#StopMisogyny: a salute to the strong women I know

#StopMisogyny: a salute to the strong women I know

Worklife
August. It’s Women’s Month in South Africa. Just over a week ago we observed Women’s Day. While marketing boffs made the most of the opportunity, this day holds a deeper meaning for South Africans, women in particular. Women’s Day is inextricably linked with our shameful apartheid past. It is linked with the stand taken by thousands of women against the dehumanising laws of a despotic state. Some half a century later, with apartheid abolished, a sad realisation dawned on me this week … so much has changed, yet so much stays the same. [caption id="attachment_2497" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Women’s Day is inextricably linked with our shameful apartheid past. On August 9, 1956, more than 20 000 women marched to the Union buildings demanding the end to Pass Laws.[/caption] In this week…
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Freelance does not mean my services are free, people

Freelance does not mean my services are free, people

Worklife
Freelance does not mean my services are free, people [caption id="attachment_2469" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Every day I learn something new about running my own business. One of the most difficult lessons is ensuring I am remunerated.[/caption] I’m a relative newbie to the world of freelancing and I have already been caught out by a client (or two) who will not pay me. Freelancer, independent contractor, consultant … whatever we call ourselves doesn’t matter. But we all have similar stories about not being paid. Even the most seasoned among us still falls prey to a rogue client. We’ve all heard at least one of these: you didn’t fulfil the brief, or you delivered late, or - my personal favourite - but you did it for exposure! (more…)
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Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Durban, Lifestyle, Worklife
Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban [caption id="attachment_2451" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Part of the joy of being an independent agent is being able to choose where I work.[/caption] There are days when I crave human contact. I love the solitude of my home during the weekdays. Me, the cats, the dogs and the silence. But it’s also quite an isolating existence. After working in an open-plan newsroom for close on 20 years, some things cannot be replaced. Popping my head over the partition for some advice on a headline with my colleague, mundane conversations at the coffee machine, morning diary meetings … human interaction feeds the brain and the soul. (more…)
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What the … freelance!

What the … freelance!

Lifestyle, Worklife
What the ... freelance! After almost 20 years of working in a newsroom as a sub-editor, lifestyle writer, night editor and online editor, I’d done a range of exciting jobs. But it just wasn’t enough. I realised I’d hit the glass ceiling and atrophy was slowly creeping into my body and mind like a snake in the dark. A combination of events gave me the necessary kick in the rear to take charge of my career and make a change. I needed a new challenge. I needed to wake up in the mornings with a sense of purpose. Being an automaton was just not in my DNA! (more…)
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A website launch checklist for beginners

A website launch checklist for beginners

Worklife
 A website launch checklist for beginners A good website is designed well, offers good user experience and has strong SEO. If you’re starting out on designing a website or if you have employed a web designer but need to know what you need to look out for, here is a website launch checklist. (more…)
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