Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura

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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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Charlotte Nyatanga-Chipangura
Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

When the Protector Becomes the Predator

Police brutality once again reared its ugly head. The latest incident involving the death of Nathaniel Julius has exposed gaps in the training of law enforcement personnel to deal with disabilities. It has left those with disabilities feeling even more vulnerable, because if the police target them, then who will protect them?

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Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

To have and to (strangle)hold

Many women are carrying invisible scars from abused that is perpetrated against them in intimate relationships. In the African context, women are mostly seen to be inadequate if they don’t have a man by their side. Although everyone joins the chorus to condemn gender-based violence, behind the scenes, particularly in families and churches, most of the same people are also encouraging women to stay put in abusive marriages, ‘because every woman must have a man – that’s how nature and God intend it to be’.

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Charlotte Nyatanga - Chipangura

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

“I am my own boss. I call the shots. I am doing what I really love doing, and have so much time to do what I want without asking for permission from anyone,”

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