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You South Africa 22 Jul 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.

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min

I’M WATCHING the rain fall in Cape Town’s harbour and thinking about how soothing it is. I’d felt rather bleak this morning. Watching images of people trashing stores and thinking of how an extended Level 4 lockdown will affect the economy – not exactly feel-good stuff. But as I watched the rain I thought of a friend who’s putting one foot in front of the other after losing her husband. She just keeps going no matter how hard the grief hits, always with a smile or smart comment. It also made me think of a lovely, loyal YOU reader who calls herself a cancer warrior, bravely continuing her fight while remaining upbeat and sharing her thoughts on the magazine. Her generosity of spirit shines through even though she’s talking about having to…

1 min
it’s going to be ok!

During these difficult times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve all experienced challenges in the past where the situation might have appeared hopeless. Nevertheless many of those challenges did indeed pass. Our country and the world have endured and overcome bigger problems. These include apartheid, both world wars, the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and famine. Summer follows winter and day follows night. Regarding the traumas we face in our lives, it can be helpful to send love and healing to ourselves. Remember also that the Covid vaccinations are scientifically proven to be safe. It will help end the pandemic and also lead to economic recovery. MARTIN ZAGNOEV, JOHANNESBURG…

2 min

SHOCK OF LOSING MY SON Reading the story about Christian Erik-sen’s narrow escape from death (YOU, 24 June) took me back to the day my son,Warwick, passed away. He was 18 and had just run the 200m race at the Free State stadium. He came third and died on the spot. Shock and disbelief overcame everybody (the whole school was present). He’d played Craven Week schools rugby in July 2005 and all kinds of tests were done that revealed my son was healthy. He didn’t drink or smoke. The paramedics tried for 90 minutes to resuscitate him but to no avail. He had a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome, the symptoms being fainting or sudden death. He’d never fainted before, so we had no clue that there was something wrong with him. MICHELE…

2 min
vaccines for all

So there I found myself face to face with an alert and seemingly healthy 89-year-old who’d just walked into the observation area after his Covid-19 vaccination. I walked him to his chair, told him when his 15 minutes would be up and that we would keep a constant eye on all of them. I explained why this was required. “Are you a nurse?” he whispered. I showed him my name tag. “What qualifications do you have, Sister,” he asked. He was nervous. “General nurse, sir, plus midwife, childrens’ nurse and ICU nurse with 20 years working in an open-heart ICU. You don’t need to worry. We’ll take care of you,” I replied. When his 15 minutes were up he asked if he could stay another minute. “Of course, but why?” “Because I feel safe here among all these…

1 min
in brief

Thank you, Samuel Radebe, for your beautiful letter calling on married couples to value each other more (YOU Say, 3 June). I hope many couples read it and that the beautiful sentiments were digested and put into practice. Too many marriages fall apart for reasons that could’ve been avoided. Please take heed of this letter and its meaningful and important message. MEGAN, EMAIL Regarding Diane’s letter suggesting old people with grey hair should keep it short (YOU Say, 24 June), I have waist-long grey/white hair. Maybe it’s not as thick as it was seven decades ago but it’s what I’m comfortable with. There’s no need for anyone to “understand” this. It’s my hair. Apart from the fact that there’s no hair salon in Barrydale, not all of us can afford continuous maintenance…

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all about retirement

If you’re nearing retirement or have just recently entered it, YOU Retirement can help to make the transition so much easier. We’ve spoken to experts and retirees to give you great advice on how to be financially and emotionally prepared for this next phase of your life. There are also great tips for maintaining good health through exercise and diet. Take on the next phase of your life with gusto! Order your copy online at youstore.co.za or through Johan Terblanche at 021-406-4962 or johan.terblanche@media24.com. See your writing or news tips in print! Here are the email addresses you need for submitting material for publication. News ideas news@you.co.za Fiction stories@you.co.za Personal stories web@you.co.za Original jokes chuckles@you.co.za Recipes recipes@you.co.za…