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You South Africa 10/8/2020

You has a simple recipe for success – spoil your readers and give them exactly what they want. It’s part of everyday life for more than 2 million English-speaking South Africans, filled with excellent articles which interest, inform and touch readers. There are human dramas, medical and scientific discoveries, general interest news, consumer issues, fashion and glamour. And don’t forget the interesting fiction, sport, motoring news, craftwork, recipes, home and school projects, crosswords and exciting competitions. It’s an irresistible combination, and everything is presented in a well-finished, colourful magazine.

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IT’S beyond me how Andrew Wakefield hasn’t been arrested. This is a man who duped millions into believing vaccines cause autism, resulting in countless children not being vaccinated and putting their lives and others at risk. Although the disgraced British doctor was kicked out of the medical profession, he continues to peddle the nonsense he cooked up years ago, which some people still fervently believe. The research was retracted from the medical journal in which it was published – yet the long-lasting damage remains. Thankfully there were many who questioned the “evidence” he presented. In the story on page 84, the journalist who exposed him reveals a critical source who helped bring him down was one of the mothers Wakefield once had in his thrall. It’s a fascinating insight into how he went…

3 Min.
happy 100th birthday, mom!

MY MOTHER, Florence Alexander, celebrated her 100th birthday on 21 May. Being in frail care here in George [in the Western Cape] and in full lockdown, there were few treats she was able to enjoy. Today, instead of shouting through a window, I was able to visit her and give her the highlight of her week: her YOU magazine! And we’ve added a picture of her with her card from Queen Elizabeth to prove her age! BETTY MASON, EMAIL KEEP OUR KIDS SLIM Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition. It puts children at risk of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Kids who are above the normal weight for their age or height often have a low self-esteem and eventually suffer depression. Since lockdown started many kids have been eating fatty…

2 Min.
looking for lockdown positives

I read with interest one of your reader’s letters describing how lockdown had affected her life in a positive way. She mentioned losing her job and as a result embarked on a home industry (YOU Say, 17 September). Admirable. I also dug deep into my resources in this time. I began to do my own baking and prepared most of my meals myself instead of buying takeout or going to restaurants. I also resumed hobbies and interests – painting, drawing, writing – that had been put on the back burner due to other pre-lockdown commitments. I learnt to give myself a pedicure. That isn’t to say I didn’t have a low point. But then I thought of less fortunate people and this brought things back into perspective. JUSTINE, JOHANNESBURG While I’m glad the country has…

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in brief

Finally we have a South African puzzle book specially for those of us addicted to Codebreakers! In the past we’ve always had to buy imported books, which are sometimes difficult to find. It’s wonderful that YOU has now published a nice fat one. The format and paper are perfect for pencil and eraser! Many thanks for a real treat! ADRIE STOCKDALE, EMAIL The Sussexes to follow in the Obamas’ footsteps (YOU, 24 September)? That’s one way to disaster. SYDNEY BECKER, SMS I wholeheartedly agree with Fed Up (YOU Say, 17 September). The ads and “trailers” that disrupt 7de Laan are most irritating. FED UP 2, SMS To So In Love (YOU Say, 24 September): in a world where relationships so easily fall apart, yours is one in a million and gives others hope. We need more…

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get cracking!

Codebreakers is one of our most popular brain games, and it’s easy to see why – cracking these puzzles are addictively entertaining. YOU Codebreakers gives you the fix you need with a great mix of grid sizes, including some celeb picture puzzles and one huge jumbo code-1 breaker. Puzzle fans, you need this magazine in your life. Get your copy in stores now, online at youstore.co.za or a digital copy at magzter.com. Or contact Johan Terblanche on 021-406-4962 or johan.terblanche@media24.com and have it delivered straight to your door.…

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we’re so over it!

AT FIRST, lockdown seemed like a blessing in disguise. In between writing books, running a podcast, speaking engagements and making documentaries, the former first couple hadn’t been spending much quality time with their kids – especially as the girls had been away at college. But then the shutters clanged shut and everyone had to stay at home. And the Obamas embraced it. Yet after months of isolating together, they’ve proved one thing: they’re just like us. The novelty has well and truly worn off and they’re a bit fed up with one another. “I think first our kids got a little sick of us, which was fine because we were pretty much sick of them,” Michelle (56) admits. In a candid conversation about their life in lockdown, Michelle told talk show host Conan O’Brien…