ASHLEY VAN HEERDEN: The World Federations of United Nations Association (WFUNA) hosted a five day human rights training program in Geneva, Switzerland from July 21st to July 25th. The training was attended by 33 participants from 25 different countries. The goal of the training program, held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, was to empower young individuals to take leading roles in upholding human rights in their communities, countries and, ultimately, around the world.
I was shocked when I was endorsed by United Nations of South Africa, UCT Chapter (UNASA-UCT) and later by the United Nations of South Africa’s (UNASA) national board. Firstly, because I’m not a Politics or International Relations student; I’m a psychology student. Secondly, because I was younger than the other applicants. And thirdly, because during my Skype interview with UNASA I accidently made a three-way call and the line dropped three or four times.
DEAN HORWITZ: Over the past year a new food culture has descended on Cape Town. The Low Carb, High Fat Diet has swept across the City, forcing restaurants to adapt their menus and supermarkets to re-think what they sell. The diet, although not new, owes its resurgence to Professor Tim Noakes who, along with a team of professionals from various disciplines, co-authored a book called Real Meal Revolution, which is flying off the shelves. It is a part-cookbook and part-science book and it takes you through all the science behind the diet before enticing you with some incredible recipes.
ANNA INSAM: Forget pricey places and countless calories, and say hello to cafés dedicated to bringing you nutritious and delicious dishes, focused on fresh and wholesome ingredients. Health foodies beware, you're going to have to carve out some time in your schedules to visit these incredible spots.
1. Skinny Legs and All
70 Loop Street, CBD. A quirky minimalist space, with walls dressed in cheeky larger-than-life artworks, where breakfast can entail a "porridge of the gods" or "prosciutto soft scrambled eggs" and much more! Breakfast is served all day, upping the anti of this hotspot. It’s the perfect 11am brunch spot for lazy mornings. Inventive salads, open sandwiches and a mains section all jostle for your attention. Utilize the free wifi and dig into a mouth-watering dish while enjoying the vibrant chatter of fellow diners and the bustle of the city streets. As if this luxury café didn’t have us sold already, their service is impeccable, so you’re guaranteed a satisfied tummy and a happy heart.
ALI FINDLAY: “OK. Stop! Stop the car, I really can’t hold it anymore.” The car pulls over onto the rocky ground next to the dirt road. Before the car comes to a stop I yank the door open and sprint out onto the rocks. The air is so cold that I am instantly covered with goose bumps. I find my little area and do what I gotta do in the bushes, staring at the Lesotho sunset. Never Have I Ever been that desperate for the toilet.
Our first Afriski morning brought cold, and lots of it. I bundled myself up in layer upon layer of clothing and waddled down to the rent shop with the others. My feet were measured, my weight was recorded and I was handed a pair of heavy red boots, two poles and a pair of skis. I didn’t know where to start. Fumbling with my equipment, we strode up to the slopes where I met up with my ski instructor, Mariana, from Slovakia. As soon as the skis were attached to my feet, I slid slowly backwards down the slope, stopping myself by dragging my hands in the snow. Most of the other people in the lesson followed my lead and some completed the show by crashing into the safety netting. At first learning to manoeuvre myself on the slippery snow was difficult, but the more I persevered the better I got. I soon realised that this is a type of fun that you can’t experience doing anything else. The adrenaline rush is completely unique.
KATELYN MOSTERT: Scrolling through UCT Ikeys Crushes, you secretly hope (but don’t expect) to find your name at the top of a post, followed by a description of you, or your habits, or your crusher’s desire for you. It would come as quite a surprise to have your name attached to one of the more graphic posts, especially if you aren’t looking but simply get directed there by a friend who finds your name. What happens when you do?
He doesn’t believe it. Denial. Is there another person at UCT with my name? He’s shocked, confused. The content is surprising. Why is my name here? Who put my name here? What made them write that?
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STEVEN SAJJA: We know Cape Town is the World Design Capital 2014, but how is it actually impacting on our lives? One of its four themes is “African Innovation. Global Conversation” – African ideas speak to the world. This theme focuses on how innovation in South Africa can solve the problems faced by Cape Town communities and how they can be scaled up to tackle African and global challenges.
Sarah Blake, Silicon Cape’s liaison officer for WDCCT, says, “I am seeing World Design Capital as a catalyst for two types of conversation. These umbrella design events recognize technology and our tech start-ups as design as well. From a tech point of view we are doing ourselves a disservice by not recognizing what we are doing is design.”
NOLUVUYO MJOLI: Two years ago, as a Structural Adjustment Programme for all those from impoverished schools was developed, I was put through a programme meant to boost 'struggling' students to a course called DOH1004F: Languages in Humanities. That's how I met Sonwabiso Ngcowa. He was my desk-mate, my partner in crime. We stuck together and eventually became good friends. Looking at his successes today, it’s hard to believe this is the same guy who got 57% in our first year.
His recently launched book, In Search of Happiness, is attracting media attention here in Cape Town and around the country. It has also been published and translated into German. The book explores the life of Nanase (Nana), a teenage girl who moves to the big city of Cape Town from the village of Mpozisa. Arriving in the Motherland, ekapa lodumo, Nana realises that life is really raw outside, that the city is not at all like the television depicts it.
STEPHEN HULME: For some, running 2km is more than enough. Others find 10km to be a good distance. There are still others who would happily run 21km. And then there are those who will settle for nothing less than a 56km ultra-marathon. But there is one elite group of runners who want to push the boundaries still further – the marathon costume runners.