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You South Africa 27 May 2021

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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Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

6 min
‘this business is brutal’

IT’S the stuff of action movies. Two guys in bullet-proof vests are in an armoured vehicle escorting a truck loaded with hundreds of cellphones on a busy highway. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose. A car tries to force them off the road and a hail of AK-47 bullets thud into their vehicle. A dashcam captures all the drama – and the guys under fire deliver a performance Tom Cruise would be proud of. But as many South Africans know, this is no fun flick. Behind the wheel is former police task force officer Leo Prinsloo (52). Next to him is colleague Lloyd Mtombeni (35), on only his fourth day on the job. Their mission is to make sure the transit truck safely delivers its valuable cargo – and the people attacking them want…

11 min
we’re not the only ones here

AQUARTER of all known stars in the universe are thought to host a “perfect planet” – one the same size and temperature as Earth. There are approximately a “zetta” of them … that’s a trillion billion – a one with 21 zeroes after it. So it’s presumptuous for us to assume we are the only intelligent beings in this vast cosmos. In fact, to imagine we humans are alone in space isn’t merely arrogant, it is scientific nonsense. On 19 October 2017, a telescope in Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island, glimpsed the first known interstellar visitor. Without question, this object came from a distant solar system. Was this a natural phenomenon, or one engineered by an intelligent life form? The simplest explanation is the latter: that it was created by a civilisation not of this…

3 min
a towering feat of construction

THE giant pyramids of Ancient Egypt are among the most impressive structures ever built. Thousands of years later today, experts are still baffled about how exactly the pyramids managed to be built – it seems an almost impossible feat with the primitive technology of the time. WHAT ARE PYRAMIDS? Pyramids are colossal stone structures that rise 100m or higher in the sky. They are square at the base with four triangular sides that taper off to form a pointy tip at the top. WHY WERE THEY BUILT? Most pyramids were created as tombs for the pharaohs (kings) and their families. They were apparently designed that way so the souls of the pharaohs, who were considered to be gods, could ascend directly to the other gods in heaven. The bodies of the pharaohs were also…

4 min
no womb to manoeuvre!

THE couple thought they were well prepared for the arrival of their bumper brood. They had seven of everything – cots, bottles, dummies, prams, tiny clothes and fleecy blankets – and although it seemed daunting at times, they were ready. On 4 May, Halima Cissé was wheeled into the operating theatre to deliver her septuplets via C-section – but what happened next made world news and stunned Halima, her husband, Kader Arby, and the team of medical professionals. Halima had been receving specialist care during her pregnancy when it became obvious she was carrying multiple babies. Two ultrasounds – one in her homeland of Mali and another in Morocco where she’d been admitted to a private clinic – clearly showed seven little souls in her womb. But as doctors lifted out baby…

6 min
call me seth

HE GREW up in the public eye, the eldest son of one of South Africa’s most celebrated footballers and a woman who personified glamour from the top of her glossy head to the tips of her Jimmy Choos. As a boy, Luke Fish was baby-faced and innocent-looking, all tousled hair and boyish grins. But the young man here today looks nothing like the former child model he once was. He has a ring in his nose, a cigarette in his hand, a beanie hiding his hair and tattoos all over his arms, hands and torso. What’s more, he isn’t even going by the name Luke Fish anymore. He’s completely reinvented himself and wants to be called by his alter-ego, Seth Omen. Now 23, he’s a rapper whose music revolves around his traumatic childhood…

4 min
ask dr louise

Write to Dr Louise, PO Box 39410, Moreletapark 0044, or email info@drlouise.co.za. MY PARENTS’ PROMISE TO ME MEANT NOTHING Q My mother and father promised me that when I complete Grade 12 they will pay for me to go to university. I’m due to matriculate at the end of this year. My parents told me yesterday that they don’t have the money to send me to university because my father was retrenched during lockdown. He hasn’t found another job and we’re now living on my mother’s salary. I’m so angry with them. Why didn’t they invest money for my studies long before this difficult time? Why wait until I’m about to go to university before trying to make a plan? Their promises meant nothing and I think they’re not very good parents for having…