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How unhealthy ageing takes its toll on your health and income

Posted on October 16, 2019 by The Conversation

Population ageing is often associated with health-related challenges. But its effects also reach other spheres of life. In ...

How to talk to your teenagers about drugs

Posted on October 15, 2019 by The Conversation

Negotiating parenthood in such a context is tricky to say the least, and can leave parents unsure of ...

What science tells us about fire hazards facing Cape Town and its surrounds

Posted on October 14, 2019 by The Conversation

South Africa’s Cape Peninsula – home to the picturesque city of Cape Town – is part of the ...

Why corruption in South Africa isn’t simply about Zuma and the Guptas

Posted on October 14, 2019 by The Conversation

Corruption in South Africa isn’t simply a matter of bad morals or weak law enforcement. It’s embedded in ...

Economic chaos is causing a food security and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe

Posted on October 11, 2019 by The Conversation

Since Zimbabwe’s land reform of 2000 – when around 8 million hectares of formerly large-scale commercial farmland was ...

Here’s what young people say helped them get through their parents’ divorce

Posted on September 16, 2019 by The Conversation

Most young people end up accommodating their parents’ separation well over time...

South African teachers switch languages in class: Why policy should follow

Posted on September 10, 2019 by The Conversation

Teachers use code switching as well as a translanguaging process, alternating and blending languages to help pupils understand ...

Feminism hasn’t sold out even if it’s being used as a marketing tool

Posted on September 5, 2019 by The Conversation

Feminist groups are infiltrating the political spaces where corporations, as well as governments, make the rules.

Anxiety and depression: Why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Posted on September 4, 2019 by The Conversation

Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things ...

How a rural community hopes to retain spiritual life undermined by western ways

Posted on August 27, 2019 by The Conversation

(By Chioma Ohajunwa, Stellenbosch University) Around the world, the introduction of western ways of life has changed indigenous ...

You could be putting your child off reading – here’s how to change that

Posted on July 12, 2019 by The Conversation

There are some things parents and teachers do that may actually put children off reading...

The Maasai legend behind ancient hominin footprints in Tanzania

Posted on July 8, 2019 by The Conversation

In 1976 paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey and other scientists reported that they’d found ancient hominin footprints at a site ...

Ramaphosa’s critical choices to get South Africa back on track

Posted on June 14, 2019 by The Conversation

If the country is to survive its current crisis, government will need to undertake two difficult tasks simultaneously.

Young women in Soweto say healthy living is difficult – Here’s why

Posted on June 7, 2019 by The Conversation

Most women are not exercising enough, and consumption of processed and calorie-dense foods and high amounts of sugar ...

Pregnant women and babies can be vegans – but careful nutrition planning is essential

Posted on June 3, 2019 by The Conversation

As more people opt for meat-free diets, some are cutting out animal products altogether and going vegan. But ...

Researchers tested baby food sugar levels in SA – These are the shocking results

Posted on May 29, 2019 by The Conversation

South Africa’s childhood obesity crisis won’t be resolved unless the baby food industry stops promoting the development of ...

The demonization of Caster Semenya continues

Posted on May 6, 2019 by The Conversation

Instead of standing up for Semenya, admiring her and conducting an educational campaign to clarify the issues, IAAF ...

Breast ironing: a harmful practice that doesn’t get sufficient attention

Posted on May 3, 2019 by The Conversation

Breast ironing is a practice whereby mothers iron their daughters’ breasts as a way of preventing early marriage ...

Caster Semenya v IAAF: ruling will have big implications for women’s participation in sport

Posted on April 17, 2019 by The Conversation

When can a woman not compete with other women? This is, in essence, the question at the heart ...

When parents play favourites, what happens to the kids?

Posted on April 8, 2019 by The Conversation

Many siblings, when they get together as adults, joke about which child was loved the most. But is ...

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