywood.

We hope you enjoy today’s edition and that October is treating you well!


See you again next week  same time, same place!


28th Sep2015

Expect The Unexpected

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be publishing an exPress imPress edition this week! We will however be operating as per usual from next week onwards.

Thank you for understanding and we hope you enjoy the final few days of Heritage month!


Jess and the blog team

21st Sep2015


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This week’s edition of exPress imPress is short-and-sweet and our writers touch on assorted topics.

In Impressing – Entertainment and Lifestyle: Nqubeko Nzimande writes about the ongoing feud between two local hip-hop sensations, AKA and Cassper Nyovest. Furthermore, in Impressions – My Diary: Ahmed Kajee shares his concerns about the deterioration of Fordsburg, and more specifically, Fordsburg Square; Mpimanyeto Mashimbye explains how time waits for no man and why it is important to take control of the limited time that we do have in order to establish ourselves and find our place in this world; and finally, Sandiswa Sondzaba shares a touching poem that she wrote about the Syrian refugee crisis, and in particular, Aylan Kurdi – the Syrian child whose lifeless body was found washed up ashore as a result of his family’s attempt to escape the warzone that is Syria.


We hope you enjoy this edition!

See you soon,


31st Aug2015

Welcome, Spring!

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In light of spring officially beginning tomorrow, this week exPress imPress brings you a Special Edition on just that: Spring.

spring_bbirdsWith the commencement of a new season, we also welcome a few new writers (as well as some regulars) who provide their perspectives and spirits about spring.

In Express – Current Affairs: Chuene Raphunga raises awareness about the necessity to vote for change in the upcoming SRC elections that begin on Spring Day. And, in Impressing – Entertainment and Lifestyle: Bevashni Naicker provides us with some helpful spring fashion hacks, while Mpimanyeto Mashimbye lists his “do’s” for this spring. Further, Londell Phumi Ramalepe encourages us to embrace our bodies and feel confident this spring, and Nqubeko Nzimande provides his take on spring as influenced by Heritage Month.

Please note that there will not be an edition for he next few weeks as we will be on midterm break, but we will continue normally following that.


We hope you enjoy this festive edition!

See you soon,


24th Aug2015

What’s Been Happening in Africa?

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Today’s edition of exPress imPress is action-packed, including much commentary about what’s recently been taking place on African soil and shedding light over some extremely important, and often overlooked, societal issues.

In Express – Current Affairs: Nqubeko Nzimande explains why people living with Albinism should not be discriminated against and excluded by society, Lerato Gcilitshane raises point about face-of-africaan ever-growing societal issue that is progressively affecting today’s youth, and Sandiswa Sondzaba touches on the controversial leaked spy cables saga that has captured the attention of South Africans. Finally, in Impressions – My Diary: Jeffrey Motlhamme elaborates on his self-proclaimed ‘Politics of Everywhere,’ and, in keeping with Woman’s Month, Evile Sombo shares a deeply personal piece about her late mother who she stills regards as her Superwoman.

Happy reading from all of us at exPress imPress!

We’ll see you again next week,


17th Aug2015

Happy Women’s Month!

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exPress imPress is finally up and running again after a long, well-deserved winter break. We trust that you are all looking forward to our weekly  posts again and we promise to keep you entertained with all the exciting and action-packed editions we have planned for you!

With August being Women’s Month, we decided to dedicate today’s edition to all the beautiful, strong and courageous women all over the world. In this Women’s Day Special Edition, our writers are providing their own personal perspectives and opinions on anything and everything women-related.

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In Impressions – My Diary, Lerato Gcilitshane writes about the impact that grandmothers have over the lives of their grandchildren as well as why she believes that they are the unsung heroes of our nation; Bongi Sesane speaks about a Women of Influence seminar that she attended at her church; Nqubeko Nzimande sheds light over the forgotten African women who overcome numerous hardships despite being disadvantaged; Kayleen Morgan explains the history behind Women’s Day and the importance of women who empower each other; Tshego Fatsohlaka shares a deeply intimate piece of what constitutes womanhood to her; and lastly, Sandiswa Sondzaba evaluates the extent to which the ANC Women’s League are capable of addressing the various issues that affect South African women in view of their newly elected President, Bathabile Dlamini.

We hope you enjoy this edition, and on behalf of the exPress imPress team and myself, we would like to wish all young ladies, mothers and grandmothers an amazing Women’s Month!

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See you again next week,



18th May2015

Goodbye for now…

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This week’s edition of exPress imPress is actioned-packed with our writers bringing you stories about a variety of different issues.

In Impessions – My Dairy: Bevashni Naicker speaks up against women abuse, Atlegang Pooe gives us her opinion on the new South African driving law that is awaiting implementation, Manuel Mafakane writes about the darkness and lightness that consumes the world and with mid-year examinations rapidly approaching, Noncedo Zondi talks about the horrifying experiences of writing exams.

Finally, in Impressing – Lifestyle and Entertainment: Lerato Gcilitshane writes about the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival and gives us her views on the best-dressed celebs that attended this prestigious event.

With exams and winter holidays coming up, exPress imPress will be taking a short winter hiatus as of this week. The blog should be up-and-running again after the holidays, around the end of July or beginning of August.


We hope you enjoy this edition!

Keep warm this winter and we’ll see you soon,


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