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The forgotten young

By | November 3rd, 2014|Features|

They’re young, they’re unskilled, they don’t have jobs, most are not well educated and they are sitting at home not knowing what to do. Lisa Garson has a plan. Lisa Garson graduated from Wits with her BSc in 1989 and BSc Hons in 1990. There are millions of very frightened young South Africans who are [...]

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Game Changer or Boom to Bust – the shale gas controversy

By | November 2nd, 2014|Features|

When we talk about shale gas mining and fracking, we are not talking about one little well in the middle of the Karoo. We are talking about 60% of South Africa’s land surface being targeted for production. In this feature we journey through almost three years of the shale gas controversy, and question whether this so-called game changer isn’t trapping South Africa in a global energy mirage that has already gone from Boom to Bust. […] «Game Changer or Boom to Bust – the shale gas controversy»

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East Side Ease in Maboneng

By | August 16th, 2014|Features|

“It feels fantastic to have an inner city and a place that you can go to with an ease that has not been here for many years,” says Wits alumnus William Kentridge whose studio is in the Maboneng precinct on the east side of Joburg’s inner city. […] «East Side Ease in Maboneng»

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Women in the 1940s and 50s

By | July 30th, 2014|Features|

Sex symbols, protest marches and mother’s little helper. It was the era of the split personality. You had silver screen love goddess Rita Hayworth in black satin, performing a one-glove striptease as the ultimate femme fatale. This was taken to a sociopathic level when the bombshell’s image was featured on an atom bomb. […] «Women in the 1940s and 50s»

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Women in the 20s

By | July 30th, 2014|Features|

Tomorrow we may die, so let’s get drunk and make love. They raised their hemlines and their glasses, smoked in public, drove motorcars, claimed the same social and sexual freedom as men, and danced the Charleston until dawn. […] «Women in the 20s»

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Joburg ah Joburg

By | June 11th, 2014|Features|

From the day it was founded on the discovery of gold 128 years back, Joburg has always lived on its wits – the city of the bold, the city of opportunity, the city on the make. For some, it’s Egoli where fortunes have been made; for others, the dream has dissolved into lives of inner city adversity, daily tested by crime, grime and toil. […] «Joburg ah Joburg»

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Women in the 1960s and 1970s

By | May 15th, 2014|Features|

And God Created Women. It was the era of The Pill, the miniskirt, the bikini, Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress and the banning of the ANC. In this, the third essay in our series on Women Through the Decades, we look at women in the 1960s and 1970s. […] «Women in the 1960s and 1970s»

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The real Vuyo

By | October 15th, 2013|Features|

The real Vuyo is Wits IT and Business alumnus Miles Kubheka. Not only is he a Big Big Dreamer, he’s also a Big Big Doer who is walking the long, hard road of being an entrepreneur. […] «The real Vuyo»

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A Man of Destiny

By | August 29th, 2013|Features|

If I must die, let me declare for all to know that I will meet my fate like a man.” These are the words Nelson Mandela intended to read out if he was given the death sentence at the Rivonia Trial in June 1964. Half a century later our globally beloved Madiba can know that he, of all men, accepted his fate like a man. […] «A Man of Destiny»

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The shale gas war – two years later

By | June 8th, 2013|Features|

When we talk about shale gas mining and fracking, we are not talking about one little well in the middle of the Karoo. We are talking about 60% of South Africa’s land surface being targeted for production. […] «The shale gas war – two years later»

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