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The Digital Divine: Occulture, WitchTok and Online Sangomas

Seems like these days everybody and they mama is a bruja, tarot reader or astrology expert. In the post-everything era, it’s impossible to hold purist ideals, but it is still important to sift through the nonsense and gain a better understanding of the influences that shape one’s spiritual journey. Phenomena like Occulture, WitchTok and online…

Dry January: If Drinking Is So Dumb, Why Do We Do It?

Like many, I am currently in the throes of “Dry January“—a time when many abstain from alcohol, but I can’t help but ask myself whether this is an exercise in sobriety, moderation, or groupthink. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “No level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health”, yet the social and…

Predictions and Premonitions for 2024

As we settle into 2024, it is important to be proactive and look ahead to what we can expect in the coming year. No one can deny that there is a sense of hopelessness that has led to communities desiring drastic change, and that palpable desire can eliminate perceived obstacles and reshape existing systems. To…

New Year, New You, For Real This Time

Setting New Year’s resolutions is tired, but as we enter another year, it’s only natural that the communal pursuit of positive change takes centre stage. However, many people lack the tools or insight to make the changes they wish to make, or fail to make them lasting. Whether targeting health, finances, or personal and professional…

#FantaTikTokExperience: The First Ever Multi-Sensory Experience

Renowned for their unique fun flavours, Fanta’s three classic flavours – orange, grape and pineapple – remain fan-favourites with everyone having their go-to flavour.   But for Fanta, their classic flavours are only the beginning of their taste journey. And starting with a flavour journey in and of itself, Fanta has collaborated with TikTok to bring…

Caster Semenya, “The Race To Be Myself” 

After years of remaining silent and never truly sharing herself, Caster Semenya was ready to tell her story, and boy did she leave it all on the page. Few memoirs can be called more than autobiographical, however, Caster has managed to tell her story with humour, raw honesty, and an admirable sense of confidence that…

What Are Your Plans for Halloween?

What is Halloween?: Other than being widely recognised as a commercialised American holiday, Halloween or Hallowe’en is observed in many countries on 31 October. It takes place on the eve of the Western Christian Feast of All Saints’ Day and is a time dedicated primarily to remembering the faithfully departed.  As a kid, Halloween used…

The Ballantine’s True Music Fund Sounds Like the Future

The Ballantine’s True Music Fund is back and better than ever! More than just a financial boost, the fund tells the story of a brand that is firmly committed to diversity and inclusivity within the South African music industry. In a country where colonial legacies persist, this fund is aimed at elevating emerging local music-focused…

Palestine: We Stand in Solidarity!

On October 7th, Hamas initiated actions against Israel, triggering intense retaliation towards the Gaza Strip. The recent SA protests in solidarity with Palestine have been encouraging, but they do not cancel the adjacent silence. While some so-called activists in our communities advocate for justice in one context, they often overlook the plight of Palestinians. With…

The 2023 BASA Awards

In South Africa, the convergence of art and business has given rise to  exceptional and inspiring partnerships, celebrated through the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards. These awards recognise and applaud the mutually beneficial relationships between the arts and business sectors, showcasing the influence that creative collaborations can have in fostering innovation, and addressing society’s…