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Beware of fake technicians in the Vaal

Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging The day before my birthday, on April 2, I decided to get my fridge fixed as the top part had not been working in a while. I called a technician who promised to come during the course of the day. Unfortunately, my phone battery died before he had come and my … Continue reading

Ridiculousness!

When a friend of mine, Christo told me about this pageant, I thought it was one of his jokes as he really is our very own Leon Schuster! Then I took to Google in the hope that I do not come across any such embarrassment, but to my horror, it’s not a joke at all! … Continue reading

When a woman is fed up

Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, SA A woman knows when she is loved, when she is needed, when she is being lied to, used and abused. Every woman in the depths of her heart knows when she must be staying or packing her bags. Why then are the women staying when it is as clear … Continue reading

Hail to the king 

Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, SA ​Every woman dreams of a man who is caring, attentive, kind… Who compliments her dressing, her hairstyle, her curves, her everything… Someone who tells her how beautiful she is, how he misses her every second they are apart, how he can’t wait to see her again, a man who … Continue reading

I’m sorry 

​By Constance van Niekerk  There’s nothing as irresistible as a man on his knees. That’s probably why men propose on their knees. Sometimes it’s not literally; sometimes it’s emotionally on bended knees. At times it’s just verbally, like just saying, “I’m sorry”.  An apology is not an admission of guilt. It’s not a statement of … Continue reading

JUST TO BE CLEAR MAGENTS!

By Stanley Gaba, Vanderbijlpark SA I just despise “uncultured” men! These are guys you normally find visiting different families during their customary ‘feastivities’ whether by invitation or not. Some of these visits though, so early in the morning! Then you make so much noise, cause so much havoc as if you own the place! When … Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2016

By Constance van Niekerk in SA  Today is the International Women’s Day. Women are stronger than they think. It scares me that in this day and age there are women who are living in abusive marriages and relationships just because they fear the unknown. Walking away is not going to break you but make you … Continue reading

Chapter 2015

Today is the last day of the year 2015. Finally, the last page of chapter 2015 is done. It’s just the chapter that’s come to an end, not the entire book. This could have been an exciting chapter for some, a sad one for others and for me, it was a bittersweet chapter that ended … Continue reading

The married single woman

By Constance van Niekerk in SA The reality of some marriages in Africa is too glaring to ignore. This has nothing to do with tribe, race or nationality. It is sad but true that everything has changed; from the weather to children’s behaviour and even that of spouses too! Some married women are no more … Continue reading

What you allow is what will continue

By Constance van Niekerk in SA  I think some women have simply become helplessly stupid or altogether crazy. The previous generations of women were made of sterner stuff. They dealt with their marital woes in silence and made their decisions after consultation with a few chosen family members and friends. Whether these decisions were right … Continue reading

Miracles

By Meshack Yobby Theme song: ‘When You Believe’ by Mariah Carey feat marehemu Whitney Houston (you know, that ‘there can be miracles when you believe’ song) It is true that necessity is the mother of invention. After my recent gas debacle, I started thinking of all the crazy stuff I have been told -or done- … Continue reading

Why won’t he listen to me

By Constance van Niekerk  I just don’t understand it. Why don’t men ever listen to women? Last week I asked my brother to call me to confirm whether he was home so I could visit him. And yes, you guessed it. He didn’t! His lame excuse was that he forgot to call. That surely is … Continue reading

FIVE STAR MISTAKES

Meshack Yobby in Nairobi, Kenya You do not want to climb up the stairs six floors on an empty stomach. Not when you have been walking fast in the streets because you suspect that you might have dropped the bus ticket mistakenly and the City Council askaris are following you. Those guys are hounds. They … Continue reading

Grown up problems

By Meshack Yobby in Kenya After about seven or eight months (longer than most relationships), my gas finally breathed its last. It was just before the ugali on the first burner got properly done, and just before the water boiling the beef on the second burner dried up. So instead of eating ugali and ‘dry … Continue reading

To Mother with love

Constance van Niekerk, SA Anna Jarvis was the woman who founded the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States. She was born on the 1st of May 1864 in West Virginia, U.S. Anna was never a mother herself, but was inspired to start celebrating Mother’s Day by a prayer her mother said one day in … Continue reading

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