If you, like me, tend to turn straight to the lifestyle section of the Sunday paper, if the news headlines get you down and you prefer to read stories with a positive vibe, personal stories, real people, then the new Voices for Africa microsite from the Mail & Guardian is for you.
Voices of Africa features stories from all over Africa, stories written by real people living there – not news but personal stories, funny stories, a peek into everyday life. It has a blog feel in the informal style and varied topics, great for browsing if you want to get a feel of the real Africa that doesn’t hit the headlines, the Africa that isn’t currently starving or fighting or politicking or striking. Continue reading
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The Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women has evolved beyond being a little black book of South Africa’s leaders, movers and shakers. For 2012 it has shifted to grass roots level, celebrating women who are really making a difference in their own communities and spheres.
Browsing through the list of 50 women, you’ll find inspirational stories of women from all over South Africa who are working for a better future: Thelma Nkosi, a community co-ordinator working to empower communities in protecting their water systems and local environment; Isabella Holden a project co-ordinator for the Lifeline victim empowerment programme who is partially blind but full of energy and drive; Mitta Lebaka, herself burned severely as a child who works to help children all over Africa who suffer severe burns. There are musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, women from all walks of life,all cultures and races, all provinces, rural and urban backgrounds. Each profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait by celebrated portrait photographer Sally Shorkend bringing all these vibrant women to life on the page.
There are also essays: a moving account of a mother, a spirited letter from her 80 year old self to the author, an account of being the first woman constitutional court judge and more.
The book was launched in time for Women’s Day and the gorgeous website developed by Deep can now be browsed any time you need a dash of inspiration from the energy and innate style of these 50 extraordinary women, who are bringing a positive energy to South Africa.
Up and coming style icons are to be found a plenty in the 2012 Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans project. Every year they pick 200 people under 35, doing extraordinary work in their field, from music to business, to health to environment, politics and fashion.
So if you want to know who to be looking out for as the future movers and shakers in the world of style check out the website.
With stylish web design and web development by Deep Design, it pulls together 200 stories of these inspirational young people in a way that is easy to browse and easy on the eye.
So check out the latest South African fashion designers, dance divas, entrepreneurs, environmental warriors and groundbreaking medics and feel more hopeful for the future of our country with so much talent out there.