SPECIAL NOTICE: Hi, I’m Iske, I’m a South African and I’ve been in a Coronavirus-lockdown in Italy for weeks.

Fellow South African, I know you’re scared about many things. Your food stock, your health, the health of people you love, your income, how South Africa could possibly deal with a crisis like this and what life would look like after everything.

I’m not an COVID-19 expert, I’m not a doctor or an economist, but I am a South African who’s been living in the eye of the novel corona-storm for a couple of weeks and I’d like to share my experience to give you some sense of what life could look like after Thursday.

I’ll share some tips and resources that’s been helpful to me and I’d also like to share my thoughts on how SA could do this better, so you can avoid building up to almost 70 000 cases.

Here’s my first video on what I wish I knew before the lockdown here in SA. There’s a more detailed post below.

How to prep for the lockdown in SA (tips from Northern Italy) in a few hours

I know you just have a couple of hours left to prep for the lockdown in SA. Here is what I wish I knew before going into the lockdown in North Italy. Firstly, breathe. I know the anxiety and the buyers panic is pushing up in the back of your throat like pandemic...
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Please remember that I’m a journalist, but not an expert. So I will source the experts and guide you to them, but everything I write is based on my personal experience from my little room here in Bolzano, Northern Italy. 

Life is hard and pretending it’s easy is stupid. 

This magazine is kind of like an anti-magazine.

We can’t give you 6 Ways to Fix Yourself! because a) there probably isn’t anything wrong with you (despite you feeling like it) and b) no human has ever been the expert on effective living and uninterrupted happiness. It’s just not something humans are very good at.

So we’d like to publicly announce: we’re still figuring it out (just like you and just like Beyoncé) and we don’t want to do it alone anymore.

So here’s to a magazine, minus all the fake news on how perfect we could be.



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Responding to being Friendzoned

We've all been there: that horrible place between high-fiving and hand-holding. THE FRIEND ZONE DA DA DAAAAM. So here it is: 9 sentence that probably mean you're friend-zoned and how we think you should reply to them. 1. "You make me think of my Labrador" Sooooo does...

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9 Stupid sentences people with depression are over hearing

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8 Super Super Famous procrastinators

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7 Girls ruling the world of Insta right now

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