Posts tagged "south africa"

2-Year-Old South African DJ Becoming A Celebrity

Remember a few weeks ago when we found out this littl girl had become the national archery champion of India? Well now we have her counterpart, two-year-old DJ Oratilwe Hlongwane. I am all about the toddler experts as you can see.
DJ AJ, as he is known to his fans, does shopping mall appearances, but…

Katrin Higher / April 12, 2015

RIP Nelson Mandela: 5 Must Read Pieces About The South African Leader & Revolutionary’s Passing

Yesterday, the world lost one of its greatest thinkers, political leaders and revolutionaries, former South African president Nelson Mandela. His death at the age of 95 — an age the vast majority of radical revolutionaries never reach — has prompted an outpouring of tributes, many of which either gloss over the United States government’s support…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, an anti-apartheid peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 95. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism on behalf of civil rights for South Africa’s Black people, living in a six-foot wide cell on Robben Island.  Mandela had been sick for a long…

Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday, Nelson Mandela!

This week, Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader, celebrated his 95th birthday in a hospital in Pretoria. After spending five months in Cape Town while studying abroad, I have learned a great deal about Mandela and his fight against national and global oppression.

Daley Quinn / July 21, 2013

Today In Terribleness: Lesbian Murdered During “Corrective Rape” Assault In South Africa

A 26-year-old woman in South Africa named Duduzile Zozo was raped and murdered  because she is a lesbian. Zozo’s body was found  in a yard near her home on June 29 with part of a toilet brush in her vagina. She was yet another victim of “corrective rape,” or the erroneous idea that a homosexual woma…

Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2013

Study Abroad: Coming Back To America

The Frisky’s former intern Daley is back from studying abroad for her spring semester — and back interning at The Frisky. Here’s the last in her series of pieces about her studies in Africa.

Clad in my black tank top and baggy, boldly printed South African pants, the dryness from my face wa…

Daley Quinn / June 20, 2013

Study Abroad: Lions, Elephants, And Snakes — Oh My!

The Frisky’s former intern extraordinaire, Daley, is studying abroad during her spring semester. Over the next several months, she’ll be writing us dispatches from her studies in  Africa. 

My butt was starting to ache as his backbone constantly shifted from underneath me. With every step he took, my thumping heart was anticipating a…

Daley Quinn / April 15, 2013

Oscar Pistorius Denies Reeva Steenkamp’s Death Was Premeditated Murder

This morning, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius faced his first bail hearing regarding the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and disputed the premeditated murder charge against him. The higher charge caries the most intense bail requirements of South African law, according to The Atlantic.

Here’s an update on where the case is at…

Sarah Gray / February 19, 2013

Oscar Pistorius & Reeva Steenkamp: 9 Things To Know About The Couple

Oscar Pistorious, 26, a Paralympian and Olympian and inspiration to athletes around the world, was arrested today — Valentine’s Day — and charged with murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Police responded to a 3 a.m. call about gunshots in Pistorius’ upscale neighborhood of Silver Woods in Pretoria, South Africa, where Steenkamp, 30,…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013

Study Abroad: I’m Off To South Africa For The Semester

The Frisky’s former intern extraordinaire, Daley, is studying abroad during her spring semester. Over the next several months, she’ll be writing us dispatches from her studies in  Africa. 

“South Africa is going to be hot,” I told Kim, my hairstylist of almost nine years, “so I need a couple of inches off.”…

Daley Quinn / January 25, 2013

Fashion Fail: South African Congress Jackets

In an attempt to foster party pride, the African National Congress of South Africa commissioned a line of jackets, hoping they would take off as a unifying trend. But, judging from the blinding neon offerings and negative preliminary reactions, this collection is going nowhere fast. The line of coats for men and women may have…

Leonora Epstein / January 25, 2010

2010 World Cup Could Result In An Increase In HIV

As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the country is getting some attention for some not-so-positive news. Along with a high number of rapes, the country has long struggled to keep HIV/AIDS in check. With tourists pouring in for the huge soccer competition next June, the health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, expressed…

Catherine Strawn / August 3, 2009

Rape A Serious, Serious Problem In South Africa

In South Africa, lesbians have it tough. There’s a whole category of heinous crimes there known as “corrective rape,” where power trippin’ men who rape lesbians to turn them straight or just to punish them for their preferences. Corrective rapes happen all the time, yet only 31 cases have been reported since 1998. Why? Because…

Nikki Dowling / August 3, 2009

Today In Terribleness: “Curing” Lesbians With Rape!

How’s this for an evil/nonsensical “trend” — in South Africa, the number of lesbian women who’ve reported being raped to “cure” them of their gayness is on the rise. “What we’re seeing is a spike in the numbers of women coming to us having been raped and who have been told throughout the…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 16, 2009

South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Helen Suzman Dies

Helen Suzman, a South African anti-apartheid activist died yesterday at age 91. During her life, she fought against government repression of the country’s black majority, serving in parliament for 36 years. On her 90th birthday, Suzman said, “I had a wonderful opportunity to use the parliamentary stage to bring the world’s attention to what wa…

Catherine Strawn / January 2, 2009

Stay Away From Rhino Horns

If your supply of ground rhino horn has diminished, you might want to go without for a while. Two 19th century horns were stolen from a South African museum, and they could be headed to Asian, where rhino horn is a popular aphrodisiac. This is sad for the museum, but it’s even worse for the…

Catherine Strawn / April 14, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Infections, Housing Shortages, and Incomes

It’s possible that your pet is the one giving you UTIs. A study at the University of Minnesota found that E. coli strains, including the ones that cause urinary tract infections, can easily pass between people and their pets. Now they just have to figure out whether this actually increases the risk of a UTI,…

Catherine Strawn / February 25, 2008

Sex Workers Celebrate Christmas, Too!

People holding traditional jobs with company-wide holidays aren’t the only ones who will be spending time at home with their families, sipping hot cocoa, and decorating trees with tinsel this coming week. News 24 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, reports that sex workers usually take a few days for themselves, and many spend holidays with…

Catherine Strawn / December 21, 2007

South African Teenagers Aren’t Getting Any

South African teenagers will have to delay any kissing or canoodling until they turn 16, or else they’ll be criminally charged. A new law makes it illegal for those under 16 to kiss or engage in any sexual activity (including oral), even if it’s consensual. Will this affect plot lines on the CW show Life

Catherine Strawn / December 18, 2007