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You South Africa 23 Sep 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

YOU know that experience of becoming aware of something and suddenly seeing it everywhere? Say, if you or someone close to you is pregnant, you suddenly see baby bumps everywhere. Or you want to buy a red car – suddenly there’s an astounding number of red vehicles on the road. I’ve been having this feeling lately – and the thing I’m suddenly seeing everywhere is joy. I’ve stumbled across article after article about the importance of joy without searching for it. And recently one of my social media memories surfaced one of my favourite poems, Don’t Hesitate by Mary Oliver. “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it,” she writes. “There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise,…

1 min
life in full colour

Last year we wrote to YOU about our Lockdown Gardening Committee. Our letter was printed as Letter of the Week and this gave us tremendous encouragement. We’d like to thank YOU for spurring us on. We bought plants with our winning money and they’re flourishing, as are all our flowers. The York House Lockdown Gardening Committee is now down to two of us from five, but we still chat to people in the block of flats as we garden, and to passers-by who stop to admire the garden beds. We’re attaching “before” and “after” photographs of one of our garden beds. We hope that the riot of colour in the “after” photograph lifts your spirits as it lifts ours. KLEINTJIE SMIT AND ENID HILTON, ORANJEZICHT…

3 min

TOUGH LOVE My son told me today that he’s not a sheep following vaccinations. My response is you are a sheep – it’s just a matter of choosing the path you’re following. Pro vax or anti vax. Bottom line is we are all sheep following the yay or nay path. I hope people think about infecting their older family members because they were too stupid to get vaccinated. My son, who has asthma and other co-morbidities, will be removed from my medical aid if he refuses as he doesn’t pay a cent. I’m deadly serious as I won’t allow him to expose my family. We need to take a stance – be dumb or get it done! TESSA VISSER, EMAIL A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE It amazes me that Meghan continues to accuse the British royal family…

1 min
big, fit, strong!

I stopped working eight months ago and, with the lockdown restrictions imposed following the pandemic, was vaguely aware that I’d probably gained some weight. After reading the article headlined Big Bodies Can Be Fit Bodies (YOU, 2 September), I stepped on the scale and was horrified to see I’d gained 7kg. I’ve had an ongoing yo-yo weight issue since my teens, but lost 15kg after losing my husband. We’ve all seen the lingerie ads featuring plus-size ladies, but your article depicting larger ladies in exercise-mode must be a first. Whenever I come across a fitness article showing “normal” people, I simply turn the page as I feel it’s not relevant to me, so it’s extremely encouraging to finally find fitness advice that we slightly-larger ladies can relate to. SIZE 16, EMAIL I loved…

1 min
in brief

The heinous killing of whistle-blower Babita Deokaran (YOU, 9 September) has left me with deep anger and sadness. To have her life taken so violently because of her diligence and honesty in her job, is absolutely shocking. What a huge loss she is to our country. My deepest condolences to her family. M PRICE, EMAIL I can’t tell you how saddened I was by the Babita Deokaran story. Here was a woman doing the right thing, blowing the whistle on corruption and she gets killed. Tragedies like this will stop other good people coming forward – something SA can ill afford. My heart goes out to her family. T THOMAS, EMAIL We love the YOU Quick Puzzles mini book. We have the 2020/21 edition which we’ve completed. We love it as it’s gotten our…

6 min
speaking her truth

‘I’M A strong believer that without justice, there’s no peace. No lasting peace, anyway.” Angelina Jolie has long lived by these words, fighting injustice around the globe and becoming one of Hollywood’s most hardworking humanitarians. Images of her helping refugees in war-torn countries became almost as commonplace as seeing her face on the silver screen. But in recent years activism has taken a backseat as the drama of her personal life was thrust front and centre. Her drawn-out divorce from actor Brad Pitt has been hogging headlines since 2016 and the custody battle surrounding their kids continues to drag on. “She wanted to be there for the kids,” a source says. “They were her top priority.” But the actress and film director has clearly not abandoned her activism – and a sure sign the passion…