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Onwards and Upwards with Madiba

2016 has been an incredible year in many respects: there have been promising peaks and plenty of depressing valleys, heartwarming highs and challenging lows, but after everything the year has thrown at us we can all still say this: we are still here! And, more importantly, we are still here together. No matter what 2017 may bring, no matter what victories or hardships lie just beyond

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Who will you feed: the Wolf of Love, or the Wolf of Hate?

Can Buddha’s brain give us any insight to help empower South Africa’s youth? In Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom (2014), Dr. Rick Hanson explores the contemplative practices of Buddhism through the lens of modern psychology and neuroscience to answer two questions: “What brain states underlie the mental states of happiness, love, and wisdom?” and “How can you use your mind to

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Nelson Mandela, Thuli Mashabane and an Oxford dictionary walk into a bar…

COURAGE “Is the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery: she called on all her courage to face the ordeal.” Like many others, I have my bag of fears. Some I have faced, some I have yet to look in the eye because I’ve not yet found the courage to face them—I can’t conquer them without it: courage. I’d say the biggest injustice

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Freedom Day: The Birth of South Africa’s Liberation

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE… Freedom day celebrates a milestone in South Africa’s history. It came about after political leader Nelson Mandela—together with the people of South Africa, who were fighting for liberation from the chains of the Apartheid era—won the fight against the discriminatory ruling minority and ushered in a new era. The blood, sweat, and tears of those freedom fighters claimed 27

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