Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

“South African women, you’re on your own!”

The ANC in Mpumalanga pulled a shocker earlier in the week when they reinstated a member accused of the rape of his two daughters to a top provincial position. They have since reversed the decision – but only due to a public outcry. Now is not the time to start pulling the “innocent until proven guilty” card. The man is facing serious charges. Charges he’s faced before. What a slap in the face as we sit here observing 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, listening to speeches that mean nothing at all when our leaders don’t walk the talk.

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Charlotte's World
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Strength in numbers, much! Or maybe not?

A woman had her cell phone snatched in the Randburg CBD. A crowd started chasing after the thieves, who ended up crashing their car as they tried to make their getaway. The crowd immediately stopped chasing the muggers, and moved to loot the crashed car before the police arrived. It’s shocking how everyone looks out for themselves, and how how you can be left to your won devices – even when those around you have the capacity to help.

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Charlotte's World
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Quest to beat the odds

While birthdays are supposed to be happy occasions, when you have a child with special needs, they are a reason to panic. In my situation, what makes me panic is the knowledge that despite my son’s challenges, he’s capable of a whole lot more given the right support. The right support is a pie in the sky. A 2017 report from the Basic Education Department revealed that nearly 10,000 children with special needs were waiting to be placed in schools. I believe the figure is a lot higher. While they’re waiting for placement, they don’t stop growing. They become illiterate adults who become a burden on their families and the state. Urgent action is needed.

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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

The sick treatment of mental health patients

The Gauteng Health Department’s notoriety with poor healthcare for people will psychiatric problems knows no bounds. The Life Esidimeni tragedy is still on the minds of many, abd conditions have still not improved in government institutions in the province. Mentally ill patients are getting raped in institutions, and there seems to be no will to address the situation. One wonders how many more of these cases are going unreported.

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Life
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Miscarriages are heavy losses too

Until you’ve suffered a miscarriage, you would never guess the sensitivities it entails. Although some people do not view it as a real loss, it is a dagger through the heart of a mom who would have started toying with names, started shopping for clothes, as well as begun seeing and feeling changes within her body; changes brought about by the new life she would preparing to bring into the world. To have that life snuffed of, even without having held the baby in your arms, is a bitter pill to swallow.

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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Unexpected rays of sunshine

This past week has been extremely difficult for me. There are events that unfolded and left me feeling like I had been hit by a

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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Giving new life to old bottles

Sean Williams is an animal and environmental activist who has travelled around the world and seen animals in their natural habitat. To minimise the impact of pollution on nature, he is mobilising people and resources to clean up the streets of Fourways and Lonehill. He has even gone ahead and adopted a number of endangered animals. His team built an eco-brick bench in Lonehill Park.

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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Educate a woman, educate a nation

Zamanzini Zungu is proof that the days of women being satisfied with being barefoot and pregnant are fast becoming a thing of the past in Africa. She is extending her parents’ house in Pietermaritzburg. Pictures of her doing what she knows best have turned her into an overnight sensation, home and abroad.

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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Raising techno-junkies

Addiction to technology is creeping its way to children, with very adverse outcomes in some instances. We are raising sluggish anti-social techno junkies. Children are no longer just children who should be bursting with energy. Instead, they spend hours on end munching snacks while playing on their gadgets. And who should be whipping them into line when the guardians are also slaves to their own gadgets? Children are only following in adults’ footsteps.

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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

More suicide awareness needed

The World Health Organisation says at least 800 000 people die from suicide annually. There are fears the suicide rate will increase due to the COVID-19 fallout. Addressing suicide starts with prioritising mental health wellness, and raising awareness, something most African governments are falling short of.

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