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You South Africa 29 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

IT’S been a bit of a rollercoaster lately, hasn’t it? The images and footage of looters rampaging in parts of our country were devastating. Then came the heartwarming photos and videos of communities banding together to rebuild. South Africa is certainly not an easy place to live. It will break your heart and heal it in the space of a few days, and you must be strong enough to withstand all those emotions. It’s why we’re so tough. We’re among the most resilient people on the planet and if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. We just keep going no matter what, looking out for the rainbow after the storm has cleared. A highlight of the past week has been the launch of our new online puzzle platform, YOU…

1 min
how i changed my ways

The fiction story about a male stalker (YOU, 8 July) was an eye-opener and reminder for me. You see, I was exactly like the man in that story right up into my late 20s. I was always hounding girls for dates, struggling with loneliness, feelings of deep inadequacy, depression and the desperation of being single and, whether I want to admit it or not, became a stalker, having had at least three different women report me. This behaviour affected me throughout most of my adult life and resulted in poor work performance and a stunted career path, leading to a suicide attempt, something that even now is very difficult and painful to talk about. No psychiatrist or psychologist could help me other than putting me on medication and once into hospital. I must stress…

3 min

BROTHERLY LOVE I am often moved by many of the human interest articles in YOU, but the one about the Tolkien brothers (YOU, 15 July), is particularly heart-wrenching. The poignant photo of Royd holding his terminally ill brother brought tears to my eyes. The bond between the two is unmistakable, proven beyond any doubt by Royd willingly taking on the role of full-time carer for his brother during his last three years, a loving act that goes over and above familial duty. The strength of character shown by Mike, facing his impending death, was absolutely phenomenal. I think the main aim of the bucket list he devised was to help alleviate the grief he knew his brother would suffer in his absence. Even though he may have caused Royd a great deal of embarrassment…

1 min
the sussexes & the media

Barbara, all I can say in response to your letter defending Harry and Meghan (YOU Say, 8 July) is that you must be very naïve to believe them. They did not want to have to take part in any royal duties but still wanted all the privileges associated with them. They then carried on about racism and what amounted to psychological abuse in the palace, without a shred of evidence to back up their claims and at a time when it is in vogue to allege racism. On top of all this they claimed they needed privacy but then went out of their way to be in the spotlight as often as they could, and got caught out in patent lies – such as when Meghan claimed the Archbishop of Canterbury had…

1 min
in brief

What was unique about the recent unrest was that many residents came out to surround and protect properties. Many others are banding together to clean up. This does not appear to happen when there is rioting in other countries. MARTIN ZAGNOEV, EMAIL Big shoutout to the taxi drivers and communities who are protecting the malls and people’s livelihoods. Thank you. WENDY, MIDRAND For two people supposedly in love again, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck look very miserable. Hope they cheer up. LEE, OTTERY Thank you for my Bramley prize. Having never won anything, this is magic. ANN HAVENGA, SMS My daughter teaches at a big school in Australia and when teaching started from home in the pandemic, students who were battling were allowed back to school where there was a teacher to help them. VG, SMS…

9 min
hot hook-ups

AH LOVE, what a wonderful thing you are. Our planet may be going to hell in a miserable handbasket but that thing that truly makes the world go round refuses to shrivel up and die. Over in Tinseltown flames have been fizzing with enough sizzle to light up the Hollywood sign. And so here, to help you forget the woes of the world, is a smorgasbord of hot hook-ups – some bubbling under, others red-hot and firing on all cylinders – to feast your eyes upon. Because where there’s love, there’s light, right? HOT NEW ROMANCE Hayley Atwell (39) and Tom Cruise (59) This is one that’s really got tongues wagging. Tom has been single since his high-profile split from Katie Holmes way back in 2012 – so when he and Hayley stepped out together…