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Break the silence of child abuse

We are currently observing National Child Protection Week, which is an annual campaign led by the department of social development in partnership with other government departments and civil-society organisations. The campaign will run up to June 2 2013 and is themed “Working together to protect children”. The aim of this initiative “is to promote the […]

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Simple saves lives

By Emma Attwell I’m at a technology conference, surrounded by extraordinary gadgets doing amazing things. Among the latest mobile phones, smart washing machines and eco-friendly fridges, there’s also a solar-powered internet classroom and, my favourite, a solar-powered mobile health clinic kitted out to test hearing, sight and blood. Driving through Africa in one of those […]

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Masculinity under siege?

Every year young boys die in the process of “becoming men”, ulwaluko. Recently Mpumalanga made news when 27 boys died at an initiation camp. When such stories are reported I’m reminded of the imigidi I have attended, celebrating the return of ikrwala (a new man). Growing up, the deaths of amakrwala (the “new men”) were […]