Womanhood In South Africa

VICE, the world’s largest independent youth media agency and 1st for Women Insurance recently teamed up to create WOMANHOOD, a film that highlights the women of South Africa, and their stories. 

“In the wake of  the #AmINext movement, we asked the question – what does it mean to be a woman in South Africa today? The answers from a broad cross-section of South African women revealed that we are more than our statistics and our challenges.  We are more than the headlines that dominate the global narrative. We are not victims or survivors but a nation of ‘thrivers’. WOMANHOOD gives a voice to South African women and showcases the stories that connects us as women,” says Casey Rousseau from 1st for Women Insurance.

Public Service workers, including nurses and other hospital workers, school teachers, Home Affairs employeees, picket in the centre of Cape Town 01 June 2007, on the first day of their nation-wide strike, asking for a 12% pay increase, whilst the government is offering 6%. Here, nurses, cleaners, and other workers, working at Groote Schuur Hospital, behind them, picket at the main gate to the hospital. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

The film, created by Virtue, the creative agency by VICE,  provides an authentic narrative on the societal issues facing the women of South Africa.

“We developed WOMANHOOD as a visual and audio tapestry that documents the complex narratives that shapes life as a South African women. The film digs in deep to many societal issues from freedom, barriers and body to motherhood, identity, pain and the future. It goes beyond the trivial stereotypical clichés that women are often bound by. It represents the ‘average’ South African woman, but also the women that are not often given a platform or voice,” says Ciaran Bonass, Executive Creative Director, VICE MENA.

The film was developed on the back of research conducted by VICE and 1st for Women that brought about the statement – ‘not yet’.

“Not yet is an answer we often heard when we asked women if they, or a family member, had ever experienced abuse of any kind. ‘Not yet’ singularly defines the expectancy and acceptance of abuse of women in South Africa,” says Rousseau.

Beyond abuse, the film sets out to address many other micro-issues including self-barriers, gender-based workplace issues, the importance of male parenting, sexuality and many more fears which contribute to the larger systemic and patriarchal issues of gender-based violence in the country.

The film is accompanied by impactful and emotive imagery on social media platforms which feature intricate and intimate stories from some of the women featured in the campaign. It provides a space for honest and open conversations and for the women of South Africa to share some of their most complex stories of hope, resilience and strength.

“Women are bonded through shared stories and shared experiences. Our bonds strengthen us, personally and collectively. And the stronger the individual, the stronger the whole.  Together, we have power beyond measure. United, there’s nothing we can’t do,” concludes Rousseau.

Source: iAfrica

Support The Bokke!

Japan’s “unique” brand of high-tempo attacking rugby will face the acid test when it runs up against the blitz defence of a tough South Africa side in Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.

The World Cup hosts have already surpassed expectations by topping Pool A, notching up wins over Six Nations giants Ireland and Scotland, as well as Samoa and Russia.

Now the Japanese public want more, and are easily reminded of the Brave Blossoms’ pool victory over the Springboks at the 2015 World Cup, one of the sport’s biggest ever upsets.

“No we won’t be drawing on that at all,” was Japan coach Jamie Joseph’s blunt assessment when asked whether that win four years ago, when just four of today’s side started, was a motivating factor for the match at Tokyo Stadium.

FUKUROI, JAPAN – OCTOBER 04: Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa v Italy at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on October 04, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)


South Africa (15-1)

Willie le Roux; Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt); Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies, Francois Steyn.

Japan (15-1)

Ryohei Yamanaka; Kotaro Matsushima, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Kenki Fukuoka; Yu Tamura, Yutaka Nagare; Kazuki Himeno, Pieter Labuschagne, Michael Leitch (capt); James Moore, Luke Thompson; Koo Ji-won, Shota Horie, Keita Inagaki

Replacements: Atsushi Sakate, Isileli Nakajima, Asaeli Ai Valu, Wimpie van der Walt, Amanaki Lelei Mafi, Fumiaki Tanaka, Rikiya Matsuda, Lomano Lava Lemeki

Japan vs South Africa: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction

Kick off time: Perfect lunchtime fun. The action kicks off at 12:15 SAST on Sunday 20 October 2019. All the action is live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction: The algorithm is smiling on South Africa, the Boks are tipped to win by 19 points..

Source: The South African | Additional reporting by AFP/World Rugby.

Celebrating Olatunji Sanusi’s

Celebrating Olatunji Sanusi

Olatunji Sanusi is creative, he always has been. From his days spent crafting superhero belts and small boats out of paper as a boy in Nigeria, to afternoons spent outdoors captivating tourists. Creativity has always occupied a place in his life.

Olatunji Sanusi’s studio is situated on the third floor of the August House building in Johannesburg. It’s filled with pieces of paper and stacks of magazines rest against the skirting boards while the floor has long disappeared beneath a carpet of multi-coloured pieces of paper. Its beautiful, chaotic. Lining the walls of the studio are his works, part paint, part collage, and all in full of glorious colour.


 ‘I don’t think I go a day without pasting paper onto canvas,’ he says as he works on a large-scale canvas. ‘Even on the weekends, if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes, I’ll be working with paper.’


With a new solo exhibition opening at the V&A Waterfront’s Art @ Africa Clocktower gallery, Sanusi is busy adding the finishing touches to a new body of work. Comprising a series of collage portraits on large-scale canvases, African Allures will look at combined African heritages using prominent musicians, artists and cultural icons from the continent.

African Allures will feature three portraits of Mahlangu, all portraying her wearing a doek, something Sanusi is borrowing from Yoruba culture and working into all the pieces. You can view his work at the Julie Miller Investment Art Institute at Mall of Africa.



Things are looking good for the artist. Working at August House sees him doing what he loves every day for a living, and the galleries are beginning to take note of his talent.  Getting to this point has been a long journey for the artist. After finishing his studies, Sanusi began work at a small studio of his own in Nigeria and producing what he calls ‘functional art’ – basic painted works and fabrics produced to be sold off quickly.



We take our hats off to this talented African artist and give him many thanks for letting his light shine bright so that we too can realize how bright our colours shine.