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You South Africa 22 Apr 2021

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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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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
52 Issues

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1 min.

I DO love a good love story. There’s so much darkness, fear, an er and hate in the world so when there’s a story that captures two people who love each other beyond measure, I’m there for it. I’ll happily watch a romcom on any day and relish a fictional story where the characters brave through every obstacle to find each other in the end. And even better if that tale of togetherness is based on a real-life romance. I thought of the power of enduring love again as I read through the beautiful story our team put together on Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s marriage. My parents aren’t anywhere near the age of 70 so getting my head around 73 years of marriage required some work! Imagine loving someone for so long.…

1 min.
my mango groove

I’m writing this letter with a broad smile on my face. Last year my family and I had to move from our home of 17 years to a new, better house. Although I was happy to be moving, my heart was sore as I was leaving my favourite mango tree behind. If it was possible, I would have transplanted the tree to my new place. I couldn’t believe I’d no longer harvest mangoes every season. As I was eating my last mangoes before we left, I decided to pocket three seeds. When we arrived at the new house I planted the seeds in the garden and began to water them four times a week. On the fifth week, after nearly giving up, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw tiny leaves emerging from…

2 min.

NO PLAIN JANE At 70, (Have You Heard, 25 March), Jane Seymour has every reason to be inordinately proud of her youthful looks and figure. She can really give women in their 40s and 50s a serious run for their money. My mother, who died when she was 80, had the smoothest, softest, wrinkle-free skin and could easily have been mistaken for someone in her 60s. When we were younger, people mistook us for sisters – something I experienced with my daughter and she in turn with her daughter. BEV, EMAIL ESKOM’S MAMMOTH TASK The person who believes that we must remain angry about loadshedding (YOU Say, 8 April) is not doing anybody any favours. Being angry about something one can do nothing about is counterproductive. The people in charge of Eskom now have a huge…

2 min.
appreciating our loved ones

I’m a 58-year-old man who recently opted for early retirement. The corporate world I served for 33 years would probably be considered fast-moving, exciting, high-profile, social and glamorous (perhaps even sexy). I have travelled the world, stayed in the poshest hotels, played on some of the best golf courses and met numerous celebrities. A lot of it still seems surreal. Besides doing the lion’s share of raising our children, my wife also set up a signage business at home some 22 years ago. After I retired, we decided I would assist her in her business, more on the financial side and some technical aspects, as well as help around the house with basic chores. While I’ve always sung her praises about her business, I always considered it to be a bit more of…

1 min.
in brief

I agree with E Van Heerden that we should give Meghan a break (YOU Say, 8 April). It’s annoying that she is blamed for what happened without people having been privy to what really transpired behind closed doors or, better still, having walked in her shoes! Unlike with Kate, Meghan was “othered” right from the start and I applaud Harry for taking steps he deemed necessary to protect his beautiful family. FAITH SAMAAI, BELLVILLE My mom and I love reading Peter Bachtis’ comments. Thank you for allowing his voice regularly. JOAN MOUTON, EMAIL Is it just me or do other people also get frustrated when you call the help centre and the automated voice says press 1 for this and 2 for that and no matter how many times they go through their list,…

17 min.
an officer & a gentleman

NOT even Hollywood’s finest writers could’ve dreamt up a love story of such epic proportions. No way could they have captured the tale of a dashing young naval cadet stealing the heart of a princess so absolutely that she never again looked at another man the way she looked at him. Nor could they have conjured up the breadth and depth of the romance that spanned more than seven decades, surviving pretty much everything that could be thrown at it. But now the final scene of the love story of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip comes to an end. At the age of 99 – just two months shy of his 100th birthday – the Duke of Edinburgh died, his devoted wife at his side. ‘HE HAS, QUITE SIMPLY, BEEN MY…